Happy New Year.
Here we are in 2019 and it looks set to be another interesting year. I'll leave World affairs to other pundits, here I take a look ahead to what is planned on the crime writing front and with my crime novels and talks. A much safer bet I think!
In 2019 two of my crime novels will be released as audio books; I have a brand new 1950 set crime novel being published; publication in the USA, talks and lots happening on the writing front. So here is a look ahead.
New Crime Audio Books
2019 kicks off well with DANGEROUS CARGO, the second in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series released as an audio book on 1 January 2019. It is narrated by Peter Noble who narrated the first in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series, SILENT RUNNING and received great reviews.
In Dangerous Cargo, the former marine commando finds himself on the trail of a 50-year-old mystery, his task to catch a ruthless killer whose murders span over half a century. Dangerous Cargo is already published in paperback and as an ebook.
'Rowson’s superhero, Art Marvik, returns in another pulse-pounding adventure. Delivering more than enough action to keep adrenaline junkies reading.' Booklist.
Dangerous Cargo is also published as a paperback, e book and on Amazon Kindle and Kobo
Then between April and June, DI Andy Horton SHROUD OF EVIL (no. 11 in the series of 14) is to be released as an audio book narrated by Gordon Griffin who has already narrated nine in the DI Andy Horton series. Both audio books will be published by Soundings, part of Isis Publishing, the World’s leading publisher of unabridged audio books.
"A compelling protagonist and mounting suspense make the book hard to put down." Publishers Weekly.
When Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator, he believes Kenton is either with a woman, or he’s stolen from a client and absconded with the money. But when Kenton’s car turns up,and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious. Immediately, Horton finds himself embroiled in an investigation that has major personal ramifications.
Both these are already available in paperback, as ebooks and on Amazon Kindle.
New crime novel to be published
In October 2019 my new crime novel is to be published, DEATH IN THE COVE. Death in the Cove features a Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga who is called out to investigate coastal crimes. In the first of the series Inspector Ryga meets war photographer Eva Paisley and they strike up a partnership that will run through the series.
Death in the Cove is set in a nation still gripped by austerity and rationing after the Second World War. Recently promoted to Inspector in the Criminal Investigations Department of Scotland Yard, Ryga is on his first solo investigation outside of London and he is keen to prove his worth. Years working at sea in the Merchant Navy and then four years spent as a German prisoner-of-war have made him watchful and thoughtful, and given him insights into his fellow man, along with a promise to himself to keep an open mind. It is set on the Island of Portland in Dorset, where the body of an unidentified man dressed in a pin-striped suit is found in the secluded Church Ope Cove.
I do hope many of you will enjoy this new mystery set in a very different world from today where police officers can't just hop in a car and dash about and where there are no mobile phones or Internet. My aim in writing this novel is not only provide an intriguing crime and an entertaining crime novel but to reflect the times, the fashions, the attitudes and a much slower pace of life before Britain headed for the more racy 1960s.
On the writing front
I've just finished writing the first draft of the second Inspector Alun Ryga novel and will be working on the revisions later during the year. Before then I will be writing my second 1940 set murder mystery play. My first has been performed a couple of times, most recently in Bristol by the Winterbourne Players who did a splendid job, the audience loved it and they are keen to stage another of my murder mystery plays.
I'll also be working on a new DI Andy Horton novel which I hope will be published early 2020. I'm being urged by readers to let Andy find love or at least have some romance. Maybe he will. And will he discover the truth behind his mother's disappearance? We'll have to wait and see.
The Inspector Andy Horton crime novel LETHAL WAVES number 13 in the series is to be published in mass market paperback by Harlequin Books USA in October. Harlequin Book Club members will receive their copy in October before it goes on general sale in November. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, itself a subsidiary of News Corp and one of the largest consumer book publishers in the world. Harlequin has offices in 14 countries, including offices in Toronto and New York. Lethal Waves is already on sale worldwide as an e book and in paperback. I'm looking forward to seeing the new cover design for this edition.
At the present I only have two talks lined up for 2019 but I am sure more will be booked as the year progresses. On 12 March I will be talking about The Secrets of Successful Crime Writing to members of Hamble Valley U3A and on the 19 September to Westbourne WI. If you would like me to speak at an event do please contact me via my website.
That's it for now but there is sure to be more happening throughout the year. Do check back on the website for updates or subscribe to my monthly newsletter to receive all the latest book news, articles, events and interviews.