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Location, location - a sea setting a must for a juicy crime novel


Sailing out of Portsmouth HarbourWe all know that location is an important factor when choosing where to live, it is also equally important in choosing the setting for a crime novel. There are many great settings for crime novels in the UK from gritty Glasgow to captivating Cornwall and of course the wonderful diversity of settings in countries around the World. There is also the fictional setting.

For me the setting has to be by and around the sea.It is my trademark or brand if you prefer and features in all my crime novels. I was brought up in the coastal city of Portsmouth and I believe that once the sea is in your blood it never leaves you.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 25TH, 2020 AT 6:21:48 UTC

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Who is the woman in the fur coat (and hats) in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR?


Death in the Harbour Inspector Ryga mystery 2 by Pauline RowsonRead 1950s set DEATH IN THE HARBOUR Inspector Ryga Mystery (2) to find out. No, I’m not going to say more because I don’t wish to spoil the story for you but here’s a little extract below.


It’s a cold foggy December day in 1950 and Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga is sent to the coastal town of Newhaven to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.






POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020 AT 6:03:25 UTC

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The story behind Murder at the Pelican Club, a smash hit with audiences


Pauline Rowson with the cast and crew of Murder at the Pelican ClubPauline Rowson author of 22 crime novels talks about the writing, production and performance of her 1940 set murder mystery play, Murder at the Pelican Club. How it came into being, the story behind it and the most recent production.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 21ST, 2020 AT 7:00:30 UTC

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Footsteps on the Shore book trailer video

'Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms.' Booklist, Starred Review.

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton when his Harley is vandalized. Convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing, a woman is found brutally murdered. and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective.

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 20TH, 2020 AT 6:36:50 UTC

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The narrator's audio script character notes for DEATH IN THE HARBOUR


Death in the Harbour by Pauline Rowson, narrator's audio scriptThis is a fascinating insight of the narrator's audio script character summaries for recording the audio book of my Inspector Ryga 1950 set mystery (2) DEATH IN THE HARBOUR just released in paperback, as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and as an audio book. Narrated by the very talented actor, Jonathan Rhodes and produced by B7 Media.

Click on the image to enlarge it and see how he sums up in one or two words the various characters in the novel.

Here's a sample Joseph Moore - Steptoe; Leemings -Sour; Dewsnap - keen rabbit!





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 18TH, 2020 AT 9:51:34 UTC

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Dead Man's Wharf, DI Andy Horton - An exemplary procedural

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 caught up in a complex investigation with far-reaching international implications

'Rowson turns out an exemplary procedural.' Starred Review Kirkus (USA)

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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 17TH, 2020 AT 6:24:22 UTC

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Life in the Inspector Ryga Mysteries in 1950s England



Death in the Harbour, Inspec.Ryga is sent to Newhaven, by Pauline RowsonDecember 1950 - fog and smog. Rationing and austerity. Fractured lives from the aftermath of war. Steam trains, trams and trolley buses. Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga is sent to the port of Newhaven, East Sussex, to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, is the second in the Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery series.



Paperback, e book, Amazon Kindle, and audio book.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 16TH, 2020 AT 6:37:10 UTC

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Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton in FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE


Footsteps on the Shore, Inspector Andy Horton Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, has returned early from her secondment to HQ. Then, convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour.  Before Horton can get a grip on either case, he’s called to a house where a woman he’d only met the day before has been brutally murdered. Is missing Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is it his body in the mud of the harbour? Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective.

Like others in the Horton crime series it is set in and around Portsmouth on the south coast of England.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 13TH, 2020 AT 8:08:38 UTC

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Pauline Rowson entertaining the audience with tales of criminality



Pauline Rowson talking about the mind maps she creates when writing her crime novelsContinuing my trip down my memory lane of talks owing to the cancellation of all events in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic here is a look back at a talk I gave to a delightful audience at Thornhill Baptist Church, Southampton, on Wednesday 12 November as part of their bi-annual Over 50s Activity Day.

I met some lovely people who listened spellbound as I recounted how I plan and plot my crime novels and how I draw my inspiration from the sea and often from the area where I live, Portsmouth on the South Coast of England. My DI Andy Horton crime novels (15) are set in Portsmouth and on the Isle of Wight.




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 12TH, 2020 AT 6:26:07 UTC

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The setting for Ryga Mystery 2 DEATH IN THE HARBOUR



Death in the Harbour by Pauline RowsonDEATH IN THE HARBOUR, the second in the Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery series, is set in the port of Newhaven on the East Sussex coast.

Newhaven lies at the mouth of the River Ouse between Brighton to the west (nine miles) and the stunning Severn Sister Cliffs to the East (ten miles). It is a busy port with regular cross channel ferry sailings to Dieppe (France); a fishing fleet and leisure craft but since the time when my crime novel is set in December 1950 its cargo and steamer trade has declined. The town has also changed considerably, not to mention the pace and way of life







POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 11TH, 2020 AT 6:44:35 UTC

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Pauline Rowson talks about her Inspector Ryga Mysteries

In this video I'm talking about my 1950s fictional sleuth, Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga , who is sent out to investigate baffling coastal crimes in Death in the Cove and Death in the Harbour. All my fast-paced crime novels (22) are set against the back drop of the sea in England.



DEATH IN THE HARBOUR published in paperback, e book, Amazon Kindle and audio book.


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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 10TH, 2020 AT 6:28:33 UTC

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Inspector Alun Ryga a 1950s detective with an interesting background


Death in the Harbour mystery by Pauline RowsonScotland Yard's Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to Newhaven, East Sussex to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing

"Pure detection… a great read.”

And here is a bit of background on my lovely thoughtful detective, Inspector Ryga




POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 6TH, 2020 AT 6:03:13 UTC

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DI Andy Horton sets off fireworks in crime novels that go with a bang

DI Andy Horton certainly sets off some fireworks! Why not sample some crime novels that go with a real bang.  There are fifteen in the Inspector Andy Horton mystery series, so plenty to choose from.

See the DI Andy Horton crime novels in order and read more about where they are set and the flawed and rugged Portsmouth based detective.



Crime novels that go with a bang

Happy bonfire night - stay safe








POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 5TH, 2020 AT 6:04:34 UTC

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Happy Book Birthday to Inspector Ryga in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR



Happy Book Birthday to Inspector Ryga in DEATH IN THE HARBOURDEATH IN THE HARBOUR the second in the 1950s set mystery series featuring the thoughtful, reflective Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga, is published in paperback, as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and as an audio book.

It's December 1950 and Inspector Alun Ryga again teams up with former war photographer Eva Paisley to solve a baffling crime in the ports of Newhaven, East Sussex.





POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 2ND, 2020 AT 6:37:53 UTC

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What's on in November 2020


Death in the Harbour by Pauline RowsonWhat a difference a year makes! Last November I was finishing revisions on the second in the Inspector Ryga 1950 set mystery series, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR, and I'm now delighted to announce that DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is published on 2 November 2020 in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and as an audio book (available on Audible at the end of the month - but can be downloaded from the producer's - B7 Media - website.)

And as we go into another lock down in England in November, that gives me plenty of time to continue working on DI Andy Horton 16.  I'll also be posting some new videos and looking back over some of the talks I have given over the years to some lovely people.








POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2020 AT 6:12:26 UTC

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