Wednesday 24 October 2018

Utterly Roasted - 8th novel in Utterly Crime series now published and available in paperback and ebook.


Some of my research before writing this particular book took me to do some, what I’d call high-end event waiting/waitressing. I spent my time at one event back-of-house helping in the kitchen (washing up and plating up) and a second event front-of-house serving canap├ęs and waiting at table. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, although it was exhausting work. And my poor feet…! It was nice to sit down and weave it into the plot.
As always, Rebecca Moss Guyver has designed the cover. Another highly original, colourful and inspired piece of art.
And so to the story: it is August 2013 and Chrissie Jax and D.I. Clive Merry return to Suffolk from a short break in Amsterdam. Within a week, two bodies are delivered to the morgue and the international spotlight is on Clive and his investigation.
Tension mounts as a tangled web of: car paint re-spraying; a catering outfit; a mysterious waitress; pike fishing, and chocolate draws in long term friends Matt and Nick. Chrissie becomes part of the investigation in a way no one could have predicted.
This is the eighth novel in the Utterly Crime series. It stands alone, but we see the return of many characters met before as the action moves from: Alton Water to Ipswich; Bury St Edmunds to Felixstowe; Hadleigh to Woolpit and Woodbridge.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Utterly Explosive is now available as an audiobook.

Utterly Explosive is now available as an audiobook.


I have found a fantastic narrator in Andy Deane. He is a local (Suffolk based) actor with the QuirkHouse Theatre Co based in Bury St Edmunds.

Not surprisingly for a book set in Suffolk, one or two of the characters speak with a local accent and Andy's soft Suffolk accent is excellent easy listening. 
With a word like Explosive in the title the action is bound to kick off. When it does, Andy happily adds some fun with the accents of the hot Romanian fruit picker, a smooth-talking Polish fruit farm manager and a threatening Bulgarian thug.

Andy's versatility is great to listen to, as he brings Utterly Explosive to life. He effortlessly changes from his warmly narrated English into the voices of the characters.

Utterly Explosive is now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pauline-Manders/e/B008A4H5LK

Thursday 22 March 2018

Utterly Crushed is now available as an audiobook on Amazon, Audible and iTunes


This is my first audio book.

At some point, several months ago I decided that this should be the first of my Utterly Crime novels to be published in audiobook form. It isn't the first in the series, but for reasons now lost in the mist of time, it was where I decided to start.

It has been great fun and a very new experience converting my written pages into an audiobook. I am so lucky to have found Andy Deane, a talented actor based in Bury St Edmunds. He is not only the narrator, but is also skilled enough to edit the recordings. I think the official term would be producer/actor/narrator. (He might put the list in a different order!)
It was very important for me to find a narrator who could ‘do’ a genuine Suffolk accent – not West Country or a miss mash of other accents, but the real deal!
Andy Deane brings the characters to life with his warm versatile voice AND speaks with a genuine soft Suffolk accent when required. (Now that was a mouthful!) I have always been able to imagine my characters voices, but to actually hear them given life is amazing.
Andy Deane is now in the process of recording Utterly Explosive - the first book int the Utterly Crime series.
The audiobook, Utterly Crushed is available through Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
Cover design by Rebecca Moss Guyver.

Monday 13 November 2017

Utterly Dusted - we're off to Waterstones bookshop.

It's That Time Of Year Again....


Busy, busy, busy - Pauline is off to Waterstones with Utterly Dusted - her latest book in the Utterly Crime Series - crime novels set in Suffolk. 

 Pauline will be in the Ipswich Waterstones Buttermarket branch on Thursday November 16th and then in the Bury St Edmunds Waterstones Buttermarket branch on Saturday December 2nd for an 'Utterly Dusted' book promotion and meet the author event.
Otto, featured above, will be wondering where he is supposed to be going - sometimes he complains that it is difficult to keep up!

Sunday 29 October 2017

It was great fun to take part in the first Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival.

The 'Writers Cafe' Event

On Wednesday 25th October 2017....

The first 'Writers Cafe' event was held at Oakes Barn on the first day of the first Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival... 3 firsts in one day! Local writers - professional, published, self-published and aspiring, came along to meet peers and public to share work.



It was great fun mingling and networking with local authors and readers at this busy, well organised but informal and friendly venue. Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival Facebook page

Friday 3 February 2017

Artist who designs Utterly crime series covers has one of her pastels selected for 2017 Pastel Society Exhibition.

Rebecca Moss Guyver has one of her pastels selected for 2017 Pastel Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

Red Haw Apples - Artist Rebecca Moss Guyver
Rebecca is the artist who designs the book covers for my Utterly Crime Series. 
Red Haw Apples (this isn't one of my book covers) will be part of the Pastel Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries from 
21st February to 4th March 2017. 
I've always known that Rebecca is a talented artist - but isn't it nice that the Pastel Society has selected one of her pastels for exhibition. Rebecca's website

Monday 5 December 2016

Jumping stilts and Utterly Crushed

Jumping Stilts and Utterly Crushed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Plots, counter-plots....

 

Otto isn't too sure what it all means.  It is obvious he doesn't quite 'get' what a jumping stilt is, although he stayed around long enough for a couple of promotional photos.


So how do jumping stilts fit into the latest Utterly crime novel? In Utterly Crushed, you'll read about film sets, intrigue, murder, a crushing death and... oh yes, jumping stilts - all set in Suffolk.

Otto and I have worked to infuse a sense of threat and foreboding into the photos - something appropriate for a crime novel. Otto had no problem with that emotion when he saw the stilt - I had more of a problem creating the feel with shutter speed, lighting etc. Luckily it's amazing what you can do with an automatic camera!
For more information about Utterly Crushed visit - http://paulinemanders.com/