London for research for Art Marvik marine crime novel and a talk to Hammersmith and Fulham U3A

A trip to London is always interesting and enjoyable, in its own way, i.e. to soak up the city atmosphere and great for picking up ideas for characters. My recent visit to London was to meet members of the Hammersmith and Fulham U3A where I had been invited to give a talk about my crime novels.

Hammersmith and Fulham U3A Pauline Rowson talking about her Solent based crime novels

Almost a hundred people packed the church hall in Hammersmith on a bright sunny March morning to listen to me talking about how I research, plot and write my crime novels, those of my stand alone thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill and of my DI Andy Horton series set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England, which has recently been optioned for TV by one of the UK's top television production companies, Lime Pictures, who are seeking to bring the flawed and rugged, sailing  detective, Andy Horton to the TV screens.

I also talked about my new hero, former marine commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik who is introduced in Silent Running, published by Severn House on 31 March. I combined my visit to give a talk to members of Hammersmith and Fulham U3A with some research for the second in the Art Marvik crime series, which I am currently writing as Marvik finds himself sailing up the Thames on a stolen motor launch in order to evade a villain intent on killing him.  More about that in due course.

The Thames, featured in the second Art Marvik Marine Crime Novel

Meanwhile in Silent Running, Marvik, adrift after leaving the marines and smarting from his first failed civilian mission seeks refuge in a remote cottage on the Isle of Wight. Then a visit from a former girlfriend and a missing computer scientist changes everything. In a race against time, Marvik is sucked into a dangerous assignment and a web of deceit that will need all his skills, and those of his friend, former Marine Special Forces Communicator, Shaun Strathen, to get to the truth. Their mission, to stop a ruthless killer before he kills again.

Silent Running an Art Marvik marine crime novel - the first in the series

The tenth DI Andy Horton crime novel, Death Surge, is now available in paperback and as an e book.


Death Surge - DI Andy Horton 10 - in paperback and as an ebook

Shroud of Evil, the eleventh is in hardcover and e book format and for all your DI Andy Horton fans and for many of you wanting to know what really happened to Andy's mother after she abandoned him when he was ten more will be revealed in DI Andy Horton 12, Fatal Catch, due to be published by Severn House in September 2015.

Shroud of Evil - DI Andy Horton 11 - in hardcover and as an ebook

Hammersmith and Fulham U3A Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her DI Andy Horton crime novels

Hammersmith and Fulham U3A Pauline Rowson reading from DI Andy Horton - The Suffocating Sea

My thanks to Hammersmith and Fulham U3A for inviting me to talk, for their very lively Q & A session and for buying so many of my books.


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