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What's on in May 2021 - writing, walking, flying and sailing!

Pauline Rowosn on a chilly Appley Beach, Ryde Isle of WightWriting is the order of the month for May - when isn't it? I hear you say. Well, OK, rarely. This May 2021, with lock down restrictions easing where I live in England, I am hoping to get out and about more and draw inspiration from my coastal walks, from the bays, boatyards and harbours where I am always on the look out for a good place to put a body (fictional, of course). It was a very chilly start on Monday 26 April when I took the Hovercraft (that's the flying!) across to the fabulous Isle of Wight, the first time since the second lock down eased and very glad I was to be back there too. I'll be returning a few more times in May.

The Duver, St Helen's isle of Wight in DI Horton Blood on the SandisleAll my crime novels are set against the backdrop of the sea with the DI Andy Horton series (15) set around Portsmouth, the surrounding harbours and the Isle of Wight. This picture is of The Duver, at St Helen's on the Isle of Wight taken during my April visit. The temperature improved as the day wore on. The Duver is featured in DI Andy Horton BLOOD ON THE SAND (5)

Blood on the Sand, the fith in the DI Andy Horton series by Pauline RowsonInspector Andy Horton’s holiday peace is shattered when stepping out across an abandoned golf course on the Isle of Wight on a cold, grey January, he finds himself facing a distraught young woman with a gun in her hand leaning over a corpse in one of the discarded bunkers. When she professes to be the dead man’s sister and psychic, Horton’s old adversary, DCI Birch, is convinced she is mentally disturbed and the killer, but Horton is not so sure. Soon he is uncovering a web of intrigue that ripples down the years, and which someone is determined should never be revealed.

The Duver looking towards Bembridge and Bembridge HarbourMy standalone thriller IN FOR THE KILL is also set on the Isle of Wight where Alex Albury newly released from prison lives on a houseboat in Bembridge Harbour. This picture taken from The Duver, St Helen's looks across to Bembridge Harbour. IN FOR THE KILL is about what happens to one man when his identity is stolen and used for criminal intent. It is one of my early novels and was written before identity theft became so prevalent.

In for the kill mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonFor Alex Albury the nightmare that destroyed his life will only end in death; his or his tormentor’s.

Alex Albury has it all: a successful business, a luxurious house, a family. Then one September morning the police burst into his home and arrest him. Now, three and a half years later, newly released from Camp Hill Prison on the Isle of Wight, Alex is intent on finding the man who stole his identity and framed him for fraud and embezzlement. All he knows is his name: James Andover. But who is he? Where is he? Alex embarks on his quest to track down Andover, but with the trail cold he is frustrated at every turn. Worse, he finds himself under suspicion by the police. The pressure is on and Alex has to unearth the answers and quick. But time is running out. For Alex the future looks bleak and soon he is left with the option - to kill or be killed.

My undercover investigator Art Marvik lives on the Isle of Wight his investigations for the UK Police National Intelligence Marine Squad take him along the south coast to Dorset, Beachy Head, Southampton, Cuckmere Haven and the Isle of Wight.

The Inspector Ryga 1950s set mysteries are also set around the sea. The Scotland Yard detective is sent out to solve baffling coastal crimes, to Portland, Dorset in DEATH IN THE COVE and to Newhaven, East Sussex in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR.

I'm working on revisions to Inspector Andy Horton crime novel number sixteen, while beginning to flesh out further ideas for Inspector Ryga mystery number four. The third Inspector Ryga mystery DEATH IN THE NETS will be published on 4 October 2021 and will be available to pre-order.

Pauline Rowson waiting to catch the Hovecraft to Portsmouth, DI Andy Horton's patchrSo writing, and walking is on the agenda for May 2021 oh and a bit of flying - across the Solent on the Hovercraft, and sailing on the Cat.  And here I am, just as DI Andy Horton does on occasions, waiting to take the Hovercraft back to Portsmouth - Horton during an investigation - me after a lovely, long walk to be repeated a few times in May.

MAY 1ST, 2021 @ 6:10:33 BST

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