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A look back at CSI Portsmouth 2014 and ahead to CSI Portsmouth 2016

The sixth CSI Portsmouth where crime fiction meets crime fact will be held on Saturday 5 March 2016 at the Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea.  Tickets go on sale on 4 January and before then here's a look back at CSI Portsmouth 2014. You can also read what happened at CSI Portsmouth 2013, CSI Portsmouth 2012, CSI Portsmouth 2011 and view the details of the first CSI Portsmouth in 2010.

CSI Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth BookFest, organised by 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.

Over 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.

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 and the Agatha Raisin series.  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. 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,  was published in March 2015 with the twelfth in the DI Andy Horton series, Fatal Catch 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.

Crime authors Pauline Rowson, Jessie Keane with Roger Wood and Mandy Horsburgh Hants, Police, and crime author Hilary Bonner, CSI Portsmouth 2014The afternoon audience at CSI Portsmouth 2014 were entertained with tales of drug busting, intelligence gathering and covert source recruitment.

The afternoon panel comprised of crime authors Jessie Keane and Hilary Bonner with crime experts, Sergeant Roger Wood and DI Mandy Horsburgh of Operation Fortress, Hampshire Police.

Crime author Hilary Bonner answering a question at CSI Portsmouth - crime author Jessie Keane - Roger Wood and Mandy Horsburgh Hants PoliceJessie Keane talked about her gangland crime novels featuring Annie Carter, head of a London gang family and how her background has influenced her writing. While Hilary Bonner, a former Fleet Street journalist and show business editor of three national newspapers and assistant editor of one, spoke about her keen interest in creating psychological thrillers drawn from real life events.

Roger Wood, Hampshire Police answering a question at CSI Portsmouth 2014 with crime author Jessie KeaneSergeant Roger Wood spoke about aspects of intelligence gathering and monitoring suspects in regards to counter terrorism and the recruitment of covert sources of intelligence and cyber crime.

DI Mandy Horsburgh answering a question at CSI Portsmouth 2014, with Sergeant Roger Wood, Hampshire PoliceDI Mandy Horsburgh, who works within Operation Fortress, one of the biggest, most significant stand-alone projects ever to be launched by the Hampshire Constabulary, with its own 31-strong dedicated investigation and enforcement team, spoke about how they tackle the most serious violent drug-related crimes alongside organized criminal groups.

Afternoon panel talking to the audienceThe panel debate was followed by questions from the audience, a book signing and the chance for individuals to chat to the panel guests.

CSI Portsmouth 2016 is on Saturday 5 March 2016. Tickets on sale from 4 January 2016

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DECEMBER 28TH, 2015 @ 9:51:40 GMT

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