November's newsletter looks at the story behind Pauline Rowson's new detective, Inspector Ryga in the 1950 set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE, his background and where the name came from; location research for DI Andy Horton, DEAD PASSAGE, details of Pauline's forthcoming talks and a link to a short video on "how I write, a work in progress".
DEATH IN THE COVE is set in 1950 England, a country still reeling
from the aftermath of war with austerity and rationing biting hard.
Newly promoted to detective inspector, Ryga from Scotland Yard, is on
his first solo investigation outside of London, to solve the mystery of
why a man in a pin-striped suit is found murdered in an isolated cove on
the Island of Portland in Dorset.
Sundays in Inspector Ryga's world in DEATH IN THE COVE
Sunday is a day of leisure and fun unless you happen to be working in
the retail, hospitality, food and catering industries or the emergency
and health services. Generally though you can eat, drink and be merrily
entertained and you can shop until you drop (or until the shops close
unless you are shopping on line then you can carry on regardless). But
in 1950 in Inspector Alun Ryga's world Sundays were very different.
And where did the name come from?
He started off as Inspector Rees as he has a welsh background but had
left Wales when he was 15 to join the merchant navy like his father.
Ryga is actually Latvia’s capital on the Baltic Sea but that had no
influence on me choosing the name. It wasn’t until I had got well into
Eva Paisley’s character – she is the war photographer who discovers the
body on the secluded bay on Portland Island and who Ryga teams up with
to solve the crime – that from her lips ‘Rees’ didn’t sound right. She
is forthright and confident and rarely calls him by his first name. I
tried Regan but that kept making me think of the TV programme The
Sweeney with Regan in it (John Thaw) and my character was the opposite
to his so I played around with it, dropped the ‘n’ got Rega then changed
the ‘e’ to ‘y’ and got Ryga (sounds like ‘Tiger’) and that sounded good
coming from Eva - sharp, edgy. I liked it and it stuck.
No Man's Fort in the Solent on research for DI Andy Horton DEAD PASSAGE
Solent Forts have been featured in my DI Andy Horton crime novels, in
particular A KILLING COAST where a body is found floating just off
Spitbank Fort and although a familiar landmark I had never been on one
of the two that have been converted into luxury hotels namely Spitbank
Fort and No Man's Fort. On the 4 November in 2015 I got the chance to
change that when Amazing Venues, who own the two Forts, agreed to help
me with my research.
It was indeed a
case of the boat waiting for no man as it took me out on the Solent on a
very wet and windy day to the Victorian No Man's Fort in the aid of
research for DI Andy Horton number 14, DEAD PASSAGE, which was published
in paperback as an e book and on Amazon Kindle and Kobo in 2018.
How I write - a work in progress
Ever wondered how I write my crime novels? Well here is a short
video I made on 3 November 2019 on the work in progress of Inspector
Ryga 1950 set mystery number 2.
Entertaining readers at Lockswood Library and at St Anne's Fellowship
author Pauline Rowson thrilled the audience at Lockswood Library,
Locksheath, Southampton on Monday 28 October and members of St Annes Fellowship on 14 October with tales of murder and
mystery and talked about the creation of her fictional sleuths - DI
Andy Horton who appears in fourteen crime novels; Scotland Yard
detective, Inspector Alun Ryga in her new 1950 set mystery and
undercover investigator, Art Marvik who is featured in three mystery
about how she researches, plots and creates her crime novel including
the inspiration behind her latest, the first in a new 1950 set mystery
series, DEATH IN THE COVE, introducing Scotland Yard detective,
Inspector Alun Ryga published in paperback, e book, Kindle, Kobo and
Pauline's talks for autumn
6 November 2019 Woodlands (New Forest) WI
19 November 2019 Bournemouth Probus
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books. They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth
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