Crime comes to the Women's Institute

The Women's Institute and crime are not usually words mentioned in the same breath except when I descended on the ladies of Castle View WI on Monday 20 November.  I entertained members with tales of my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed sailing Portsmouth  detective, Inspector Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

Murder in mind at the Women's Institute with crime author Pauline Rowson

Murder was on the agenda at Stakes Women's Institute on Thursday 16 November when I entertained the ladies with tales of my fictional crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed sailing Portsmouth  detective, Inspector Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

I talked about how I write my murder mystery crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the south coast of England, from where I draw my inspiration. I also spoke about how I create my  characters, develop story-lines and plots and how I research the novels including the police procedure and the forensic elements. My talk was followed by  a lively question and answer session and a book signing.

 It was great fun talking to Stakes Women's Institute. I enjoyed it immensely. My thanks to them for inviting me to speak at one of their meetings.

 Lethal Waves, no. 13 in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime series.
On his return from Guernsey, Horton …

Read an extract from Lost Voyage the third in Pauline Rowson's Art Marvik mystery series

Lost Voyage, number three in the series featuring former Royal Commando, Art Marvik, now an undercover investigator with the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad, is published by Severn House and is available in hardcover and as an ebook.

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

Read an extract from Lost Voyage below:

Marvik once again went over his boat. All was secure. No one had entered it. He swallowed a couple of strong painkillers, then froze as he felt a movement on the pontoon. He steeled himself in readiness. His cabin lights were on. He couldn’t see who it was, only an outline of a dark-clothed figure. There was nowhere to hide. Besides, he wouldn’t hide anyway. This was what he had anticipated. He knew who his visitor was. Had he come alone, though? Had he come with the intention of killing him?

Marvik’s senses were on full alert for the smell of petrol, the placing of an exp…

A Handy Way to Solve Crime - Fascinating forensic facts

What if the only evidence available in a murder investigation is a grainy image of a suspect’s hand? Can the police crack the case?

Well maybe and thanks to a group at the University of Dundee in the UK. The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) can assess vein patterns, scars, nail beds, skin pigmentation and knuckle creases from images of hands to show, with high reliability, that police got the right person in several very serious court cases in the UK.

CAHID specializes in human identification, and was also the group that famously reconstructed King Richard III’s face after his body was found in a car park in Leicester in 2012.

I don't think it will be long before my Inspector Andy Horton is using this in his criminal investigations in the heart of the waterfront city of Portsmouth (UK) 

Read the full article: A Handy Way to Solve Crime - D-brief: How to catch a criminal with just an image of their hand.

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Fascinating facts uncovered while with Art Marvik on Lost Voyage

While researching for the third Art Marvik mystery, Lost Voyage, I discovered quite a lot about the ship recycling business.

In Lost Voyage, the Mary Jo, a salvage tug, went missing in 2003 on its way to Newfoundland where it was to tow an obsolete Russian cruise ship back to Britain for recycling. Some decades later, in the present day, someone claims to have found the Mary Jo locked in the Arctic ice, it is a claim that sparks a series of murders and Marvik’s mission for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) is to discover the secret of the Mary Jo and find a ruthless assassin who has embarked on a slaying spree to prevent it from ever being revealed.

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

Ship Recycling The term ship recycling didn’t actually come into being until 1999. Today they manage to reuse about ninety-eight percent of the ship’s weight, recycling steel and other metals. The value …

Read an extract from the NEW Art Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage by Pauline Rowson

Read an Extract from the Art Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage, number three in the series published by Severn House in hardcover and as an ebook in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

Art Marvik, former Royal Marine Commando, is surprised to receive an unexpected summons to meet Helen Shannon, a woman he helped on his first mission, in the middle of the night. When a body is discovered in her flat, Marvik is convinced that Helen is being framed for murder, but why and by whom? Shortly afterwards, the head of the National Marine Intelligence Squad, Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder, asks him to investigate the disappearance of a salvage vessel, the Mary Jo, which went missing in 2003. As he delves into the past, it becomes clear that Marvik faces a desperate battle to keep Helen and others safe from a ruthless assassin – one who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed.

Here’s a preview of Lost Voyage "Plenty of action, …