In February's newsletter comes the news of a new Art Marvik mystery thriller, number four in the series to be published in March, DEAD SEA, which is now available to pre-order.  Also in this issue the great news that Inspector Ryga mystery (2) DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is now available on Audible as an audio book. You can go on location with DI Andy Horton in  LETHAL WAVES (13) and there are two articles on how I write - creating and developing fictional characters, and the best writing routines.

Happy reading.

New Art Marvik mystery thriller DEAD SEA to be published in March

Dead Sea, an Art Marvik Mystery Thriller by Pauline Rowson

I'm delighted to announce that the latest in the Art Marvik mystery thriller series DEAD SEA is to be published in paperback, ebook and on Amazon Kindle on 15 March 2021 and is available to pre-order.

DEAD Sea is number four in the Marvik thriller series. It finds the former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer on the hunt for a stolen computer disk that holds the key to a secret which a ruthless killer is determined must never be revealed.

On location in Portsmouth, Milton Common with DI Andy Horton in LETHAL WAVES

Lethal Waves, A DI Andy Horton mystery by Pauline RowsonLETHAL WAVES (13) is a multi-layered and complex investigation in the DI Andy Horton crime novels series of which there are fifteen. It is set against the backdrop of the sea, my trademark or brand if you like to call it. While Horton gets a step closer to discovering the truth behind his mother's disappearance when he was a child he is also embroiled in an emotional case which demands all his intuition and skills to solve, uncovering dark secrets that have led to lethal waves of destruction.

Read about and see the photographs of one of the locations used in LETHAL WAVES.

Inspector Ryga mystery (2) DEATH IN THE HARBOUR now on Audible

Death in the Harbour Inspector Ryga audio book The second 1950s set Inspector Ryga mystery DEATH IN THE HARBOUR narrated by Jonathan Rhodes is now available as an audio book on Audible.

Scotland 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.”

Published in paperback, as an e book, on Kobo, Amazon Kindle and available as an audio book on Audible

How to create and develop fictional characters

Creating a likeable, interesting and complex main character, one the reader can have empathy with, one they want to trust, feel his/her pain and disappointments, root for throughout the story is the key to creating a riveting read and a successful crime series. In order to do this you need to know their backstory, their motivations and personalities, their strengths and weaknesses and these might only be formed as you write the novel because no matter how many notes you make about your character/s they don't come to life until you:

  • start putting them in different and often trying circumstances
  • have them interacting with other characters
  • put dialogue into their mouths

And it's not just the main character it's also the supporting cast, the villains and the walk-on parts who all need characteristics that are believable even if they are eccentric.

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Art Marvik in mystery thriller Silent Running (1) - read extracts and see where set

Silent Running an Art Marvik mystery thriller by Pauline RowsonerSILENT RUNNING, the first in the series of four to feature former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik.

In SILENT RUNNING, Marvik finds himself being seconded to work undercover for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad headed by Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder. It is Marvik's first mission and he is sucked into a dangerous and deadly mission, in a race to find a killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.

Others in the fast-paced, action-packed Marvik series are: DANGEROUS CARGO (2) LOST VOYAGE (3) and DEAD SEA (4) 

View some of the locations on the South Coast of England used in SILENT RUNNING

What are the best writing routines? How many hours a day does a writer write?

I'm often asked about my writing routine. Do I have one? If so what is my writing routine? How many hours a day do I spend writing? What is the most successful writing routine? There is no hard and fast answer. All writers differ. Some find it easy to write early morning some late in the day. It also depends on whether or not you have a job and need to fit your writing around it or around home care.

Nothing gets written unless you sit down to WRITE!

Read the useful tips on writing routines and how I write

Where to buy Pauline Rowson's books

Pauline Rowson's books are available from all good booksellers in paperback, hardback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Books and Apple Books.  Some are also available as  audio books.

They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

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