Hayling author to make Portsmouth a hotbed of crime

Pauline Rowson, author from Haylling Island pictured on the shore line of Langstone Harbour. '''Picture: Allan Hutchings (103525-119)
Pauline Rowson, author from Haylling Island pictured on the shore line of Langstone Harbour. '''Picture: Allan Hutchings (103525-119)
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PORTSMOUTH is to become a hotbed of crime later this year, as the fourth annual CSI Portsmouth gets under way.

Five internationally-acclaimed crime authors will be joined by experts on criminal behaviour and detection techniques at an event at the Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Tickets for the event go on sale next month, and it will be held on November 2 – the penultimate day of the Portsmouth BookFest.

CSI Portsmouth is organised by author Pauline Rowson, of Hayling Island, who is due to publish her 10th book in the popular DI Andy Horton series of crime novels.

She said: ‘This is the fourth year it has run, as it started in 2010.

‘There are a lot of people who are interested in crime fiction and crime fact – the crime scene investigation.

‘I thought it would be a good idea to bring the two elements together for both sides of the audience, and it is a good way to encourage people to buy books.

‘Also, people who are interested in crime fiction like to find out about the research side of things, as I get asked a lot about how I do that.’

Other authors at the event will be S. J Bolton, Natasha Cooper, M.R. Hall and Kerry Wilkinson.

They will be joined by drugs intelligence officer Michael Ellis; forensic toxicologist Dr Alex Allan, co-founder of Triple A Forensics; Sgt Tony Birr of Hampshire police’s marine unit; Brian Chappell MBE, a former detective chief inspector with the Metropolitan Police with experience of working on complex and high level investigations and who is now a senior lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth; and Hampshire police’s fingerprint bureau and the Dog Support Unit.

Tickets cost £15, which includes a paperback book from the mobile bookshop provided on the day by The Hayling Island Bookshop.

Tickets are on sale from September 9 Call the box office on (023) 9268 8037 or see portsmouthbookfest.co.uk