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Peter James and Pauline Rowson entertain the audience at Portsmouth Bookfest


Peter James in conversation with Pauline RowsonOn 22 February  2018 over ninety people turned out to hear me interview best selling crime author, Peter James at Portsmouth Bookfest.  The event held the audience spellbound as Peter James talked about how he researches and plots his crime novels.

Sadly events like these ceased in March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the banning of all social gatherings. I know many people are missing them and I am missing entertaining the lovely audiences.  I am sincerely hoping that we can soon resume these events. Meanwhile take a look back at this exciting event with Peter James and me.

There was a good deal of similarity between the way Peter and I work and we both expressed gratitude to the police for their assistance with research.


Peter James with Pauline Rowson talking about his crime novelsPeter James works very closely with East Sussex police while I work with Hampshire Police.  Peter James said, 'The police are the glue that binds our society together.' 

I am very grateful to the police and to libraries for the part they played in changing my life as a child and the important role they provide in giving access to books to those who can't afford them.



Peter James and Pauline Rowson book signing at Portsmouth BookFestPeter James’ Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 18 million copies worldwide and have repeatedly topped the Sunday Times bestseller charts.  Peter has twice been Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and has won many literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger but he said when asked by Pauline that the proudest moment of his career to date was winning the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding crime writing. NEED YOU DEAD is the latest  Peter James novel to be published in paperback.

Peter James and Pauline Rowson talking to audience at Portsmouth BookFestI ma the author of twenty-two crime novels and thrillers  which have been published internationally.  My DI Andy Horton novels (15) are set in Portsmouth.

I am also the author of the Marvik mystery thrillers (4) and of the 1950s set Inspector Ryga mysteries (2) plus two standalone mystery thrillers, IN COLD DAYLIGHT and IN FOR THE KILL.  All my crime novels are set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea, my brand or trademark.


Portsmouth BookFest is a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth Central Library on behalf of Portsmouth City Council. The books are provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop.


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POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON - FEBRUARY 22ND, 2021 @ 6:22:24 UTC
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