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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Tickets on sale for Portsmouth Coppers with crime authors, Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson

Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson, whose novels are set in Portsmouth, come under interrogation in a brand new event for Portsmouth BookFest, called Portsmouth Coppers where they will be cross examined by former criminal barrister and crime author Diana Bretherick about why they set their crime novels in Portsmouth and what is it about the waterfront city that holds such a fascination for them and their fictional detectives.

Portsmouth BookFest is organised by Portsmouth City Library Service and the Hayling Island Bookshop and runs from 11 February to 4 March 2017.

Portsmouth Coppers will give the audience the chance to hear how Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson research and write their crime novels.  There will also be plenty of time for the audience to put their questions to the authors. The panel debate will be followed by a book signing.

Time and Date

Portsmouth Coppers is being held on Saturday 4 March between 10.30am an 12.30pm

 Venue

Portsmouth Central Library.

Tickets

Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased on line, by telephone 023 9268 8037 or in person from any Portsmouth City Council Library.

Graham Hurley

Graham Hurley is the author of the DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels set in Portsmouth which have been successfully adapted into a French television series.  Hurley's  move to Devon sparked a new spin-off crime series featuring DS Jimmy Suttle in Western Approaches and Touching Distance the latter of which has made it to a screen adaptation in France.  His latest novel Finisterre published by Head of Zeus in December 2016, is an international thriller set in the Second World War.

Pauline Rowson

Pauline Rowson was raised in Portsmouth a city which she shares with her flawed and rugged sailing detective, Andy Horton, who appears in thirteen crime novels with the latest Lethal Waves, published in February 2017.  As well as the DI Horton series she is author of two standalone crime novels and two in a new series featuring Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) who appears in Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo.  Her crime novels have been translated into several languages and the Andy Horton novels have been optioned by Lime Pictures, makers of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, who are hoping to bring the enigmatic detective to the television screens.

Quiz Mistress - Diana Bretherick


Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson will be quizzed by Diana Bretherick who worked as a criminal barrister for ten years and with offenders at Brixton prison before becoming a crime writer. She is the author of two crime novels published by Orion, The City of Devils and The Devil's Daughters.





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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Crime author Pauline Rowson talks about the relationship she has with her characters

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 course habits whereas DCI Lorraine Bliss, Andy’s immediate boss, I (and my readers) find a pain in the proverbial.

Then there is former Royal Marine Commando Art Marvik now an undercover investigator for the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS), tough, resourceful, fit, able to operate outside the law if it means he gets the baddie, but troubled and trying to find his way in civilian life.  He's a fairly new kid on the block with two missions to his name, namely Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo.  He will appear in two more missions, one that concerns his past and his parents' deaths in 1997, killed in an underwater earthquake off the Straits of Malacca. 

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.

I think about my characters a great deal. Where are they? What will they do next?  How will they react to this or that situation?  What is happening in their private lives as well as in the job?  What is their relationship with their colleagues? This is all good stuff because their actions, feelings and motivations drive the plot, which can be annoying especially if I think I’ve got the plot line all nicely worked out. They can have the habit of taking me right off track even to the extent that often I thought I know who ‘done it’, why and how, only to discover the killer is someone completely different.  Do I hear the distant siren of an ambulance approaching?  

Thinking about your characters is not the same as thinking about your ‘real’ friends or the people you know because with your characters you are creating their lives, although they do often have a habit of doing something that surprises you.  Marvik is not bound by the law or police procedure so he can push the boundaries. But Andy also frequently operates outside the law, much to the annoyance of DCI Lorraine Bliss. In ‘real life’ Andy would probably either have been promoted or kick out of the police force by now! But, hey, this is fiction.

So before you call for the men in white coats I assure you I am quite sane, well as sane as any writer (and especially a crime writer can be – after all we kill people for a living). 

Creating characters and their lives is a fascinating game, as many children know from their play, and perhaps that's what a lot of us writers are - kids at heart. It’s either that or we’re closet villains or psychopaths. I know what I prefer, I leave you to make up your own mind.



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If you've enjoyed reading my crime novels please do tell others, we'd also love for you to leave a short review or rating on Amazon as it all helps to introduce the novels to new readers.

Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Pauline Rowson talks about her detective Andy Horton , timeframes and locations

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Launching the jacket cover for the new Andy Horton Mystery, Lethal Waves

Severn House Publishers have launched the cover image for the new marine murder mystery to feature the enigmatic detective, Andy Horton.  Lethal Waves, the thirteenth in the crime series set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England, is to be published in hardcover in the UK on 28 February 2017.  Hope you like the cover.

An Andy Horton Marine Mystery


In Lethal Waves, DI Andy Horton’s meal with his old friend, Inspector John Guilbert of the States of Guernsey Police, is cut short when a smartly dressed, affluent woman is found dead in her cabin on the ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey. There doesn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

As soon as Horton returns to Portsmouth, though, he's called to the scene where a vagrant’s body has been found lying partially covered under one of the rotting houseboats close to Horton’s boat in the marina. This time, it’s clearly murder.

Troubled by the many unanswered questions surrounding both deaths, Horton must call upon all his skills and intuition to solve a complex case, uncovering dark secrets that have led to such lethal waves of destruction.




LEAVE A BOOK REVIEW

If you've enjoyed reading my crime novels please do tell others, we'd also love for you to leave a short review or rating on Amazon as it all helps to introduce the novels to new readers.

Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Two of the Souths' leading crime authors Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson to appear in Portsmouth Coppers

Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson, whose novels are set in Portsmouth, come under interrogation in a brand new event for Portsmouth BookFest, called Portsmouth Coppers being held on Saturday 4 March at Portsmouth Central Library between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30p.m.

Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson will be cross examined by former criminal barrister and crime author Diana Bretherick about why they set their crime novels in Portsmouth and what is it about the waterfront city that holds such a fascination for them and their fictional detectives.

Portsmouth BookFest is organised by Portsmouth City Library Service and the Hayling Island Bookshop and runs from 11 February to 4 March 2017.

Portsmouth Coppers will give the audience the chance to hear how Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson research and write their crime novels.  There will also be plenty of time for the audience to put their questions to the authors. The panel debate will be followed by a book signing.

 Graham Hurley


Graham Hurley is the author of the DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter crime novels set in Portsmouth which have been successfully adapted into a French television series.  Hurley's  move to Devon sparked a new spin-off crime series featuring DS Jimmy Suttle in Western Approaches and Touching Distance the latter of which has made it to a screen adaptation in France.  His latest novel Finisterre published by Head of Zeus in December 2016, is an international thriller set in the Second World War.



Pauline Rowson


Pauline Rowson was raised in Portsmouth a city which she shares with her flawed and rugged sailing detective, Andy Horton, who appears in thirteen crime novels with the latest Lethal Waves, published in February 2017.  As well as the DI Horton series she is author of two standalone crime novels and two in a new series featuring Art Marvik, a former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) who appears in Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo.  Her crime novels have been translated into several languages and the Andy Horton novels have been optioned by Lime Pictures, makers of Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, who are hoping to bring the enigmatic detective to the television screens.

Quiz Mistress - Diana Bretherick


Graham Hurley and Pauline Rowson will be quizzed by Diana Bretherick who worked as a criminal barrister for ten years and with offenders at Brixton prison before becoming a crime writer. She is the author of two crime novels published by Orion, The City of Devils and The Devil's Daughters.

 Venue


Portsmouth Coppers is being held on Saturday 4 March between 10.30am an 12.30pm at Portsmouth Central Library.

Tickets


Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased on line, by telephone 023 9268 8037 or in person from any Portsmouth City Council Library.


Note: Portsmouth Coppers this year replaces CSI Portsmouth, an event organized by Pauline Rowson which brings together crime authors, police and forensic experts to debate crime fiction and crime fact.

 

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Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop


Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Turning overheard conversations into compelling plots

Thursday, 5 January 2017

How to write a crime novel - revising and researching with Pauline Rowson








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Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books USA

Pauline Rowson's books UK

From your local bookshop

Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The new Andy Horton Marine Mystery number 13 in the series to be published in 2017

Andy Horton, the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, who features in twelve crime novels, will  embark on another murder mystery on 28 February 2017 when Severn House publish the thirteenth in the series, Lethal Waves.  In Lethal Waves, Andy Horton is tasked to solve another complex crime, set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England.

Horton is a man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future.  Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife following a gross misconduct charge, the sailing detective is rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea or fighting crime.  Raised in children's homes after his mother abandoned him as a child he has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside.

 Andy Horton is instinctive not intellectual. He's tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic.  His dry sense of humour is the key to his investigative approach. It’s how he keeps people at arm’s length and stays detached from the crimes he investigates. His greatest strength is his ability to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right.

In Lethal Waves, DI Andy Horton’s meal with his old friend, Inspector John Guilbert of the States of Guernsey Police, is cut short when a smartly dressed, affluent woman is found dead in her cabin on the ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey. There doesn’t appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

As soon as Horton returns to Portsmouth, though, he's called to the scene where a vagrant’s body has been found lying partially covered under one of the rotting houseboats close to Horton’s boat in the marina. This time, it’s clearly murder.

Troubled by the many unanswered questions surrounding both deaths, Horton must call upon all his skills and intuition to solve a complex case, uncovering dark secrets that have led to such lethal waves of destruction.

The DI Andy Horton crime novels have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers" and have been optioned by top UK television production company Lime Pictures, makers of Channel 4's Hollyoaks, who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to the television screens.

Lethal Waves is available for pre-order from bookshops, on line and from Amazon. It is published in the UK on the 28 February 2017 and in the USA on 1 June 2017





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Also available as an ebook and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and for loan from UK, USA, Irish and Commonwealth libraries


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