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CSI Portsmouth 2014 - morning panel - maggots, footprints, bodies and crime

Pauline Rowson introducing the morning panel at CSI Portsmouth 2014Over 100 people packed into The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday 8 November 2014 to hear two panel debates on crime fiction versus crime fact at the fifth annual CSI Portsmouth.

CSI Portsmouth 2014, which is part of Portsmouth BookFest, is organised by me in conjunction with Portsmouth City Council Library Service. It brings together top selling crime authors, police and forensic experts for a one day entertaining and informative debate on crime fiction and crime fact.

Crime authors Pauline Rowson and MC Beaton with Dr Katherine Brown, ICJS, Forensic Entomologist Portsmouth University and Terrence Napier, Hampshire PoliceOn the morning panel I joined forces with my fellow crime writer M.C. Beaton and with crime experts Dr Katherine Brown, a Forensic Entomologist at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth and Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner, with Hampshire Police.

I acted as moderator throughout the day

Crime author MC Beaton answering a question put by crime author Pauline Rowson at CSI Portsmouth 2014M.C Beaton is the author of the Hamish Macbeth novels. Death of a Policeman, which was published in hardback in the US in February reached the New York Times Best Seller list for hardback fiction. She is also author of the Agatha Raisin series. Something Borrowed, Someone Dead is the 25th Agatha Raisin mystery. She is the most borrowed British adult fiction author in UK libraries with over a million borrowings in the last year. She answered questions about the inspiration behind her crime novels, her characters and how she researches them.

Lisa Ford and Jane Aston, Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau with crime author Pauline Rowson, centreMy crime novels are set in the Solent and feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton.  They have been hailed in the UK and the USA as the 'Best of British Crime Fiction,' and have been translated into several languages. Number 11 in the DI Horton series, Shroud of Evil was published by Severn House in April 2014, while the first in my new crime series to feature a new hero former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer Art Marvik, Silent Running, is to be published in March 2015 with the twelfth in the DI Andy Horton series, Fatal Catch, to be published in September 2015.

Dr Katherine Brown, Forensic Entomologist and Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner, Hampshire Police at CSI Portsmouth 2014Dr Katherine Brown, a Forensic Entomologist and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, talked the audience through the various stages of the development of flies and maggots in the decomposition of a human body, not for the faint-hearted,  while Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner for Hampshire Police Scientific Services, explained how prints are taken at a crime scene and how they are analysed in the lab.

Audience chatting to morning panel members CSI Portsmouth 2014This was followed by questions from the audience, a book signing and the chance for individuals to chat to the panel guests.

The crime scene at CSI Portsmouth provided by Forensic Science Students South Downs CollegeAlso at CSI Portsmouth were the Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau, a mock up crime scene provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College and a forensic entomology display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth. The Hayling Island Bookshop were on hand to sell the authors books.

Photographs and details of the afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth to follow tomorrow.

CSI Portsmouth was sponsored by Bello, publisher Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint, which brings lost classic back to life.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning. My thanks to my wonderful panel guests, participants and the audience.

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NOVEMBER 11TH, 2014 @ 6:24:54 GMT

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