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Pauline Rowson Crime Novels Most Popular with Library Borrowers

Death Surge - DI Andy Horton number ten by Pauline RowsonPauline Rowson's crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton are among some of the most borrowed crime novels from British Libraries.

Pauline Rowson's crime series has been gaining popularity since Tide of Death, the first DI Andy Horton crime novel, appeared in public libraries and went on sale in 2006.  Since then there have been nine more in the DI Horton series with the eleventh, Shroud of Evil, due to be published by Severn House in April 2014.   Her climb up the league table of most borrowed authors in all subjects and categories puts her in the top two percent of most borrowed books.

Latest figures from the Public Lending Rights (PLR) reveal that American crime and thriller writers are being borrowed more than their British counterparts with seventeen novelsby US-based crime and thriller writers appearing in the Top 20, nine of them written, or co-written by James Patterson.  For the sixth yearrunning, James Patterson also retains his crown as the UK’s Most BorrowedAuthor.

PLR wasestablished by Act of Parliament in 1979. It gives authors the legal right toreceive payment from the government each time theirbooks are loaned through the public library system.  PLR is funded bythe Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This year PLR isdistributing £6.4 million to 23,190 authors ata rate per loan of 6.20 pence. Since its inception in 1979, PLR has distributedover £138 million to authors. American authors do not receive PLR payment.

PLR systems have been established in many countries around the world including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France and Ireland. British authors can benefit from PLR payments in these countries which have a reciprocal agreement with the UK.

Pauline Rowson, British crime authorPauline Rowson says, 'I'd like to say a huge thank you to all my readers who have borrowed my books from libraries across the UK and overseas. Libraries form an essential part of our culture and change lives.  If it hadn't been for a small local library in the city where I lived  as a child, Portsmouth, I would never have discovered the joy of reading and been inspired to become an author.’

Pauline 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.

Death Lies Beneath - DI Andy Horton 8The DI Andy Horton series of crime novels has been acclaimed  as having everything: compelling crimes, complex past history, a tough work environment, romantic entanglements and political intrigue played out against the dramatic and powerfully evocative British marine landscape of Portsmouth and the Solent.

The tenth in the series Death Surge  was published in hardback and as an ebook in January 2014 and Death Lies Beneath the eighth in the series is published in paperback in February 2014.

Pauline Rowson's books are published in  the UK, Commonwealth and the USA where they are also available on loan from libraries. They have been translated into several languages including Chinese and are published in hardcover, paperback ebook, large print and audio book format.


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