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Dangerous Cargo, Marvik mystery thriller, delivers more than enough action

Pauline Rowson with Dangerous Cargo, picture Malcolm Wells. Geest Line's MV Benguela Stream at Portsmouth International PortIn June 2016 I had great fun on the photo shoot for the launch of the hardcover of Marvik mystery thriller DANGEROUS CARGO thanks to the Portsmouth International Port, MMD Shipping Services and the Geest Line.

I'm now delighted that DANGEROUS CARGO, number 2 in the Art Marvik mystery series is published in paperback, as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle.

To relaunch this and celebrate I thought I would update this blog and re-post.

What better place to launch a new crime novel with the title Dangerous Cargo than in front of  a cargo ship at Portsmouth International Port, although the cargo in the second in the marine based crime series featuring undercover investigator and former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, is of a far more deadly nature than bananas transported on the Geest Line's MV Benguela Stream, a purpose-built Dutch-registered 150m vessel for the ocean transport of perishable cargo.


Dangerous Cargo an Art Marvik Mystery by Pauline RowsonUndercoverinvestigator Art Marvik is tasked to find the truth behind a fifty year old mystery but as he unravels its dark and dangerous secrets someone is determined to stophim from ever revealing them.

'Rowson’s superhero, Art Marvik, returns in another pulse-pounding adventure.  Delivering more than enough action to keep adrenaline junkies reading.' Booklist

'The sort of book where you can’t look away for a second, or you’ll be sunk, so to speak. Pauline Rowson is the queen of misdirection in this outing for former marine Art Marvik." Crime Review

Marvik is detailed by his boss, Detective Chief Superintendent  Crowder of the UK’s National Intelligent Marine Squad, to attend the funeral of  Bradley Pulford, whose body has been washed up on an Isle of Wight – Pulford  had officially been declared dead fifty-five years earlier. So who is the imposter and why did he assume the name of a dead man? What’s more, why did he  suddenly show up in the Dorset coastal town of Swanage in 1989, hook up with a  local fishing family, the Killbecks, and after fathering a child with Stacey  Killbeck, disappear in 1990?

When an innocent woman is killed during the course of the  investigation, Marvik realizes that the stakes are much higher than he’d previously thought. As he begins to uncover a trail of deceit, corruption and murder that  spans over half a century, Marvik must confront a ruthless killer who will stopat  nothing to make sure that his dangerous cargo of sins of the past stay in  the past.

The Portsmouth International Port, features heavily in my DI Andy Horton crime novels.  The International Port, owned and operated by Portsmouth City Council has grown extensively since its formation in 1976 when initially it offered just one route to France from a small section of reclaimed harbour front. Now it is known as Britain’s Best Connected Port with more destinations than any other UK Port. The Port is also a key destination for fresh fruit and vegetables from all over the world. 70% of all the bananas eaten in the UK arrive at Portsmouth International Port before heading to supermarket shelves across the country.

Pauline Rowson with Dangerous Cargo, picture Malcolm Wells. Geest Line's MV Benguela Stream

Those bananas are brought in by the Geest Shipping Line.  In her 100 plus round trips for Geest the 9,300-tonne MV Bengeula Stream has transported 2.3billion bananas and travelled more than a milion miles - equal to more than 400 times around the world.  Geest Shipping Line has been the premier cargo shipping company linking Europe and the Caribbean for more than 60 years. And no, I didn't get any free bananas!

The Geest Line also carries personal effects and furniture on pallets, even racehorses. She has four temperature controlled holds, a highest speed of 21 knots and only needs to refuel in Portsmouth.

MMD(Shipping Services) Limited based at the Portsmouth International Port provide cargo shippers, such as Geest and others, with a fully-integrated turnkey service, including stevedoring, ship and customs agency, handling, storage and onward distribution.

Dangerous Cargo was a thrill to write and I hope readers enjoy Art Marvik's second mission for NIMS.

My thanks to Portsmouth International Port, to Geest Shipping Line and MMD in Portsmouth and to the photographer, Malcolm Wells for helping to launch Dangerous Cargo mystery thriller.  It was tremendous fun. 

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