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Pauline Rowson wows the audience at Havant U3A with a talk about her crime novels

Havant U3A Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novelsMembers of Havant U3A (University of the Third Age) got the taste for murder when I entertained them on Thursday 16 February 2017 with tales of mycrime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, now working for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad.

Events like these unfortunately ceased in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the banning of all social gatherings. I know many people are missing them and I am missing entertaining the lovely audiences.  I am sincerely hoping that we can soon resume these events.  In the meantime I'm looking back at some of the talks  I have conducted over the years.

Havant U3A Crime author Pauline Rowson entertaining the audienceOn 16 February 2017 over seventy people sat enthralled as I spoke about how I plot and research my crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

Since this talk took place in addition to fifteen in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural detective series, there are four in the Marvik mystery thriller series and two in my 1950s set mystery series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ryga who is sent out to investigate baffling crimes in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (the Isle of Portland, Dorset) and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR ( Newhaven, East Sussex) with number three in the series DEATH IN THE NETS ( Brixham, Devon) to be published in October 2021.

Havant U3A Pauline Rowson showing how she plots her crime novelsI love talking to U3As  - the University of the Third Age (U3A) which has a network across the country. Their aim to provide life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities for retired and semi-retired people who come together to learn, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery. Members share their skills and life experiences.

I talked about how I draw inspiration from locations along the South Coast of England; how I work up ideas for the novels, develop characters and devise and map out plot lines.

Havant U3A Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novelsMy talk was followed by a lively Question and Answer session and a book signing. The audience were great. I  thoroughly enjoyed talking to them.

There are no talks for me booked this year, 2021, at the present although I have been asked if I might be available to speak later in 2021 and I would be delighted to. Can't wait in fact.  If you would like me to speak to your organisation, company or library please feel free to contact me.

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