Pauline Rowson on how she writes her crime novels

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Pauline Rowson’s books are cleverly plotted with lots of twists and turns . . . For anyone who enjoys a gripping crime novel these are a must.” Darren C. Pauline Rowson is a Top 100 Amazon Best Selling author of fast-paced, entertaining crime and mystery novels. Here she discusses writing a crime novel and how she goes about it.  Her gripping crime novels include the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mysteries, the 1950s set Inspector Ryga Mysteries, the Art Marvik mystery thrillers, and standalone mystery thrillers. All her murder mystery novels are set against the back drop of the sea in England.  You can find out more about her crime novels on her website at or on her Amazon Author Pages.

Meet Detective Inspector Andy Horton in Solent Murder Mystery books 13-16

DI Andy Horton has a lot on his plate in these Solent Murder Mysteries 13 to 16! OVER 100,000 BOOKS SOLD!   He’s a risk-taking Harley-Davidson-riding detective who doesn’t always play by the rules . . . which often lands him in trouble with his bosses.   ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Compelling, addictive, gripping well written series with so many twists and turns. Unputdownable. Would make a superb TV series." Amazon  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "So many twists and turns you almost forgot to breathe whilst reading, so many late nights wondering Will Andy get to the truth?" GMW Amazon

How long does it take to write a crime novel?

Pauline Rowson is a Top 100 Amazon Best Selling author of twenty-five crime novels - 16 in the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery series; four in the Art Marvik mysteries; three in the 1950s set Inspector Ryga mysteries and two standlone thrillers. All her crime novels are set agains the backdrop of the sea in the UK. It usually takes me nine months to write a crime novel, six months at a push depending on what else is going on in my life! I like to write the first draft as quickly as I can. I don't do intricate plotting beforehand, I just have a basic idea, a location and usually a body, or an incident, and work on it from there. I also have some brief sketches of new characters who will feature in the book (alongside my regulars) and then I will get cracking. I plot and research as I go along. I usually aim to have the first draft written within three months. I don't word count but write as much, or as little, as the book, my mood and the day demands. Ho

The idea behind THE SOUTH BINNESS MURDERS DI Andy Horton Mystery 16

  Two things inspired me for THE SOUTH BINNESS MURDERS, DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery (16), one, that things aren’t always what they appear to be on the surface, and two the matter of contrasts. In this DI Andy Horton mystery I chose to have a blood-stained abandoned boat belonging to a Portsmouth refuse collector – who could either have had an accident and fallen overboard or been murdered – and an art theft which isn’t an art theft in the usual way.   READ MORE of this article

New audio book release - THE PORTSMOUTH MURDERS, DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery (1)

  The first in the Detective Inspector Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery series (16) THE PORTSMOUTH MURDERS is now available as an audio book. (19 January 2023) THE PORTSMOUTH MURDERS written by Pauline Rowson is narrated by Colin Mace and produced by Saga Egmont.  It is the first in the series of currently sixteen which features the renegade Harley-Davidson riding and sailing detective, DI Andy Horton. Books 1-7 in the best selling DI Andy Horton series are to be released as audio books by Saga Egmont over the next seven months. They are available to buy on many platforms including audible and will also be available for loan in public libraries. The Solent Murder Mystery series written by Pauline Rowson is published by leading independent publisher, Joffe Books. They are consistently in the Top 100 Amazon Best Seller list and have sold over 100,000 copies. Pauline Rowson is also the author of the Art Marvik mystery thrillers (4) and the 1950s set In

January 1951 and Inspector Ryga is sent to a baffling case in Devon

It's a cold wet night in January 1951, the body of a man stabbed through the heart is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is on the case in DEATH IN THE NETS no. 3 in the Inspector Ryga Mysteries. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A nother brilliant story. You can almost feel you're there with the characters. Looking forward to the next book." Kindle Customer   READ MORE

Blood on an abandoned boat, no body, a new mystery for DI Andy Horton

He's back in a new investigation - DI Andy Horton, a risk-taking Harley-Davidson-riding sailing detective who doesn’t always play by the rules . . . which often lands him in trouble with his bosses.  DETECTIVE INSPECTOR ANDY HORTON OVER 100,000 BOOKS SOLD!  The South Binness Murders, no. 16 in the best selling DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery series.  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "This was a really great story with so many interlinking subplots. That they all came together as one at the end shows the mastery of the writer. Would definitely recommend." Amazon  Kindle and paperback