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Read an extract from Lost Voyage the third in Pauline Rowson's Art Marvik mystery series

Lost Voyage, number three in the series featuring former Royal Commando, Art Marvik, now an undercover investigator with the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad, is published by Severn House and is available in hardcover and as an ebook.

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

Read an extract from Lost Voyage below:



Marvik once again went over his boat. All was secure. No one had entered it. He swallowed a couple of strong painkillers, then froze as he felt a movement on the pontoon. He steeled himself in readiness. His cabin lights were on. He couldn’t see who it was, only an outline of a dark-clothed figure. There was nowhere to hide. Besides, he wouldn’t hide anyway. This was what he had anticipated. He knew who his visitor was. Had he come alone, though? Had he come with the intention of killing him?

Marvik’s senses were on full alert for the smell of petrol, the placing of an exp…

A Handy Way to Solve Crime - Fascinating forensic facts

What if the only evidence available in a murder investigation is a grainy image of a suspect’s hand? Can the police crack the case?

Well maybe and thanks to a group at the University of Dundee in the UK. The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) can assess vein patterns, scars, nail beds, skin pigmentation and knuckle creases from images of hands to show, with high reliability, that police got the right person in several very serious court cases in the UK.

CAHID specializes in human identification, and was also the group that famously reconstructed King Richard III’s face after his body was found in a car park in Leicester in 2012.

I don't think it will be long before my Inspector Andy Horton is using this in his criminal investigations in the heart of the waterfront city of Portsmouth (UK) 

Read the full article: A Handy Way to Solve Crime - D-brief: How to catch a criminal with just an image of their hand.


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Fascinating facts uncovered while with Art Marvik on Lost Voyage

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While researching for the third Art Marvik mystery, Lost Voyage, I discovered quite a lot about the ship recycling business.

In Lost Voyage, the Mary Jo, a salvage tug, went missing in 2003 on its way to Newfoundland where it was to tow an obsolete Russian cruise ship back to Britain for recycling. Some decades later, in the present day, someone claims to have found the Mary Jo locked in the Arctic ice, it is a claim that sparks a series of murders and Marvik’s mission for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) is to discover the secret of the Mary Jo and find a ruthless assassin who has embarked on a slaying spree to prevent it from ever being revealed.

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

Ship Recycling The term ship recycling didn’t actually come into being until 1999. Today they manage to reuse about ninety-eight percent of the ship’s weight, recycling steel and other metals. The value …

Read an extract from the NEW Art Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage by Pauline Rowson

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Read an Extract from the Art Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage, number three in the series published by Severn House in hardcover and as an ebook in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

Art Marvik, former Royal Marine Commando, is surprised to receive an unexpected summons to meet Helen Shannon, a woman he helped on his first mission, in the middle of the night. When a body is discovered in her flat, Marvik is convinced that Helen is being framed for murder, but why and by whom? Shortly afterwards, the head of the National Marine Intelligence Squad, Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder, asks him to investigate the disappearance of a salvage vessel, the Mary Jo, which went missing in 2003. As he delves into the past, it becomes clear that Marvik faces a desperate battle to keep Helen and others safe from a ruthless assassin – one who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed.

Here’s a preview of Lost Voyage "Plenty of action, …

Lost Voyage, the new Art Marvik mystery, by Pauline Rowson

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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

Lost Voyage, the third in the crime series to feature former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS)

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


Marvik is surprised to receive an unexpected summons to meet Helen Shannon, a woman he helped on his first mission. When a body is discovered in her flat, Marvik is convinced that Helen is being framed for murder, but why and by whom? Before he has a chance to follow it up, the head of the National Marine Intelligence Squad, (NIMS) Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder, asks Marvik to investigate the disappearance of a salvage vessel, the Mary Jo, which went missing in 2003.  As Marvik delves int…

See where the Marvik Mysteries by Pauline Rowson are set

Former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer Art Marvik is tough, highly trained, fearless, intelligent and fit but injuries inflicted while in combat have forced him to leave the marines and seek a new life in Civvy Street. Marvik’s not sure what lies ahead for him but when his former Royal Marine comrade, Shaun Strathen, enlists his help to find a missing computer scientist and a former girlfriend of Marvik’s goes missing after visiting him in his remote Isle of Wight cottage Marvik finds himself attached to the UK's newly formed and covert National Marine Intelligence Squad (NIMS) led by Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder.


Silent Running launches Marvik on a new career as an undercover investigator. His second mission takes him to the Dorset Jurassic Coast in Dangerous Cargo and his third, in Lost Voyage, along the East Sussex coast to the cliffs of the Severn Sisters and the port of Newhaven and the seaside town of Eastbourne. See where the M…

Location map - visit Inspector Andy Horton's Patch

I have often been asked for a map showing the locations of the various Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels.  Well at last here it is courtesy of Google Maps!  Click on the markers to see where each of the Inspector Andy  Horton novels is set and a book description and jacket cover will pop up.

It's been fun creating it. I hope you have fun viewing it.  Do let me know if you have any comments or suggestions to make to add or improve it.






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The story behind Art Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage, by Pauline Rowson

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How do you find a ghost ship once the trail has gone cold?  And how do you locate it if it has been lost in the frozen seas of the Arctic? 
These were two questions that sparked the idea for the third in the Art Marvik mystery series, LOST VOYAGE. It also fitted neatly with the fact that Marvik’s late father, Dan Coulter, was a renowned oceanographer with a special interest in the Arctic and it had been the Arctic where he had met Marvik’s mother, Eerika, a marine archaeologist while working on a joint expedition with Norway in 1989.

I decided to conduct further research

Desk bound research I hasten to add rather than physically embarking on an expedition to the Arctic. I’ll leave the tough stuff to my fictional characters.


I discovered that historically difficult to access, the Arctic Ocean once viewed as a remote and barren landscape has now become the fastest warming region of the globe because of climate changes.  On current predictions the entire Arctic Ocean will become ice-fre…

Many congratulations to Gordon Griffin narrator of the Inspector Andy Horton audio books

Congratulations to Gordon Griffin the narrator of my Inspector Andy Horton audio books on receiving his MBE from her Majesty the Queen . Gordon has recorded almost 700 audio books, (not all mine!)


Gordon Griffin has recorded almost 700 audio books for the @RNIB. Today he received an #MBE for services to people with sight impairment. pic.twitter.com/XXy2QroZ5C — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 7, 2017



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Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Fast-paced, action-packed marine mystery crime novels featuring undercover investigator, Art Marvik

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'Action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist.

Fast-paced, action-packed crime novels featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, now an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS).

'Delivering more than enough action to keep adrenaline junkies reading.'

Lost Voyage the third in the Art Marvik marine thriller series now published in the USA in hardcover and as an e book worldwide. Available on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

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

Where to Pauline Rowson's crime novels Pauline Rowson's books USAPauline Rowson's books UK From your local bookshop Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from…

What's on in November

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November kicks off with the publication in the USA in hardback and the worldwide publication of the ebook of LOST VOYAGE, the third in the Art Marvik marine mystery series. LOST VOYAGE is already published in the UK. It is the third in the marine mystery series to feature undercover investigator, Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine who is now engaged on missions for the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS).

Reviews for LOST VOYAGE have been good. Here are a couple: "Rowson strikes a nice balance between thriller and puzzler in the third in the series."' Kirkus Reviews, and "Plenty of action, I didn't want to put the book down. A good read for mystery/ thriller fans." Net Galley

In LOST VOYAGE 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 salvage vessel lost at sea, the Mary Jo, from ever being exposed.

LOST VOYAGE is published by Severn House and is ava…

Lost Voyage the new Art Mavik mystery thriller by Pauline Rowson published in the USA

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Lost Voyage, the third in the marine mystery series of crime novels to feature former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS), has been published by Severn House in hardcover in the USA (1November 2017). It is also released as an ebook worldwide and was published in hardcover in the UK in July 2017

Lost Voyage is set on the South Coast of England and has received some glowing reviews.

Kirkus Reviews says, "Rowson strikes a nice balance between thriller and puzzler in the third in the series,"' and  from Net Galley,  "Plenty of action, I didn't want to put the book down. A good read for mystery/ thriller fans."



In LOST VOYAGE Marvik is surprised to receive an unexpected summons to meet Helen Shannon, a woman he helped on his first mission. When a body is discovered in her flat, Marvik is convinced that Helen is being framed for murder, but why and by whom? Before he …

CSI - Crime Scene Investigations - where crime fiction meets crime fact - slide show

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Pauline Rowson is the originator of CSI Portsmouth and CSI Southampton and has also been involved in CSI Winchester, CSI Basingstoke and CSI Newcastle bringing together a number of crime experts, police and crime authors to discuss crime fiction versus crime fact.

The events have been hugely popular with audiences who not only have the chance to meet their favourite crime writers but also hear first hand from the people doing the jobs, how a crime scene really works, how detectives in the drug squad, the major and serious crime teams, the cyber unit and marine unit operate.  What the fingerprint team and footwear examiners do, the role forensic psychologists and forensic scientists play in the gathering of evidence and the solving of crime.

Crime authors who have appeared at CSI events with Pauline Rowson include Ann Cleeves, M. C Beaton, Mark Billingham, Hilary Bonner, Sharon Bolton, Stephen Booth, Simon Brett, Natasha Cooper, Elly Griffiths, Mari Hannah, June Hampson,…

CSI Southampton a big hit with the audience

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The audience at CSI Southampton on Saturday 28 October, held at Southampton Library as part of the So To Speak Festival, were enthralled as they listened to the panel of crime experts and crime authors debate crime fiction and crime fact.

Carolyn Lovell, Temporary Deputy Head of Scientific Services, Crime Scene Investigations, Hampshire Police explained how a crime scene is worked and talked about the areas of investigation that have most intrigued her and her successes.  She oversees the provision of forensic services for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and provides forensic consultancy advice and training to external agencies. She has vast experience in managing numerous serious and major crime scenes and this was clearly evident on the panel and when answering questions from the audience.

With her on the panel was Detective Chief Inspector Mandy Horsburgh from Hampshire Police who talked about her involvement in major crimes including investigating the most serious violent drug-rel…