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Crime author Pauline Rowson entertains the ladies while they lunch at Esseborne Manor

Crime author Pauline Rowson entertaining the ladies at Esseborne Manor HotelMurder and mystery was on the menu on Monday 31 October at the Esseborne Manor Hotel, Andover, Hampshire when internationally acclaimed crime author Pauline Rowson regaled the ladies at lunch with tales of her fictional detective, the enigmatic DI Andy Horton and her new crime busting hero, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

Pauline Rowson is the author of sixteen crime novels, twelve in the DI Andy Horton series two in the Art Marvik crime series, and two standalone thrillers. Her work has received critical acclaim in the UK, USA and Commonwealth where her novels have been hailed as "exemplary”and "cleverly plotted.”

Fatal Catch, a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonAll her crime novels are set against the backdrop of the sea, her trademark, primarily on the south coast of England, and Pauline explained how she draws her inspiration and ideas for the novels from locations around the coasts of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Southampton, Dorset and Sussex.

She also explained to the enraptured audience how she creates the characters for her multi-layered and action-packed crime novels and demonstrated how she plots her crime novels, and conducts her meticulous forensic research, paying tribute to the assistance given her by Hampshire Police and forensic and crime scene experts.

Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels at the Esseborne Manor HotelHer novels have also been translated into several languages and the DI Andy Horton crime novels have been optioned by top UK television production company Lime Pictures, who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to TV screens.

Esseborne Manor is a small, stylish Victorian Country House hotel and restaurant in Hampshire, between Andover and Newbury.  Every last Monday of the month the hotel hosts a Ladies Lunch Club where guests are entertained by interesting speakers after lunch.

Pauline Rowson book signing at Esseborne Manor Hotel, HampshirePauline Rowson lives in Hampshire and has been long listed for the Dagger in the Library Award and her thriller, In Cold Daylight was voted the third most popular novel for World Book Day 2008.

She said, 'The audience were fantastic. It was lovely meeting them and entertaining them  with tales of my crime busting heroes, DI Andy Horton and Art Marvik.'

Pauline's next speaking engagement is at Portchester Library, on Thursday 10 November. Tickets cost £4.00. Click here for more information


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