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Inspector Ryga is on a new case at Newhaven Port on the Sussex Coast

Death in the Harbour by Pauline RowsonDEATH IN THE HARBOUR, the second in the Inspector Ryga 1950s set mystery series, is set in December in the port of Newhaven on the East Sussex coast.

Myra Swinley is convinced that her police constable husband’s death was no accident, and that he would never have lost his footing on a dark, foggy November night on the quayside of Newhaven Harbour while on his beat. Determined to get to the truth she visits Scotland Yard to ask his former friend, Detective Superintendent Street, to investigate. Street says they have no basis to do so, but when Myra fails to return home from her visit to the Yard, Inspector Ryga is sent down to the Sussex coast to investigate. Accompanied by former war photographer, Eva Paisley, who has been airlifted back to England after suffering a wound incurred in Korea, Ryga’s investigation soon begins to uncover some puzzling facts. Painstakingly, and with Eva’s assistance, Ryga begins to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing.

Read an extract from DEATH IN THE HARBOUR:

Friday 8 December 1950

There was only one person in the carriage, an elderly lady, reading an Agatha Christie, The Thirteen Problems. He hoped he wouldn’t have as many on this case.
He smiled a greeting at her. She returned it and resumed her reading as the train began to slowly pull out of Victoria Station in several wheezing huffs and a plume of smoke which seemed to wend its way down the platform and into the carriage, even though the window was shut. He placed his holdall and murder briefcase on the luggage rack above him, sincerely hoping he wouldn’t have to use the latter’s contents – evidence bags, tubes, small bottles, rubber gloves, a magnifying glass and other sundry items. When he had spoken to Eva on the telephone and relayed where he was going, she had insisted that he keep her updated and he had promised he would do so, adding that he hoped her leg would soon heal. He’d no sooner sat when the carriage door slid open and a tall, slender woman with shoulder-length fair hair, wearing slacks and a well-worn and slightly disreputable dark-navy donkey jacket, stood in the doorway.
Ryga looked up, startled. ‘My God! What are you doing here?’
‘Gatecrashing your investigation,’ Eva replied brightly.
The Agatha Christie fan peered at them curiously over the rim of her spectacles and then quickly put her eyes back on her novel. Ryga knew she was no longer reading it but eavesdropping into their conversation.
He quickly rose and, taking Eva’s holdall, placed it on the rack above the seat as she eased herself down on to the seat opposite him and shifted her leg, the wounded one obviously. She looked more drawn that he remembered. She’d lost weight too. There were shadows under her blue eyes which danced at him mischievously. He swivelled his gaze towards the elderly woman and back to Eva. Interpreting it, Eva said, ‘It’s all right, Ryga, I’m not stupid.’
‘Sorry. I know.’
She smiled. ‘I fancied a change of air and my stepmother was driving me mad. I think the feeling was mutual judging by the enormous sigh of relief she gave and the way her face lit up when I asked my father to drive me to Victoria. I just missed you on the platform – the timing was pretty tight. If it wasn’t for this leg I’d have driven down to Newhaven myself. I thought you might need my third eye, and if you don’t, then fine, there will be plenty for me to photograph. I haven’t forgotten what you said in Portland in September about there being enough hardship and poverty in Britain to photograph without going off to war. I’m sure Newhaven is no different from the rest of the UK.’
‘Where are you staying?’
‘Same place as you, the Bridge Hotel.’
Ryga could see that their conversation was proving much more exciting than Agatha Christie. To Eva, he said, ‘Would you like a cup of tea?’
‘Coffee. And something to eat.’
‘Let’s go to the Pullman car.’

The Inspector Ryga Mysteries

Death in the Cove an Inspector Alun Ryga MysteryDEATH IN THE COVE is Inspector Ryga's first solo investigation outside of London, where he is despatched to solve the mystery of why a man in a pin-striped suit is found murdered in an isolated cove on the Royal Island of Portland in Dorset. Here he meets war photographer, Eva Paisley, for the first time. Ryga quickly realises that her observations 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 pinstriped suit to his death.

Death in the Harbour by Pauline RowsonThe second Inspector Ryga mystery, DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is set in the port of Newhaven, East Sussex where Ryga has to solve a puzzling and disturbing case of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing.

Death in the Nets by Pauline RowsonNumber three in the Inspector Ryga series DEATH IN THE NETS is set in the small fishing town of Bridport, Devon. It's a cold wet January night in 1951, the body of a man stabbed through the heart, is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon. After a series of startling revelations, Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.

The Inspector Ryga mysteries are published in paperback, ebook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Books and Apple Books.

DEATH IN THE COVE and DEATH IN THE HARBOUR are also available as audio books on Audible, and from B7 Media, narrated by Jonathan Rhodes.

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR is available in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and as an audio book

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