What's on in October 2021

Death in the Nets, the Inspector Ryga Mystery by Pauline RowsonoI'm delighted to announce that Inspector Ryga  number three, DEATH IN THE NETS, is now published in paperback, and also as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and Google Books. It will soon come on stream on Kobo and Apple Books and can be loaned from UK libraries and many USA and Commonwealth Libraries.

DEATH IN THE NETS is set in January 1951 in the small fishing town of Brixham in Devon, England where the body of a man stabbed through the heart is found tangled up in fishing nets. After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.

I hope you enjoy reading it.  I'm currently working on first drafts of Inspector Ryga mystery 4 which is set in the Dungeness area of Kent.

How writing my 1950s set crime novel helped me through Covid

Escaping to the 1950s was the perfect antidote to turbulent Covid times for me writing DEATH IN THE NETS.  It was great to take refuge in 1951 and escape all the depressing news on Covid, but it wasn’t exactly a picnic back then. Housing was in dire supply with people living in Nissan huts on disused airfields and abandoned army camps, in converted torpedo boats, old houseboats, railway carriages and shacks. There was still rationing on some foodstuffs, an acute shortage of many consumer goods, make-do-and mend was very much the order of the day and black marketeers flourished. Added to that there was war in Korea, and the cloud of nuclear war hanging over everyone. Life was pretty tough for many including my fictional sleuth, Inspector Ryga.

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And not forgetting DI Andy Horton - how could I?

Shroud of Evil a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonAlso in October DI Andy Horton has a complex investigation to solve in SHROUD OF EVIL when he is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator. Horton suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation, that Kenton has gone off with a woman or absconded with his clients' fees but when Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious.

"A compelling protagonist and mounting suspense make the book hard to put down." Publishers Weekly

Secrets, lies, exploitation and murder. Once a secret is exposed nothing is ever the same again.

I enjoyed writing SHROUD OF EVIL as I do all the DI Andy Horton crime novels.  Number sixteen in the series is currently with my editor and we're hoping for publication in Spring 2022.

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My podcast channel continues to contain episodes on writing crime fiction, the background to my crime novels, characters and plots, and extracts from my crime, mystery thrillers. You can listen to the episodes on Podomatic, Spotify, Player FMGoogle Podcasts or on Audible with Amazon co.uk or Amazon.com where you can also find details of all my crime novels.

Here are links to a couple of recent episodes:

Why the 1950s is a good era to set a crime series

Then of course there is Art Marvik, who works undercover for the UK's Police National Intelligence Marine Squad. Number four in the series was published this year.

The Art Marvik mystery thrillers - the story behind Art Marvik

Dead Sea, an Art Marvik Mystery Thriller by Pauline Rowson

In  DEAD SEA (4) Marvik is on the hunt for a stolen computer disk that holds the key to the secret behind his parents deaths in an underwater explosion in the Straits of Malacca. Marvik, with his former Royal Marine colleague Strathen's help, sets out to track down the thief. As they follow a trail of abduction and murder it soon becomes clear that the computer disk holds the key to a secret that a ruthless killer is determined must never be revealed.

So who is Marvik? What is his background and what makes him tick? This review from Net Galley rather neatly sums him up.

"Marvik is an interesting and credible central character. He is a loner who can take care of himself in a fight, but he is no ‘superhero’ and there is a nice sense of vulnerability about him. There are also interesting references to the mysterious death of Marvik’s parents in the past, which I suspect will feature in future books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it should appeal to most readers who like British crime stories with a strong regional feel." Net Galley

And here is a glimpse into a writer's life from an article I wrote a while ago but still holds true.

Writing crime fiction creates order and gives the author control

The relationship between writers and their characters takes many forms. For me some characters I have created are irritating, others entertain me. Some make me feel cuddly and comfortable, while others I positively loath. And some I love, especially my flawed and rugged detective, Andy Horton. I even like my alpha male, Detective Superintendent Steve Uckfield, head of the Major Crime Team, with all his irritating and coarse habits, whereas DCI Lorraine Bliss, Andy’s immediate boss, I (and my readers) find a pain in the proverbial.

Whatever the relationship between the creator and characters though it should never be dull.

It’s easy to become a little bit obsessed with your characters. Oh, alright very obsessed and more so when writing a series because the main cast of characters are with me all the time, they are as much part of my life as real people, they occupy my thoughts throughout the day, but strangely enough I never dream of them. Perhaps there is some hope for me yet and I’m not about to be carted off to the insane asylum.

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I'm also pleased to announce another talk to a live audience, the second this year which have resumed following the lift of lock down in England.  I'm hoping to give many more talks in 2022.

Saturday 13 November 2021 - Portsmouth Library 10.30am -12.00

Pauline Rowson talk 13 November 2021Crime author Pauline Rowson will be revealing the secrets of successful crime writing and talking about her fictional sleuths at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 13 November between 10.30am and 12 noon. Her talk will be followed by a book signing. All proceeds to the Read Easy Charity.

Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups.

Tickets £5.00 pay at the door.

To book a place e mail:  portsmouthadmin@readeasy.org.uk

Questions, Suggestions, Reviews and Feedback

Pauline Rowson invites any questionsIt's always great to hear from readers, so do let me know if you have a suggestion for an article you'd like me to pen, or a question you'd like to ask about my books, my characters, plots, research or writing.

If you can spare time to leave a review on the relevant websites about any of my books I'd be very grateful as they all help to introduce my novels to new readers.

Thank you.

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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