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Back in the saddle again at Portsmouth U3A

Pauline Rowson first talk since Covid lockdown to Portsmouth U3AYes, it was time for celebrations as I was back in the saddle again, or rather I was back in front of an audience talking about how I write my crime novels and my crime fictional heroes - DI Andy Horton, Art Marvik and my Scotland Yard 1950s detective, Inspector Ryga.

However, as I was talking to members of Portsmouth U3A they were very keen to hear specifically about my rugged and flawed detective, Inspector Andy Horton, because I was on his CID patch - Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

It was great to be back in front of an audience.  After an absence of sixteen months because of the prohibition of all social gatherings such as these owing to Covid, I wondered if I would remember what to say. Maybe I had lost the knack, but I'm pleased to announce that I hadn't and the audience were friendly and delighted to once again be out and about meeting each other.

Pauline Rowson talking about how she writes her crime novelsnI explained how I come up with ideas for my crime novels and how I turn these ideas in plots. I also talked about how I develop characters and how I research my novels.  There are now fifteen in the DI Andy Horton crime series, with number sixteen almost finished. Andy Horton has been described as "especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage".  

DI Andy Horton, likeable characaterAndy Horton is instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. His key to investigations is coupled with a dry sense of  humour, his greatest strength is his ability to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right. 

He's especially tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of the people in the children’s homes in which he’s been raised. When this happens, when his guard slips, he’s like a raw nerve. He fears his emotions will betray him.

He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels like he’s the only person looking out for them; the only one who can bring the guilty to justice so that the dead can rest. No one cared about him when he was a child; he won’t let that happen to anyone else.

Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife, Catherine, following a gross misconduct charge, the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea or fighting crime.  Raised in children's homes after his mother abandoned him as a child he has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.

Where to buy Pauline Rowson's booksIn addition to the DI Andy Horton series there are four in the Marvik mystery thriller series, and three in the 1950s set Inspector Ryga mysteries and I am currently writing number four.  I also have tw standalone thrillers, IN COLD DAYLIGHT and IN FOR THE KILL.

Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novelsIt was lovely to be back on stage and sign books for the audience and I hope more speaking engagements will follow.

If you'd like to book or enquire about me speaking to your group please contact me using the form on this website.

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