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The relationship with my characters



The Portsmouth Murders, DI Andy Horton 1 in the Solent Murder Mystery SeriesThe relationship between writers and their characters takes many forms. For me some characters I have created are irritating, others entertain me. Some make me feel cuddly and comfortable, while others I positively loath. And some I love. Quite often (especially in difficult times) I love to escape with my characters to my fictional world. Here I can create order out of chaos. I have control. But before you call for the men in white coats I assure you I am quite sane, well as sane as any writer can be (and especially a crime writer  – after all we kill people for a living).





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 17TH, 2022 AT 5:00:12 BST

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The Thorney Island Murders (12) in the DI Andy Horton series published


The Thorney Island Murders, DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson

I'm delighted to announce the publication of DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery (12) THE THORNEY ISLAND MURDERS on Amazon Kindle and paperback published by Joffe Books.

(Please note this was previously published as Fatal Catch.)

DI Andy Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand.

Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse?  

Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem.



POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 13TH, 2022 AT 6:51:27 BST

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Murder by crossbow in DI Andy Horton THE BOATHOUSE MURDERS


The Boathouse Murders by Pauline RowsonThankfully traumatic injuries and deaths caused by crossbows are a rarity. But it was a means of murder I used in DI Andy Horton, Solent Murder Mystery no. 11 THE BOATHOUSE MURDERS, republished by Joffe Books on Amazon Kindle and paperback. This was previously published as Shroud of Evil.

Here is what I uncovered from my research into crossbow shooting and pathology.







POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 10TH, 2022 AT 6:01:10 BST

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DI Andy Horton uncovers corrosive secrets in THE BOATHOUSE MURDERS



The Boathouse Murders by Pauline RowsonTHE BOATHOUSE MURDERS is number eleven in the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery Series published by Joffe Books. This was originally published as Shroud of Evil. It explores the corrosive nature of secrets.  It plunges the flawed and rugged detective, Andy Horton, into a complex murder investigation in which he is forced to withhold vital information because of his own secret and his fear of exposure, even though he knows that in doing so he is putting his professional career on the line.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 8TH, 2022 AT 6:54:37 BST

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The inspiration behind THE COWES WEEK MURDERS


The Cowes Week Murders DI Andy Horton mystery by Pauline RowsonThe inspiration for THE COWES WEEK MURDERS (formerly published as Death Surge) number 10 in the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery Series came like all the other novels in the series featuring my flawed and rugged Portsmouth detective from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series, set against the powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the Solent on the South Coast of England, there is always a good place to put a body.

I also chose to set THE COWES WEEK MURDERS around the annual international sailing regatta of Cowes Week, which takes place in the Solent off the small coastal town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the first week of August each year, except for 2020 when it, like every other event, was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic.  In 2021 Cowes Week took place between 31 July and 7 August and in 2022 from 29 July to 5 August.


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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 3RD, 2022 AT 6:31:14 BST

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What's on in August 2022

August sees the publication of the next book in the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mysteries, book 12 on 14 August. Meanwhile book no. 11 is out now.

The Boathouse Murders by Pauline Rowson  This was originally published as Shroud of Evil.

Also in August I'll be entertaining members of Hayling Island U3A, so I will be on home ground. And of course I will be writing...




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 1ST, 2022 AT 6:47:12 BST

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