Crime fact and fiction will meet at festival

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fact and fiction will join forces to create a spellbinding combination at a book festival.

Top crime authors will be joined by real-life experts from Hampshire police, fire and rescue service and experts in forensics at the third annual CSI Portsmouth event.

Local international bestselling crime author Pauline Rowson, whose Det Insp Andy Horton books are set in the Solent area, will be joined by Stephen Booth – creator of Det Con Ben Cooper and Det Sgt Diane Fry who appear in 12 novels set in the Peak District.

Award-winning author Roger Ellory, Ann Cleeves – whose series of Vera crime novels have been adapted into a popular ITV series starring Brenda Blethyn – and former police officer turned record-breaking author Matt Hilton will discuss their works.

They will be joined by crime scene manager Carolyn Lovell and Det Con Terry Fitzjohn from Hampshire police and Andy Earl from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s arson taskforce.

Visitors can get their fingerprints taken and pressed into a keyring as a keepsake. Hayling Island Bookshop will be selling at the event.

And book-lovers can talk to the authors and get signed copied of their books.

Other speakers include University of Portsmouth professor Brian Nicol and Adrian Fretter from Hampshire police’s hi-tech crime unit.

A spokesman for the event said: ‘You can meet and mingle with top-selling crime authors and forensic crime experts, and hear how the authors write their popular crime novels.

‘You can also find out how much they draw on real-life experiences, learn about what really happens at a crime scene and how an investigation is worked, discover what forensic experts do, see how the fingerprint bureau works, have your fingerprints taken and more.

‘This is the third year of CSI Portsmouth and it promises to be an even more exciting and informative event than ever.’

The event is part of the annual Portsmouth BookFest, which is backed by The News.

The event will bring a diverse mix of top writers to the city.

The CSI Portsmouth event will be held at the John Pounds Centre in Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, from 10am to 4.30pm on November 3.