Welcome to our summer newsletter with the news that DEATH IN THE COVE, the first in the 1950 set Inspector Alun Ryga series is now available for pre-order. Also in this newsletter the thinking behind the creation of DI Andy Horton, Art Marvik and Inspector Ryga; the secret of successful writing; a new video upload; a new murder mystery play, and talks for the autumn. Also to be featured on the website in August the DI Andy Horton novels, UNDERCURRENT and DEATH SURGE which are both set during that month.
The first in a new historical mystery crime series by Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton novels and Art Marvik mystery thrillers, is now available to pre-order on Kindle, Kobo, in paperback and as an audiobook.
DEATH IN THE COVE introduces Scotland Yard detective Inspector Alun Ryga who is sent to investigate a complex murder on the Island of Portland in Dorset. The novel is set in 1950 England, a country still struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing.
DEATH IN THE COVE will be published on 26 September 2019.
Read about the inspiration and background behind my latest character Inspector Alun Ryga as well as Art Marvik and DI Andy Horton.
Ryga's experience at sea (Merchant Navy) and four years spent in MILAG (Marine Internierten Lager) after his ship was seized by a German Raider has made him watchful, analytical and reflective and given him insights into his fellow man, along with a promise to himself to keep an open mind.
With Marvik I wanted a character who was not bound by the official rules of the law, but who was nevertheless on the right side of it and the Marvik novels had to have all the hallmarks of my brand – a troubled hero, the sea, boats, interesting and diverse characters and lots of action.
Andy Horton is an instinctive copper, fit, fearless, caring and with a strong sense of duty to the public. And although he is tough and resilient he is also sensitive and deeply empathetic. He carries a lot of personal baggage and can never completely trust because of his upbringing in care.
I've learned over the many years of writing (and the many years of struggling to get published) that the secret to successful writing is in the revisions.
The number of revisions an author does depends on the individual author. For me it is usually eight. This is because I do a minimum of planning and plotting to begin with. I come up with the idea for a crime novel, which is usually inspired by a location, I do some basic research and I create some characters outside of my regular cast who appear in the DI Andy Horton novels, and the Art Marvik mystery thrillers and my new 1950 set mystery series featuring Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga who will be introduced in DEATH IN THE COVE in September 2019. Then I start the creative writing process, usually within a couple of weeks of finishing writing a previous novel.
MURDER AT HILLINGBROOK HALT is Pauline Rowson's second murder mystery play with her first, Murder at the Pelican Club, set in 1940s war torn Britain.
Murder at Hillingbrook Halt is set in 1948 and was inspired by the Parliamentary trains often referred to as 'ghost trains.' A Parliamentary train describes a train service which continues to run without passengers, stopping at certain stations that are no longer operational to avoid the cost of formal closure of a route or station.
In Murder at Hillingbrook Halt, eight people become marooned in the chilly waiting room of a fogbound isolated railway station where a coal fire is slowly dying and a cold cup of tea has been abandoned by the missing station master. Is it just chance that has thrown them together or is there an underlying sinister reason? When the station master staggers into the waiting room and falls dead at their feet it's clear a killer is at large. Each one of them had the opportunity to commit the murder. Each has a secret to withhold. One of them is a killer. Which one of them is it?
"Pauline Rowson is the mistress of weaving intricate plot twists in complicated tales that keep the reader on his/her toes to the very end...an author who never disappoints." Amazon
Pauline's talks for autumn
19 September 2019 Westbourne WI
14 October 2019 St Anne's Fellowship, Calmore, Southampton 2pm