Pauline Rowson author of the popular DI Andy Horton police procedural crime series, the Art Marvik marine mystery crime novels and standalone thrillers set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England
Crime novels are the most popular reading material among company bosses, according to a survey carried out by Volunteer Reading Help, which is an encouraging thought, for a crime writer, anyway.
The article in the London Evening Standard reported that thirty six per cent of executives read crime thrillers in their spare time with 23 per cent prefering action or adventure novels. They didn't give the gender breakdown but I'm delighted to say that my crime novels and thrillers are read by both men and women.
Volunteer Reading Help surveyed 500 people who earn more than £70,000 to explore the link between reading and success. Most of them read for pleasure but only 10 per cent said they had developed the habit as a child.
Members of Havant U3A (University of the Third Age) got the taste for
murder when I entertained them on Thursday 16 February with tales of my
crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton,
and my new hero, Art Marvik, the troubled former Royal Marine Commando,
now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National
Intelligence Marine Squad,(NIMS).
Over seventy people listened while I spoke about how
I plan, plot and research my crime novels set against the backdrop of
the sea on the South Coast of England.
The enigmatic sailing detective DI Andy Horton.
features in thirteen crime novels with Lethal Waves the latest in the
Portsmouth based series published by Severn House in the UK on the 28
February 2017 and in the USA on the 1 June 2017.
spoke about how I create my characters including my new protagonist,
Art Marvik who is featured in two crime novels Silent Running and
Dangerous Cargo, with the third to be published in autumn 2…
This fascinating article is a useful read for crime fiction authors and those interested in CSI. It is reprinted with the kind permission of The Conversation where it first appeared. It is written by Alastair Ruffell Research associate in Geoforensics,Queen's University Belfast
All good research stuff for me even though my crime novels are set around the sea rather than small enclosed spaces as described here. But there are rivers and canals on Inspector Andy Horton's patch. Perhaps this location (see picture of the Spur Redoubt, Portsmouth) I am using in the fourteenth Inspector Andy Horton novel (hopefully to be published in 2018 would warrant some of the methods described here.
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It was a pleasure to meet and speak to the members of Poole Probus on
15 November at the Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth where I revealed the
secrets of successful crime writing and talked about the mysteries and
crimes both DI Andy Horton and former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik
are called upon to solve in the line of duty.
I also explained how I plot, research and write my
crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of
DI Andy Horton currently features in twelve crime
novels. Fatal Catch, the twelfth in the Horton crime series, was
published in 2015 with number thirteen due to be published by Severn
House in February 2017.
I also introduced my new hero
to the audience. Art Marvik, the troubled former Royal Marine Commando
is now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National
Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS). He first appears in Silent Running
published in 2015, with his second adventure in Dangerous Cargo