Writing, walking and research the order of the month of June for crime author Pauline Rowson

June is a quiet month this year in terms of giving talks and radio interviews so it's time to catch up on some writing and undertake some research for my new crime novels.

My research takes me to the Isle of Wight, familiar territory to those of you who have read some of the DI Andy Horton novels as his investigations often take him the five miles across the Solent from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.  The Isle of Wight is particularly featured in Blood on the Sand, A Killing Coast, Death Surge and Shroud of Evil. I have also used it for the setting of one of my standalone crime novels, In For The Kill.

Woody Bay used in DI Andy Horton, A Killing Coast

The Isle of Wight has a stunning coast line with lots of sandy and rocky bays, chines and downland and is popular with walkers, sailors and holiday makers.  It was also a favourite haunt of the poets Swinburne and Tennyson and Queen Victoria, who built her much-loved summer residence and final home there at Osborne House at East Cowes, not yet used in a DI Andy Horton mystery but who knows, there's time yet.

The current Inspector Andy Horton novel I am writing (number 15 in the series) is partly set on the Isle of Wight, which means I have a good excuse to pack the rucksack and set off on the Wightlink ferry to trek in Andy Horton's footsteps.

Silent Running the first Art Marvik crime novel

My new hero, undercover investigator, Art Marvik, also has connections with the Isle of Wight where he rents a remote cottage on the shores of the natural unspoiled beauty of  Newtown Harbour although he is rarely there! Instead he is undertaking missions on his powerful motor cruiser for his boss, Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder head of the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS). (Andy Horton is a sailor and lives on board his small yacht in Portsmouth).

Marvik's missions take him along the south coast of England, to Littlehampton, (Silent Running), Newhaven and Eastbourne in the east, taking in the stunning coastal landscapes of the Birling Gap, the Severn Sisters and Beachy Head (Lost Voyage -2017)  and the beautiful Dorset coast and Isle of Purbeck in the west (Dangerous Cargo).

In June I will be spending a couple of days on the small Isle of Portland to the west of Southampton situated in the English Channel. Portland forms the  southernmost point of the county of Dorset and I'll be exploring Chesil Beach which joins Portland to the mainland. My research takes me there for number four in the Art Marvik series, which I am also currently writing.

So June is the month for walking, writing, research and exploring, for re-charging the batteries and stimulating ideas for more crime novels.  I'm hoping for fine weather and in England that can never be taken for granted. But whatever the weather I am looking forward to walking in the footsteps of my two wonderful male protagonists, my heroes, Andy Horton and Art Marvik whose adventures I hope will continue to entertain and thrill readers.


If you've enjoyed reading my crime novels please do tell others, we'd also love for you to leave a short review or rating on Amazon as it all helps to introduce the novels to new readers.

Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop

Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Popular posts from this blog

Harlequin USA buy mass market direct to consumer paperback rights to Pauline Rowson's crime novel, Fatal Catch

What's on in December

Searching for bodies in the water - how science is helping the police