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Murder at the manor house with crime author Pauline Rowson

Rhinefield House, New ForestThe Rhinefield House Hotel was the perfect setting for murder mystery as crime author Pauline Rowson entertained the gentlemen of Brockenhurst and District Probus Club with tales of her crime busting heroes, the flawed and rugged Inspector Andy Horton and superhero, Art Marvik.

Pauline Rowson eyeing up the setting before her talkPauline's talk was given in an amazing oak panelled room complete with elaborate chandelier and a gigantic stone fire place that was large enough to accommodate a corpse or three. Rhinefield House in the New Forest was built by a Nottingham collier for his daughter. With its numerous rooms she must have rattled around in it! Now an hotel it is also the venue for weddings and other functions and it was a rather wet summer's day when Pauline Rowson arrived to talk to the Brockenhurst Probus Club about her crime novels and how she writes them.

Pauline Rowson talking to Brockenhurst ProbusPauline Rowson explained how she researches her crime novels, including the police and forensic research and how she creates her characters and plot lines. There was also lively question and answer session.

Brockenhurst Probus, Pauline Rowson demonstrating her plot linesPauline Rowson's crime novels have been highly acclaimed and translated into several languages. Multi layered and complex, they contain compelling crimes, diverse characters and are full of twists and turns all played out against the dramatic and powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the south coast of England.

Pauline Rowson signing her crime novels at Brockenhurst ProbusPauline Rowson is the author of eighteen crime novels, thirteen featuring the rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton, three in the new series featuring Art Marvik, the troubled former Royal Marine Commando now an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) and two standalone thrillers, the award winning, In Cold Daylight and In For the Kill.

Lost Voyage, an Art Marvik Mystery by Pauline RowsonRowson's latest crime novel, Lost Voyage, the third in the Art Marvik series is published in the UK in hardcover by Severn House Publishers (10July 2017). It will be published in the USA and released as an ebook on the 1 November 2017.

Marvik faces a desperate battle to save others from a ruthless assassin who will stop at nothing in order to protect the secret of the Mary Jo’s last voyage from ever being exposed

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About Rhinefield House

On the engagement of his only child and heiress, Mabel, to Lieut.-Commander Edward Munro, Thomas Walker, a wealthy coal mine owner of Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire built Rhinefield House in 1885 at a cost of £250,000. Coal for Rhinefield House was brought by rail, to Brockenhurst station, in coal wagons bearing the name of the Walker’s Colliery in Nottinghamshire. Rhinefield estate staff were conveyed, to and from, the village in an Armstrong Siddley vehicle, similar to a mini-bus. On their deaths, Mr. Walker-Munro in 1920, and Mrs. Walker-Munro in 1934, the bodies were interned in the grounds of their Home Farm, Ober Farm. The Walker-Munro family did not vacate Rhinefield until after the Second World War, when the lease of the house was sold and it was used as a school. Later it became The Rhinefield House Hotel, and featured in the Southern Television filming of Ruth Rendell’s book, ‘Some Lie and Some Die’. Our thanks to John Purkess for the above information.

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