Pauline Rowson Another year seems to have whizzed past, a sign of getting older? Maybe, or just being busy.  It seems only a short while ago I was penning a Happy Christmas and now here we are again and with this, my December newsletter, I'd like to take the opportunity to thank you for all your support in 2015 and to wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year. 

With my very best wishes,


December 20 - Fatal Catch - DI Andy Horton 12 released as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle

Fatal Catch a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonTrust no one, believe nothing….

Detective Inspector Andy Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand. Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse?   Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem.

Read more about DI Andy Horton, Fatal Catch

If you've enjoyed Fatal Catch or any of Pauline Rowson's crime novels please leave a review on Amazon.

Also available for loan in UK, USA and Commonwealth Libraries

Vote for your favourite crime author for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award

Crime fans everywhere can nominate their favourite crime authors online and the ten authors with the most votes will make up the longlist for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library Award.  The award is not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work.

For more information and to vote click here

Writing a crime novel - Choosing characters names

Getting the right name for characters in a novel can be a tricky business. Sometimes they come to me completely out of the blue as I am creating a character, other times I will struggle to find the name that best suits the character.

I have always had this thing that people should look like their names. When someone is introduced to me I will think yes, you are a Jacqueline or a Malcolm. Other times I will think, oh no, you're definitely a Karen or a Wayne. And so it is with the characters I am creating. The name has to fit. If it's not right then the character isn't right. The name also needs to fit with the age and nationality although you can have exceptions.

So where do I get names from? 

No Man's Fort in the Solent researching for a DI Andy Horton crime novel

No Man's Fort, Solent - a great place to feature in a DI Andy Horton novelNovember saw me visiting an Amazing Venue literally, thanks to the company bearing that name because they own three landmarks, or should I say seamarks, in the Solent, all of which I am very familiar with having grown up in Portsmouth but none of which I have ever visited. On the 4 November I got the chance to change that and it was indeed a case of the boat waiting for no man as it took me out on to the Solent to the Victorian No Man's Fort in the aid of research for DI Andy Horton number 14.

Read more about my visit to No Man's Fort and see the photographs.

CSI Portsmouth - Saturday 5 March 2016 Tickets on sale from 4 January

Top crime authors and forensic experts are lined up for this thrilling and informative one day event where crime fiction meets crime fact. The event takes place at Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea. Tickets on sale from 4  January 2016.  More details in the next newsletter and on the website after 4 January.

Events for January and February 2016

1 January 2016
Fatal Catch - DI Andy Horton number 12 - published in hardcover in the USA.

11 January 2016
Pauline Rowson will be on BBC Radio Solent, the Julian Clegg Breakfast Show at 7.25am

10 February 2016
Pauline Rowson will be giving a talk at Poole Central Library 2pm to 4pm. More information and ticket details to follow.

25 February 2016
Pauline Rowson will be talking about her crime novels and crime writing to members of Ems Valley U3A

Pauline entertains the members of Midhurst U3A

Pauline Rowson talking to members of Midhurst U3A about her marine based crime novelsAn enthusiastic audience greeted crime author Pauline Rowson in the West Sussex historic market town of Midhurst on a wet and windy afternoon in November to listen spellbound on how she writes her popular crime novels which are set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England. The historic town has provided inspiration for many writers including Hillaire Belloc, John Wyndham and Pauline's fellow crime author the late Ruth Rendell.

Read more and see the photographs

Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels on That's Solent TV with businessmen Alex Laxton, Rob Dewing and presenter Chrissie Pollard Pauline was on That's Solent TV,  27  and 28 November talking to Chrissie Pollard about her crime novels and other topical issues along with businessmen guests Rob Dewing and Alex Laxton. Aired on  Freeview Channel 8 across the Solent area.

She will be recording an interview on That's Solent TV again on Wednesday 16 December to be screened on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th.

Pauline Rowson at Portchester LibraryVisitors to Portchester Library in Hampshire were treated to an insight into crime writing on Monday 7 December  when they heard author Pauline Rowson talk about the inspiration behind her popular Solent crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton and her South Coast marine based crime novels featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

Read more and see the photographs

To see all Pauline's events for 2016 visit the events page on the website.

You can see more videos on her website or on her You Tube Channel.

Christmas BellsThat's it for 2015 wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll be back in 2016.

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