What's on in August? Featured crime novels by Pauline Rowson

August, and the chance to feature two of my crime novels set during this month, Undercurrent and Death Surge both in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series.  August is a busy month for my flawed and rugged detective with a high crime rate in his home coastal city of Portsmouth, England!

During the month of August there will be articles and extracts on this blog on both Undercurrent, (number nine) and Death Surge (number ten) in the DI Andy Horton series of currently thirteen novels, soon to be fourteen with the publication of Dead Passage in October.  Meanwhile below is brief outline of both Undercurrent and Death Surge which sees Horton solving a new mystery in each case and pursuing the personal investigations into the disappearance of his mother, Jennifer. Stayed tuned here for in depth articles on the locations, the inspiration behind the novels and extracts.

As August is traditionally holiday month it is therefore quiet for me with regards to giving talks and interviews.  That will change come the autumn with the publication of number 14 in the Inspector Andy Horton series, Dead Passage on 18 October when I have a series of talks lined up.  Dead Passage will be published in paperback and as an ebook.  It is now available for pre-order from all booksellers and can be reserved at your local library.

Also in August, having finished writing number four in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series, and a new 1950 set detective novel featuring Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga I am continuing to write number fifteen in the DI Andy Horton series.

Read about the DI Andy Horton mysteries Undercurrent and Death Surge set in August

When naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding is found dead in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the Major Crime Team is adamant it is suicide. Detective Inspector Horton is not so sure. Then another body is found in similar circumstances and Horton is convinced they’re looking at murder; but not so his bosses.  Angry and frustrated at the lack of investigation, Horton goes out on a limb to prove he’s right. Whichever way he turns, he finds the deaths have all the hallmarks of a cover up at the highest level, but who is behind it and why? Soon Horton begins to find disturbing similarities with his own private investigations into the disappearance of his mother thirty years ago. As he gets closer to the truth though someone is determined to prevent it from ever coming out, even if means death . . . 

"Rowson offers up a thorny, multifaceted plot; a profusion of unusual twists; a likable yet complex hero; and plenty of fast-paced, knuckle-biting action." Booklist USA

A telephone call from a frantic Sergeant Cantelli to say that his nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing cuts short Detective Inspector Horton’s sailing trip to France. Summoned back to the Isle of Wight, Horton learns that Johnnie has not shown up for racing during Cowes Week, as previously arranged. The investigation is ranked low priority by Horton’s boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, who like others believes Johnnie has probably gone off with a woman. But events take a very different turn when the charred remains of a body are discovered in one of the disused tunnels at the Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth. With the arrival of Detective Chief Superintendent Sawyer of the Intelligence Directorate and Agent Harriet Eames of Europol, what began as the hunt for a missing man becomes the search for a ruthless killer.

"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist." Booklist USA

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Happy holidays and reading.

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