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Pauline Rowson on why the crime genre is so popular

Pauline Rowson with DI Andy Horton crime novel Lethal WavesCrime fiction is one of the best selling genres and the most borrowed from public libraries. So what is it that makes crime fiction so popular? 

Well apart from being a cracking good read, in crime fiction we know that generally speaking justice will be done and the case will be resolved and that doesn’t always happen in real life.

In crime fiction the villain either gets caught or gets his/her come uppance but in real life the evil and manipulative, the guilty can get away with it as in the case of the unsolved murder in my own family in 1959 that of my great aunt, Martha Giles.

Crime fiction though can give us a resolution. It can also give us an insight into what makes people tick. One of the reasons I believe crime fiction is popular is because people are fascinated by human behaviour.  Sometimes we are warmed by the actions of others and at other times horrified and apalled by it.  I am interested in personalities, behaviour and motivation. What is it that makes people do the things they do?

Dead Passage a DI Andy Horton crime novel I also enjoy a puzzle to solve, a crime to investigate and a mystery to unravel. When reading a crime novel I like to pit my wits against the protagonist or the detective and see if I can solve the crime before he or she can.

When I start to write a new crime novel whether featuring DI Andy Horton; Art Marvik or and my new 1950 set series with Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga I don't know  who did it, where or when  until I am about half way through, sometimes even later than that.   As the characters begin to develop and their personalities and motivations become clearer it is only then that I begin to unravel the crime.

Crime fiction covers so many facets of human nature. The same goes for true crime. It’s a kind of voyeurism, the ghoul factor that causes people to stand and gawp at an accident or incident. Me though, I’m a real coward. I run a mile from reading true crime. Give me crime fiction any day where I can see that justice is served and my hero triumphs!

A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton MysteryThere are fifteen novels in the  DI Andy Horton series with A DEADLY WAKE published on 2 June 2020. 

As DI Andy Horton follows the trail of a man found dead in a log cabin on the Isle of Wight, he uncovers some startling revelations into his own mother’s past and the truth behind her disappearance over thirty years ago.

Death in the Cove, an Inspector Ryga 1950 set mystery by Pauline RowsonMy 1950s set mystery series features Scotland Yard detective Inspector Alun Ryga who is introduced in DEATH IN THE COVE, with the second in the series DEATH IN THE HARBOUR

Available in paperback, as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and as an audio book. 

'Death in the Cove is a great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine

There are also three Art Marvik mystery thrillers and I am the author of two standalone thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For the Kill.  My crime novels are available from any bookshop and can also be loaned from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.

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APRIL 9TH, 2019 @ 5:30:19 UTC


RE: Pauline Rowson on why the crime genre is so popular

I am currently studying for a degree in Creative writing concentration fiction. I am on my last semester. For one of my classes New Media the assigment calls for me to create a webpage or some sort. I thought about this assigment while browsing through rowmark.co.uk. You have done a great job! I am inspired at the amount of work put into this page. I also plan on reading your work ,crime fiction is my favorite genre!

COMMENT BY FELIX, JULY 8TH, 2020 @ 16:15:32 UTC

RE: Pauline Rowson on why the crime genre is so popular

Hi Felix, Thank you for leaving a comment on my website blog. Good luck with your degree in Creative Writing and creating your webpage. I hope you enjoy my crime novels when you have time to read one.


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