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Castle View WI play host to Crime Author Pauline Rowson


Castle View WI audience listen as Pauline Rowson talks about her crime novelsThe Women's Institute and crime are not usually words mentioned in the same breath  except when I entertained the ladies of Castle View WI on Monday 20 November 2017 with tales of  my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed sailing Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.

I've been looking back over my talks in the absence of being able to give any since March 2020 because of the  Coronavirus pandemic and all itsugly consequences putting paid to social gatherings.  So here I am revisiting some of my previous talks and feeling nostalgic.


Castle View WI Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels and her charactersI explained how her my crime novels are all set against the backdrop of the sea, my brand or trademark, and how I draw inspiration from locations around the coast.

I spoke about how the idea for the Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, UNDERCURRENT, came from a visit to Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard when I spied a piece of tarpaulin covering something in the deep dock where an historic ship the M33 Monitor is located.  I also spoke about how the Condor ferry that sails from Portsmouth to the Channel islands gave me the inspiration for another DI Andy Horton crime novel, LETHAL WAVES.

Castle View WI crime author Pauline Rowson talking about how she writes her crime novelsI talked about how my undercover investigator, Art Marvik, in the Marvik mystery thrillers embarks on missions for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad on his powerful motor cruiser which takes him on investigations along the south coast to Dorset in the west in DANGEROUS CARGO, and Beachy Head and the Severn Sisters cliffs in the east in LOST VOYAGE.




Castle View WI Pauline Rowson signing her crime novelsI also demonstrated how I develop story-lines and plot outlines from my ideas by asking the six 'open' questions of who, what, why, when, where, and how and how when I begin writing a crime novel I have no idea what happens in the middle or the end or in fact who did it and why. My talk was followed by  a lively question and answer session and a book signing.

 It was great fun talking to members of Castle View Women's Institute and lovely to meet some fans of DI Andy Horton and Art Marvik.  Here's hoping social events can resume in 2021.



Inspector Andy Horton Mystery no. 15

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


Since 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. 


Death in the Cove, an Inspector Alun Ryga 1950 crime novel

DEATH IN THE COVE is available in paperback, e book, Kindle and audio book.

When the body of a man dressed in a pinstriped suit is discovered by war photographer, Eva Paisley, in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset, Inspector Alun Ryga of Scotland Yard is sent to investigate.  Recently promoted, the thoughtful, observant Ryga, is on his first solo investigation outside of London, and is keen to prove his worth. Ignoring the warnings of the local police inspector, and the Dorset Chief Constable, that his trust in Eva Paisley is misjudged, Ryga quickly realises that her observations could provide the breakthrough he needs in a complex murder investigation and the answer to the haunting circumstances that have sent the man in the pinstriped suit to his death.


DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, Inspector Ryga mystery by Pauline RowsonrMyra Swinley is convinced that her police constable husband’s death was no accident, and that he would never have lost his footing on a dark, foggy November night on the quayside of Newhaven Harbour while on his beat. Determined to get to the truth she visits Scotland Yard to ask his former friend, Detective Superintendent Street, to investigate.   Street says they have no basis to do so, but when Myra fails to return home from her visit to the Yard, Inspector Ryga is sent down to the Sussex coast to investigate. 


Accompanied by former war photographer, Eva Paisley, who has been airlifted back to England after suffering a wound incurred in Korea, Ryga’s investigation soon begins to uncover some puzzling facts.  Painstakingly, and with Eva’s assistance, Ryga begins to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing.

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is available in paperback, ebook, Kindle and audio book.


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 are published in paperback, ebook, Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google- Buy now


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POSTED BY: ALISON WESLEY - NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 @ 6:03:46 UTC
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