In my April newsletter there's plenty to keep you occupied and entertained amidst all the angst of the current times.   Two DI Andy Horton crime novels have now been re-issued in paperback and as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Apple. SHROUD OF EVIL and FATAL CATCH are now available to buy and even if you are unable to order from your usual bookshop during these troubled trying times, then the mighty Amazon is still fulfilling orders and of course you can download them. Many of my ebooks and audio books are also available to borrow from your local library.  Also in this newsletter I look at some aspects of policing in Inspector Ryga's world of 1950, so very different to today; how I get to grips with time frames in my novels; an extract from DI Andy Horton DEATH SURGE and a focus on two videos.

Stay safe and well - or in the words of Spock "Live long and prosper".

Policing and detection in Inspector Ryga's world in 1950 set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE

Death in the Cove mystery by Pauline RowsonDEATH IN THE COVE is set in 1950 England, a country still reeling from the aftermath of war with austerity and rationing biting hard. Newly promoted to detective inspector, Ryga from Scotland Yard, is on his first solo investigation outside of London, to solve the mystery of why a man in a pin-striped suit is found murdered in an isolated cove on the Island of Portland in Dorset.

This article looks at some of the aspects of policing in 1950 England - communicating with the police, reporting in, women in the police and police vehicles.

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DI Andy Horton Mystery, A SHROUD OF EVIL now published in ebook and paperback

Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonSHROUD OF EVIL an Inspector Andy Horton mystery has now been re-issued in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

It is number eleven in the mystery series of currently fourteen with number fifteen, A DEADLY WAKE being published in paperback and as an ebook on 2 June 2020.

The novel explores the corrosiveness of secrets. It plunges the flawed and rugged detective, Andy Horton, into a complex murder investigation in which he is forced to withhold vital information because of his own secret and his fear of exposure, even though he knows that in doing so he is putting his professional career on the line.

Getting to grips with time frames in novels

Time frames in novels, and particularly when writing a series, as I do with the DI Andy Horton novels, the Art Marvik mystery thrillers and my new 1950 set mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detective Inspector Ryga, are a tricky thing. There is ‘real time’ and there is ‘fictional time’.

In ‘real time’ I write a DI Andy Horton and either an Art Marvik or Inspector Ryga mystery in a year whereas in ‘fictional time’ the novels are set over a shorter time frame.

Andy Horton was thirty nine when I created him in Tide of Death in 2006 so by now he should be fifty three. However, in ‘fictional time’ fourteen novels later, he is only forty. The novels take place not over fourteen years but over eighteen months, which means for DI Andy Horton there are an awful lot of murders in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, making it worse than  Midsomer Murder on a good day!

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See where each of the DI Andy Horton mysteries are set in this video

A short video of photographs matching the locations around Portsmouth, the Solent and the Isle of Wight of where some of the Inspector Andy Horton mysteries are set.

DI Andy Horton mystery DEATH SURGE - read an extract

Death Surge a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonIt's the fifth anniversary since DEATH SURGE was published in paperback and as an e book on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo. Read an extract from this mystery novel featuring my rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective where I match the text with some of the location shots.

What began as the hunt for a missing man becomes the search for a ruthless killer...

Read an extract of DI Andy Horton DEATH SURGE

Fatal Catch DI Andy Horton Mystery re-issued

Fatal Catch, DI Andy Horton Mystery 12Fatal Catch, number twelve in the Inspector Andy Horton mystery series of currently fourteen has been re-issued in paperback and as an e book on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Apple.

In Fatal Catch, DI 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. Assailed by doubts both in his personal and professional life, Horton desperately tries to keep his emotional feelings under control and his focus on his work. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing; he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed.

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Talks suspended but there's plenty to view on my You Tube Channel

In line with recent government recommendations, I am working from home - although I have done so for many years!  However my talks have been suspended but do get in touch with me if you would like me to speak at an event in autumn 2020 when hopefully things will have returned to normal or for engagements in 2021.

Meanwhile you can sit back and enjoy some of my video interviews and talks on my You Tube Channel and if I get cracking then I hope to be adding some more to them over the next few months!

Here is one video that was shot at a talk I gave at Sandhurst Library some time ago and which is my most watched on You Tube, in it I am talking about how I convert inspiration and ideas into plot lines.

Video- From inspiration and ideas to plot lines, how to write a crime novel

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