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Fatal Catch An Inspector Andy Horton Police Procedural Crime Novel by Pauline Rowson

FATAL CATCH opens on 12 December and Inspector Andy Horton's Christmas shopping gets interrupted when he is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand. Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse? Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing; he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed …

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








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Pauline Rowson talks about Inspector Andy Horton and Art Marvik

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Read an extract from Fatal Catch, an Inspector Andy Horton Mystery

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FATAL CATCH opens on 12 December when Inspector Andy Horton's Christmas shopping is interrupted by a call from Sergeant Cantelli to say that  two fishermen have found a gruesome catch, a human hand. Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse?

Here is an extract from FATAL CATCH   "A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club




Wednesday 12 December

The call came through just as Nat King Cole was about to roast his chestnuts on an open fire, and just as Horton reached the head of the long supermarket queue. He scrabbled for his mobile phone inside his leather jacket, drawing a loud exhalation of disapproval from the woman behind him, while he threw an apologetic smile at the twenty-something cashier processing the toys and books he was buying for his daughter, Emma. It was Sergeant Cantelli and he’d only call if it was important.
‘I’ll call you b…

Fatal Catch and Inspector Andy Horton's Christmas shopping gets interrrupted

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The mystery FATAL CATCH opens on 12 December and Inspector Andy Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand. Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse? Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing; he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed …

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

Here's a taster of the opening of FATAL CATCH





Wednesday 12 December
The call came through just as Nat King Cole was about to roast his chestnuts on an open fire, and just as Horton reached the head of the long supermarket queue. He scrabbled for his mobile phone inside his leather jacket, drawing a loud exhalation of disapproval from the woman behind him, while he threw an ap…

Crime fiction v crime fact - Do police officers read your crime novels?

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Pauline Rowson talks to Soundings on how the location inspired her for the latest audio book Death Surge

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Soundings have published the audio book of Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, DEATH SURGE, by Pauline Rowson, number ten in the series (13), narrated by Gordon Griffin.


In this interview I talk to Soundings about the setting for Death Surge and how it inspired my plot.

"A high quality puzzle… a devious plot.  Death Surge is a taut and exciting investigation into a disappearance which turns into a murder hunt….all very enjoyable." David Marshall

Setting is important in both your series. Do you already have a plot in mind when out researching, or can location inspire the narrative?  Location is definitely my inspiration. I’m always walking the coastal paths close to where I live on the South Coast of England looking for a good place to put a body! A fictional one that is. I can't pass a boatyard, beach or bay without thinking there must be a dead body or a skeleton there somewhere that will spark the idea for a new crime novel.

One such location instigated the idea for…

What's on in December

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As it's December I thought I would feature on this blog two of my crime novels which are set around the festive season, THE SUFFOCATING SEA, number 3 in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural series, and FATAL CATCH, the twelfth Inspector Andy Horton crime novel. During the month there will be extracts from both crime novels and a chance to watch the book trailers but you can skip the blogs if you wish and go right to the appropriate book page on my website for more details of both novels.

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




And here is a taster of the beginning of The Suffocating Sea

The blue pulsating lights of the fire engines radiated out of the dense freezing fog like revolving spotlights on a stage as Sergeant Cantelli swung into the car park at Horsea Marina. Inspector Andy Horton shivered. A cold, clammy feeling fingered its way up his spine. He’d been to hundreds of fires in his career, …

Uncovering another fact while on research with Art Marvik in 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. 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.


"Rowson strikes a nice balance between thriller and puzzler in the third in the series."' Kirkus Reviews


Ship recycling is centuries old The fabric of a ship, wood in the past and steel today, has always held considerable value but ship recycling is a very complex, highly competitive business. It is…

Another fact uncovered during research on Art Marvik mystery, 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. 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.






"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it should appeal to most readers who like British crime stories with a strong regional feel." Net Galley

Fact three Ships have always needed to be re-cycled even when they were made of wood. The Fighting Temeraire on her way to Beatson’s Yard, Rotherhithe to be broke…

Crime comes to the Women's Institute

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The Women's Institute and crime are not usually words mentioned in the same breath except when I descended on the ladies of Castle View WI on Monday 20 November.  I entertained members with tales of my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed sailing Portsmouth  detective, Inspector Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.