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An exciting 1950 set crime series

Featuring a formidable crime solving duo Scotland Yard Inspector Alun Ryga and war photographer, Eva Paisely

Investigating coastal crimes around Britain

1950, five years since the end of the war and Britain is still gripped by austerity and rationing. As the nation tries to come to terms with peace many are disillusioned and suffering the deprivations of homelessness, hardship, poverty and loss. For war photographer Eva Paisley the discovery of the body of an unidentified man wearing a pin-striped suit in a secluded bay on the Isle of Portland, Dorset is far from harrowing. She’s seen and photographed much worse. Her observations of the dead man, seen through the lens of her camera though are summarily dismissed by the local police, and Scotland Yard in the form of Detective Inspector Alun Ryga is called in to investigate.

Recently promoted to Inspector in the Criminal Investigations Department of Scotland Yard, Ryga is on his first solo investigation outside of London and he is keen to prove his worth. Years working at sea in the Merchant Navy and then four years spent as a German prisoner-of-war have made him watchful and thoughtful, and given him insights into his fellow man, along with a promise to himself to keep an open mind. Ignoring the warnings of the local police inspector, and the Dorset Chief Constable that his trust in Eva Paisley is misjudged, Ryga quickly realises that her insights could provide the breakthrough he needs in a complex murder investigation and the answer to the haunting circumstances that have sent the man in the pin-striped suit to his death.

Inspector Alun Ryga

Aged 32 - born 1918

Quiet, thoughtful, clever, watchful, reflective, analytical. Perceptive, with knowledge of men, not so good at reading women but very firmly of the opinion they have a great deal to contribute at work and society especially given their roles during the war.  Is disappointed that some people seem to be just as prejudice, and often worse, than they were before the war.

Musical, plays the piano very well.

Joined the Merchant Navy at 15.  Imprisoned in a German prisoner-of-war camp from age 23 – 27 after his ship was seized by a German Raider, and he and his crew were consigned to serve four years in MILAG (Marine Internierten Lager).  Liberated 1 May 1945

The war resulted in opening up a new career for Ryga.  Encouraged by a fellow prisoner to study in the camp, Ryga’s educational horizons broadened.  At the end of the war seamen in the Merchant Navy were not released from the Merchant Navy unless approval was given for them to be discharged owing to being unfit to sail.  However, because of Ryga’s influential friend he was able to get his discharge and, again with the help of his mentor, he made the transition from the Merchant Navy to the Thames River Police which he joined in 1945.

1946 -47 he was involved in two highly successful criminal investigations at the Port of London drawing on his knowledge of seamen, ships, and men and as a result was catapulted into the Metropolitan Police in 1947 with promotion to Sergeant and then in 1949 as a Detective Inspector in CID at New Scotland Yard.

Lives in a Victorian house converted to small flats in Pimlico, often walks to work prefers it having been locked away for four years!

Has trouble sleeping but refuses to dwell on his experiences during the war, feels an element of guilt for not only surviving but not being able to fight.  However like many people he wants to put it behind him and move on. Never talks about his experiences. Fairly self-contained but is really warm and open hearted. Can be sociable but will never be the life and soul of the party, is comfortable in his own company but would like the stability and warmth of a family.

Loves the sea and feels more at ease close to it or on it.  This is his first solo investigation out of London and he’s keen to prove his worth. Not a man to be browbeaten. Open minded with a sense of humour.
Don’t you just love him!!!

War photographer Eva Paisley

In DEATH IN THE COVE ( the first in the series) Ryga meets war photographer, Eva Paisley, who discovered the body of a man in a pin striped suit in a secluded bay on the Island of Portland, Dorset.  

Whereas Ryga is quiet, reflective, analytical, Eva is very self-assured.  She’s forthright, sociable, and comfortable in her own skin, professional with a successful career, a formidable reputation and a taste for danger. Her observations seen through the lens of her camera are disturbing, enlightening and thought provoking. 

Age 30

Unconventional, persuasive, intelligent, determined, self-confident.  Comes from a very good background, well-spoken but not snooty.  Not interested in fashion, but still manages to look classically stylish. Wears her fair hair long and loose or tied back and certainly not in the styled fashion of the age.  Tall, long legged, energetic, fearless.

A keen photographer since the age of eight encouraged by her Aunt Pru an artist and her mother.

Has a good eye for people, observant, curious, able to get on with anyone but especially those from the working classes and disadvantaged.  Has a strong social conscience. Worked for the Ministry of Information in London during the war.  She showed her boss what she could do with a camera and suggested that she take a tour around the country and a series of photographs of women at war, which could be used in various propaganda literature and posters. He took some persuading but Eva succeeded.

From women at war, and doing their bit for the country, she progressed to photographing how people were coping with the bombing, which took her to many bombed cities around the country.  She took the sanitised pictures of smiling cockneys and others gritting their teeth and bearing up for the Ministry propaganda but she also took other pictures showing the hard truth, the devastation, the anger and heartbreak, the dead, the injured.  She says the country isn’t ready for those pictures yet, but it will be one day.  Then proving her worth as a photographer she again managed to persuade the powers that be in Whitehall that she should go overseas with the troops as official war photographer where she photographed the liberation of the camps in Germany and the carnage of war in many theatres including D-Day

Eva Paisley becomes Ryga’s third eye. Together they make a formidable crime solving duo

Published in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an audio book on 26 September 2019

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