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Crime novels and thrillers set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England

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Pauline Rowson, author of thrillers and the DI Andy Horton crime series, has been hailed as "redefining the genre of the 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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Tide of Death, the first in the DI Andy Horton Series on Special Kindle Deal from 23-26 August Only

Tide of Death introduces the enigmatic DI Andy Horton, whose patch is Portsmouth and the Solent area on the South Coast of England. The action opens on a foggy August Bank Holiday and to mark the occasion Tide of Death is on a special offer on Amazon Kindle for August Bank Holiday, only 23 - 26 August. So if you haven't met Andy Horton yet here's your…


Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:01pm

The Suffocating Sea only £1.99 or $3.34 on Amazon Kindle until 31 August

The third in the DI Horton series (currently eleven) set on the South Coast of England in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight is on a special Kindle offer for August only £1.99 or $3.34.

As Horton is forced to confront his past he's faced with a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out...

DI Horton is…


Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:51am

Death Surge (DI Andy Horton 10) on great special offer for Cowes Week

To celebrate international yacht racing and Cowes Week, Death Surge, the tenth in the DI Andy Horton series of police procedural crime novels, set against the backdrop of Cowes Week is on a special price promotion via Aerbooks.

At only £2.49 and $3.99  for one week only until 7…


Posted on August 1, 2014 at 8:51pm

Great line up of best selling crime authors, police and forensic experts for CSI Portsmouth 2014

I'm delighted to announce the great line up of best selling crime authors, crime experts and officers from Hampshire Police for CSI Portsmouth 2014, part of Portsmouth BookFest, where crime fiction meets crime fact, on Saturday 8 November.

This year joining me on the panel in the morning will be crime author M.C. Beaton with crime experts, Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner for Hampshire Police…


Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:01am

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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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