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If you haven't listened to my #audiobook DEATH IN THE COVE then you can borrow it through your library on @hooplaDigital Go here to listen to DEATH IN THE COVE, compared to Ian Rankin, Peter James and Peter May, so exciting! https://t.co/ABaimOYzEq pic.twitter.com/RztjvgZ2G2— PaulineRowson (@PaulineRowson) May 28, 2020
Saturday, 30 May 2020
From Inspiration and ideas to plot lines, how to write a crime novel by Pauline Rowson
Friday, 29 May 2020
Thursday, 28 May 2020
There will soon be fifteen in the Inspector Andy Horton series of police procedural crime novels. Number fifteen A DEADLY WAKE (pub date 2 June 2020) may well be the final one ... or possibly not!
Horton is especially tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of those in the children’s homes. He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels 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.
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Well apart from being a cracking good read, in crime fiction we know that, generally speaking, justice will be done and the case will be resolved and that doesn’t always happen in real life.
In crime fiction the villain either gets caught or gets his/her comeuppance but in real life the evil and manipulative, the guilty can get away with it as in the case of the unsolved murder in my own family in 1959 that of my great aunt, Martha Giles.
Crime fiction though can give us a resolution. It can also give us an insight into what makes people tick. One of the reasons I believe crime fiction is popular is because people are fascinated by human behaviour. Sometimes we are warmed by the actions of others and at other times horrified and apalled by it. I am interested in personalities, behaviour and motivation. What is it that makes people do the things they do?
I also enjoy a puzzle to solve, a crime to investigate and a mystery to unravel. When reading a crime novel I like to pit my wits against the protagonist or the detective and see if I can solve the crime before he or she can.
When I start to write a new crime novel whether featuring DI Andy Horton; Art Marvik or and my hero in my 1950 set series with Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga I don't know who did it, where or when until I am about half way through, sometimes even later than that. As the characters begin to develop and their personalities and motivations become clearer it is only then that I begin to unravel the crime.
Crime fiction covers so many facets of human nature. The same goes for true crime. It’s a kind of voyeurism, the ghoul factor that causes people to stand and gawp at an accident or incident. Me though, I’m a real coward. I run a mile from reading true crime. Give me crime fiction any day where I can see that justice is served and my hero triumphs!
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.
"DI Andy Horton is a fascinating man to get to know, and his thoughtful approach to detection is a pleasure to read.” Publishers Weekly (Lethal Waves)
"Rowson’s plotting is deftly layered, and she successfully captures the mood of her protagonist’s tortured journey.” Library Journal (Undercurrent)
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
There are also three Art Marvik mystery thrillers and I am the author of two standalone thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For the Kill. My crime novels are available from any bookshop and can also be loaned from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
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Sunday, 24 May 2020
The first I heard of the page 69 test was when a member of the public approached me in a bookshop where I was doing a book signing and said she always applied it when deciding which crime novel to purchase. She didn’t buy one of my novels so I’d obviously failed to reach her exacting standards, whatever they were.
I browsed the Internet to find out who was responsible for this particular form of literary torture. The answer was the writer Marshall McLuhan championed more recently by John Sutherland in How to Read a Novel: A User’s Guide. Do we really need instructions on how to read a novel?
I turned to Page 69 in Inspector Andy Horton Shroud of Evil and duly applied the test. This is the scene between DI Andy Horton, my rugged and flawed detective, and the pathologist, the petite, auburn haired and feisty Dr Gaye Clayton when she is informing Horton that the victim was killed with a ….. no, hang on, that will spoil it for those who want to read the novel (if I’ve passed the test).
Saturday, 23 May 2020
I'm not saying who is murdered by a crossbow and hope I haven't spoiled it for you, I'll say no more about the novel, but here is what I uncovered from my research into crossbow shooting and pathology.
Friday, 22 May 2020
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Wednesday, 20 May 2020
June kicks off with the publication of the crime novel I know many DI Andy Horton fans have been waiting for A DEADLY WAKE, which re...
Very excited to hear an extract from the #audiobook of my new 1950 set #mystery DEATH IN THE COVE @the_cwa https://t.co/yYOLSgCFYP — P...
Available to preorder the first in the exciting 1950 set mystery series introducing Inspector Ryga by Pauline RowsonHave just finished reading/reviewing the new novel by @PaulineRowson set in 1950’s England “Death In The Cove” for @BHLivingDorset Magaz...