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Flower Festival

My flower arranging skills are non-existent. So, I was surprised to be asked to take part in our village flower festival, “A Celebration of Village Life”, last October. It was to be held in our tiny village church, mentioned in the Doomsday Book! The brief - I was to celebrate my crime-novel writing with flowers. [...]

Writers of Bury and Beyond

I’m honoured to be a founder member of the group of Bury St Edmunds authors called ‘The Writers of Bury and Beyond’. The driving force behind the group is Rachel Churcher, award-winning author of YA sci-fi, who also provides editing services for other independent author/publishers. The group have established a Local Author bookshelf at the […]

No. 10 in the Utterly Crime Series

Utterly Concealed Book number 10 in the Utterly Crime series is now available on Amazon as both a paperback and Kindle ebook. In this, the 10th novel in the Utterly Crime Series, old friends Chrissie, Nick and Matt unite again to solve a local Suffolk crime. A body is found in the Poachers Basket - Wattisham’s [...]

Wishing Shelf Awards 2021

Utterly Explosive is a FINALIST in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Awards I'm pleased to tell you the audiobook for my crime novel Utterly Explosive is a FINALIST in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Awards. The Wishing Shelf Book Awards ( are well-established and respected awards run by Edward Trayer (pen name Billy Bob Buttons). Edward is the author [...]

From Cressing Temple Barns to the Diss Publishing Bookshop in a week

A week or so ago I was at Cressing Temple Barns with my books to take advantage of their Christmas fair. Built by the Knights Templar, these barns date back to the 13th century. They are some of the oldest (and largest) wooden structures of their kind in Europe. While I sat waiting for interested […]

Lake District to Lockdown Art – in 7 Days!

Five days ago I was up in the Lake District at an event near Carlisle touring with my latest book, Utterly Dredged. A quick pause for breath and time to dry out after all the wet weather, and then today – lockdown art! Tesco Staff Tributes It was so moving to watch my cover design […]

Wishing Shelf Book Award 2020 – Utterly Dredged  –  RED RIBBON WINNER!

Cast your mind back to the first COVID lockdown in March 2020. It unfortunately coincided with the publication of Utterly Dredged (my ninth novel in the Utterly Crime Series).   As I was preparing for a whirlwind of book signings, live launches and promotions it was whisked away! All plans were cancelled and it became a […]

Audiobook Giveaway Continues

Hi everyone, my audiobook giveaway codes are now available in the UK and EU, as well as in the USA, Australia and Canada as announced previously These giveaway codes for the first two audiobooks in the Utterly Crime Series: Utterly Explosive, and Utterly Fuelled are limited in number, so why not quickly have a listen […]

Audiobook Giveaway

Good news – if you live in USA, Australia or Canada! I have a limited number of Giveaway codes for my audiobooks UTTERLY EXPLOSIVE and UTTERLY FUELLED. But here’s the catch – they are only for listening through the Authors Direct mobile apps and can only be redeemed at Authors Direct is currently only available […]

Covid-19 Tribulations

Utterly Dredged – the 9th book in the Utterly Crime Series – is now published and available to buy – but the ‘book launch’ is on hold. I thought, quite reasonably, that an early spring or Easter release date for Utterly Dredged, the 9th book in the Utterly Crime Series, would be a great idea. […]

Bury Literature Festival – Negotiated

Held in one of Bury St Edmund’s most impressive buildings, the Unitarian Meeting House in Churchgate Street, it was a pleasure to attend and indeed feature in the Literature Festival on the 27th October 2019. It was a first for me to be talking  with a backdrop of a sweeping wooden staircase circling up to […]

Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival

I’m delighted to be taking part in the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival when it returns to the town this October with a whole host of exciting events, talks and discussions on literature, publishing and the like. I’ll be ‘in conversation’ with award-winning local playwright and novelist, Jackie Carreira, (her new novel, The Seventh Train, was released […]

Waterstones Window

This is a photo I took last weekend of a Waterstones window display. To be more specific it was the window of their Buttermarket branch in Bury St Edmunds. It was rather nice to see my name and latest crime novel on a poster in a bookshop window – namely Waterstones. I didn’t think to […]

Rebecca Moss Guyver Exhibits at the RBA Annual Exhibition 2019

Two paintings by artist Rebecca Moss Guyver were selected for this year’s Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual exhibition. How cool is that? I feel so lucky to have Rebecca as the artist designing my Utterly Crime Series book covers. The exhibition runs from the 4th to the 14th of July. It features over […]

Another novel from the Utterly Crime Series joins the ‘Suffolk Loves’ shelf.

Imagine how surprised and pleased I was when I spent a December Friday in the Woodbridge Library and while there spotted my crime novel – Utterly Dusted – amongst the crime novels on the library ‘Suffolk Loves’ shelf. I had to take a quick photo. Unfortunately the snowflake design on the seasonal cover tends to […]

Utterly Roasted

The 8th novel in the Utterly Crime series is 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 […]

Utterly Explosive Audiobook

Utterly Explosive, the first book in the Utterly Crime Series is now available as an audiobook!I have been so lucky to find a fantastic narrator in Andy Deane. If you didn’t already know, Andy is a local (Suffolk based) actor with the QuirkHouse Theatre Co based in Bury St Edmunds. He has already narrated Utterly […]

Utterly Crushed is now available as an audiobook – Amazon, Audible & iTunes

It has been great fun and a very new experience to convert 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 […]

Utterly Dusted – we’re off to Waterstones Bookshop.

It’s that time of year again – busy, busy busy! Pauline is off to Watersones with Utterly Dusted – her latest book in the Utterly Crime series – crime novels set in Suffolk. Pauline will be in the Waterstones Ipswich Buttermarket branch on Thursday 16th November and then the Waterstones Bury St Edmunds Buttermarket branch […]

UTTERLY DUSTED is now released on Amazon.

The 7th Utterly Crime novel is released, and once again Rebecca Moss Guyver has designed another terrific cover! Utterly Dusted – the 7th novel in the Utterly Crime Series is available in paperback and ebook format. The PLOT: Dust clouds can combust with explosive force in the same way that the past can spring up […]

Where to find Pauline Manders and Utterly Crushed

Sometimes a dog just can’t keep up! Pauline will be in Waterstones in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 5th August from 10am book signing. Utterly Crushed is the latest (6th) in the Utterly Crime series of novels. The action moves across East Anglia from Stowmarket and Diss to Aldeburgh and Orford Ness; Bury St Edmunds […]

Artist who designs my book covers has pastel selected for 2017 Pastel Society Exhibition

Rebecca Moss Guyver is the artist who designs the book covers for my Utterly Crime Series. Wonderful news – she has had her pastel Red Haw Apples (not one of my book covers) selected for the 2017 Pastel Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from 21st February to the 4th March. I have […]

Suffolk Loves…

My latest crime novel – UTTERLY CRUSHED – has been chosen by Suffolk Libraries as one of their Suffolk Loves… books! Imagine how excited and pleased I was when I dropped by to visit Hadleigh Library last week. Wow – there is was on the Suffolk Loves… selection shelves. I had to pinch myself and […]

UTTERLY CRUSHED is now released on Amazon

This is the 6th novel in the Utterly Crime series – Suffolk based. Like all the previous books in the series, it stands alone but is also part of a sequence with many of the past characters appearing again. The plot: As the summer of 2012 draws to a close, the Olympic goodwill sweeping Suffolk […]

Waterstones Buttermarket branch, Bury St Edmunds booksigning / meet the author event

 It is not difficult to guess where I will be from 10:30 am. Waterstones. My four legged friend holds the answer, although he is utterly confused because he thinks the notice reads Water bones. I am looking forward to book signing my Utterly Crime Novels and the ‘meet the author’ event, featuring all the novels […]

The Felixstowe Book Festival 2016

This is Alpha Zulu, a Piper Arrow with Attitude…. I am really excited about the Felixstowe Book Festival later this month. I shall be there, alongside fellow authors Rosy Thornton and Mary Powles, and we shall be talking about our novels and how Suffolk has influenced or lent itself to our different genres and writing […]


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