Crime experts and writers join force

AUTHOR Pauline Rawson

AUTHOR Pauline Rawson

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THERE is still time to join crime writers and crime solvers at this year’s CSI Portsmouth.

Today the second annual forum for authors and real-life experts will discuss crime fiction at the John Pounds Community Centre in Queen Street.

Workshops will take place this morning with former Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock, who will talk to audiences about his experiences of twenty-six murder investigations, and how they inspired him to write crime novels.

There will also be experts in fingerprinting and forensic psychology at the morning event.

Then four internationally acclaimed crime authors will meet with crime experts from Hampshire Constabulary, director of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University Doctor Claire Nee, and expert in crime scenes Paul Smith, to take part in a debate in the afternoon.

The authors will include Mark Billingham who brought us the bestselling crime novels featuring the London based detective Tom Thorne, and John Harvey who has published over 100 books including the Charlie Resnick and Frank Elder detective novels.

Michael Ridpath, who has written nine financial thrillers the first of which reached number two in the best seller lists for eight weeks, and Pauline Rowson, author of the marine mystery crime novels set in the Solent area featuring DI Andy Horton, will also be at the event.

Call (023) 9268 8685 or see portsmouthbookfest.co.uk

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