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Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley join real life crime experts in CSI Winchester

CSI Winchester 2020 where the cream of crime fiction meets real life crime experts. Crime authors Pauline Rowson and Graham Hurley will be debating crime fiction and crime fact with crime experts Carolyn Lovell, Research and Development Manager Forensic Capability Network, and Detective Superintendent Mandy Horsburgh of Hampshire Police. Also present will be the team from the Hampshire Fingerprint Bureau. Talk to the crime authors and crime experts and put your questions to the panel followed by a book signing - 28 March 2020 at Winchester Discovery Centre.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 21ST, 2020 AT 15:31:44 UTC

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Why libraries matter - saving our precious libraries


Pauline Rowson at Stubbington LibraryI owe a great deal to libraries and particularly the libraries of Portsmouth. Without them I might never have discovered the sheer joy of reading and ultimately have become a crime writer.

Coming from a household where money was tight I was fortunate enough to be introduced by a friend’s mother to a small local library in Portsmouth, the Alderman Lacey Library in Tangiers Road. There I discovered a treasure trove of books, the sheer volume and variety of which would have been impossible for my parents to buy, let alone store.  I devoured everything from adventure to classics and many in between.

Read more about why I believe libraries are important to our communities



POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 19TH, 2020 AT 4:11:33 UTC

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The inspiration behind DI Andy Horton Mystery Blood on the Sand


Blood on the Sand, Inspector Andy HortonBLOOD ON THE SAND ( no. 5 in the DI Horton series) opens on a cold grey January morning in Bembridge Marina on the Isle of Wight, where Andy Horton has decided to put in on his small yacht. It's hardly the sailing season but after a difficult Christmas - his first spent apart from his young daughter, Emma - and following some tough criminal investigations, Horton, has decided to take a few days break. He also needs time to think through the startling revelations he's uncovered about his mother's disappearance thirty years ago.

But he barely gets the time to do so when walking across the abandoned golf course on the Duver near Bembridge Marina he finds himself facing a distraught young woman with a gun in her hand leaning over a corpse in one of the discarded bunkers.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 17TH, 2020 AT 10:16:59 UTC

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The art of writing realistic dialogue

Dialogue is a critical element of characterisation. No matter how much research I do beforehand when creating characters for my novels they don’t come alive until I start to put dialogue into their mouths and they begin to interact with other characters.

Many beginner writers find it difficult to write realistic and believable dialogue. This is usually because they are not in the minds of the characters they have created. You need to hear them in your head, to know what they are thinking and feeling.

Dialogue is there to give life to your characters - read more




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 13TH, 2020 AT 15:01:04 UTC

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The inspiration behind Dead Man's Wharf- a DI Andy Horton Mystery



Dead Man's Wharf, a DI Andy Horton crime novel

TV diving personality Nicholas Farnsworth's life is threatened. A deranged elderly lady in a nursing home claims she's been attacked by an intruder. A mother's conviction that her son's death on Christmas Eve was no accident...are the incidents related? Horton believes not but soon he's forced to consider otherwise and finds himself caught up in a complex investigation with far-reaching international implications.

'Rowson turns out an exemplary procedural with the requisite plot twists, double-crosses and all loose ends tied up neatly in a sailor’s knot.' Starred Review Kirkus (USA)


The inspiration behind DEAD MAN'S WHARF, number four in the Horton series of fourteen




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 10TH, 2020 AT 7:19:21 UTC

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Three DI Andy Horton crime novels are set in January


Blood on the Sand, Dead Man's Wharf, Lethal WavesThree of my crime novels featuring the rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton, are set during the month of January

Dead Man's Wharf, Blood on the Sand and Lethal Waves.

Here is a taste of what's in store for DI Andy Horton in each of them.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 6TH, 2020 AT 11:36:45 UTC

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Behind the characters - Adam Greene and Alex Albury in my thriller mysteries

Continuing my theme of looking behind the characters (see previous blog entry on DI Andy Horton, Art Marvik and Inspector Alun Ryga) here is what shapes my other two fictional sleuths in my standalone thriller mysteries IN COLD DAYLIGHT and IN FOR THE KILL.



POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 3RD, 2020 AT 7:51:00 UTC

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Pauline Rowson what's on in January and 2020


Pauline Rowson

Happy New Year. 2020

January sees me continuing to write the third in the Inspector Alun Ryga 1950 set mystery series. The first, DEATH IN THE COVE, set on the Island of Portland in Dorset was published in paperback, as an ebook, on Kindle, Kobo and as an audio book in September 2019. I'm delighted to announce that the second Inspector Ryga will be published this year, probably in September, and that DI Andy Horton number 15 is waiting in the wings to also be published this year.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
JANUARY 1ST, 2020 AT 6:59:20 UTC

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