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Crime author Pauline Rowson entertains readers from the USA

Crime author Pauline Rowson talking to Mystery Readers Group USA on their visit to EnglandThis was such a fabulous opportunity for me to entertain a small number of avid crime fiction readers from America on the 9 May 2018 who were on a visit to England taking in many literary places including the area where the popular Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels are set - Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. I was delighted to talk to them about how I research and write my crime novels, which are all set against the backdrop of the sea, primarily on the south coast of England.

Pauline Rowson explaining idea for her DI Andy Horton crime novel Undercurrent to Mystery Read Group USAThe group, who were from various areas of the USA, were scheduled to visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, so I told them how that was one of the settings for my crime novel, UNDERCURRENT, where the body of a naval historian is found dead in number one dock, the home of the First World War ship, HMS M33.

The Hard, Portsmouth Harbour, the Solent and the Isle of Wight are all settings for my crime novels and the group were looking forward to seeing all those places where Inspector Horton battles to solve his crimes.

The Mystery Reads Group were also scheduled to visit Dorset and the Jurassic Coast including the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis, featured in my Art Marvik mystery thriller DANGEROUS CARGO, number two in the series of four.

The enigmatic sailing detective  DI Andy Horton 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 now four in the Marvik, mystery thriller series, with SILENT RUNNING the first and DEAD SEA, number four in the series.

And since this talk took place I have created another crime series, this time set in the 1950s and featuring Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga, who is sent out to solve  baffling coastal crimes. The first is set on Portland Island, Dorset - DEATH IN THE COVE, and the second is set in Newhaven, East Sussex - DEATH IN THE HARBOUR.  Number three in the Inspector Ryga series DEATH IN THE NETS set in Brixham, Devon will be published on 4 October 2021.

Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novels for Mystery Group Readers USAI explained how I plot my multi-layered crime novels and how I create my characters. I then answered questions from the audience before undertaking a book signing.

I was thrilled to meet the group and honoured that they were keen to hear me speak about my crime novels and to visit the places where my fictional detective Andy Horton and my undercover investigator, Art Marvik, have trod. I was delighted that many of them were fans of my crime novels and it was fun to talk in depth with some of them about my troubled hero, Andy Horton, and hear how much they enjoy reading my books.

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