Thursday, 26 November 2020

Life in the Inspector Ryga Mysteries in 1950s England - DEATH IN THE HARBOUR set in Newhaven

Death in the Harbour, Inspec.Ryga is sent to Newhaven, by Pauline Rowson December 1950 - fog and smog. Rationing and austerity. Fractured lives from the aftermath of war. Steam trains, trams and trolley buses. 

 
Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga is sent to the port of Newhaven, East Sussex, to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, is the second in the Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery series.

Newhaven Harbour courtesy of Our Newhaven WebsiteNewhaven, on the East Sussex coast, lies at the mouth of the River Ouse between Brighton to the west (nine miles) and the stunning Severn Sister Cliffs to the East (ten miles). A busy port with steamers, cargo ships and fishing boats.





Life in Inspector Ryga's day - Bobbies on bicycles. Police boxes and telephone exchanges.

Death In The Harbour- Bobby On Bicycle


Bread, milk and coal delivered to your door. Tinned baths in front of the fire once a week. A privy out the back! Children playing in the street, or on a bombsite, prams outside the shop. Capital punishment.

Waiting outside the Shop

An interesting and fascinating era to set down my new detective, Inspector Alun Ryga.



Death in the Harbour mystery by Pauline Rowson
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 is available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and as an audio book.


Photographs courtesy of Our Newhaven




Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Step on the steam train with Inspector Ryga in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR

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. 

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR by Pauline Rowson. Audio book narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and produced by B7 Media. Photographs courtesy of Our Newhaven and the Free Museum.


Tuesday, 24 November 2020

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

Stake WI enraptured audience as Pauline Rowson talks about her crime novels

Murder was on the mind at the Women's Institute in November 2017 at Stakes Women's Institute when I entertained the ladies with tales of my crime novels and my crime busting fictional sleuths, the rugged and flawed sailing Portsmouth  detective, Inspector Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

I've been looking back over my talks in the absence of being able to give any since March 2020 because of the  Coronavirus pandemic and all its ugly consequences putting paid to social gatherings.  So here I am revisiting some of my previous talks and feeling nostalgic.


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Monday, 23 November 2020

The story behind my play Murder at the Pelican Club, a smash hit with audiences

 

Pauline Rowson with the cast and crew of Murder at the Pelican ClubTwo years ago in 2018 I was delighted when one of my plays, a 1940 set murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, was performed again, this time by the Winterbourne Players, Bristol.
 
They went to whole hog with the play inviting the audience to dress up in 1940s costume.  In the picture I am on stage with the cast wearing slacks, a turban and a genuine 1940s knitted waistcoat.  The play, set in a restaurant during the Blitz, was performed around a meal of corned beef hash (vegetable hash for the vegetarians) followed by tinned peaches and evaporated milk. Delicious. The audience were invited to guess ‘who done it’ between the acts. There were prizes for the table who came up with the culprit and the motive, and although over the three nights performances, 22-24 November, some got close to guessing nobody actually did.  Which I was rather pleased about.
 
This is the story behind writing it and how it came into being.


Sunday, 22 November 2020

A huge turnout at Fleet in Hampshire for murder, mystery and mayhem - ah, those were the days!

 

Large audience greet crime author Pauline Rowson at Fleet U3A, talking about her Solent based crime novels
With my trip down my memory lane of talks and events continuing (owing to the absence of being able to give talks in 2020 because of the Coronavirus pandemic and all social events and gatherings being forbidden) I have fond memories of a stunning audience gathering for my talk at Fleet U3A. Over 130 people packed the auditorium at the Harlington Centre in Fleet, Hampshire on 19 November in 2014 to hear me talk about the inspiration behind my crime novels and hear how I plan, plot and write them.


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Saturday, 21 November 2020

Footsteps on the Shore, DI Andy Horton #6 by Pauline Rowson - video book trailer

'Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms.' Booklist, Starred Review. 

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Horton when his Harley is vandalized. Convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing, a woman is found brutally murdered. and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective.


Friday, 20 November 2020

Thrilling Poole Probus with tales of crime and mystery


Poole Probus, Pauline Rowson demonstrating her plot lines for her crime novelsIn the absence of being able to give talks to groups in 2020, and probably in 2021, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I'm continuing my theme of looking back at those talks I have given over the years. Here is one I gave in 2016 to the lovely members of Poole Probus on Tuesday 15 November at the Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth, Dorset.

I talked about my fictional crime busting heroes DI Andy Horton and former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik and how I plot, research and write my crime novels set primarily on the South Coast of England.

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Thursday, 19 November 2020

Inspector Ryga has another baffling case to solve in 1950s England

 Death in the Harbour an Inspector Ryga mystery by Pauline RowsonDelighted to announce that the new Inspector Ryga Mystery, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, is now published in paperback, e book, Amazon Kindle and as an audio book.

In these grim Covid-19 pandemic days it's nice to escape into another time and another world in 1950s England with Inspector Ryga. 

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. 


"Pure detection… a great read.

 

The 1950s set Inspector Ryga Mystery series features Scotland Yard detective, Ryga, who is sent out to investigate baffling coastal crimes. Ryga, a former German prisoner-of-war, teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley, in the first in the series, DEATH IN THE COVE set on the Island of Portland, Dorset, and again in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR set in Newhaven Port, East Sussex. It is a partnership set to continue and destined to solve many more multi-layered coastal crimes.
 

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR published in paperback, e book, kindle and audiobook

 

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Pauline Rowson entertaining the audience with tales of criminality

 

Pauline Rowson talking about the mind maps she creates when writing her crime novelsContinuing my trip down my memory lane of talks owing to the cancellation of all events in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic here is a look back at a talk I gave to a delightful audience at Thornhill Baptist Church, Southampton, on Wednesday 12 November as part of their bi-annual Over 50s Activity Day.

I met some lovely people who listened spellbound as I recounted how I plan and plot my crime novels and how I draw my inspiration from the sea and often from the area where I live, Portsmouth on the South Coast of England. My DI Andy Horton crime novels (15) are set in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight.
 

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Sunday, 15 November 2020

Revealing the secrets of successful writing at Portcheter Library

 

Portchester Library- Book signing, Pauline Rowson signing her crime novelsIn 2016 I was delighted to meet up with fans of my crime novels at Portchester Library, Hampshire, when I took part in the Portchester Literary Festival.

I've been looking back over my talks before Coronavirus and all its consequences reared its ugly and unwelcome head, putting paid to so much of our social interchange including talks like this. So here I am revisiting some of my previous talks and feeling nostalgic.


Read more and see the photos

 

 

Friday, 13 November 2020

Friday 13th begins badly for Inspector Andy Horton in FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE

Footsteps on the Shore, Inspector Andy Horton

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, has returned early from her secondment to HQ. Then, convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour.

Before Horton can get a grip on either case, he’s called to a house where a woman he’d only met the day before has been brutally murdered. Is missing Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is it his body in the mud of the harbour? Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective …

Like others in the Horton crime series it is set in and around Portsmouth on the south coast of England.

FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE is number six in the Inspector Andy Horton mystery series (15) it is  available in paperback, as an e book on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple and Google books.It is also published as an unabridged audio book.


Portchester CastleOne of the locations is close to the  Roman castle at Portchester where Venetia Trotman has been brutally murdered.  Horton had been intending to buy a boat from her which had belonged to her late husband to replace his small boat which had been torched by a villain with Horton only just managing to escape with his life. Horton has been living on board his boat in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife, Catherine. 



Portchester Castle in DI Andy Horton Footsteps on the ShorePortchester Castle's history begins in the 3rd century AD when the Romans built a vast fort here. In the 5th century it was transformed into a Saxon settlement, and after the Conquest of 1066 it became a Norman castle. For medieval kings it was an important embarkation point for crossing the Channel. 






The Watergate Portchester Castle- Footsteps on the Shore mysteryFrom 1665 Portchester served as a prisoner-of-war camp – a role that reached its height during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars of 1793–1815, when it housed up to 8,000 prisoners, of many nationalities and backgrounds, at any one time.  Now it is a very popular visitor attraction owned by English Heritage and well worth a visit if you are ever in the region.  You never know you might bump into DI Andy Horton!


 
There are many twists and turns in this novel with a hint of international crime behind it but I will say no more. I wouldn’t want to spoil your enjoyment of it.

'Footsteps on the Shore, is a detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey. Like Rebus, Rowson’s DI Andy Horton, if not a loose cannon, is a detective who does not always work within the rules.  As with all Rowson’s novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one.'  Mystery Magazine.


FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE is available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo in Large Print and as unabridged audio book narrated by Gordon Griffin.  Also available for loan in libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.



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Life in the Inspector Ryga Mysteries in 1950s England - DEATH IN THE HARBOUR set in Newhaven

December 1950 - fog and smog. Rationing and austerity. Fractured lives from the aftermath of war. Steam trains, trams and trolley buses...