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Murder at the Women's Institute before the days of Covid!


Portchester WI, Pauline Rowson on how she writes her crime novelsMurder is not something usually associated with the great institution of the Women's Institute but it was certainly the main topic at Portchester in Hampshire on Thursday 13 April 2017, long before the Coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020 and all social gatherings like these were banned.

I know many people are missing events and I am missing entertaining the lovely audiences . However the good news is that my first LIVE talk is booked for July 2021 when  once again we will be free to socialise in England (hopefully).  Meanwhile I am looking back at some of the talks  I have conducted over the years.

Here I entertained the ladies with tales of my fictional crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed sailing detective, Inspector Andy Horton, and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.



Portchester WI, Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novelsI explained how I write my murder mystery crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the south coast of England, where I draw her inspiration from, and how I create characters, develop story-lines and plots and how I research my novels including the police procedure and the forensic elements.




Portchester WI, Pauline Rowson explaining how she plots her crime novelsMy talk was followed by  a lively question and answer session and a book signing. 'It was a great pleasure to entertain members of Portchester Women's Institute and lots of fun talking to them about murder mystery and the characters in my crime novels, some of whom I have grown very fond of and close to over the years of being published.







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, with number four, DEAD SEA, published on 15 March 2021 and available to pre-order.

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: PAULINE ROWSON - APRIL 13TH, 2021 @ 5:05:25 BST
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