Written in the vein of the classic crime thrillers of the 20th century, an Agatha Christie style detective drama that will have audiences guessing ‘who done it,’ Murder at Hillingbrook Halt is my second murder mystery play with my first, Murder at the Pelican Club, set in 1940s war torn Britain.
Murder at Hillingbrook Halt is set in 1948 and was inspired by the Parliamentary trains often referred to as 'ghost trains.' A Parliamentary train describes a train service which continues to run without passengers, stopping at certain stations that are no longer operational to avoid the cost of formal closure of a route or station
Murder at Hillingbrook HaltEight people become marooned in the chilly waiting room of a fogbound isolated railway station, where a coal fire is slowly dying and a cold cup of tea has been abandoned by the missing station master. Is it just chance that has thrown them together or is there an underlying sinister reason? When the station master staggers into the waiting room and falls dead at their feet it's clear a killer is at large. Each one of them had the opportunity to commit the murder. Each has a secret to withhold. One of them is a killer who will stop at nothing to protect that secret from being exposed.
The play opens on the platform and takes place in the waiting room of Hillingbrook Halt in December 1948. It has three acts, a cast of 5 males and 3 females and runs for approximately 100 minutes with only one set required.
It was great fun researching and writing this play. I very much look forward to it being performed in the future.
Pauline Rowson is the author of twenty crime novels, fourteen featuring the rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton; three in the mystery thriller series featuring Art Marvik, the former Royal Marine Commando now an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS), two standalone thrillers, the award winning, In Cold Daylight and In For the Kill and a new 1950 set mystery series introducing Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga (pub date 26 September 2019).
The latest DI Andy Horton crime novel, DEAD PASSAGE, was published in October 2018 in paperback and as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.
Pauline Rowson's books are published in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA where they are also available on loan from libraries. Her crime novels have been highly acclaimed and have been translated into several languages.