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Hayling Island, England
About Me:
Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton crime series, has been hailed as "redefining the genre of police drama” by setting it against the atmospheric backdrop of the ever changing sea. Her cops are tough yet fallible. The DI Andy Horton series of crime novels has everything: compelling crimes, complex past history, a tough work environment, romantic entanglements and political intrigue played out against the dramatic and powerfully evocative British marine landscape of Portsmouth and the Solent.

"Andy Horton is an especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage – an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife. Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms." Booklist

"Deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of American procedurals (those by Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey." Booklist

‘Like Rebus, Rowson’s DI Andy Horton, if not a loose cannon, is a detective who does not always work within the rules. As with all Rowson’s novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one.' Mystery People Magazine

'Like Ed McBain, Rowson works many subtle variations on the procedural formula (including very interesting relationships between Andy and a couple of his superiors). A definite winner in the crowded field of British procedurals.' Booklist
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The Golden Age of Crime, Georges Simenon, Josephine Tey and Hilda Lawrence. I also enjoy reading Reginald Hill, Robert Goddard, Robert Barnard and R.D. Wingfield.
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The story behind the detective - DI Andy Horton in Death Surge

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…


Posted on April 22, 2014 at 6:00pm

The new DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson, Shroud of Evil, number 11 in the series, now published

April sees the publication of the eleventh in the DI Andy Hortonpolice procedural crime series,Shroud of Evil.…


Posted on April 1, 2014 at 9:13pm

Pauline Rowson explains how she researches British police procedure for her crime novels

I'm often asked how I research my crime novels and in particular the police procedure and crime scene investigation side of things. I'm not married to a police officer or a former police officer (although I am married to a former fire-fighter) so I don't have inside knowledge except when it comes to fires, burnt bodies and serious road and other incidents which fire fighters attend, and they can all be incorporated into a crime novel, which indeed I have done.

So where do I…


Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:30am

Pauline Rowson passes on tips on writing a novel to the Chiltern Writers Group

On Thursday 13 March I was welcomed by a very lively group of writers at the Chiltern Writers Group, Wendover, UK, where I was pleased to be able to pass on some tips and techniques on writing a novel.

Pauline Rowson explaining her system of writing her novels to Chiltern Writers Group

My talk was on the perfect system for planning, researching, plotting and writing a novel. I covered from concept to completion using mind maps, plot lines; developing and keeping track of characters, and factoring in research.…

Pauline Rowson talking about developing characters to Chiltern Writers Group


Posted on March 18, 2014 at 1:53am

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At 4:45am on July 26, 2012, Cher said…

Your work is really great. The producer wants me to get back with you in a few months when we've cut our teeth fully on straight fiction and get up to full-hour shows.

Thank you!

At 8:40am on December 30, 2011, Mark Radford said…

I forgot to say in my friend request that I'm also a south coast writer!

At 8:57pm on January 1, 2011, Carol Bridgestock said…
Thanks Pauline! Looking forward to seeing you again! Happy New Year! x
At 2:30am on January 1, 2011, Margy Rydzynski said…
Thanks, Pauline. I look forward to your updates, et al.
At 7:23am on January 6, 2010, Reece Hirsch said…
Hi Pauline -- You can never have too many friends, right? Best, Reece

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