Monday, 6 July 2020

Just look at that crowd! Pre-Covid 19! Tales of crime from Pauline Rowson

Bookham audience enthralled with tales of crime from Pauline Rowson



Just look at that crowd all tightly packed together - yes a thing of the past in 2020 with the Covid-19 virus pandemic. But on 5 July 2016 I was entertaining members of Bookham U3A in Surrey with tales of murder and mystery with my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed DI Andy Horton (now 15 in the series - 2020) and Art Marvik, the troubled former Royal Marine Commando, now working undercover for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad, (3 in the series)

Since this talk took place I also have a new hero on the block, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga who is sent out to solve coastal crimes. His first is on the Isle of Portland, Dorset when the body of a man in a pin-striped suit is found dead on Church Ope Cove - DEATH IN THE COVE. The second Inspector Ryga 1950 set mystery is DEATH IN THE HARBOUR and will be published on 2 November in paperback, e book and on Kindle. It is available to pre-order. Like the first in the series it is also available as an audio book.


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Saturday, 4 July 2020

What do readers think about 1950 set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE?



Some lovely reviews building for my new mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga who is sent out to solve coastal crimes. DEATH IN THE COVE introduces Inspector Ryga and former war photographer Eva Paisley.


Death in the Cove, an Inspector Alun Ryga 1950 crime novelDEATH IN THE COVE - Inspector Ryga Mystery (1)


When the body of a man wearing a pinstriped suit is found in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to investigate.

'Death in the Cove is a great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine


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Death in the Cove is published in paperback, as an ebook, on Kobo, Apple Books, Google Books and Kindle.  It is also available as an audio book.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Inspector Ryga set to return in new mystery in November 2020, available to pre-order



Death in the Harbour, Inspector Ryga Mystery (2) is to be published on 2 November 2020

 
DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is the second in the atmospheric 1950 set mystery series featuring the thoughtful reflective Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga.  It is to be published in paperback, e book, audio book and on Amazon Kindle on 2 November 2020. It is now available to pre-order.

In DEATH IN THE HARBOUR Scotland Yard's Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to Newhaven, East Sussex to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.


Myra Swinley is convinced that her police constable husband’s death was no accident, and that he would never have lost his footing on a dark, foggy November night on the quayside of Newhaven Harbour while on his beat. Determined to get to the truth she visits Scotland Yard to ask his former friend, Detective Superintendent Street, to investigate.   Street says they have no basis to do so, but when Myra fails to return home from her visit to the Yard, Inspector Ryga is sent down to the Sussex coast to investigate.  Accompanied by former war photographer, Eva Paisley, who has been airlifted back to England after suffering a wound incurred in Korea, Ryga’s investigation soon begins to uncover some puzzling facts.  Painstakingly, and with Eva’s assistance, Ryga begins to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing.

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR will be published in paperback,  ebook, audio book and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple and Google Books on 2 November 2020. It is available to preorder.



Thursday, 2 July 2020

What's on in July 2020 for Pauline Rowson

The simple answer to that question is not a lot! Well, certainly not in terms of talks and book events all of which have ceased because of the evil Covid-19.  However, a writer is never off duty and there is always plenty to be getting on with in the world of writing. 

I'm pleased though to have the time to work on Inspector Ryga Mystery number three, which will be published in Spring 2021. I have finished third revisions and am now working steadily away on fourth revisions.  It usually takes me about eight revisions before I am happy with a novel, so there is a way to go yet but the final revisions take me a matter of days only.  My aim is to have this Ryga mystery completed by September 2020 and unless a very hot summer intervenes this is achievable.

Meanwhile I'm thrilled to announce that Inspector Ryga Mystery 2 - DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is to be published in paperback, as an ebook, on kobo and on Amazon Kindle on 2 November 2020 and is now available to pre-order.

It will also be published as an audio book, narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and produced by B7 Media at the same time. 


DEATH IN THE COVE, the first Inspector Ryga Mystery is also available in paperback, ebook, kindle and audio book

And here's a little about the thoughtful, reflective Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga for those of you who haven't yet met him..

About Inspector Alun Ryga


Scotland Yard were frequently called in to investigate murder cases around the UK so rather than have the novel (and series) rooted in London this meant I could move my detective around the country to help solve crimes.  Once again, like my other fictional heroes - DI Andy Horton and Art Marvik - I wanted to feature the sea in my crime novels - my trademark or brand - so I created a character with an intimate knowledge of the sea, a former Merchant Seaman, Inspector Alun Ryga.

Ryga’s ship had been seized by a German Raider in 1941 as a result of which he had been incarcerated for the rest of the war in MILAG, (Marine Internierten Lager).  Here he had to learn how to cope with the uncertainty, fear and deprivations of forced incarceration with no option but to wait, hope and pray that the war would soon be over and the Nazis would be defeated.  
His experience has made Ryga observant, analytical and reflective.  It has also given him insights into his fellow man.  He’s witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge.
He's joined in his investigations by former war photographer, Eva Paisley and they make a formidable pair.

A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton MysteryThe latest DI Andy Horton is now published A DEADLY WAKE. As DI Andy Horton follows the trail of a man found dead in a log cabin on the Isle of Wight, he uncovers some startling revelations into his own mother’s past and the truth behind her disappearance over thirty years ago.

Paperback   Amazon Kindle 




In July you can also pre-order DI Andy Horton LETHAL WAVES  which is being reissued in paperback as an e book and on Amazon Kindle, and the Art Mavik mystery thrillers are  re-released on 14 September 2020.


Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers by Pauline RowsonSILENT RUNNING, DANGEROUS CARGO and LOST VOYAGE are being re-published in paperback and as ebooks, on Amazon Kindle, and Kobo on 14 September 2020.

They are all available to pre-order.




That's it for now.  Happy July to all!



Wednesday, 1 July 2020

DI Andy Horton mystery number thirteen, LETHAL WAVES, being re-issued

DI Andy Horton mystery number thirteen, LETHAL WAVES, is being re-issued in paperback, as an e book and on Amazon Kindle on 3 August 2020 and is available to pre-order.

On his return from Guernsey, Horton is called out to investigate the death of a vagrant whose body is found under a rotting houseboat on the shores of Portsmouth.


Publishers Weekly says, "Nothing in this police procedural is as it first appears. The Harley Davidson-riding, boat-dwelling Horton is a fascinating man to get to know, and his thoughtful approach to detection is a pleasure to read."


In LETHAL WAVES, Inspector Andy Horton’s meal with his old friend, Inspector John Guilbert of the States of Guernsey Police, is cut short when a smartly dressed, affluent woman is found dead in her cabin on the ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey. While there doesn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances, as soon as Horton returns to Portsmouth he's called in to investigate the death of a vagrant found lying partially covered under a rotting houseboat close to Horton’s boat in the marina. This time, it’s clearly murder and what’s more there could be a disturbing link with the death of the woman in the cabin. 

Troubled by the many unanswered questions surrounding both deaths, Horton must call upon all his skills and intuition to solve a complex case, uncovering dark secrets of ambition and greed that have led to such lethal waves of destruction.

Booklist says, "This heart-breaking story of ambition, greed, jealousy, and revenge makes a good choice for fans of no-nonsense British procedurals."

The Inspector Andy Horton mystery novels are set against the visually strong, unique and atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the vibrant and diverse area of the Solent, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England.

Inspector Andy Horton is a flawed and rugged cop, instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. A man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future. Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife, the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea. When fighting crime he is prepared to take risks and is fearless in his search for justice. He's been raised in children's homes and foster homes after his mother abandoned him as a child. He has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.

LETHAL WAVES, DI Andy Horton mystery 13, is published on 3 August 2020 and is available for pre-order




Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Point of view and book titles with Pauline Rowson at Monks Brook U3A

With no talks planned for June, or indeed the rest of the year, because of you know what (Covid-19) here is another blast from the past.  This talk I gave was recorded at Monks Brook U3A in 2014 - I'm talking about point of view in a novel

There are plenty more videos to watch and keep you amused on my You Tube Channel


Monday, 29 June 2020

Lost Voyage, Art Marvik (3) "A good read for mystery/ thriller fans"

Lost Voyage an Art Marvik Mystery by Pauline Rowson Undercover investigator, Art 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


"Rowson strikes a nice balance between thriller and puzzler in the third in the series." Kirkus Reviews


The ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers will be simultaneous published in paperback, ebook and on Amazon Kindle on 14 September 2020 - Available to pre-order.


Sunday, 28 June 2020

Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers -action fans need Marvik on their radar

The ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers will be simultaneous published in paperback and ebook on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google on 14 September 2020 - Available to pre-order

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Unveiling the cover for the second Inspector Ryga Mystery


Death in the Harbour, Inspector Ryga Mystery (2) is to be published on 2 November 2020


And here it is,  the cover of the second Inspector Ryga mystery, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, the atmospheric 1950 set mystery series featuring the thoughtful reflective Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga. 

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR will be published in paperback, e book, audio book and on Amazon Kindle on 2 November 2020. It is now available to pre-order.

In DEATH IN THE HARBOUR Scotland Yard's Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to Newhaven, East Sussex to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.


 
Myra Swinley is convinced that her police constable husband’s death was no accident, and that he would never have lost his footing on a dark, foggy November night on the quayside of Newhaven Harbour while on his beat. Determined to get to the truth she visits Scotland Yard to ask his former friend, Detective Superintendent Street, to investigate.   Street says they have no basis to do so, but when Myra fails to return home from her visit to the Yard, Inspector Ryga is sent down to the Sussex coast to investigate.  Accompanied by former war photographer, Eva Paisley, who has been airlifted back to England after suffering a wound incurred in Korea, Ryga’s investigation soon begins to uncover some puzzling facts.  Painstakingly, and with Eva’s assistance, Ryga begins to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing.


About Inspector Ryga


Scotland Yard were frequently called in to investigate murder cases around the UK and Ryga with his expertise of the sea being a former merchant seaman is uniquely placed to solve coastal crimes.

I wanted a character who hadn't been hailed as a war hero in the traditional sense, but instead a quiet, unseen hero. I chose, therefore, to make Ryga a former German prisoner-of-war. Ryga’s ship had been seized by a German Raider in 1941 as a result of which he had been incarcerated for the rest of the war in MILAG, (Marine Internierten Lager).  Here he had to learn how to cope with the uncertainty, fear and deprivations of forced incarceration with no option but to wait, hope and pray that the war would soon be over and the Nazis would be defeated. 
 
His experience has made Ryga observant, analytical and reflective.  It has also given him insights into his fellow man.  He’s witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge.  


The first in the Ryga series, DEATH IN THE COVE sees the Scotland Yard detective solving a baffling crime on the Island of Portland, Dorset when the body of a man dressed in a pin striped suit is found in the isolate Church Ope Cove.

In both DEATH IN THE COVE (1) and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (2), Ryga teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley.  

Mystery People Magazine:, "Captures the period perfectly. A first-class series.  Highly recommended”

BH Living Magazine:  "A great read and one I recommend to any crime fans". 


"Pure detection mixed with a bit of history. Love these new characters and the setting is great.” Goodreads.


DEATH IN THE HARBOUR will be published in paperback,  ebook, audio book and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple and Google Books on 2 November 2020. It is available to preorder.



Friday, 26 June 2020

"Rowson strikes a nice balance between thriller and puzzler in Lost Voyage."



Lost Voyage an Art Marvik Mystery Thriller by Pauline RowsonThe ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers (3) will be simultaneous published in paperback and ebook on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google Books on 14 September 2020 - Available to pre-order.

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.

LOST VOYAGE, the third in the crime series to feature former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS)
 
 

The ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers will be simultaneous published in paperback and ebook on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google on 14 September 2020 - Available to pre-order.