The May newsletter brings exciting news of a new audio book deal; the story behind DI Andy Horton Shroud of Evil and how the corrosive nature of secrets can lead to danger and even death; writing routines, research and thinking time; the pathology of death by crossbow, talks and will DI Andy Horton finally learn the truth of what happened to his mother? Happy reading.

B7 Media announce audio book deal for Pauline Rowson's new mystery crime series, Death in the Cove

Death in the Cove audio bookUK audio publisher B7 Media has announced an exclusive deal to produce audio books based on a new 1950 set historical mystery crime series by Pauline Rowson, author of the popular DI Andy Horton novels and Art Marvik mystery thrillers.

The first novel in the series, DEATH IN THE COVE, featuring Scotland Yard detective Inspector Alun Ryga, will be published in September 2019. Rowson’s crime novels have been described as; "Gripping, full of twists and turns, multi-layered, and compelling."

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The story behind DI Andy Horton Shroud of Evil now in audio book

Shroud of Evil Audio Book DI Andy Horton crime novelShroud of Evil sees the enigmatic Portsmouth based detective embark on a new murder mystery. This is his eleventh investigation in the current series of fourteen and was released as an audio book on 1 May 2019, published by Soundings and narrated by Gordon Griffin. Shroud of Evil is also available in paperback and as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

It examines the corrosive nature of secrets and how keeping them can lead to danger and even death. How far would you go to protect a secret? Would you risk your job for it, your friends your family? Would you kill for it?  Shroud of Evil plunges the flawed and rugged detective, Inspector Andy Horton, into a complex murder investigation in which he is forced to withhold vital information because of his secret quest to discover the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago when he was a child.

Pauline Rowson on writing routines, research and thinking time

Pauline Rowson at the keyboardI'm often asked if I have a writing routine and the answer is not strictly although I do like to write every day if I possibly can, speaking engagements permitting. But "writing" isn't just pounding away on a keyboard. Creating a crime novel requires more. There is, of course, the research which can be desk research conducted via the internet, books and newspapers, and secondary research, which involves talking to the experts and visiting locations. There is also thinking time.

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Death by Crossbow featured in DI Andy Horton, Shroud of Evil , read about some of the facts and the pathology

Thankfully traumatic injuries and deaths caused by crossbows are a rarity. But it was a means of murder that I have used in Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, SHROUD OF EVIL number eleven in the series of currently fourteen.  The crossbow has been used as a means of death in suicides, almost always in males. The weapons used can be high-performance precision crossbows with telescopic sights and hunting bolts.

Read more about crossbow shootings and pathology and read an extract from Shroud of Evil

Will DI Andy Horton finally learn the truth behind his mother's disappearance?

I'm currently working on DI Andy Horton number 15 in which Andy has a new investigation to undertake and yes it is one that leads him to discovering the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years go. My patient (and not so patient readers) will finally get to find out what happened to Jennifer Horton and might possibly be surprised. This might also be the last DI Andy Horton. Although then again...

Meanwhile if you haven't tried the DI Andy Horton crime novels then there are plenty to catch up on. DEAD PASSAGE, (number 14) was published in October 2018.

Dead Passage an Inspector Andy Horton crime novel Available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo

A mysterious telephone call sends Horton on a complex and twisted investigation into the death of a local politician twelve years ago and uncovers a trail of lies, secrets and revenge with roots deep in the past.

"This book has all the juicy ingredients that make a good story: an historic death of a politician, a daughter who urgently wants to speak to the inspector, as she has ‘something to reveal’ about her father’s death, and also a few interesting characters that keep you guessing about who’s telling the truth…and who has something to hide." BH Living Magazine

Pauline Rowson entertains readers (and dogs) during National Crime Reading Month

Pauline Rowson's two new crime fiction fansTwo special guests attended a talk by crime author, Pauline Rowson at Fareham Library on 17 May as part of the Crime Writers' Association National Crime Reading Month when she entertained readers with tales of murder, mystery and mayhem.

Pauline was joined by two Guide Dogs for the blind (and their owners) and the dogs listened attentively as she talked about her crime novels and her crime busting fictional heroes, the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton, her undercover investigator, Art Marvik a former Royal Marine Commando and her new 1950 detective, Inspector Alun Ryga who sees his debut investigation in September 2019 with a baffling crime on Portland Island, Dorset.

Forthcoming talks

Pauline will be talking about the inspiration behind her popular crime novels and how she researches, plots and writes them at the following libraries

20 June 2019 Totton Library, Southampton 2pm

Tickets from, Totton Library, Library Rd, Totton,Southampton SO40 3RS Telephone: 0300 555 1387 or book online

9 July 2019 Woolston Library, Southampton, 2pm

Tickets from Woolston Library, Centenary Quay, Victoria Rd, Southampton SO19 9EF Telephone: 023 8083 3007

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, on Kobo and as unabridged audio books. They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

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