Ringwood U3A entertained by crime author Pauline Rowson

On Thursday 19 June I had the pleasure of speaking to members of a very friendly and welcoming U3a at Ringwood, Hampshire. Ringwood is an historic market town in Hampshire located on the River Avon, on the western edge of the New Forest. It’s situated between Southampton and Bournemouth.

Apparently Ringwood had a long history of a thriving hand knitting industry.  I knew I should have taken my knitting with me. It became famous for its "Ringwood" woollen gloves, which were knitted in either cotton or wool 4 ply, and on fairly thick needles. Ringwood gloves were knitted commercially until after the Second World War. 

But it wasn’t to talk about knitting that I was there but about my crime novels.

Pauline Rowson entertaining the audience of Ringwood U3A

 I entertained members of the audience with tales of the dogged Portsmouth cop, DI Andy Horton and explained how I plot, research and write my crime novels set on the South Coast of England, in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. 

Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels

I talked about the inspiration behind the Horton novels and my two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill. After the talk there followed, as usual, a very lively Q & A session and a book signing.  

Pauline Rowson talking about her flawed and rugged detective, DI Andy Horton

U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for  fun.  

Pauline Rowson reading from the DI Horton crime novel, The Suffocating Sea

I'll next be appearing at Worthing Library on 28 June and Lymington Library on 16 July, but for all my forthcoming speaking engagements please visit my website.

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The second in the series, set in the Solent on the South Coast of England featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth Cop, DI Andy Horton

Ambition, adultery, murder... DI Andy Horton has only a week to find a killer 


 A woman, the head teacher of a struggling local school, is found brutally murdered in Langstone Harbour along with a note found on the victim, Have you forgotten ME? Is it simply a senseless murder by an unhinged killer or does someone close to the head have a motive for murder? As Horton delves deeper into the investigation, aided by Sergeant Cantelli, the tension mounts. With the clock ticking Horton is soon forced to take a decision that will put his life on the line . . .

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