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Writing a crime series and keeping it fresh


Dead Passage - DI Andy Horton crime novel by Pauline RowsonWriting a crime series and keeping each novel fresh is always a challenge for crime writers. There are now fourteen in the DI Andy Horton series with the latest, DEAD PASSAGE, published on the 18 October 2018 in paperback, as an e book and on Amazon Kindle. All the DI Andy Horton crime novels are set against the backdrop of the sea in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight and in each novel Inspector Andy Horton and his colleagues have a new murder mystery to solve.

Inspector Andy Horton was first introduced in TIDE OF DEATH, which opens with his second day back in Portsmouth CID following an eight month suspension on a charge of gross misconduct. Determined to prove his innocence of the charges that have wrecked his career and his marriage Horton finds his personal investigations sidelined when the naked body of a man is found on the beach. Aided by Sergeant Barney Cantelli, Horton sets out to find a killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. Since first appearing on the crime fiction scene in TIDE OF DEATH in 2006, DI Andy Horton has gone through many trials and tribulations in his personal life and solved many complex murder cases.

So how does a writer keep the series fresh and the central character of interest to readers?




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 AT 2:30:04 BST

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The research behind Art Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage, now in paperback


Lost Voyage an Art Marvik Mystery by Pauline RowsonMy research for the third Art Marvik mystery, Lost Voyage, (now published in paperback and as an ebook) took me into the murky waters of the ship recycling business.

In Lost Voyage, the Mary Jo, a salvage tug, went missing in 2003 on its way to Newfoundland where it was to tow an obsolete Russian cruise ship back to Britain for recycling. Some decades later someone claims to have found the Mary Jo locked in the Arctic ice, it is a claim that sparks a series of murders and Marvik’s mission for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) is to discover the secret of the Mary Jo and why a ruthless assassin has embarked on a slaying spree to prevent it from being revealed.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2018 AT 5:21:32 BST

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Marvik Mystery, Lost Voyage, now in paperback, watch the book trailer


Lost Voyage an Art Marvik Mystery by Pauline RowsonMarvik faces a desperate battle to save others from a ruthless assassin who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed

Lost Voyage, the third in the crime series to feature former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS)

 "Plenty of action, I didn't want to put the book down. A good read for mystery/ thriller fans." Net Galley


Watch the book trailer of Lost Voyage



POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2018 AT 17:09:38 BST

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Plot or character driven novels - what is the difference and does it matter?


Pauline Rowson crime authorThe prescribed wisdom states that novels are either plot driven or character driven. What, you may ask is the difference? And it's a very good question. Essentially character driven novels centre around the protagonist's journey, his or her internal thoughts, the experiences he/she undergoes, the choices he/she makes which ultimately drive and affect the plot. Whereas plot driven novels focus on yes, you've guessed it, the plot. Here the protagonist takes a particular action which drives the plot and there are plot twists and turns as a result, action and conflicts which in turn drive the plot to its outcome.

If that sounds rather confusing then don't worry, you are not alone. For me the distinction between the two is rather blurred although essentially critics and reviewers will say that my novels are plot driven and I agree to an extent. The two - character and plot - are invariably interlinked.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2018 AT 7:00:50 BST

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Marvik mystery thriller Lost Voyage published in paperback


Lost Voyage a marine based mystery by Pauline RowsonDelighted that Lost Voyage, number three in the Art Marvik mystery series has now been published in paperback. It is already published in hardcover and as an ebook.

Marvik is surprised to receive an unexpected summons to meet Helen Shannon, a woman he helped on his first mission. When a body is discovered in her flat, Marvik is convinced that Helen is being framed for murder, but why and by whom? Before he has a chance to follow it up, the head of the National Marine Intelligence Squad, (NIMS) Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder, asks Marvik to investigate the disappearance of a salvage vessel, the Mary Jo, which went missing in 2003. As Marvik delves into the past, it becomes clear that he faces a desperate battle to keep Helen and others safe from a ruthless assassin – one who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed.






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2018 AT 7:46:46 BST

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It's back to school and Horton has a week to find the killer of a headteacher


Deadly Waters - DI Andy Horton Crime Novel Pauline RowsonThe school term is on us once again and so it is for the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper DI Andy Horton in the second of the DI Andy Horton series. Deadly Waters is set around Portsmouth and Langstone Harbour. A woman found brutally murdered on the Mulberry in Langstone Harbour A note on the body "Have you forgotten ME?" Horton has only a week to find a killer...

"Rowson adds an appealing hero to the British Police Procedural ranks." Kirkus Reviews (USA)

See where DI Andy Horton crime novel Deadly Waters is set




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2018 AT 9:29:09 BST

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What's on in September


Fatal Catch, Inspector Andy Horton Mystery Harlequin USAFATAL CATCH published in USA by Harlequin Books, LOST VOYAGE published in paperback, DEATH SURGE in large print, and new DI Andy Horton, DEAD PASSAGE available for pre-order. Plus Pauline Rowson will be entertaining members of the Lymington and District Probus Club with tales of mystery, murder and mayhem.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018 AT 7:24:04 BST

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