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How to develop characters in a crime novel

Creating a likeable, interesting and complex main character, one the reader can have empathy with, one they want to trust, feel his/her pain and disappointments, root for throughout the story is the key to creating a successful and riveting crime novel. But it's not just the main character it's also the supporting cast, the villains and the walk-on parts who all need characteristics that are believable even if they are eccentric. The cast must be real to the writer and therefore real to the reader. "Ms. Rowson's characters are always well-defined and individual people. "Death in the Nets" is another satisfying read, and I look forward to the next in the series."Amazon Customer. Read how I create my characters

Marvik goes undercover to find a killer in mystery thriller SILENT RUNNING

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"Awesome what a story, the amount of research incredible. Love Art, great new hero. More please." After leaving the Marines, Art Marvik, a former Special Boat Services Officer goes undercover to work for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad.  His four missions with the squad - SILENT RUNNING (1), DANGEROUS CARGO (2), LOST VOYAGE (3) and DEAD SEA (4) take him into dangerous and deadly waters as he seeks to find lethal killers whose crimes are steeped in the past. What readers say:  "Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The twists and turns made it quite intriguing and the characters seemed so real. Looking forward to the next book." Amazon Customer "Pauline Rowson has created another character different, but as good as Andy Horton. A thrilling read!" Amazon Customer "Awesome what a story, the amount of research incredible. Love Art, great new hero. More please." "Enjoyed Pauline Rowson's Silent Run

Mystery thrillers - a cracking good series, action fans need Marvik on their radar.

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After leaving the Marines, Art Marvik, a former Special Boat Services Officer with the Commandos goes undercover to work for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad. His four missions with the squad take him into dangerous and deadly waters as he seeks to find lethal killers whose crimes are steeped in the past.

New online crime writing course launched in 2022

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If you wish to be a crime writer & are looking for expert guidance Crafting Crime is a new online course by my fellow crime writers, Martin Edwards award-winning author with Dea Parkin editor-in-chief at Fiction Feedback editorial consultancy.  It's a comprehensive, detailed course guiding you through how to create and construct a crime novel, the options on getting published, advice on editing and how to prepare yourself for a writer’s life.   Check out the website for more details and to watch the video

The Margery Allingham Short Mystery Competition

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     The Crime Writers' Association of which I am member has a number of competitions, prizes and awards open to both published and unpublished crime writers. Entries are now invited from all writers, published or unpublished, writing in English for the Margery Allingham Mystery Competition. The International Margery Allingham Short Mystery Prize is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. The story must not have been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition before. You'll need to follow Margery’s definition of a mystery to be in with the best of chance of winning the prize. “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a Conclusion with an Element of Satisfaction in it.” Closing deadline for submissions is 6pm GMT Monday 28 February 2022. For more information, rules and to submit your entry click here

DEATH IN THE COVE "A totally gripping, atmospheric crime mystery full of twists and turns."

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"For lovers of mysteries without the gory details. Brings the atmosphere and era alive"  "A totally gripping, atmospheric crime mystery full of twists and turns." From the author of the acclaimed DI Andy Horton crime novels and Art Marvik mystery thrillers. Paperback, e book, Kindle, audio book

Well what's in store for 2022?

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With the events of the last two years regarding Covid it's impossible to predict and foolish of anyone to do so. It's a good enough reason for me to slip back into the past with Inspector Ryga in 1951 as my Scotland Yard detective solves another baffling coastal crime. There are currently three in the Inspector Ryga mystery series with number four DEATH IN THE DUNES to be published this year so something to celebrate and look forward to in 2022. I'm not sure exactly when publication will be so watch this space, but it is possible it will be June in time for summer reading. After that?  Will I start writing Inspector Ryga number five? Or perhaps start a brand new series (I have ideas) or write a standalone mystery thriller.  Is there another adventure for former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, now an undercover agent for the UK Police National Intelligence Marine Squad, who currently features in four mystery thrillers? And what of my lovely DI Andy Horton? Ah well news on