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Pauline Rowson - Author

About the Author

Pauline Rowson lives on Hayling Island, Hampshire.  She wrote the thriller In Cold Daylight after hearing that several fire-fighters from one watch contracted cancer. Officially it was a co-incidence but is In Cold Daylight a metaphor for the callous way such fire-fighters are treated?  Or is it simply a piece of fictional entertainment?  Unravelling Rowson’s cryptic clues in this fast-paced, atmospheric thriller, is like playing a nail-biting game of ‘pass the parcel’.  After unexpected twists, you peel off the literary layers to eventually uncover the mystery.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

 

Author of the marine mystery series of crime novels featuring DI Andy Horton and of fast paced thrillers

Every known murder scene has a detective combing for clues.  Every detective has a prime enemy - and it's not the criminal.  For the detective, the first enemy is often the crime scene itself.  It is here that the battle begins to uncover the grim truth about the murder.  And a detective's nightmare crime scene has got to be a place where all the best clues could be swept away by the tide.  There couldn't be a better place to set a crime story.

Pauline Rowson is well aware of the pull of murky watery places for the twisted criminal mind.  She has created a whole new crime subgenre - the marine mystery featuring her flawed and rugged detective, Inspector Andy Horton.


Footsteps on the Shore published in January 2011 is the sixth and the latest in the marine mystery series and like all Rowson’s crime and thriller novels, it is set in the Solent area on the south coast of England.


So who is this detective, Inspector Andy Horton?
“DI Andy Horton is fit, flawed and rugged.  He has been left psychology scarred after his mother walked out on him when he was ten leaving him to be raised in children’s homes and with foster parents. He has a desperate desire to belong and yet is always on the outside.  Just when he thinks he's found happiness, Catherine, his wife, chooses to believe an allegation of rape while Horton was working undercover. In Tide of Death, the first in the series, Horton is back on his own again and in each novel in the series along with a new crime to solve, Horton goes in search of the truth about his mother’s disappearance.”


Why is the sea so important in your crime and thriller novels?
“The sea creates a very atmospheric setting for the crime novels. It gives them a sense of place. In my novels it has almost become a character in itself.  It's alive, it's beautiful, it's calming but it's also dangerous, misleading and evil.  No matter how much you think or wish you can control it, you can't.  Sometimes you need to go with the flow and other times swim against the tide and the trick is knowing when to do which.  Andy Horton hasn't quite got it sussed, or when he thinks he has something happens to throw him completely off course."

Does this mean that a good night out for you is sitting in marine pubs listening to yarns of crimes?
"I'm like a vacuum cleaner hoovering up bits of information and snippets of conversations from people everywhere and not just in pubs! I often think, hey, that would make a good story, or that person would be ideal to drop in as a character.   And I can't pass a boatyard, bay, beach or a marina without thinking there must be a dead body or a skeleton here somewhere."

 

How do you research your villains?
"There are always shady characters especially if you're a crime writer - everyone you see can become suspicious.  I've studied and lectured on personality profiles in the past and I am always curious about people's behaviour and motivations.  I love talking to strangers, because you learn so many fascinating things from them and get some wonderful character descriptions.  I think I'm the only person in the world who doesn't mind the nutter sitting next to me on the bus!”

So the next time you get into a conversation with a stranger, make sure she's not a polite, petite brunette, or you might just recognise yourself as a cold hearted murderer in Rowson's next bestseller!


Written by Alison Rogers in conjunction with DotPR.
February 2011

Featured books by Pauline Rowson

Other books by Pauline Rowson

Dead Passage

Dead Passage

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/10/2018

A mysterious telephone call sends Horton on a complex and twisted investigation into the death of a local politician twelve years ago, uncovering a trail of lies, secrets and revenge. Inspector Andy Horton receives a mysterious telephone call from Adele Goldsby, the daughter of a dead Portsmouth politician, with an urgent request to meet him on the Isle of Wight ferry because she has something to reveal about her father's death twelve years ago. When she doesn't show, Horton is at first inclined to think it was a hoax until more information comes to light. As he unofficially looks into the circumstances surrounding the politician's death he becomes more convinced that the initial investigation was cursory to say the least, a fact that is borne out by Sergeant Cantelli who was on the case. With increasing concerns over the continued silence from Adele Goldsby and as new evidence is unearthed connected to a long ago killing, Horton believes the politician was murdered. Now all he has to do is convince his bosses.

Dead Passage An Inspector Andy Horton Crime Novel

Dead Passage An Inspector Andy Horton Crime Novel

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2018

Inspector Andy Horton receives a mysterious telephone call from Adele Goldsby, the daughter of a dead Portsmouth politician, with an urgent request to meet her on the Isle of Wight ferry because she has something to reveal about her father's death twelve years ago. When she doesn't show, Horton is at first inclined to think it was a hoax until more information comes to light. As he unofficially looks into the circumstances surrounding the politician's death he becomes more convinced that the initial investigation was cursory to say the least, a fact that is borne out by Sergeant Cantelli who was on the case. With increasing concerns over the continued silence from Adele Goldsby and as new evidence is unearthed connected to a long ago killing, Horton believes the politician was murdered. Now all he has to do is convince his bosses.

Lost Voyage

Lost Voyage

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2018

Death Surge

Death Surge

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2018

Lethal Waves

Lethal Waves

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2018

Undercurrent

Undercurrent

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/12/2017

Lost Voyage

Lost Voyage

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/07/2017

Dangerous Cargo

Dangerous Cargo

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2017

Dangerous Cargo

Dangerous Cargo

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2017

Lethal Waves

Lethal Waves

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2017

Fatal Catch An Andy Horton Police Procedural

Fatal Catch An Andy Horton Police Procedural

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2016

Fatal Catch

Fatal Catch

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2016

Silent Running The first Art Marvik marine thriller

Silent Running The first Art Marvik marine thriller

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Dangerous Cargo An Art Marvik Marine Thriller

Dangerous Cargo An Art Marvik Marine Thriller

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2016

Shroud of Evil An Missing Persons Police Procedural

Shroud of Evil An Missing Persons Police Procedural

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/04/2016

Silent Running The First Art Marvik Marine Thriller

Silent Running The First Art Marvik Marine Thriller

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2015

Death Surge A DI Andy Horton Crime Novel

Death Surge A DI Andy Horton Crime Novel

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

A telephone call from a frantic Sergeant Cantelli to say that his nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing cuts short Detective Inspector Horton's sailing trip to France. Summoned back to the Isle of Wight, Horton learns that Johnnie has not shown up for racing during Cowes Week, as previously arranged. The investigation is ranked low priority by Horton's boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, who like others believes Johnnie has probably gone off with a woman. But events take a very different turn when the charred remains of a body are discovered in one of the disused tunnels at the Hilsea Lines in Portsmouth. With the arrival of Detective Chief Superintendent Sawyer of the Intelligence Directorate and Agent Harriet Eames of Europol, what began as the hunt for a missing man becomes the search for a ruthless killer

Silent Running The First Art Marvik Marine Thriller

Silent Running The First Art Marvik Marine Thriller

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2015

Undercurrent Police Procedural Crime Novel The Ninth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Undercurrent Police Procedural Crime Novel The Ninth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/09/2014

When naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding is found dead in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, the Major Crime Team is adamant it is suicide. Detective Inspector Horton is not so sure. Then another body is found in similar circumstances and Horton is convinced they're looking at murder; but not so his bosses. Angry and frustrated at the lack of investigation, Horton goes out on a limb to prove he's right. Whichever way he turns, he finds the deaths have all the hallmarks of a cover up at the highest level, but who is behind it and why? Soon Horton begins to find disturbing similarities with his own private investigations into the disappearance of his mother thirty years ago. As he gets closer to the truth though someone is determined to prevent it from ever coming out, even if means death.

Death Lies Beneath The Eighth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Death Lies Beneath The Eighth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

When ex con, Daryl Woodley is found dead on the marshes bordering Langstone Harbour the Intelligence Directorate believe his murder is linked to big time crook Marty Stapleton currently serving time in prison. DI Horton is not so sure. He attends Woodley's funeral in the hope it will give them a lead in an investigation that has drawn a blank at every turn. It does but not in the way he or anyone expected. A body found on a rotting boat being salvaged in Portsmouth Harbour throws Horton into a complex and frustrating investigation. As the tension mounts to solve the case, Horton receives a chilling message; time, it seems, is also running out for him personally -

A Killing Coast The Seventh in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

A Killing Coast The Seventh in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2013

When a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth Harbour, Detective Inspector Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though, to his dismay, he discovers he's got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he's allowed his ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago to cloud his judgement. With no clear motive for the murder, Horton is sucked into a baffling investigation that he is determined to resolve despite the odds. Not only does he need to find a brutal killer, but Horton now has to prove to himself, and others, that he is still up to the job.

Footsteps on the Shore The Sixth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Footsteps on the Shore The Sixth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/10/2012

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, has returned early from her secondment to HQ. Then, convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. But before Horton can get a grip on either case, he's called to a house where a woman he'd only met the day before has been brutally murdered. Is missing Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is it his body in the mud of the harbour? Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective -

Blood on the Sand The Fifth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Blood on the Sand The Fifth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/04/2011

Inspector Andy Horton's holiday peace is shattered when stepping out across an abandoned golf course on the Isle of Wight on a cold, grey January morning, he finds himself facing a distraught young woman with a gun in her hand, leaning over a corpse in one of the discarded bunkers. When she professes to be the dead man's sister and psychic, Horton's old adversary, DCI Birch, is convinced she is a mentally disturbed killer, but Horton is not so sure. Soon he is uncovering a web of intrigue that ripples down the years, and which someone is determined should never be revealed...

Dead Man's Wharf The Fourth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Dead Man's Wharf The Fourth in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/03/2011

Horton and Cantelli are called to a nursing home where an elderly resident, suffering from dementia, claims she's been attacked by an intruder. Horton is ready to dismiss it as senile ramblings until he discovers that her room-mate has died, the dead woman's belongings are missing and her son, convicted for armed robbery, has been found dead in his cell. As if this isn't enough, Horton also has to deal with a series of threatening telephone calls to a television personality, and a mother's conviction that her son's death on Christmas Eve was no accident. Soon, to his surprise, Horton finds he is caught up in a complex investigation that has far-reaching international implications. With the pressure on to find a killer, and hampered by his belief that his bosses are lying to him, Horton discovers that he's stepped into a web of intrigue, deception and corruption that stretches back into the past.

The Suffocating Sea The Third in the DI Horton Crime Series

The Suffocating Sea The Third in the DI Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2010

DI Horton is called to investigate a suspicious fire on board a boat, but as soon as he arrives at the marina he experiences a premonition so strong that it's almost audible. As he views the charred remains of the dead man he knows instinctively that this investigation will be like no other, and he's right. Soon Horton is forced to confront the past, not just the victim' past, but the mystery surrounding his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago. As the pieces of a long ago puzzle begin to unravel, it soon becomes clear to Horton that this is one case someone is determined he should never solve - masterminded by a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out...

Successful Customer Service

Successful Customer Service

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2009

Customer service is vital to a profitable business. Learn why customer service can make you more profit, win you more customers, and get your existing customers to spend more. This book takes you step-by-step the key elements of excellent customer service, and show you how your business can improve now and how to get your customers coming back for more.

Successful Customer Service Get Brilliant Results Fast

Successful Customer Service Get Brilliant Results Fast

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/07/2009

Customer service is vital to a profitable business. Learn why customer service can make you more profit, win you more customers, and get your existing customers to spend more. This book takes you step-by-step the key elements of excellent customer service, and show you how your business can improve now and how to get your customers coming back for more.

Deadly Waters The Second in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Deadly Waters The Second in the DI Andy Horton Crime Series

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2009

When a woman, the head teacher of a struggling local school, is found brutally murdered in Langstone Harbour DI Andy Horton is appointed to lead the investigation - but not for long if Superintendent Uckfield has his way. Horton is given only a week to find the killer, after that he will be shunted off the case. Horton now has a point to prove as well as a complex murder case to solve. A note was found on the victim - Have you forgotten ME? - along with money wrapped up in a five-pound note and smothered with honey. Is there a clue in The Owl and the Pussy-cat rhyme? Is it simply a senseless murder by an unhinged killer or does someone close to the head have a motive for murder? As Horton delves deeper into the investigation, aided by Sergeant Cantelli, the tension mounts. With the clock ticking Horton is soon forced to take a decision that will put his life on the line...

In for the Kill - A Compelling Thriller of Identity Theft, Fraud, Embezzlement and Murder

In for the Kill - A Compelling Thriller of Identity Theft, Fraud, Embezzlement and Murder

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/02/2007

Alex Albury has it all: a successful public relations business, a luxurious house, a beautiful wife and two sons. Then one September morning the police burst into his home and arrest him. Now, three and a half years later, newly released from Camp Hill Prison on the Isle of Wight, Alex is intent on finding the man who framed him for fraud and embezzlement. All he knows is his name: James Andover. But who is he? Where is he? Alex embarks on his quest to track down Andover, but with the trail cold he is frustrated at every turn. Worse, he finds himself under suspicion by the police. The pressure is on and Alex has to unearth the answers and quick. But time is running out. For Alex the future looks bleak and soon he is left with the option - to kill or be killed...

Tide of Death A DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery

Tide of Death A DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery

Author: Pauline Rowson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2006

It is DI Andy Horton's second day back in Portsmouth CID after being suspended for eight months. Whilst out running in the early morning he trips over the battered, naked body of a man. PC Evans has been stabbed the night before, the DCI is up before a promotion board and Sergeant Cantelli is having problems with his fifteen year old daughter. But, Horton's mind is on other things not least of which is trying to prove his innocence after being accused of rape. Beset by personal problems and aided by Cantelli, Horton sets out to find a killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. As he gets closer to the truth, and his personal investigations start to uncover dark secrets that someone would rather not have exposed, he risks not only his career but also his life.