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Read an extract from the DI Andy Horton mystery, DEATH SURGE

Death Surge is the tenth in the Horton series of currently 13, soon to be 14 with the publication of Dead Passage in October 2018. Death Surge is set in August against the backdrop of the sea in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. A telephone call from a frantic Sergeant Cantelli to say that his nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing cuts short DI Horton’s sailing trip to France. What began as the hunt for a missing man soon becomes the search for a ruthless killer...

This is an extract from when Horton views the charred remains of a body in the old ruins of the Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth, an ancient monument, which is now a popular walking spot including woodland, meadows and fresh brackish lakes.

Are the charred remains those of Cantelli's missing nephew?

"I was gripped until the last page of this very well structured and plotted story. Highly recommended." Eurocrime

Death Surge is available in paperback, as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and as an unabridged audio book n…

Watch the video book trailer for Death Surge- An Inspector Andy Horton Police Procedural Crime Novel

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Death Surge, features the flawed and rugged sailing detective, DI Andy Horton in a quest to find Sergeant Cantelli's missing nephew. Is it his charred remains that have been discovered in a disused tunnel in the Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth? What began as the search for a missing man becomes the hunt for a ruthless killer.

 "A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist, Rowson’s latest also continues the intriguing saga of Andy’s search for the mother who disappeared in mysterious circumstances when he was a child." Booklist.





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The inspiration behind the DI Andy Horton Mystery - DEATH SURGE

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The inspiration for Death Surge came like all the other novels in the series featuring the flawed and rugged detective, DI Andy Horton, from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series, set against the powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the Solent on the South Coast of England, there is always a good place to put a body.



In Death Surge the charred remains of a young man are found in the old ruins of the Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth, an ancient monument, which has become a popular walking spot including woodland, meadows and fresh brackish lakes.

 "As Horton made for the north of the city he mentally ran through what he knew of the bastions that formed Hilsea Lines. There were several of them, originally built to protect the north of the island from attack in 1544. Since then they had been rebuilt, some time in the 1700s, he thought, and again, he seemed to recall, in 1871 with the renewed threat of a French invasion, which had never happ…

Pre-order your copy of the NEW Inspector Andy Horton crime novel DEAD PASSAGE

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The latest Detective Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novel, DEAD PASSAGE (number 14 in the DI Andy Horton series) is to be published in the UK and the USA on 18 October 2018.

Pre-order your copy now at your local bookseller or on Amazon - paperback and Kindle both available for pre-order or reserve your copy at your local library


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.  



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What is the first Inspector Andy Horton crime novel?

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Tide of Death is the first in the DI Andy Horton series. Tide of Death introduces Andy Horton who is back in CID after being suspended for eight months on a gross misconduct charge.

His marriage has broken up and he's living on board his small yacht in a marina in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England. Out running in the early morning of a foggy August Bank Holiday Monday he almost trips over the naked body of a man on the Portsmouth beach. Horton has a murder to solve and a point to prove, he is still a good cop.  Determined to clear his name and re-establish his reputation, Horton finds his personal problems sidelined as he sets out to find a ruthless killer.

Chosen by Amazon as the Best of Crime Fiction 2006

But you don't have to begin with the first in the Andy Horton series. The Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels can be read in any order because each is a standalone mystery. In each DI Andy Horton (and there are now 13 in the series) there is a new c…

Showcasing the new cover for DI Andy Horton, USA Harlequin edition of FATAL CATCH

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The DI Andy Horton crime novel Fatal Catch is to be published in mass market paperback worldwide by Harlequin Books USA in September 2018.  Harlequin Book Club members will receive their copy in September 2018 before it goes on general sale in November 2018.  Readers can join the club at http://www.readerservice.com/content/our-products/suspense/. The program is called Mystery Library.


Here is the cover for the Harlequin Books USA edition a little different from the UK edition and the USA hardcover edition.

Fatal Catch is the twelfth in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime series of which there are currently thirteen, with number 14, Dead Passage, being published in October 2018. The mysteries are set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of England in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and have been critically acclaimed both in the UK and in America.

Hailed as "exemplary," "multi-layered" and "cleverly plotted"  Andy Ho…

Love listening to a good crime audio book?

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Love listening to a good crime novel? Then listen to Pauline Rowson's fast paced, multi-layered and gripping crime audio books, narrated by Gordon Griffin and Peter Noble.




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What's on in August? Featured crime novels by Pauline Rowson

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August, and the chance to feature two of my crime novels set during this month, Undercurrent and Death Surge both in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series.  August is a busy month for my flawed and rugged detective with a high crime rate in his home coastal city of Portsmouth, England!

During the month of August there will be articles and extracts on this blog on both Undercurrent, (number nine) and Death Surge (number ten) in the DI Andy Horton series of currently thirteen novels, soon to be fourteen with the publication of Dead Passage in October.  Meanwhile below is brief outline of both Undercurrent and Death Surge which sees Horton solving a new mystery in each case and pursuing the personal investigations into the disappearance of his mother, Jennifer. Stayed tuned here for in depth articles on the locations, the inspiration behind the novels and extracts.


As August is traditionally holiday month it is therefore quiet for me with regards to giving talks and interviews.  That wil…

The story behind the rugged and flawed Inspector Andy Horton - crime novels by Pauline Rowson

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Video Book trailer- Deadly Waters an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel by Pauline Rowson

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Deadly Waters, the second in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime series, set against the backdrop of the South Coast of England. "Rowson adds an appealing hero to the British Police Procedural ranks." Kirkus Reviews (USA)





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Writing the crime novel with Pauline Rowson

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Crime author Pauline Rowson, author of the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels and the Art Marvik mystery thrillers, discusses writing the crime novel, how to get started,ideas, characters, and researching. This video is approximately five minutes long.





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If you like Peter James, John Harvey, Ann Cleeves and Peter Robinson you'll like Pauline Rowson's crime novels

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It is often difficult to find a new author and one whose novels you think you might enjoy but libraries are a great place for dipping your toe in the water, or rather for letting your fingers do the choosing and there is also a handy little book in UK libraries that can help with that.  It's called Who Else Writes Like?

Reviewers have compared the Inspector Andy Horton novels to American writers, Ed McBain and Joseph Wambaugh and their British counterparts John Harvey and Peter Robinson both of the latter mentioned in the directory Who Else Writes Like?

My crime novels are also compared to those written by Colin Dexter, Ann Cleeves, Robert Barnard, Graham Hurley, Dorothy Simpson and Neil White.


In addition, there is also a good website called Fantastic Fiction where it is suggested that if you like Peter James and Stephen Booth then you might also like the Inspector Andy Horton and the Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers.



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Introducing Inspector Andy Horton in Tide of Death a British Police Procedural

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The Inspector Andy Horton Crime Novels - cleverly plotted, gripping, multi-layered, inventive, gripping but not gruesome, and full of thrilling twists and turns.

"Deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of American procedurals (those by Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey. " Booklist

Inspector Andy Horton, a man defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future. Now thirteen in the series set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Number fourteen in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series, DEAD PASSAGE, to be published in October 2018.







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Then there's news about a brand new forthcoming crime novel set in a Britain still reeling from five long years of war.

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