Compelling crime mystery novels by Pauline Rowson

The latest video showcasing all the gripping, multi-layered, mystery crime novels and thrillers by Pauline Rowson - the Inspector Andy Horton mysteries (14); the Art Marvik mystery thrillers (3); two standalone thrillers and the new 1950 set crime novels introducing Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga.

"Pauline Rowson is the mistress of weaving intricate plot twists in complicated tales that keep the reader on his/her toes to the very end...an author who never disappoints." Amazon



Dangerous Cargo, Art Marvik has a new and deadly mission

The second in this fast-paced, action-packed crime series featuring undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik. His mission to catch a ruthless killer whose murders span over half a century.

Tough, fearless and fit, Marvik is not bound by the rules of the law.

Dangerous Cargo is now available as an audio book, narrated by Peter Noble. Also out in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

On location with Inspector Andy Horton in, DEATH LIES BENEATH

DEATH LIES BENEATH is a multi-layered Detective Inspector Andy Horton mystery crime novel, number 8 in the series (14).

There are two locations that inspired me for the setting of DEATH LIES BENEATH, one was the marshes on the northern boundary of the city of Portsmouth, facing on to Langstone Harbour, Farlington Marshes. The other was the area of Tipner, or more specifically the sea bordering this north western boundary of Portsmouth, which filters into Portsmouth Harbour.

Here is a selection of photographs of the setting for DEATH LIES BENEATH.




 Ex con Daryl Woodley is found dead in a remote location of Farlington Marshes. Farlington Marshes is part of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. It is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, and a broad stream providing feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl.

Farlington Marshes, featured in DI Andy Horton, Death Lies Beneath

 The marshes were reclaimed from the harbour in 1771. During World War 2 it was used as a starfish site acting as a decoy for Portsea Island. The control blockhouses remain on the marshes

The Intelligence Directorate believe Woodley's murder is linked to big time crook Marty Stapleton currently serving time in prison. DI Horton is not so sure.

Farlington Marshes, featured in DI Andy Horton, Death Lies Beneath

He attends Woodley’s funeral in the hope it will give them a lead in an investigation that has drawn a blank at every turn. It does but not in the way he or anyone expected.

Then a woman's body is found on a rotting boat being salvaged in Portsmouth Harbour in Tipner Lake within the Portsmouth Harbour special protection area.  Moves to reclaim the land for the expansion of Portsmouth were rejected in the early 1990s on environmental grounds but the area around the Tipner quayside has been cleared in preparation for the re-development which at the time of writing has not happened.

Portsmouth Harbour featured in the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels



DI Andy Horton's investigations take him across the Solent to the Isle of Wight

 Horton is catapulted into a complex and frustrating investigation which takes him across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. As the tension mounts to solve the case, Horton receives a chilling message; time, it seems, is also running out for him personally…



"A fast paced excellent mystery, with an interesting diverse set of characters, and an intriguing hook at the end that has me eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.Highly recommended." Mystery People

"A treat for fans of the puzzle-box mystery." Kirkus Reviews

"Rowson’s solid eighth police procedural featuring Det. Insp. Andy Horton...convincing characters and a coherent plot bolster a crafty solution to the crimes." Publishers Weekly

"Pauline Rowson is an excellent constructor of false trails and DEATH LIES BENEATH is no exception. Carefully plotted, Andy Horton is a likeable if flawed character." Mysteries in Paradise

Available in paperback and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an unabridged audio book. Also available for loan from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.

Where to buy


Pauline Rowson's books at The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


How did you come up with DI Andy Horton and Art Marvik, are they based on real people?

I like heroes. I make no apology for that and being married to a former veteran and fire fighter I had plenty of material to choose from.

Andy Horton is a combination of many men I have met during my adult life primarily those who I have met through my husband’s career as a fire fighter, fit, fearless, caring and with a strong sense of duty to the public. Andy Horton has all these qualities and along with being tough and resilient he is also deeply empathetic.

His empathy enables him to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right. But it also makes him vulnerable. He carries a lot of personal baggage as many people do, men especially, who have difficulty in unburdening themselves and sharing their problems.

Abandoned by his mother at the age of ten, with no knowledge of his father he's been raised in children's homes and in care. This has made him a very self-contained person, who finds it difficult to trust. He is especially tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of the people in the children’s homes. When this happens, when his guard slips, he’s like a raw nerve. He fears his emotions will betray him.

He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels like he’s the only person looking out for them; the only one who can bring the guilty to justice so that the dead can rest. No one cared about him when he was a child; he won’t let that happen to anyone else.

An Inspector Andy Horton Mystery

And what about Art Marvik?


With Marvik I wanted a character who was not bound by the official rules of the law, but who was nevertheless on the right side of it and the Marvik novels had to have all the hallmarks of my brand – a troubled hero, the sea, boats, interesting and diverse characters and lots of action.

Marvik, like Horton, is also fit and tough, but he is a former Royal Marine, Special Boat Services officer while Andy Horton is a copper.  Whereas Andy Horton is emotionally scarred, Marvik is physically scarred having incurred facial injuries in combat. He’s also desperately trying to adjust to a new life outside the services and this can be very difficult for a number of veterans (and fire fighters) who have seen a lot of action and trauma and experienced many high adrenaline fixes.

Marvik thought he’d be able to adjust and carve out a new career for himself on the sea, but his first job as a private maritime security operative goes very wrong when the luxury motor cruiser he was travelling on and had been detailed to guard, gets attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, and Marvik finds himself with a bullet in his shoulder and the boat’s owner dead. He’d failed on his first mission in civilian life, and Silent Running opens with him reeling from it. When he’s invited to work undercover on dangerous assignments for Detective Superintendent Crowder’s National Intelligence Marine Squad, Marvik grabs it with both hands.

Marvik's role is to go into a mission with the minimum of information, to probe, ask questions, stir up trouble and provoke the truth and a killer into the open. There are currently three in the Marvik mystery thriller series, Silent Running, Dangerous Cargo and Lost Voyage.


The Art Marvik mystery thrillers


Who would play Inspector Andy Horton or Art Marvik in a TV series of film?

As to who would play them on TV or in a film that is difficult to answer because every reader sees the characters differently, especially Andy Horton who I have never physically described in any of the novels. When I ask readers this question the actors they come up with are: Tom Hardy, Jason Statham and Paul Bettany. Michael Fassbender I think would make a great Art Marvik. His characteristics as described on IMDB are: "Deep, calm voice combined with emotionally intense gritty performances” Sounds like my man.

Read an extract from Detective Inspector Andy Horton Mystery, Death Lies Beneath

DEATH LIES BENEATH is number 8 in the Detective Inspector Andy Horton series of police procedural mysteries (14). It is set in June, so I thought it appropriate to feature it here on my blog this month. Like most of my crime novels it is inspired by locations in the area where I live and where the novels are set, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. It is also inspired by topical crimes. In this case, metal thefts, fraud, salvage operations and more.

If you've not read Death Lies Beneath then here's a taster. Read page one of Death Lies Beneath below.

It is available in paperback, as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and also as an unabridged audio book narrated by Gordon Griffin.



DEATH LIES BENEATH

When ex con, Daryl Woodley is found dead on the marshes bordering Langstone Harbour the Intelligence Directorate believe his murder is linked to big time crook Marty Stapleton currently serving time in prison. DI Horton is not so sure. He attends Woodley’s funeral in the hope it will give them a lead in an investigation that has drawn a blank at every turn. It does but not in the way he or anyone expected. A body is found on a rotting boat being salvaged in Portsmouth Harbour throws Horton into a complex and frustrating investigation. As the tension mounts to solve the case, Horton receives a chilling message; time, it seems, is also running out for him personally…

"A fast paced excellent mystery, with an interesting diverse set of characters, and an intriguing hook at the end that has me eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this series. Highly recommended." Mystery People

Page One of DEATH LIES BENEATH


Tuesday 7 June 3.20pm

‘Anything?’ Detective Superintendent Uckfield asked hopefully.
Inspector Andy Horton shook his head and pulled at his black tie. Loosening his collar, he stepped into the shade of a tree in the crematorium gardens hoping to find some relief from the burning sun and wondering what Uckfield, head of the Major Crime Team, and Detective Chief Superintendent Sawyer of the Intelligence Directorate had expected they’d gain by a police presence – a weeping confession from the killer of Daryl Woodley over his coffin? That would have been nice but Horton knew that Woodley’s handful of mourners would sooner have their private parts tattooed with a blunt and dirty instrument than confess to a crime. And grassing to the police was only one step below being a paedophile in their code. They’d got nothing out of them during the investigation into Woodley’s death and they’d get nothing now. And neither would the crime reporter from the local newspaper, Leanne Payne, he thought watching her slim figure move amongst the mourners as they stood blinking in the bright sunshine like miners released from deep underground.
She addressed a shaven-headed, skinny man with tattoos up his hairy arms. Reggie Thomas, like Daryl Woodley, had been released from Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight in March. When questioned, Reggie claimed to have no knowledge of why his former fellow inmate had been assaulted just off the Portsmouth waterfront eighteen days ago, or why, after three days in hospital, Woodley had risen from his bed and somehow ended up dead at the marshes to the north of the city three miles from the hospital. No one claimed to have driven him there, it was inaccessible by public transport and he could hardly have walked that distance.

Read more of Death Lies Beneath on Amazon

Available in paperback and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an unabridged audio book. Also available for loan from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries

Where to buy



Pauline Rowson's books at The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Throwback Friday - on air with Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent

Three years ago I was delighted to be on the Julian Clegg Breakfast Show BBC Radio Solent on 7 June 2016 talking about my DI Andy Horton crime novels set in the Solent area and launching number 2 in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series, Dangerous Cargo, published on 31 May 2016. There are currently three in the Marvik mystery series, Silent Running, Dangerous Cargo and Lost Voyage. They are all available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo are also available as an audio book.

Pauline Rowson and Julian Clegg 

It was, as always, a pleasure chatting to Julian Clegg about my heroes, location research for my crime novels and how I enjoy creating my characters..


Dangerous Cargo is now published in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and was released as an audio book this year (2019) narrated excellently by Peter Noble.


Dangerous Cargo an Art Marvik mystery thriller

For his second mission with the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad, (NIMS) Art Marvik is detailed to attend the funeral of a man who’d officially been declared dead fifty-five years earlier. So who is the imposter and why did he assume the name of a dead man? When an innocent woman is killed during the course of the investigation, Marvik realizes that the stakes are much higher than he’d previously thought. As he begins to uncover a trail of deceit, corruption and murder that spans over half a century, Marvik must confront a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to make sure that the sins of the past stay in the past.

'Rowson’s superhero, Art Marvik, returns in another pulse-pounding adventure. Delivering more than enough action to keep adrenaline junkies reading.' Booklist






Pauline Rowson on air BBC Radio Solent Julian Clegg Show June 2016


The Art Marvik mystery thrillers


Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo are also available as audio books.


Death Lies Beneath, a gripping Inspector Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline Rowson

"Pauline Rowson is an excellent constructor of false trails and DEATH LIES BENEATH is no exception. Carefully plotted, Andy Horton is a likeable if flawed character." Mysteries in Paradise



The story behind Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, Death Lies Beneath

DEATH LIES BENEATH is a multi-layered Detective Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, number eight in the series of currently 14.  Like most of my novels it is inspired by locations in the area where I live and where the novels are set, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. It is also inspired by topical crimes.  In this case, metal thefts, fraud, boat salvage operations and more.

In addition it is one of the pivotal novels in the Horton police procedural series because in it Andy Horton discover a massive lead in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of his mother when he was ten, which is to set him off on a journey to find the truth about what really happened to her after she walked out of their council flat in a tower block in inner city Portsmouth one foggy November day in 1978 never to be seen again. And in DEATH LIES BENEATH Andy’s marriage to Catherine is set to be finally dissolved much to Andy’s sorrow.

But back to locations…

There were two areas that helped inspire me for the setting of DEATH LIES BENEATH, one was the marshes on the northern boundary of the city of Portsmouth facing on to Langstone Harbour, Farlington Marshes. The other was the area of Tipner, or more specifically the sea bordering this north western boundary of Portsmouth, which filters into Portsmouth Harbour.

The former, Farlington Marshes, part of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, and a broad stream providing feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl.

The latter the sea off Tipner, called Tipner Lake, falls within the Portsmouth Harbour special protection area and moves to reclaim the land to provide extra space for the expansion of Portsmouth were rejected in the early 1990s on environmental grounds. But the area around the Tipner quayside has been cleared in preparation for expansion and a proposed new marina, which at the time of writing has not happened.

So what links the two?


Well ex con Daryl Woodley is found dead in the remote location of Farlington Marshes and the body of a woman dressed in black is found during a boat salvage operation to clear a World War II munitions barge from the seabed off Tipner.  If I tell you more I will spoil it for you.

Horton is tasked to investigate both murders and it’s believed there could be a link between them in the form of a big time crook, currently serving time in prison, Marty Stapleton. That brings Agent Harriet Eames over from Europol seconded to work with Horton to help solve the crimes.  For those of you who have read the Inspector Andy Horton novels the name Eames will ring some bells with you.  Harriet Eames is the daughter of Lord Richard Eames, a man, Horton later discovers is involved with Jennifer Horton’s disappearance.  I’ll say no more.

Meanwhile Horton has to find metal thieves, Daryl Woodley’s killer and the murderer of the woman in black who might very well be the same person.   Aided by Agent Harriet Eames and working for Detective Superintendent Uckfield of the Major Crime Team Horton employs his usual instinctive approach, combined with a grim determination and a disregard for procedure to get to the truth.

Happy reading. 

DEATH LIES BENEATH is available in paperback and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.  It is also available as an unabridged audio book narrated by Gordon Griffin.


"A fast paced excellent mystery, with an interesting diverse set of characters, and an intriguing hook at the end that has me eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this series.Highly recommended." Mystery People

Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books at The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Writing, catching a breeze on the Isle of Wight, a talk, and research lined up for June 2019

June 2019 sees me undertake a library talk, location research, revisions, walking, writing and thinking time.  Yes, here I am gazing into the distance in my office wondering what Inspector Andy Horton's going to do next.  With Andy you never know.

At the moment in the Horton novel I am writing (no. 15)  Andy is on the Isle of Wight which is where I will be for a few days in June not only for some rest and relaxation but also for some walking, thinking and research. Andy is about to discover the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago and of course there is a body and a murder to solve as well as the long ago puzzle of Jennifer Horton's disappearance. This might very well be the final DI Andy Horton, on the other hand, maybe not....

 Meanwhile there are plenty of DI Andy Horton mysteries to read including number 14 in the series, DEAD PASSAGE.


Dead Passage an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel Available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo

A mysterious telephone call sends Horton on a complex and twisted investigation into the death of a local politician twelve years ago and uncovers a trail of lies, secrets and revenge with roots deep in the past.

"This book has all the juicy ingredients that make a good story: an historic death of a politician, a daughter who urgently wants to speak to the inspector, as she has ‘something to reveal’ about her father’s death, and also a few interesting characters that keep you guessing about who’s telling the truth…and who has something to hide." BH Living Magazine




20 June 2019 Totton Library, Southampton 2pm

On 20 June I'll be entertaining the audience at Totton Library, Southampton with tales of murder and mystery as I talk about the inspiration behind my crime novels and how I research, plot and write them. Tickets are available from, Totton Library, Library Rd, Totton, Southampton SO40 3RS Telephone: 0300 555 1387

Inspector Alun Ryga 1950 set crime novel available for pre-order

 

Also in June I'll be progressing the forthcoming publication of the first in my new historical crime series set in 1950 featuring a Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga, who is sent to the Island of Portland, Dorset to investigate the body of a man wearing a pinstriped suit found on a deserted cove.

Not that there is a lot more to do on the novel now because it is written, copy-edited and proof read.  The paperback is available for pre-order now and the e book version on Kindle and on Kobo will be available for pre-order from 26 June.

Publication date 26 September 2019.


The audio book version of DEATH IN THE COVE is to be recorded in July by B7 Media and I'm looking forward to discovering who the narrator is to be. The audio book can also be pre-ordered from B7 Media.

Ten of the DI Andy Horton crime novels are available as audio books, narrated by Gordon Griffin MBE and two in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series, narrated by Peter Noble.


Here's hoping for some sunshine and warmth in June on the south coast of England where I live and which is the setting for many of my crime novels.



Pauline Rowson on location research on the Isle of Wight




Pauline Rowson at Totton Library, Southampton

Thursday 20th June 2019

2.00pm

The secrets of successful crime writing with acclaimed crime author.


The secrets of successful crime writing with internationally acclaimed crime author Pauline Rowson. Pauline Rowson is the author of nineteen crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England. Fourteen of these feature the rugged and flawed Portsmouth copper, Inspector Andy Horton with Dead Passage, number fourteen in the series, published in October 2018. Three of her mystery thrillers feature former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) and Pauline has also written two standalone crime novels and a 1940s set murder mystery play.

Her crime novels are published in the UK, USA and the Commonwealth, have been translated into several languages, and many are also available as unabridged audio books.

They have been hailed as "the Best of British Crime Fiction," "action-packed," "gripping," "fast-paced," "multi-layered" and 'intricately plotted" with a "diverse range of intriguing characters". Join Pauline for her lively and entertaining talk where you'll hear about the inspiration behind her crime novels and how she plots, researches and writes them.

Price: £5.00  book online

Articles and videos from crime author Pauline Rowson


If you're interested in how I write my crime novels or perhaps are a budding writer yourself and looking for tips and advice on how to write a crime novel then on my website page 'Articles/Videos'  are a selection of the videos from my talks and interviews on how I write, plot and research my crime novels.  There are also more videos on my You Tube Channel.

Along with this is a list of my articles on how to write a crime novel including developing characters, revisions, writing a crimes series, choosing characters, mastering viewpoint, and some fascinating forensic facts, on bullet wounds, blood spatter, fingerprints and more.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter to be kept informed of my latest book news, events, interviews, articles and videos. 

Two special guests joined Pauline Rowson for her crime writing talk at Fareham Library

Two special guests attended my talk at Fareham Library on 17 May as part of the Crime Writers' Association National Crime Reading Month. I was joined by two Guide Dogs for the blind (and their owners) and the dogs listened attentively as I talked about my crime novels and myr crime busting fictional heroes, the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton, my undercover investigator, Art Marvik a former Royal Marine Commando and my new 1950 detective, Inspector Alun Ryga who sees his debut investigation in September 2019 with a baffling crime on Portland Island, Dorset. Perhaps I've recruited two new fans!


Fareham Library Pauline Rowson demonstrating her plot lines

I explained how locations along the south coast of England provide the inspiration for my crime novels  of which there are now nineteen and how I turn these ideas into her multi-layered and gripping plots. I also talked about how I develop plot lines by creating a storyboard; how I create characters using spider-grams and how I research the police procedure and the forensic aspects of my crime novels.

Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels at Fareham Library


Pauline Rowson answering a question at Fareham Library

Following my talk there was a lively question and answer session and a book signing. It was a pleasure to talk to the lovely audience at Fareham Library.

There are fourteen in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural series set in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight; three Art Marvik mystery thrillers  set along the south coast including the Jurassic coast of Dorset and the Downs of East Sussex, Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven; and two standalone thrillers.
 




Dead Passage is the latest Inspector Andy Horton mystery to be published, number 14 in the series. available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo

A mysterious telephone call sends Horton on a complex and twisted investigation into the death of a local politician twelve years ago and uncovers a trail of lies, secrets and revenge with roots deep in the past.

"A detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey." Mystery People Magazine










 
Lost Voyage is the latest Art Marvik mystery thriller, number 3 in the series.

Marvik faces a desperate battle to save others from a ruthless assassin who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed

"Plenty of action, I didn't want to put the book down. A good read for mystery/ thriller fans." Net Galley


My next crime to be published in September 2019 is the first in a brand new series set in 1950 England introducing Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga who is called up to solve coastal crimes. DEATH IN THE COVE is set on Portland Island, Dorset.

Death in the Cove will be published in paperback, as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and as an audio book on 26 September 2019.

Compelling crime mystery novels by Pauline Rowson

The latest video showcasing all the gripping, multi-layered, mystery crime novels and thrillers by Pauline Rowson - the Inspector Andy Horto...