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Lethal Waves in Littlehampton with crime author Pauline Rowson

Littlehampton-Pauline Rowson explaining how she plots her crime novels I'm continuing my theme of looking back at my talks because of the absence of them since the Covid-19 crisis banned all social gatherings in Britain in 2020 and part 2021.  But it won't be long now (hopefully) to when I can post a brand new LIVE talk on my website as I am booked to do my first talk since lock down in March 2020 on 27 July 2021 to Portsmouth U3A.

Here I am though back in 2017 when I caused some lethal waves (title of a DI Andy Horton crime novel) at the south coast town of Littlehampton on Wednesday 24 May entertaining members of Littlehampton U3A (University of the Third Age) with tales of my  fictional crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton, and the tough but fallible, Art Marvik, former Royal Marine Commando, working as an undercover investigator for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad,(NIMS).

The enigmatic sailing detective  DI Andy Horton now features in fifteen crime novels with TIDE OF DEATH the first in the series and A DEADLY WAKE number fifteen.  I am currently writing number sixteen (2021). There are also now four in the Marvik, mystery thriller series, with SILENT RUNNING the first, DANGEROUS CARGO (2), LOST VOYAGE (3) and DEAD SEA (4) published in March 2021.

Since this talk I have written a new crime series with Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga, who is sent out to solve  baffling coastal crime. The first is set on Portland Island, Dorset - DEATH IN THE COVE, the second in Newhaven, East Sussex - DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, and number three, DEATH IN THE NETS, set in Brixham, Devon to be published on 4 October 2021.

Littlehampton-Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novelsOver sixty people attended my talk in Littlehampton and listened to how I plan, plot and research my crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

I spoke about how I create my characters and how I draw my inspiration and ideas from locations, and sometimes overheard conversations.

Littlehampton-Pauline Rowson answering a question about her crime novels
The University of the Third Age (U3A) has a network of U3As across the country, many of which I have been delighted to speak at.  They 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.  I am sure they are all chomping at the bit to get back to face-to-face meetings.

Littlehampton 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.


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