Welcome to my May 2020 newsletter. In this latest edition there are links to articles on how I plot, and the perils and pitfalls of choosing characters names or rather how I come up with them.  And although many bookshops and libraries are closed around the world there is still the opportunity to read and buy my crime novels.  Amazon is still fulfilling orders in paperback and of course you can download my books on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple books and Google books and also from your library. Many of my crime novels are also available as audio books on Amazon Audible and from libraries.  Listen to an extract here from my 1950 set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE.  Number two in the Inspector Ryga series, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is to be published in Autumn 2020. More on that and other book news to come.

Happy reading.

On location with DI Andy Horton in Fatal Catch now re-issued in paperback and as an ebook

Fatal Catch a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonFATAL CATCH, is the twelfth in the Inspector Andy Horton series of fourteen and soon to be fifteen with A DEADLY WAKE published in June 2020. Like all my crime novels it is set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

Horton's patch is Portsmouth and the Solent across to the Isle of Wight and into the harbours of Langstone, Fareham and sometimes Chichester. The Solent offers up every kind of sailing vessel you could wish for from giant container ships to ferries, naval ships to leisure craft, fishing boats and even a regular hovercraft service. It also offers up some rather gruesome findings as Horton investigates in FATAL CATCH.

See the location photographs of where FATAL CATCH is set


What is the Shroud of Evil? DI Andy Horton uncovers corrosive secrets

Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonSHROUD OF EVIL is number eleven in the DI Andy Horton series of currently fourteen with number fifteen, A DEADLY WAKE being published in paperback and as an ebook on 2 June 2020. The novel explores the corrosiveness of secrets. It plunges the flawed and rugged detective, Andy Horton, into a complex murder investigation in which he is forced to withhold vital information because of his own secret and his fear of exposure, even though he knows that in doing so he is putting his professional career on the line.

What drives people to keep secrets? Is it out of shame, or from fear, or guilt? Is it for safety and security? For the protection of oneself or of others? Is it to preserve a way of life, or for sanity or vanity? 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?

Read more about the story behind SHROUD OF EVIL

DI Andy Horton mystery no. 15 A DEADLY WAKE pre-order a copy now

A Deadly Wake a DI Andy Horton Mystery Inspector Andy Horton mystery crime novel, number 15,  A DEADLY WAKE, is to be published on 2 June 2020 in paperback, ebook and on Amazon Kindle where you can pre-order your copy.

In this mystery my enigmatic Portsmouth detective has a new case to solve which ultimately leads him to discovering the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago.

A DEADLY WAKE can be pre-ordered on Amazon UK, USA, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.

Choosing characters names

Getting the right name for characters in my crime fiction novels can be a tricky business. Sometimes they come to me completely out of the blue, as I am creating a character, other times I will struggle to find the name that best suits that particular character and until I do the personality refuses to come fully alive.

Here are my Top 7 Tips for choosing characters names

Listen to an extract from the audio book DEATH IN THE COVE

Love listening to a good crime story?  My audio books are available to download from Audible and also from the library.  The latest DEATH IN THE COVE the first in the 1950s set mysteries is available as an audio book published by B7 Media.

DEATH IN THE COVE introduces Scotland Yard detective Inspector Alun Ryga. England 1950, still struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing. When the body of a man wearing a pinstriped suit is found in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset, Inspector Ryga is sent to investigate.

Also available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books and Google Books.

Plotting the perfect crime novel

Pauline Rowson, crime authorI'm often asked how I go about plotting a crime novel. So here's my brief take on it.

When starting a fresh crime novel I have the basic idea in mind. I will start to flesh this out using spider grams and time lines to work up the basic plot lines and character outlines, working in pencil on recycled pieces of A4 paper.  Often I will create some characters who won’t appear in the novel at all because by the time I start to write the first draft they might no longer be relevant.

At this stage I don’t know how the novel will end or who the villain is, this will only become apparent as I write. I conduct some research, which in turn will spark even more ideas about the plot and subplots and provide me with further ideas for characters.

I like to start the creative writing process as soon as possible, knowing that the first couple of chapters will change drastically by the time I come to do revisions. But until I start writing and putting words into the characters mouths and have them acting and reacting they don’t come alive. I then research further as I write.

On average I spend about a week, maybe two, working on the outlines before I start writing. It usually takes me between six to nine months to write a crime novel.

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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