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Five films from the 1940s that have inspired me Part 4.


Pauline Rowson, crime authorIn this, the fourth article of this series of blogs, I continue to reveal five films that have influenced me and my style of writing.  There are so many great films to choose from that I have selected five from the 1940s. 

My first was The Big Sleep, written by Raymond Chandler, with the film starring the wonderful Humphrey Bogart and lovely Lauren Bacall.  The second was another classic Raymond Chandler crime novel, Farewell my Lovely, which was re titled for the film in the USA as Murder My Sweet.  The film featured a different Marlowe but an equally great actor who gives a perfect performance, Dick Powell.  My third selection was another private eye but this time not based on a Chandler novel. Dark Corner, starring Mark Stevens, Lucille Ball, Clifton Webb and William Bendix..

Now it's time to switch to a British film and a more light-hearted one but still crime, of course, Green for Danger.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 22ND, 2016 AT 6:56:51 BST

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Pauline Rowson explains how she chooses the titles of her crime novels


Pauline RowsonI'm often asked how I come up with titles for my crime novels and the answer is usually with great difficulty. Some titles are like pregnancy, taking months to develop and evenwhen the novel is finished I might still have no idea what to call it. Other titles can come instantly, almost the moment the novel hits the page although that is rare. Dead Man's Wharf was one such case, mainly because it is set around a wharf where a dead man is found.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 19TH, 2016 AT 6:03:30 BST

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Five films from the 1940s that have inspired me - Part 3


Pauline Rowson, crime authorIn this series of blogs I reveal five films that have influenced me and my style of writing.  There are so many great films to choose from that I have selected five from the 1940s.  My first was The Big Sleep, the novel written by Raymond Chandler, with the film starring the wonderful Humphrey Bogart and lovely Lauren Bacall.  The second was another classic Raymond Chandler crime novel, Farewell my Lovely (Murder My Sweet in the USA) and this time the film featuring a different Marlowe but an equally great actor who gives a perfect performance,  Dick Powell.

Here is my third film with yes, you've guessed it another private eye but this time not based on a Chandler novel.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 15TH, 2016 AT 6:56:18 BST

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Five films from the 1940s that have inspired me- Part 2.


Pauline Rowson, crime authorIn this series of blogs I reveal five films that have influenced me and my style of writing.  There are so many great films to choose from that I have selected five from the 1940s.  My first was The Big Sleep, written by Raymond Chandler, with the film starring the wonderful Humphrey Bogart and lovely Lauren Bacall.  Here is my second choice, another classic Raymond Chandler crime novel and this time the film features a different Marlowe but an equally great actor who gives a perfect performance,  Dick Powell.

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AUGUST 12TH, 2016 AT 6:54:49 BST

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It's Cowes Week and Horton has a missing man and a brutal killer to find


Red Funnel Ferry sailing into Cowes Isle of WightCowes Week 6-8 August is one of the highlights of Britain's summer sailing sporting events when countless number of yachts take part in the racing in the Solent and many in the yachting world descend on the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight for a week of festivities.  And it's Cowes that features in DI Andy Horton, Death Surge

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 8TH, 2016 AT 6:12:37 BST

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Five films from the 1940s that have inspired me - Part 1


Pauline Rowson with Dangerous Cargo, Art Marvik marine mysteryA while ago I was asked to write an article for a website blog on the films that have inspired me. I was to choose five films that have influenced me and my style of writing. There are so many great films to choose from that it is almost impossible to do so. I therefore decided to focus in on one particular era, the 1940s.

Here is my first choice. The other four will follow in subsequent blogs this month. I wonder if they are some of your favourites.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 5TH, 2016 AT 6:37:22 BST

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What's on in August

It's August and the summer is in full swing in Britain. Traditionally it is a quiet month for talks and radio interviews so it is a good time to take a break, except I find that very hard to do because I am always working on the next crime novel and thinking through plots and characters. 

I can leave off pounding the keyboard though on those very hot days and sit in the shade of the garden or the summerhouse with paper and pencil in my hand to sketch out my characters or draw up plot lines, and sometimes just to sit, knit and think. Writing involves a great deal of thinking.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 1ST, 2016 AT 5:11:27 BST

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