Unravel a mystery for Christmas - tantalising crime mystery fiction by Pauline Rowson





Our Christmas campaign has kicked off, why not unravel a mystery at Christmas! There are plenty to choose from full of twists and turns to delight crime fiction fans. Available in paperback, ebook, Kindle and Kobo and some are also available as audio books.

There's the rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective, DI Andy Horton, who appears in fourteen crime novels; Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando now working as an undercover investigator for the police specialist marine intelligence unit (3); two standalone thrillers IN COLD DAYLIGHT and IN FOR THE KILL and the new 1950 set mystery, introducing Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga, who is sent to the Dorset coast to investigate why the body of a man wearing a pin striped suit has been found murdered in the isolated Church Ope Cove.

So go on grab a crime novel for Christmas for an entertaining and intriguing read.

The Inspector Ryga 1950 set mysteries

Death in the Cove

The DI Andy Horton mysteries in order

Tide of Death
Deadly Waters
The Suffocating Sea
Dead Man's Wharf
Blood on the Sand
Footsteps on the Shore
A Killing Coast
Death Lies Beneath
Undercurrent
Death Surge
Shroud of Evil
Fatal Catch
Lethal Waves
Dead Passage

The Art Marvik mystery thrillers

Silent Running
Dangerous Cargo
Lost Voyage

Standalone thrillers

In Cold Daylight
In For The Kill


What's on in December 2019

It's the end of the calendar year already and it only seems like a few days ago I was writing December's 2018 blog! Christmas and the holidays will soon be on us, so if you would like to lose yourself in a mystery for Christmas then I'd be delighted if you were to choose one of mine.  Or perhaps buy one of my twenty crime novels as a gift for friends and family members. There are fourteen in the DI Andy Horton series; three Art Marvik mystery thrillers, two standalone thrillers, IN COLD DAYLIGHT and IN FOR THE KILL and if you fancy stepping back into 1950 then you can help Inspector Ryga solve the mystery in DEATH IN THE COVE.




For me December is a quiet month where talks are concerned so I'll be spending the time working out the plot for number three in the Inspector Ryga mystery series, and  writing the first draft. I have in fact already written chapter one. The second Inspector Ryga will be published in 2020.

And for those of you wondering about DI Andy Horton, well number fifteen is written and is with my editor. I am hoping that will be published either late 2020 or early 2021.

Aside from plot forming and writing. I hope to take some time on here to look back at 2019, and sorting out my office!

If you fancy reading a Christmas set story then two DI Andy Horton mysteries are set in December: THE SUFFOCATING SEA and FATAL CATCH and my mystery thriller, IN COLD DAYLIGHT is also set in December.



Happy reading.




Riveting reads for Christmas - visit my Amazon Bookstore for mystery thrillers

If crime and mystery novels are your cup of tea  then there are fourteen to choose from in the DI Andy Horton series; three Art Marvik mystery thrillers and if you fancy stepping back to 1950 England, then why not help Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga investigate a baffling case on the Island of Portland Dorset in DEATH IN THE COVE.

Below are the DI Andy Horton novels in order, the Art Marvik mysteries in order and these and DEATH IN THE COVE are available in paperback, ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and some as audio books.  Happy Reading.


The DI Andy Horton novels in order then with the first in the series listed at the top, are:

Tide of Death
Deadly Waters
The Suffocating Sea
Dead Man's Wharf
Blood on the Sand
Footsteps on the Shore
A Killing Coast
Death Lies Beneath
Undercurrent
Death Surge
Shroud of Evil
Fatal Catch
Lethal Waves
Dead Passage

The Art Marvik mystery thrillers

If you enjoy the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels you might like the crime novels featuring former Royal Marine Commando Art Marvik, now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad

Silent Running (1)
Dangerous Cargo (2)
Lost Voyage (3)

The Inspector Alun Ryga Mysteries (set in 1950 England)

Death in the Cove (1)

The second Inspector Ryga mystery is to be published in 2020

Plenty to chose from.

Murder at Mayfair with Central Bournemouth Probus

OK so it's not the name of my new mystery and it's not in London but at an hotel in Bournemouth on the south coast of England where I was delighted to entertain members of  Central Bournemouth Probus Club on Tuesday 19 November.



Bournemouth Central Probus, Pauline Rowson how she writes her mystery crime novels

I talked about my fictional sleuths, the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton, whose patch is Portsmouth, and who features in 14 crime novels; my undercover investigator, Art Marvik a former Royal Marine Commando in 3 mystery thrillers, and my new fictional sleuth, Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga who is introduced in the first of a new 1950 set mystery series, DEATH IN THE COVE.

Bournemouth Central Probus Pauline Rowson talking about her 1950 mystery DEATH IN THE COVE



I explained how I come up with ideas for my crime novels of which there are now twenty and how I turn these ideas into multi-layered plots full of twists and turns, clues and Red Herrings, of course.

I also told the audience how I develop my plots by creating a storyboard; how I create the characters using spider grams and how I research the police procedure and the forensic aspects of the novels drawing on not only the Internet but the many police and forensic experts I know.

Bournemouth Central Probus Pauline Rowson demonstrating how she develops characters and plot lines

Following my talk, as always,  there was a lively question and answer session and a book signing.  It was a great pleasure to meet everyone.


DEAD PASSAGE is the latest Inspector Andy Horton mystery to be published, number 14 in the series. Available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.


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.

"A detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey." Mystery People Magazine









Lost Voyage is the latest Art Marvik mystery thriller, number 3 in the series. Published in hardcover, paperback, and e book.

Marvik faces a desperate battle to save others from a ruthless assassin who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed


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






 

DEATH IN THE COVE is set on Portland Island, Dorset published in paperback, as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and as an audio book.

England 1950, a country still struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing.

When the body of a man dressed in a pinstriped suit is discovered by war photographer, Eva Paisley, in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset, Inspector Alun Ryga of Scotland Yard is sent to investigate.  Recently promoted, the thoughtful, observant Ryga, is on his first solo investigation outside of London, and is keen to prove his worth. Ignoring the warnings of the local police inspector, and the Dorset Chief Constable, that his trust in Eva Paisley is misjudged, Ryga quickly realises that her observations could provide the breakthrough he needs in a complex murder investigation and the answer to the haunting circumstances that have sent the man in the pinstriped suit to his death.


Life in Inspector Ryga's era, 1950 England in DEATH IN THE COVE

DEATH IN THE COVE is my twentieth crime novel and my first historical mystery.

'Don’t miss this first book in what is sure to be a first-class series. Whilst the murderer is unmasked there are left some tempting hooks for the next book.  Highly recommended.' Mystery People Magazine

The 1950s is an era caught between the aftermath of the war and the beginning of the cultural and social revolution of the ‘swinging sixties’.

Rationing of some goods is still in operation. There are severe shortages of many consumer products, ‘make-do-and-mend’ carries on as does the black market.

Inspector Ryga's world in 1950 England


Open fires, coal dust and soot. Fog and smog.

Few vacuum cleaners. Even fewer refrigerators and hardly any washing machines.

Bread, milk and coal were delivered to your doorstep, with bread unwrapped and left on the window ledge or doorstep.

A knife sharpener came round regularly, heavy laundry (sheets and towels) were often sent out to the laundry for those who could afford it, otherwise it was boiling on the stove, hand washing and a mangle.

Running hot water was none existence in many homes as were bathrooms. Tinned baths in front of the fire once a week sufficed.

Families washed in the kitchen (scullery) and toilets were shared between houses and out the back (depending on where you lived).

Children played in the street, on a recreation ground and on bombsites and were NEVER supervised by adults. Often a big brother or sister would be in charge.

There were few cars and lorries. There were trams, trolley buses and steam trains (although there were some electric and diesel trains).

Abortions were illegal, back street practitioners flourished. There was a social stigma attached to illegitimacy, divorce was not acceptable in many circles. Homosexuality was illegal.

Capital punishment was still in operation.

1950 then, and the ensuing decade, is an interesting and fascinating era to set down my new detective, Inspector Alun Ryga.

What are your memories of the 1950s?


'Death in the Cove is a great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine

Newly promoted at Scotland Yard, Ryga is on his first solo investigation outside of London, he has to solve the mystery of why a man in a pin-striped suit is found murdered in an isolated cove on the Island of Portland in Dorset.

"Ryga studied the face of the dead man with interest. Death no longer had the power to shock him. He’d seen too much of it. That didn’t mean he didn’t feel sorrow, pity, anger or despair, or sometimes all four emotions and in such a swift succession that they became one. This time he felt none of these, only professional curiosity.”

Available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and also as an audio book, narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and published by B7 Media. Download the audio book




DI Andy Horton on the trail of a killer in DEAD PASSAGE

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 he past the past. DEAD PASSAGE available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo. 



Pauline Rowson explains why she set her mystery DEATH IN THE COVE in 1950

DEATH IN THE COVE is my twentieth crime novel and my first historical mystery. My other nineteen crime novels are all contemporary with fourteen featuring my rugged and flawed Portsmouth based detective, DI Andy Horton; three starring former Royal Marine Commando but damaged Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad, and two standalone thrillers.

When I first started writing novels long ago they were in fact historical sagas. As I wrote more of them I kept finding a criminal element creeping into the story line. None of those novels have ever been published and after many rejections I turned to writing contemporary crime novels. DI Andy Horton was created in TIDE OF DEATH and published in 2006 and the rest they say is history.

But somewhere within me must have lurked that historical itch and so after nineteen contemporary crime novels I decided to scratch it. Hence Inspector Alun Ryga in DEATH IN THE COVE.

I choose the starting point for the novels as 1950 because it is a fascinating time. An era caught between the aftermath of the war and the beginning of the cultural and social revolution of the ‘swinging sixties’. Memories of the war are very strong, and the fear of more world conflicts haunt people. The Korean War is in progress and National Service has been extended. All around is the legacy of the war with bombsites and rubble, bombed out buildings and houses, abandoned military bases in the country and overgrown pillboxes and batteries littering the coast.

With the housing shortages caused by the bombing many are living in privately rented dinghy cramped bedsits and poor quality houses with little privacy, comfort and warmth. Or in prefabs, railway carriages, houseboats, or huts. The housing boom and erection of new towns and cities has yet to materialise.

Rationing of some goods is still in operation. There are severe shortages of many consumer products, ‘make-do-and-mend’ carries on as does the black market.

And there are many fractured lives – widows and widowers, mothers and fathers who have lost sons and daughters, people maimed and scarred both physically and emotionally. Others, who after experiencing the adrenalin rush of combat and a varied and exciting life, finding it hard to adjust, some seek ways to cope through alcohol, crime, and substance abuse.

Many women who worked in the war are now back at home, some pleased to be, others very much less so. They’re not expected to have careers, but jobs to tide them over before they marry and have children.

After the war came the nationalisation of the coal mines, the railways, the Bank of England and the iron and steel industry. The creation of the free National Health Service has improved the quality of medical care, especially for the elderly, women and the poor.

Policing in the 1950s was also vastly different, no mobile phones, no dashing about and no computers so it was extremely interesting to research and write from both the social and the police point of view.

1950 then, and the ensuing decade, is an interesting and fascinating era to set down my new detective, Inspector Alun Ryga.

What are your memories of the 1950s?


'Death in the Cove is a great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine

Newly promoted at Scotland Yard, Ryga is on his first solo investigation outside of London, he has to solve the mystery of why a man in a pin-striped suit is found murdered in an isolated cove on the Island of Portland in Dorset.

"Ryga studied the face of the dead man with interest. Death no longer had the power to shock him. He’d seen too much of it. That didn’t mean he didn’t feel sorrow, pity, anger or despair, or sometimes all four emotions and in such a swift succession that they became one. This time he felt none of these, only professional curiosity.”


Available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and also as an audio book, narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and published by B7 Media. Download the audio book.



With murder in mind at the Women's Institute

I was delighted to entertain members of Woodlands (New Forest) Women's Institute on Wednesday 6 November 2019 with tales of the murderous goings on in my crime novels, all set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

Woodlands WI Pauline Rowson entertaining members with tales of her fictional sleuths

My fictional sleuths have been busy solving twenty crimes. There's the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, DI Andy Horton, (14) my undercover investigator, Art Marvik a former Royal Marine Commando (3) my two standalone thrillers, Adam Green in  IN COLD DAYLIGHT and Alex Albury in IN FOR THE KILL and my most recent sleuth,  Inspector Alun Ryga who is introduced in my new 1950 set mystery, DEATH IN THE COVE.

Woodlands WI Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels

I talked about how locations provide the inspiration for my mystery crime novels; how I develop the plots; create the characters and how I conduct the research.  Following my talk there was a lively question and answer session , a book signing and yummy homemade cake!


Woodlands WI Pauline Rowson explaining how she plots her novels

  

DEAD PASSAGE is the latest Inspector Andy Horton mystery to be published, number 14 in the series. Available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
 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.  
"A detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey." Mystery People Magazine 
DEATH IN THE COVE is published in paperback, ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an  audio book narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and published by B7 Media. 

England 1950, a country still struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing.  

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

Unravel a mystery for Christmas - tantalising crime mystery fiction by Pauline Rowson

Our Christmas campaign has kicked off, why not unravel a mystery at Christmas! There are plenty to choose from full of twists and turn...