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Pauline Rowson - one of Britain's most exciting crime writers


Pauline RowsonPauline Rowson has been hailed as "redefining the genre of the police drama” by setting it against the atmospheric backdrop of the ever changing sea. Her cops are tough yet fallible. Adventure, mystery and heroes have always fascinated and thrilled Pauline, that and her love of the sea has led her to create her thrilling range of crime novels.

The DI Andy Horton series of crime novels  has been highly acclaimed in the UK and the USA, translated into several languages and optioned for TV.  Multi layered and complex with a rugged and flawed hero, compelling crimes, diverse characters and full of twists and turns played out against the dramatic and powerfully evocative British marine landscape of Portsmouth and the Solent.


Silent Running - featuring Art Marvik by Pauline RowsonHer new marine thriller series introduces former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover investigator, Art Marvik  in Silent Running.  His second mission takes him along the Dorset coast in Dangerous Cargo published by Severn House in 2016. 

Booklist USA, "Fans of Rowson’s DI Andy Horton books will be delighted with her new series featuring former marine commando Art Marvik. A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series—action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist


One of her standalone thrillers, In Cold Daylight  was voted by the public as their third best read in an online poll for World Book Day 2008.  And In for the Kill  was described as "A change of direction at every turn. Keep notes on all the players. If you like Jeffery Deaver, you'll love this story. The best mystery I've ever read by a female author."


Portsmouth Harbour, Spinnaker TowerBorn and raised in Portsmouth, Pauline Rowson draws her inspiration for her crime novels from the area in which she lives, which is diverse and never without incident.

When she isn't writing (which isn't often) she can be found walking the coastal paths on the Isle of Wight and around Langstone and Chichester Harbours looking for a good place to put a body!


Married to a former fire fighter Pauline is founder of CSI Portsmouth, an annual event part of Portsmouth Bookfest, which brings crime fiction and crime fact together. She is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors.

Before becoming a full time writer Pauline Rowson was a renowned marketing and training guru, with a collection of 'how to' business books and a successful marketing, media and training career behind her.

Her crime novels have an International readership and have been translated into several languages including Chinese.  They are available in hardback, paperback, as ebooks, and some are also available in Large Print and as unabridged audio books.  Published in the UK and the USA they can be bought on line and from all good booksellers. They are also available for loan in UK and USA libraries.

Pauline is also a very popular speaker and is very much in demand.  She provides a fascinating insight into the world of crime writing and her popular marine mystery crime and thriller novels. She gives talks to many organisations, including U3As, Womens Institutes, Probus Clubs, lunch clubs, charities, retirement associations and others. She is also a regular speaker at libraries around the UK and at crime writing festivals.

For all Pauline's events visit the events page and to book Pauline Rowson as a speaker please Contact Us

In addition, Pauline is no stranger to radio and television with many interviews and appearances on local television and radio.  She is a regular guest on BBC Radio Solent, Julian Clegg's Breakfast Show.

You can subscribe to Pauline's newsletter to keep up to date with all her books, events and articles and you can follow Pauline Rowson on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. The Marine Mysteries featuring DI Andy Horton also has its own Facebook Page.

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