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Teabags and butter-fascinating facts from my 1950s set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE

Death in the Cove, an Inspector Ryga mystery by Pauline RowsonDeath in the Cove is set in 1950, when memories of the war are strong, austerity and rationing are still in place, and fears of more world conflicts haunt people. Society and policing in the 1950s was vastly different to today, no mobile phones, no dashing about, no computers, so it was fascinating to research & write.

Newly promoted to detective inspector, Ryga, from Scotland Yard, is on his first solo investigation outside of London, to solve the mystery of why a man in a pin-striped suit is found murdered in an isolated cove on the Island of Portland in Dorset.

Here are two snippets that I had to check on while writing the novel.

Tea bags

Teapot and tea cupI had a character putting a teabag into the teapot and thought, hold on, were they in use in 1950? They were in America but didn’t come in general use or sale over here in the UK until 1953.


bread and butterI also had to check on rationing because I couldn’t have someone liberally applying butter to a piece of toast or bread when butter was still on ration!

Butter was on ration in the UK until 1953.

DEATH IN THE COVE is my twentieth crime novel and the first historical mystery I have written, my other nineteen crime novels are all contemporary with fourteen featuring my rugged and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton; three starring former Royal Marine Commando but damaged Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK’s National Intelligence Marine Squad, and two standalone thrillers.

DEATH IN THE COVE is published in paperback, ebook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo.

It is also available as an audio book published by B7 Media and narrated by Jonathan Rhodes.

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SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019 @ 7:33:38 BST


RE: Teabags and butter-fascinating facts from my 1950s set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE

Have just finished Death In The Cove. Different from Andy, but a good mystery. I gave it 5 stars with Amazon.
Look forward to the next Alun Ryga......and more of Andy and his interesting relationships. Love them.
God bless
Mal and Robyn Rowson (Australia)
PS.....When’s the next release?


RE: Teabags and butter-fascinating facts from my 1950s set mystery DEATH IN THE COVE

Thank you for the lovely feedback Mal. Glad you enjoyed DEATH IN THE COVE. Yes, had to make him different to Andy. I have finished writing the next DI Andy Horton (15) and almost finished the next Inspector Ryga. I am hoping that both will be published in 2020 but not sure when yet. Will keep you posted. Thank you for leaving a review on Amazon AND giving it 5 stars.


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