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The Story Behind Death Surge, DI Andy Horton no 10 by Pauline Rowson, in audio book, paperback, e book

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The inspiration for Death Surge came like all the other novels in the series featuring the flawed and rugged detective DI Andy Horton from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series, set against the powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the Solent on the South Coast of England, there is always a good place to put a body.

This time I also chose to set it around the annual international sailing event of Cowes Week which takes place in the Solent off the small coastal town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the first week of August each year. And while researching the novel I found another rather unique location, that of the ancient fortifications on the northern border of the island city of Portsmouth, five miles across the Solent from the Isle of Wight, the Hilsea Lines.

Placing the crime novels against the backdrop of the sea has many advantages. The sea is never constant. In one day it can change from being calm to turbulent. It is…

Join crime author Pauline Rowson as she reveals the secrets of successful crime writing

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Join me at Fordingbridge Library in Hampshire on October 19th at 2pm as I reveal the secrets of successful crime writing.  I'll be talking about the inspiration behind my Inspector Andy Horton crime novels and my Art Marvik marine thrillers, how I plot, research and write them.

My crime novels are set against the backdrop of the ever-changing sea on the South Coast of England.

There are now thirteen in the police procedural crime series featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton and three in the series featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, who now works as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS).

My crime novels are published in the UK, USA and the Commonwealth and have been translated into several languages.  They have been hailed as "the Best of British Crime Fiction,"  "action-packed," "gripping," "fast-paced," "multi-layered" an…

Listen to an extract of the latest audio book in the Inspector Andy Horton series

Listen to an extract of the latest audio book, Death Surge, in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series. Published by Soundings on 1 September 2017, narrated by Gordon Griffin.



Soundings, part of Isis Publishing, is the World’s leading publisher of unabridged audio books. Soundings has published eight in the DI Andy Horton series of thirteen crime novels as unabridged audio books and the first in the Art Marvik thriller series, Silent Running.

Criminally Good Audio Books - Crime Fiction at its best
Love listening to a good crime story? Then why not share in the adventures of the rugged and flawed DI Andy Horton or former Royal Marine Commando turned undercover investigator, Art Marvik by listening to them as unabridged audio books.

Order Pauline Rowson's unabridged audio books from local booksellers, with the exception of Waterstones.   Alternatively you can order direct from the publisher via their website or by telephone on 01865 250333.

Also available on Audible via Amazon and fo…

In search of a title for crime novel Inspector Andy Horton number 14

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It's time to find a title for Inspector Andy Horton no 14 now that I have finished writing it.  It has to have a sea theme and fit with a crime novel, not always easy. I've had some intriguing suggestions from readers who follow me on Twitter and Facebook and I think I'm nearly there.  I have narrowed it down to a couple of options. I'll either choose one myself or run both past my publisher to see which they prefer.  I often say that choosing a title is harder than writing the novel!

Some titles are like pregnancy, they take months  to develop and even when the novel is finished as in this case with the Inspector Andy Horton crime novel number fourteen I still have no idea what  to call it.  Other titles can come  instantly, almost the moment the novel hits the page although that is very rare. Dead Man's Wharf was one such case, mainly  because it is set around a wharf where a dead man is found.

The location and scene of the murder in the novel can often prompt t…

An interview with crime author Pauline Rowson by Soundings - What attracted you to writing crime fiction?

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This article is taken from my interview with Soundings who have just released the audio book of Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, Death Surge number ten in the DI Andy Horton crime series.


What attracted you to writing crime fiction? Have you turned your hand to other genres for long-buried manuscripts? I loved adventure and mystery novels when I was a child and this has continued throughout my adulthood with the enjoyment of reading crime fiction. I like a puzzle to solve, a lot of action and novels that keep me hooked to the end, eager to not only find out who did it but also why they did it, so I’m also fascinated by people’s motivations and personalities.

However, when I first started writing fiction with the aim of getting published, I wrote a number of historical sagas set in the period between the two World Wars and based in Wales, (the home of my Fathers), with female protagonists. I received, as is usual, a number of rejections and these manuscripts still lurk o…

Did you know - Fascinating Facts - Missing Persons - Inspector Andy Horton, Fatal Catch

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Those of you who have read the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels will know that I have a fascination for missing persons. In the thirteen crime novels so far published (2017) Andy Horton is searching for the truth behind the disappearance of his mother, Jennifer, over thirty years ago. He was told as a child that she had simply abandoned him at the age of ten and run off with a lover. In DI Andy Horton number 3, The Suffocating Sea, Horton discovers that isn’t true and that over the years many people have lied to him.

Her disappearance was only cursorily investigated, quickly forgotten and buried. There are people who clearly want it to remain that way. In each crime novel from The Suffocating Sea onward, Horton unearths clues which lead him edging closer to finding out what really happened after she vanished on a foggy November night.


Horton’s CID patch is Portsmouth, where he also lives on board a small boat in a marina, since his estrangement from his wife, Catherin…