Pauline Rowson explains the secrets of succesful crime writing at Portchester Library

I was delighted to meet such an enthusiastic audience at my talk at Portchester Library, Hampshire on 7 December where I talked about the inspiration behind my Solent based crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton and my South Coast marine based crime novels featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

Pauline Rowson at Portchester Library talking about her crime novels

I took the audience through the process of how I plot, research and write my novels. The DI Andy Horton crime novels are set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth, Fareham, Gopsort and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. They have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers".

There are twelve novels in the DI Andy Horton series, with Fatal Catch the latest published in the UK in hardcover by Severn House Publishers  in September 2015 and released as ebook on 20 December 2015. It  will be published in the USA on the 1 January 2016.

Pauline Rowson at Portchester Library with Fatal Catch, a DI Andy Horton Mystery

 My flawed and rugged detective  has been described by US reviewer Booklist as " an especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage – an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife. Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms."

I'm thrilled that the DI Andy Horton series has been optioned by top UK television production company Lime Pictures, makers of Channel 4's Hollyoaks,who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to the television screens.

I have also written  two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill and the first in a new crime series, introducing former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik in Silent Running published by Severn House in 2015.

Pauline Rowson Portchester Library talking about Silent Running crime novel

Silent Running has been hailed in the USA by Booklist as "A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series—action fans need Marvik on their radar."

The second in the Art Marvik marine crime series, Dangerous Cargo, is to be published in spring 2016.

It was great to meet so many DI Andy Horton and Art Marvik fans.

Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novels Portchester Library

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