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Murder at the manor house with crime author Pauline Rowson


Rhinefield House, New ForestContinuing my theme of looking back at my talks over the years (in the absence of giving any in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic) here's one I gave in 2017.  The Rhinefield House Hotel was the perfect setting for murder mystery as I entertained the gentlemen of Brockenhurst and District Probus Club with tales of my crime busting heroes, the flawed and rugged Inspector Andy Horton and superhero, Art Marvik.





Pauline Rowson eyeing up the setting before her talkThe 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 (Covid -19 permitting) and it was a rather wet summer's day when I arrived to talk to the Brockenhurst Probus Club about my crime novels and how I write them.


Pauline Rowson talking to Brockenhurst ProbusI explained how I research my crime novels, including the police and forensic research and how I create my characters and plot lines. There was also lively question and answer session.







Brockenhurst Probus, Pauline Rowson demonstrating her plot linesMy 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 ProbusThere followed a book signing and the opportunity to talk to the audience on an individual basis.

Looking forward to when my talks can again resume.


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The latest Inspector Andy Horton Mystery

A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton MysteryNumber 15 in the DI Andy Horton series set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

As DI Andy Horton follows the trail of a man found dead in a log cabin on the Isle of Wight, he uncovers some startling revelations into his own mother’s past and the truth behind her disappearance over thirty years ago.


Published in paperback, ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo order on line and from all booksellers



Death in the Cove by Pauline RowsonSince this talk took place I  also have a new hero on the block, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga who is sent out to solve coastal crimes.  His first is on the Isle of Portland, Dorset when the body of a man in a pin-striped suit is found dead on Church Ope Cove - DEATH IN THE COVE. The second Inspector Ryga 1950 set mystery is DEATH IN THE HARBOUR and will be published on 2 November in paperback, e book and on Kindle. It is available to pre-order. Like the first in the series it is also available as an audio book. 

In DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, Ryga is sent to Newhaven, East Sussex  to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.


In addition to the above there are three mystery thrillers in the Art Marvik series, the former Royal Marine Commando now an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad.

Art Marvik Mystery Thrillers by Pauline Rowson"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 on SILENT RUNNING.

The ART MARVIK series of mystery thrillers will be simultaneous published in paperback and ebook, on Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google on 14 September 2020 - Available to pre-order

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About Rhinefield House

Rhinefield house was built between 1888-1891 at a cost of £18,000 by the Walkers, a wealthy coal mining family.  Coal was transported 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 sold the house in the 1950s to a solicitor from Singapore. Later it was used as a school before becoming The Rhinefield House Hotel, and was featured in the Southern Television filming of Ruth Rendell’s book, ‘Some Lie and Some Die’.


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POSTED BY: ALISON WESLEY - AUGUST 12TH, 2020 @ 7:25:30 BST
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