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How to write a crime novel, ten top tips to get started


Pauline Rowson with Lethal Waves a DI Andy Horton crime novelThe crime genre is one of the most popular. It is also one of the most competitive in terms of publication and maybe one of the most diverse in terms of story telling. Crime novels range from gritty gruesome, (hardboiled), cosy comfortable, to cops, (police procedural and detective novels) private eyes, gangsters, suspense, thrillers, psychological, historical, contemporary or even futuristic and probably many more variations in between.

Then there is the setting: the city, the sea, countryside, mountains, home or abroad. Exotic or bleak. So there is plenty of scope to work with and the type of crime novel you decide to write is often linked to the type of crime novel you like to read.

Here are my ten top tips to help you get started on how to write a crime novel



POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JULY 16TH, 2018 AT 8:32:50 BST

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Art Marvik's latest mystery Lost Voyage soon out in paperback


Lost Voyage, an Art Marvik Mystery by Pauline RowsonA year ago last July my superhero Art Marvik embarked on his latest undercover mission to solve the mystery of the missing tug, the Mary Jo in LOST VOYAGE, his third mission with the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad.

Lost Voyage was published in hardcover in the UK in July 2017 and in the USA in November 2017 when it was also published as an ebook. It will be available in paperback on 31 August 2018 and can be pre-ordered now.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JULY 13TH, 2018 AT 7:32:21 BST

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New video upload- what makes Inspector Andy Horton different?

Watch the video to learn more about the enigmatic, flawed and rugged Inspector Andy Horton. Thirteen crime novels published in this popular series set against the backdrop of the sea on the south coast of England with number 14, Dead Passage being published in October 2018.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JULY 8TH, 2018 AT 14:54:38 BST

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Proof reading the new Inspector Andy Horton, Dead Passage


Dead Passage an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel I'm busy proof reading the new Inspector Andy Horton DEAD PASSAGE, no. 14 in the police procedural crime series featuring the enigmatic Harley Davidson riding, boat dwelling Portsmouth detective. It's not my favourite job but it's got to be done.

Dead Passage will be published October 2018 in paperback and as an e book. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, The Book Depository, at any bookshop and will also be available for loan from libraries in the UK, USA and Commonwealth.



POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JULY 6TH, 2018 AT 9:53:51 BST

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Listen to Silent Running, the first Art Marvik Mystery in audio book



Silent Running Audio Book by Pauline Rowson Silent Running, the first in the fast-paced, action-packed marine mystery series featuring Art Marvik, former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover marine investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) is available as an unabridged audio book and is narrated by Peter Noble.

Nine of my crime novels are now available in audio book format which includes eight in the DI Andy Horton police procedural series.


  Listen to Peter Noble reading an extract from mystery novel Silent Running.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JULY 2ND, 2018 AT 9:20:07 BST

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What's on in July

During July 2018 I will be busy continuing to write Inspector Andy Horton number 15, which might just see Andy discovering the truth behind his mother's disappearance when he was ten years old. I know many readers are eager to learn what really happened to Jennifer Horton (as is of course Andy!) so all might be revealed. I only said 'might'.

For this blog entry I thought I would take a look back at what was on in July 2017 and July 2016 and Art Marvik features heavily in both months on assignment for the National Intelligence Marine Squad.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JULY 1ST, 2018 AT 8:14:30 BST

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