Friday, 15 October 2021

An investigation in October for DI Andy Horon in SHROUD OF EVIL

 

Shroud of Evil, Inspector Andy Horton (11)


Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline Rowson

DI Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator.  Irritated at being assigned such a low-ranking investigation, Horton suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation but when Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious.

"A compelling protagonist and mounting suspense make the book hard to put down." Publishers Weekly




DI Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator. The formidable Eunice Swallows, Kenton’s business partner, seems unwilling to give Horton any useful information, and Horton – irritated at being assigned such a low-ranking investigation – suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation. Either Kenton is with a woman, or he’s stolen from a client and absconded with the money.  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 . . .

Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. Pauline Rowson has been hailed as "redefining the genre of  the police drama”. Her cops are tough yet fallible.


Inspector Andy Horton


Inspector Andy Horton is a flawed and rugged cop, instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. A man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future. Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife, the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea. When fighting crime he is prepared to take risks and is fearless in his search for justice. He's been raised in children's homes and foster homes after his mother abandoned him as a child. He has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.


Compelling, multi-layered, gripping, a great read for mystery lovers.


The DI Andy Horton books in order


Reviews

"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club

"I was gripped until the last page of this very well structured and plotted story. This was the best book of hers that I have read so far. Very enjoyable and recommended." Eurocrime

"Yet another brilliant installment in a thoroughly enjoyable, original crime series by a talented British author. Full of twists and turns, colourful characters and hints of disharmony and mistrust between colleagues in the police force."

"A traditional whodunit with modern twists and realistic procedural content, and unlike most of today's authors, she doesn’t flood each chapter with unnecessary violence."


Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Writing a crime novel - How I plot my novels

Crime author Pauline Rowson talks to John A. Hoda. This is a short extract from the full interview of "My Favourite Detective Podcast, Episode 136"

Pauline Rowson is the author of twenty-four crime novels: fifteen in the DI Andy Horton series; four Art Marvik mystery thrillers; three in the 1950s set Inspector Ryga mystery series and two standalone mystery thrillers. All her fast-paced crime novels are set against the back drop of the sea in England.



 

Pauline Rowson's gripping, entertaining crime novels full of twists and turns

Pauline Rowson's crime novels
If you enjoy reading gripping, fast-paced crime novels full of twists and turns, compelling and multi-layered with great characters and stories that keep you guessing right to the end then Pauline Rowson's crime novels are right up your street. 

Set against the back drop of the ever changing sea on the South Coast of England. 


Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books

Monday, 11 October 2021

Revealing the secrets of succesful crime writing

 

Saturday 13 November 2021 - Portsmouth Library 10.30am -12.00


 

Crime author Pauline Rowson will be revealing the secrets of successful crime writing and talking about her fictional sleuths at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 13 November between 10.30am and 12 noon. Her talk will be followed by a book signing. All proceeds to the Read Easy Charity. Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups.

Tickets £5.00

To book a place e mail:  portsmouthadmin@readeasy.org.uk



Crime author Pauline Rowson provides a fascinating insight into the world of crime writing. She talks about the secrets of successful crime writing; how she plots, researches and writes her internationally acclaimed mystery novels; and the inspiration behind her fictional sleuths - DI Andy Horton (15), Art Marvik (4) and her 1950 set Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga (3) 

Pauline is a very entertaining, inspiring and much-in-demand speaker. She gives talks to many organisations, including U3As, Womens Institutes, Probus Clubs, charities, retirement associations, libraries and others.



If you would like to book Pauline Rowson to give a talk to your organisation, or at your library then please Contact Us.

 

Friday, 8 October 2021

Writing a crime novel - creating characters in my DI Andy Horton crime novels and constructing plot lines

Listen to my Podcast - #writing a crime novel - talking about my regular characters in my DI Andy Horton crime novels and constructing plot lines  

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Choosing characters names in a novel

Crime author Pauline Rowson talks to John A. Hoda. This is a short extract from the full interview of "My Favourite Detective Podcast, Episode 136"

Pauline Rowson is the author of twenty-four crime novels: fifteen in the DI Andy Horton series; four Art Marvik mystery thrillers; three in the 1950s set Inspector Ryga mystery series and two standalone mystery thrillers. All her fast-paced crime novels are set against the back drop of the sea in England. 

 

 

 

Pauline Rowson's gripping, entertaining crime novels full of twists and turns

Pauline Rowson's crime novels
If you enjoy reading gripping, fast-paced crime novels full of twists and turns, compelling and multi-layered with great characters and stories that keep you guessing right to the end then Pauline Rowson's crime novels are right up your street. 

Set against the back drop of the ever changing sea on the South Coast of England. 


Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Crack open the champagne Inspector Ryga has arrived in Brxiham, Devon to solve a new baffling coastal crime





A cold wet January night, the body of a man stabbed through the heart, is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon.

After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him. 

Published in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle

 

 

Monday, 4 October 2021

Happy Book Birthday to Inspector Ryga in DEATH IN THE NETS, mystery (3) by Pauline Rowson

 
Happy Book Birthday to Inspector Ryga in murder mystery DEATH IN THE NETS, number three in the series by Pauline Rowson.

A cold wet January night, the body of a man stabbed through the heart, is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon.


After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.



Death in the Nets by Pauline Rowson is published in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle.



Where to buy


Pauline Rowson's books are available from all good booksellers in paperback, hardback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Books and Apple Books.  Some are also available as  audio books.

They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

 

 

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Climb aboard the steam train with Inspector Ryga in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR

Inspector Ryga is on his way to the port of Newhaven, East Sussex to investigate why an ordinary police constable has met his death in the harbour and his sensible, law-abiding wife has gone missing. 

In this extract from the audio book of DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, former war photographer, Eva Paisley joins Inspector Ryga. The audio book is read by actor Jonathan Rhodes and produced by B7 Media. It is available on Audible.  Written by Pauline Rowson, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR no 3 in the Inspector Ryga series is also available in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle.


 

Saturday, 2 October 2021

October 2021 sees the publication of Inspector Ryga Mystery (3) DEATH IN THE NETS

 

Death in the Nets, the Inspector Ryga Mystery by Pauline RowsonoThe big news for October 2021 is the publication of number three in the 1950s set Inspector Ryga murder mystery series, DEATH IN THE NETS.

Escaping to the 1950s was the perfect antidote to turbulent Covid times for me writing the third Inspector Ryga mystery, DEATH IN THE NETS.

DEATH IN THE NETS is set in January 1951 in the small fishing town of Brixham in Devon, England where the body of a man stabbed through the heart is found tangled up in fishing nets.

After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.

Ryga's experience at sea, and as a German prisoner-of-war, has made him unique in his approach to solving coastal based crimes.  He's observant, analytical and reflective.  He's witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge.  Ryga once again teams up with former war photographer Eva Paisley. Eva is the opposite of Ryga in terms of personality, she is forthright, sociable, and comfortable in her own skin, professional with a successful career, and a formidable reputation behind her, along with a taste for danger. Her observations seen through the lens of her camera are disturbing, enlightening and thought provoking. Ryga fully acknowledges this and together they make a formidable team - villains beware! 

DEATH IN THE NETS is published in paperback, ebook, and on Amazon Kindle.  DEATH IN THE COVE (1) and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (2) are also available as audio books narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and published by B7 Media available on Audible.


Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline Rowson

Also in October DI Andy Horton has a complex investigation to solve in SHROUD OF EVIL

DI Andy Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator.   Horton suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation, that Kenton has gone off with a woman or absconded with his clients' fees but when Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious.

"A compelling protagonist and mounting suspense make the book hard to put down." Publishers Weekly

SHROUD OF EVIL, secrets, lies, exploitation and murder. Secrets can be kept for years, as they have been by those involved in the murder investigation in Shroud of Evil  but it is one person’s determination to expose a secret and exploit it for his own gain that rips apart the fabric of many lives.  And once a secret is exposed nothing is ever the same again. 

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 could end his career.

You can read more about Andy Horton and his investigations here.

In October I will be continuing to write Inspector Ryga mystery number four with DI Andy Horton number sixteen progressing well and still scheduled for publication late spring/early summer 2022.

Where to buy Pauline Rowson's crime mystery thrillers



Friday, 1 October 2021

Inspector Ryga interviews the hall porter in 1950s set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE

Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga's experience at sea in the Merchant Navy, and as a prisoner-of-war, has made him unique in his approach to solving coastal based crimes.  He's observant, analytical and reflective.  He's witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge. Ryga  teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley, in DEATH IN THE COVE (1) set on the Island of Portland, Dorset; DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (2) set in Newhaven Port, East Sussex, and DEATH IN THE NETS (3) set in the fishing port of Brixham, Devon in these atmospheric 1950s set mysteries.

Available in paperback, ebook, Amazon Kindle and as an audio book. 


 

Thursday, 30 September 2021

How do you create a strong character in a crime novel?

What makes a strong central character in a crime novel?

 
Inspector Andy Horton has been described as 'an especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage - an abrasive supervisor (DCI Lorraine Bliss) and an antagonistic soon to be ex wife.' Booklist (USA) Footsteps on the Shore
 
Heroes in crime novels are often ordinary people with their own set of problems and the key to producing a successful crime novel is not necessarily that the hero saves the world, aka James Bond, but that he also learns something about himself along the way. In addition, putting ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances builds tension and readers tend to support characters in which they recognise certain traits they have themselves.

Inspector Andy Horton is a man defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future. Horton is instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. A dry sense of humour is the key to his investigative approach and deep sense of justice. His greatest strength is his ability to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right. He's especially tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of the people in the children’s homes in which he’s been raised. When this happens, when his guard slips, he’s like a raw nerve. He fears his emotions will betray him.

He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels like he’s the only person looking out for them; the only one who can bring the guilty to justice so that the dead can rest. No one cared about him when he was a child; he won’t let that happen to anyone else.

Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife following a gross misconduct charge ) of which he was innocent) TIDE OF DEATH (1) the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea or fighting crime. Raised in children's homes after his mother abandoned him as a child he has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.

Many readers ask me will Andy get back with his wife, Catherine? Will Catherine grant him greater access to their young daughter, Emma? Will Andy discover the truth about his mother's disappearance? Is his mother alive or dead? And can't Andy's nit picking boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss disappear somewhere...before Andy throttles her!!

These are not the main strands of the novels - fifteen now in the series - but they are the things that have shaped Andy Horton and make him what he is and therefore this affects his decisions and his interactions with his colleagues and the villains.

For me it is also important to write the stories I like to read, which is crime and thriller novels which have good strong characters and an intriguing and often complex plot that stimulates 'the little grey cells'. I don't do gratuitous violence and I don't write hard boiled crime. That isn't to say there aren't gory bits in my novels but I am not out to shock simply to entertain, excite and intrigue. Quite a tall order!

But perhaps to some degree I hopefully achieve this as readers often ask me questions about my flawed and rugged detective's troubled personal life: will Andy get back with his wife, Catherine? Will Catherine grant him greater access to their young daughter, Emma? Will Andy discover the truth about his mother's disappearance? Is his mother, Jennifer, alive or dead? And can't Andy's nit picking boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss disappear somewhere...before Andy throttles her!!

What drives Inspector Ryga in the 1950s set mystery series?

Scotland Yard detective, Ryga, is sent out to investigate baffling coastal crimes. Ryga, a former German prisoner-of-war, teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley, in DEATH IN THE COVE, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR  and DEATH IN THE NETS. It is a partnership set to continue and destined to solve many more a multi-layered coastal crimes.

Ryga's experience at sea, and as a prisoner-of-war, has made him unique in his approach to solving coastal based crimes. He's observant, analytical and reflective. He's witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge.

Whereas Ryga is quiet, reflective, analytical, Eva is very self-assured. She’s forthright, sociable, and comfortable in her own skin, professional with a successful career, a formidable reputation behind her, along with a taste for danger. Her observations seen through the lens of her camera are disturbing, enlightening and thought provoking.

They make a formidable team - villains beware!

What makes Art Marvik tick?


Marvik's life changed when at the age of eleven in 1991 he was sent to boarding school in England by his parents, Professor Dan Coulter a renowned oceanographer and Dr Eerika Marvik an equally renowned marine archeologist. Prior to that Marvik had travelled the world with them on their research vessel where he was home taught. He viewed his dismissal as abandonment and their deaths in 1997 from an underwater earth tremour while diving in the Straits of Malacca with anger which lay buried deep within him. As soon as he was seventeen he enlisted in the Royal Marines and put his parents, their life and their wealth behind him. Langton, the psychiatrist who treated him after a head injury sustained in combat, said Marvik was running away from his emotions, maybe he was, but as far as he was concerned he would continue running, the past was the past, except he begins to find on his dismissal from the Marines because of his injuries that the past has a nasty habit of catching up with you.

Marvik is very much an action-man, fearless, fit but with a deep-seated vulnerability. In Civy Street he's like a fish out of water. He thought he’d be able to adjust and carve out a new career for himself, preferably on the sea, but his first job as a private maritime security operative goes very wrong when the luxury motor cruiser he was travelling on and had been detailed to guard, gets attacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean, and Marvik finds himself with a bullet in his shoulder and the boat’s owner dead. He’d failed on his first mission in civilian life, and the first in the series SILENT RUNNING opens with him reeling from it.

Marvik has isolated himself in a remote cottage on the Isle of Wight uncertain of the future for the first time in his life. Lacking in confidence, hesitant and adrift he despises himself for being so weak. Even when a former marine colleague, Special Services Intelligence Officer, Shaun Strathen, renews Marvik’s acquaintance and asks for his help to locate a missing research scientist, Marvik fails to find him in a ruined cottage on the Isle of Wight coast. Strathen has also been injured in combat in Afghanistan and has been invalided out of the marines. He’s set himself up as a specialist security consultant to businesses and even with a prosthetic leg seems to have adjusted to life better than Marvik. Sick of himself Marvik returns on his motorboat to his rented cottage only to find he has a visitor, a former girlfriend and a navy nurse, Charlotte Churley, who insists she’s being followed. Marvik is ready to dismiss this as a symptom of overwork until Charlotte goes missing. Then Marvik finds he has the chance to work undercover for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad on dangerous assignments, which he relishes but there's still that itch that needs to be scratched. How can he lay his parents ghosts to rest and move forward?

In my view readers want to get stuck into a good crime novel, or mystery, which provides entertainment and a puzzle to solve, while at the same time care and feel for the characters.

I hope to have achieved this with my crime novels.

Pauline Rowson's gripping, entertaining crime novels full of twists and turns

Pauline Rowson's crime novels
If you enjoy reading gripping, fast-paced crime novels full of twists and turns, compelling and multi-layered with great characters and stories that keep you guessing right to the end then Pauline Rowson's crime novels are right up your street. 

Set against the back drop of the ever changing sea on the South Coast of England. 


Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

DEATH IN THE NETS, a gripping Inspector Ryga 1950s set murder mystery by Pauline Rowson

A cold wet January night in 1951, the body of a man stabbed through the heart, is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon, England. After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga, accompanied by former war photographer Eva Paisley, is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him. 

Available in paperback, as an e book and on Amazon Kindle.


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Pauline Rowson on the emotional baggage behind her fictional characters

An extract from my interview with John A Hoda on his My Favourite Detective Podcast show.

Listen to the full interview of "My Favourite Detective Podcast, Episode 136". On it I talk about my fictional characters: DI Andy Horton; Art Marvik and my 1950s set detective, Inspector Ryga, also how I write and how I plot and research my crime novels.

This extract I'm talking about the emotional baggage of my three series heroes/protagonists. 

 

Monday, 27 September 2021

Death in the Nets, Inspector Ryga Mystery (3) of three in the 1950s set series

 

Death in the Nets, Inspector Ryga Mystery (3)


A cold wet January night, the body of a man stabbed through the heart, is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon.

After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.

Published 4 October 2021 in paperback and as an e book




Former war photographer, Eva Paisley, insists that Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga, return with her to the Devon coast where she has been staying with a friend, a former refugee from Belgium.  Eva remains tight-lipped about the reason, saying only that she’s puzzled and concerned over something she has heard since arriving there a week ago.  Ryga, off duty for the weekend, is only too pleased to escape London for the sea air and spend time in Eva’s company. She takes him to a house in the fishing port of Brixham where the son of her friend is adamant that he’s seen a body on the shore ‘all bashed up’.  Eva claims the little boy has been talking of nothing more for a week. The boy’s mother dismisses it as an over-active imagination but Eva’s not convinced. Now the child is adamant the body he saw was on the very night of their arrival. Ryga asks the child to take them to the location, not expecting to see anything, but is stunned to find the child has been telling the truth; on the dark shore, on the wet January night is indeed the body of a man, stabbed through the heart and tangled up in fishing nets.  After making some preliminary enquiries, Ryga, who has no jurisdiction to investigate, has to hand the case over to the local police. Very soon though, after a series of startling revelations, he is summoned back to Devon to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.



About Inspector Alun Ryga

Ryga is a former German prisoner-of-war. His ship was seized by a German Raider in 1941 as a result of which he spent the rest of the  war incarcerated in MILAG, (Marine Internierten Lager).  Here he had to learn how to cope with the uncertainty, fear and deprivations of forced incarceration with no option but to wait, hope and pray that the war would soon be over and the Nazis would be defeated.  

 His experience has made him observant, analytical and reflective.  It has also given him insights into his fellow man.  He’s witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge. 

His experience at sea, and as a prisoner-of-war, have made him unique in his approach to solving coastal based crimes. 



Reviews

"Gripping, entertaining … packed with surprising twists and turns.”  Amazon (Death in the Harbour)

"Captures the period perfectly. A first-class series.  Highly recommended.” Mystery People Magazine (Death in the Cove –Inspector Ryga Mystery)

"A great read and one I recommend to any crime fans" BH Living Magazine (Death in the Cove)

"Pure detection mixed with a bit of history. Love these new characters and the setting is great.” Goodreads (Death in the Cove)


Death in the Nets by Pauline Rowson published in paperback, as an e book, on Kobo and Amazon Kindle on 4 October 2021

 

Pauline Rowson's gripping, entertaining crime novels full of twists and turns

Pauline Rowson's crime novels
If you enjoy reading gripping, fast-paced crime novels full of twists and turns, compelling and multi-layered with great characters and stories that keep you guessing right to the end then Pauline Rowson's crime novels are right up your street. 

Set against the back drop of the ever changing sea on the South Coast of England. 


Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books

An investigation in October for DI Andy Horon in SHROUD OF EVIL

  Shroud of Evil, Inspector Andy Horton (11) DI Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator.  ...