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Will DI Andy Horton finally learn the truth behind his mother's disappearance?

I'm currently working on DI Andy Horton number 15 in which Andy has a new investigation to undertake and yes it is one that leads him to discovering the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years go. My patient (and not so patient readers) will finally get to find out what happened to Jennifer Horton and might possibly be surprised. This might also be the last DI Andy Horton. Although then again...

Meanwhile if you haven't tried the DI Andy Horton crime novels then there are plenty to catch up on. DEAD PASSAGE, (number 14) was published in October 2018.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 20TH, 2019 AT 7:40:45 BST

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Applying the Page 69 test to DI Andy Horton mystery, Shroud of Evil

Shroud of Evil - DI Andy Horton 11The first I heard of the page 69 test was when a member of the public approached me in a bookshop where I was doing a book signing and said she always applied it when deciding which crime novel to purchase. She didn’t buy one of my novels so I’d obviously failed to reach her exacting standards, whatever they were. I thrust it from my mind, only to be reminded of it recently when asked to contribute to a blog. So I browsed the Internet to find out who was responsible for this particular form of literary torture. The answer was the writer Marshall McLuhan championed more recently by John Sutherland in How to Read a Novel: A User’s Guide. Do we really need instructions on how to read a novel?

I turned to Page 69 in Inspector Andy Horton Shroud of Evil and duly applied the test.






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 17TH, 2019 AT 7:01:05 BST

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Falling in love with Inspector Andy Horton

Pauline Rowson with DI Andy Horton novel A Killing CoastI have been asked if I am just a tiny bit in love with the main character in my series of crime novels featuring the modern day flawed and rugged detective, DI Andy Horton. The answer is yes and not just a tiny bit but a lot. Inspector Andy Horton is fit, about forty and fearless. And to me he is gorgeous despite or maybe because of his flaws.

I thought it might sound odd saying that I was in love with Andy Horton but having read a recent survey that said a high percentage of women are more in love with fictional characters than their partners I feel a lot better about it. Although I had better say here that I, am, of course, still in love with my long suffering husband, Bob!  Apparently James Bond tops the list of the character most women love and he too is fit and fearless and I suppose if you think of the films rather than the books, where you can let your imagination create your own version of Bond, it depends which Bond you have fallen in love with. I know who my hero is but I'm not telling.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 14TH, 2019 AT 6:30:54 BST

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Check out my library of articles and videos


Pauline Rowson at the keyboardIf you're interested in how I write my crime novels or perhaps are a budding writer yourself and looking for tips and advice on how to write a crime novel then here, on my website page 'Articles/Videos' are a selection of the videos from my talks and interviews on how I write, plot and research my crime novels.  There are also more videos on my You Tube Channel.

Along with this is a list of my articles on how to write a crime novel including developing characters, revisions, writing a crimes series, choosing characters, mastering viewpoint, and some fascinating forensic facts, on bullet wounds, blood spatter, fingerprints and more.

You can also subscribe to my newsletter to be kept informed of my latest book news, events, interviews, articles and videos.  




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 13TH, 2019 AT 6:58:01 BST

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The story behind DI Andy Horton Shroud of Evil now in audiobook


Shroud of Evil Audio Book DI Andy Horton crime novelShroud of Evil sees the enigmatic Portsmouth based detective embark on a new murder mystery. This is his eleventh investigation in the current series of fourteen and has been released as an audio book on 1 May 2019, published by Soundings and narrated by Gordon Griffin. Shroud of Evil is also available in paperback and as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

It examines the corrosive nature of secrets and how keeping them can lead to danger and even death. How far would you go to protect a secret? Would you risk your job for it, your friends your family? Would you kill for it?


Shroud of Evil plunges the flawed and rugged detective, Inspector Andy Horton, into a complex murder investigation in which he is forced to withhold vital information because of his secret quest to discover the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago when he was a child.






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 10TH, 2019 AT 6:30:01 BST

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Pauline Rowson on writing routines, research and thinking time


Pauline Rowson at the keyboardI'm often asked if I have a writing routine and the answer is not strictly although I do like to write every day if I possibly can, speaking engagements permitting. But "writing" isn't just pounding away on a keyboard. Creating a crime novel requires more. There is, of course, the research which can be desk research conducted via the internet, books and newspapers, and secondary research, which involves talking to the experts and visiting locations. There is also thinking time.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 8TH, 2019 AT 6:39:43 BST

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Death by Crossbow, read more in DI Andy Horton SHROUD OF EVIL


DI Andy Horton, Shroud of Evil in audio bookThankfully traumatic injuries and deaths caused by crossbows are a rarity. But it was a means of murder that I have used in Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, SHROUD OF EVIL number eleven in the series of currently fourteen. Shroud of Evil has just been released as an audio book by Soundings, narrated by Gordon Griffin. It is also available in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
 

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 7TH, 2019 AT 7:01:10 BST

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What's on in May 2019


Shroud of Evil DI Andy Horton audiobookI'm delighted to announce that on 1 May SHROUD OF EVIL, a DI Andy Horton crime novel will be released as an unabridged audio book narrated by Gordon Griffin MBE and published by Soundings.

Shroud of Evil is number 11 in the Inspector Andy Horton series of 14. It is already published in paperback and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

Also in May I'll be giving a talk at Fareham Library, Hampshire and working on two crime novels, a DI Andy Horton and the second in my 1950 murder mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
MAY 1ST, 2019 AT 7:33:48 BST

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