Hayling author given tour of Portsmouth ferry

Pauline Rowson
Pauline Rowson
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CRIME author Pauline Rowson was given an exclusive look around a ferry which features in her latest novel.

Condor Ferries invited Pauline to Portsmouth International Port to meet the captain and crew of its vessel Commodore Clipper.

The ferry plays a key role in her new book Lethal Waves as a venue where a non-suspicious death happens.

While penning the novel, Pauline, from Hayling Island, visited Commodore Clipper in October, 2015 and the team assisted with a behind-the-scenes tour and access to the cabins.

She visited again recently when the book was published.

Pauline said: ‘The Commodore Clipper ferry is very much an integral part of Portsmouth and the Solent, so it was inevitable I would feature it at some stage.

‘I love watching it sail out of Portsmouth and always feel a buzz when it glides through the narrow harbour entrance.

‘All my crime novels are set against the backdrop of the sea and I particularly love that self-contained feel of island settings.

‘I’m very grateful to Condor and the captain and crew for all their help while researching Lethal Waves.’

The book features Pauline’s marine-series lead character DI Andy Horton, whose travels between Portsmouth and Guernsey unearth a series of mysterious circumstances that require him to call upon all his skills and intuition in order to solve a complex case.