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Best-selling crime authors join police and crime experts at CSI Portsmouth 2014

CSI Portsmouth where crime fiction meets crime factThe stellar line-up for CSIPortsmouth 2014, part of Portsmouth BookFest, where crime fiction meets crime fact, sees internationally acclaimed best-selling crime authors M. C. Beaton, Hilary Bonner, Jessie Keane and Pauline Rowson, join crime experts and officers from Hampshire Police and the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University on Saturday 8 November.

CSI Portsmouth, sponsored by Bello, publisher Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint, which brings lost classics back to life, is now in its fifth year. It is a one day event which discusses through two panel debates, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, crime fiction and fact. It is being held at The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Pauline Rowson - crime authorCSI Portsmouth is the brainchild of Hampshire based crime author Pauline Rowson,whose crime novels are set in the Solent area and feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton. Hailed in the UK and the USA as the 'Best of British CrimeFiction,' her novels have been translated into several languages including Chinese. The eleventh in the DI Horton series, Shroud of Evil was published by Severn House in April 2014.

Pauline Rowson says, ‘I’m thrilled with the line-up for CSI Portsmouth 2014 and delighted that such highly acclaimed crime authors as Jessie Keane and M. C Beaton have agreed to participate. We also have some very experienced crime experts and police officers joining us for what I know will be an informative and entertaining event.’

Jessie Keane is the author of a number of crime bestsellers with Annie Carter, head of a London gang family, as her main protagonist. Her last book, Nameless, was a standalone crime novel and sold over 50,000 copies in a month. M.C.Beaton, author of the Agatha Raisin series, is the most borrowed British adult fiction author in UK libraries with over a million borrowings in the last year. Hilary Bonner's published work includes tenprevious novels, five non-fiction books: two ghosted autobiographies, onebiography, two companions to TV programmes, and a number of short stories. Her latestcrime novel, Friends to Die For ispublished by Pan Macmillan on 23 October

The crime authors will be joined on the panels by Terrence Napier, Footwear Mark Examiner for Hampshire Police Scientific Services; Dr Katherine Brown, Forensic Entomologist, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth; Sergeant Roger Wood, Hampshire Police expert on intelligence gathering, cyber-crime and covert source recruitment and Detective Inspector Mandy Horsburgh, Hampshire Police, part of the Operation Fortress team investigating serious violent drug-related crimeand organized criminal groups.

Also at CSI Portsmouth will be Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau, a mock up crime scene provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at Southdowns College and a forensic entomology display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth BookFest is a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth City Council and runs from 24 October to 9 November. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth.

The bookshop on the day will be provided by The Hayling IslandBookshop.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 29 September and cost £15 for the day with £3 off a book purchased on the day. More information at CSI Portsmouth 2014.


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