Tuesday, 4 February 2020

What's on in February 2020

February comes with the exciting news that the new DI Andy Horton mystery, number 15 in the series, A DEADLY WAKE, is to be published in June 2020 and is now available for pre-order not only on Kindle but also in paperback both on line and from your local bookseller.

And yes, for all of you who have chomping at the bit to know what happened to Andy's mother when she disappeared over thirty years ago, the mystery is solved.

So pre-order your copy now!

Read more about A Deadly Wake and what's in store for DI Andy Horton.


I'm delighted to be giving a talk on crime writing and my crime novels at Hythe Library in Hampshire on 10 February.  If you are in the Hampshire area,close to Hythe Library and have some spare time why not pop in and say hello. My talk is at 2pm and tickets cost £5.00. They can be purchased from the library or book on line.

Also in February Harlequin USA are to publish  DI Andy Horton Lethal Waves. LETHAL WAVES is number thirteen in the DI Andy Horton mystery series of currently fourteen and is already published in the UK in paperback and as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

Lethal Waves, DI Horton Mystery USA Harlequin edition

 It is the second in the DI Andy Horton series to be published by Harlequin USA with the first being, FATAL CATCH.

I must say that the USA cover differs vastly from the UK version, below!

Still what's in a cover?  Perhaps a great deal depending on your target audience and Harlequin USA must know their audience and have decided this cover appeals to them whereas in the UK and Commonwealth perhaps we like a more gritty cover?

In LETHAL WAVES, Inspector Andy Horton’s meal with his old friend, Inspector John Guilbert of the States of Guernsey Police, is cut short when a woman is found dead in her cabin on the ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey. There doesn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances. It's not Horton's case. But as  soon as Horton returns to Portsmouth he's called in to investigate the death of a vagrant found lying partially covered under a rotting houseboat. This time, it’s clearly murder.  Troubled by the many unanswered questions surrounding both deaths, Horton must call upon all his skills and intuition to solve a complex case, uncovering dark secrets that have led to such lethal waves of destruction.

In February I'll be continuing the fight to save some Hampshire Libraries threatened with cuts and closures. Libraries are very dear to my heart and a small local library in Portsmouth played a huge part in my life as a child.  Indeed discovering it and the joy of reading and having free access to so many wonderful books changed my life.  It gave me a life long passion for reading and inspired me to become a writer. The campaign to save these libraries has already generated a lot of media coverage.  I know that Hampshire is only one of many areas around the country where libraries are threatened with closure or have already closed.  So sad. We must love and cherish our libraries and fight to keep them open.

Pauline Rowson talking to BBC Solent

Pauline Rowson talking to ITV Meridian

Aside from waving the placards, I'll be continuing to write Inspector Ryga number three in my 1950 set mystery series while progressing towards publication number two in the Ryga series.

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