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Did you know? Fascinating Forensic Facts - Death by Crossbow

Thankfully traumatic injuries and deaths caused by crossbows are a rarity.  But it was something that I thought I would introduce in one of my Inspector Andy Horton crime novels, SHROUD OF EVIL to be exact. 

When Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator, he suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation. But when Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious. Immediately, Horton finds himself embroiled in an investigation that has major personal ramifications, and one in which he has no choice but to withhold vital information. As he struggles to crack the case, he knows it is only a question of time before someone discovers he’s kept silent, and when that’s revealed, his part in hindering a major investigation will end his career . . .

You can read a very short extract below.

First here are some fascinating facts I discovered during my research into the pathology of crossbow deaths.

The crossbow has b…

Crime - The Page 69 Test - A Killing Coast -Inspector Andy Horton

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The Page 69 test – A Killing Coast – A DI Andy Horton crime novel
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The writing process a Q & A with crime author, Pauline Rowson

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Here's a Q & A I did for a blog on the writing process. Thought I'd share it here.

1. Where do you do your best  thinking? Walking the coastal paths of the Isle of Wight, Langstone, Chichester and  Portsmouth Harbours where my Inspector Andy Horton crime novels are set.



Also out on research further along the south coast for the Art Marvik mysteries, set in the Southampton (Silent Running) on the beautiful Dorset coast (Dangerous Cargo) and East Sussex at Cuckmere Haven and the Severn Sisters cliffs (Lost Voyage).



2. If you could live anywhere, where  would it be? Where  I  live now in the Solent area of the UK; it’s vibrant, diverse, and in turn  both beautiful and ugly but most of all it’s full of characters and a rich  source of ideas for crime novels.





3. Who was your first literary crush (author or  character) and why? I  had so many when I was discovering the delights of reading, devouring crime  novels by Leslie Charteris featuring Simon Templar, The Saint. Also those…

Pauline Rowson entertains mystery readers from America with tales of her crime novels

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I was delighted to entertain a group of mystery readers from America on the 9 May 2018 who were on a visit to England taking in many literary places including the area where the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels and the Art Marvik mysteries are set.


The Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers, fast-paced, action-packed

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Did you know? Fascinating Forensic Facts – body in the water – not for the faint-hearted

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All my crime novels are set around the sea so it is inevitable that I will have bodies in the water, by the water, and washed up beside the water!

This has meant researching just what happens to a body when it is immersed in the sea. I also have some inside gen on this as my husband was a fire fighter for many years and sadly has been involved in rescuing and fishing out bodies from the sea where we live.

So here you go...

Typically a body in the sea will usually sink and having sunk the body will remain that way until putrefactive gas formation decreases the gravity of the body and creates enough energy for it to rise to the surface and float.  If the villain thinks he or she can get away with this by adding heavy clothing and/or weights to the body then they need to think again because although it will delay the body rising it will not prevent it.  It could, of course, render the victim unrecognisable because the marine life will have made a meal of it, especially the soft tissue but…