All Blog Posts Tagged 'novel' (196)

DNA under Fingernails Lead to Arrest in Decades-Old Cold Case

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Every week seems to bring a new story of how advances in forensic technology are bringing closure to cold cases that had been held in police files without leads for ten years, twenty years, or longer.  The scientific community and law enforcement are working together to bring closure to families who just a few years ago may have thought the ability…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on January 11, 2013 at 7:18am — No Comments

We're Writers--We Make Stuff Up

From time to time, people argue about whether writers can evoke something they've never experienced. I have friends in the writing community who take classes in how to shoot a gun, sign up to go rock climbing, and (of course) travel to faraway places in order to write realistically about a subject.

We know, though, that writers must also use their imagination to create scenes and characters they can't actually visit: battles are pretty much out for me, as is being a teen-aged boy…

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Added by Peg Herring on November 26, 2012 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Behind the Scenes with Serial Killers – Q & A with Emily Stone

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Emily Stone is a woman with three independent novel adventures and a growing list of captured serial killers to prove it.   Every case, every missing child, and every serial killer stalking victims on the west coast…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on November 16, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Serial Killer “In Training” Put to Death

Photo: Texas Dept. of Safety

None of us started where we want to be in our chosen profession.  We have to take courses, practice a skill, develop a good reputation with clients, or a variety of other activities that…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on November 16, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments

6 Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene Straight From a Cold Case Detective

Photo: Courtesy of coldcasesquad.com

Crime scenes aren’t as cut and dry as one might think.  There are many variables and each one should be carefully identified, searched, documented, and processed correctly.  The process doesn’t flow like the…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on November 7, 2012 at 5:06am — No Comments

Violent Death of Infant Results in Only a Ninety-Day Sentence

How much prison time should be considered appropriate for the murder of an infant?  Yes, there must be consideration for intent, maliciousness, premeditation of this act . . . but what is the ballpark?  Five years?  Ten years?  Twenty?  Maybe life?

Well, how about ninety days in prison for the death of a six-month-old girl?  That is the sentence handed down to a teen dad in Colorado after…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on October 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Why Do We Cringe at Terrible Sounds?

Fingernails slowly dragged down a chalkboard, a shrieking woman, or that high-pitch sound of a drill makes us cringe on the spot and cower in disgust.  Even pressing your hands against your ears does not seem to help.  Okay, I admit it, I like to find weird and unusual science stuff in addition to my crime…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on October 25, 2012 at 6:59am — No Comments

A host of DI Horton novels to be published over next eight months

A whole host of titles in the popular DI Andy Horton crime series by Pauline Rowson are to be released over the next eight months.Responding to demand Severn House Publishers is to publish the new DI Andy Horton crime novel, Undercurrent, the ninth in the series, in the UK in January 2013 and in the USA in May 2013. They have also…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on October 5, 2012 at 7:41pm — No Comments

The Criminal Mind is Different

You probably have seen an episode of Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Minds during which the police psychologist explains a brain scan of an accused criminal to a packed courtroom.  It makes for great television, but does this premise reflect real…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on September 29, 2012 at 6:49am — No Comments

A HEALTHY FEAR OF MAN is now available on Amazon

A HEALTHY FEAR OF MAN, the second novel in the Paul Little series is available on Amazon.



See what people are saying...

"There’s a nether world of bars with crooked doors, gum smacking medical examiners, and people with odd ideas acting on them. They populate byways we’d be best to avoid and…

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Added by Aaron Philip Clark on September 19, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

New DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline Rowson to be Published by Severn House in January

I'm delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with my publisher Severn House for the next in the DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime novels set on the South Coast of England.

Undercurrent is the ninth crime novel to feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton and is set in Portsmouth, UK. It is to be published in the UK January 2013 and in the USA in July 2013. It is…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on September 18, 2012 at 12:01am — No Comments

Pauline Rowson on the emotions involved in writing a crime novel

Each stage of writing a novel for me brings with it a range of different emotions. These range from excitement and frustration, to relief, doubt and fear, plus a whole lot in between.

I'm currently working on the tenth in the DI Andy Horton series and the theme is developing nicely.Eager to begin writing I don't wait until I have a complete outline. I don't even wait until I have conducted all my research and I certainly have no idea at this stage who the killer is and why. All I know…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on August 29, 2012 at 6:51pm — No Comments

"For the Love of Crime Fiction" by Aaron Philip Clark

I was invited to Paul D. Brazill's blog where I chat about my love of crime fiction and other things. Read here.

Added by Aaron Philip Clark on August 25, 2012 at 4:16am — No Comments

No Bones about Writing Bad Guys

When I outline bad guys for my novels, it often reads like a police rap sheet and a psychological profile.  I can’t overstate the effectiveness for research and outlining in fiction writing.  There’s always those little pieces of nuggets that you can weave into the story that gives it the added realism and authenticity.  These nuggets are like pieces of gold for me and I love hunting for…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on August 22, 2012 at 3:31am — No Comments

Working on the new DI Horton marine mystery crime novel - How I plan my crime novels - Pauline Rowson

I'm often asked how I go about planning a novel.When starting a fresh crime novel (as I am now, having recently finished writing the ninth in the DI Andy Horton series) I have the basic idea in mind. I will start to flesh this out using spider grams and time lines to work up the basic plot lines and character outlines, working in pencil on recycled pieces of A4 paper.

Often I will create some characters who won’t appear in the novel at all because by the time I start to write the…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on August 10, 2012 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Psychological Terror and the Movie Villain

As we approach the end of the summer movie season, I’ve had some thoughts about what makes a classic on-screen villain.  I’ve often heard interviews with actors who say that the bad guy is the most fun to play, and I understand why.  They are fascinating!

There are the villains…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on August 10, 2012 at 3:17am — 1 Comment

Plunge Right into the Action!

You caught me.  I admit it.  I’m a huge Die Hard movie fan (see photo above of Bruce Willis as John McClane from Die Hard).

I love to write action and fight scenes in my novels.  I’m not quite sure what that actually stems from, but I thrive on ways to figure out interesting and sometimes very physical ways to get my main character…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on August 10, 2012 at 3:16am — 1 Comment

Red Hot Crime for a Red Hot Summer - DI Horton Marine Mystery and thrillers on Kindle Price Promotion

My crime novels are on a summer reading promotion on Amazon Kindle. So if you haven't tried them before and fancy a summer reading of crime you can get them at the fantastic price of 99p on  amazon uk and at $1.54…

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Added by Pauline Rowson on July 30, 2012 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Death Lies Beneath-the new DI Horton Crime Novel-Pauline Rowson-Now Published in the UK and Kindle Special Promotion

The eighth in the DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime police procedural novels, Death Lies Beneath is officially published today in the UK in hardcover by Severn House.  It will be published in the USA in November.

Death Lies Beneath by Pauline Rowson…



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Added by Pauline Rowson on July 26, 2012 at 5:09pm — No Comments

NEWS UPDATE — Dark Mind Received Critical Nods

July started out with some real fireworks!  I found on July 1st, that Dark Mind, my latest Emily Stone Thriller, has received two award…

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Added by Jennifer Chase on July 14, 2012 at 3:01am — No Comments

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