Pauline Rowson's crime novel Footsteps on the Shore has been nominated for the eDUNNIT AWARD at CrimeFest 2012.

I'm delighted that my crime novel Footsteps on the Shore has been nominated by my publisher, Severn House, for the eDUNNIT AWARD at CrimeFest 2012.

Crimefest is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. First organised in June 2008, CrimeFest is now one of the most popular dates in the crime fiction calendar. The annual convention draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere.

It follows the format of US conventions of interviews, panels, a Gala Dinner, and one or two surprises. CrimeFest will be presenting the eDunnit Award for the best crime ebook of 2011 at the gala dinner on 26 May 2012. The event takes place at the Royal Marriot Hotel, Bristol from 24 - 27 May 2012.

I have appeared at Crimefest  in 2010 and 2011 and will again be appearing on a panel in 2012.

Pauline Rowson, centre on CrimeFest panel 2011
Pauline Rowson on CrimeFest panel second from left 2010

Footsteps on the Shore is the sixth in the DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime series set in the Solent area, Portsmouth  on the South Coast of England.  It is published by Severn House in the UK and the USA in 2011 where it received a star rated review from America reviewer Booklist who said, 'It deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of American procedurals (those by Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey. Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms.’

Footsteps on the Shore was published as an e book in September 2011 and is also available on Kindle.

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, has returned early from her secondment to HQ. Then, convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. But before Horton can get a grip on either case, he’s called to a house where a woman he’d only met the day before has been brutally murdered. Is missing Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is it his body in the mud of the harbour? Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective …

The winning author receives a cash prize, an eReader and a commemorative vase provided by Bristol Blue Glass.

It's great to be just nominated!

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