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CSI Portsmouth 2014 where crime fiction met crime fact

Over 100 people pack 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 Scene Investigation).

Pauline Rowson introducing the morning panel at CSI Portsmouth 2014

CSI Portsmouth 2014, which is part of Portsmouth BookFest, was conceived by and is  organised by internationally acclaimed crime author Pauline Rowson in conjunction with 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.

The morning panel at CSI Portsmouth 2014

Crime authors Pauline Rowson and MC Beaton with Dr Katherine Brown, ICJS, Forensic Entomologist Portsmouth University and Terrence Napier, Hampshire PoliceOn the morning panel Pauline Rowson joined forces with 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.

Pauline Rowson's crime novels are set in the Solent area and feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton. And in a new crime series, former Royal Marine Commando, turned undercover investigator, At Marvik. They have been hailed in the UK and the USA as the 'Best of British Crime Fiction,' and have been translated into several languages including Chinese.

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 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.

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, 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 afternoon panel at CSI Portsmouth 2014

The afternoon audience at CSI Portsmouth 2014 were entertained  with tales of drug busting, intelligence gathering and covert source recruitment.

Crime authors Pauline Rowson, Jessie Keane with Roger Wood and Mandy Horsburgh Hants, Police, and crime author Hilary Bonner, CSI Portsmouth 2014The afternoon panel, grilled by Pauline Rowson, 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. While DI Mandy Horsburgh, who works within Operation Fortress, one of the biggest, most significant stand-alone projects ever to be launched by the 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 who pose the most risk to communities.

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

Pauline Rowson book signing at CSI Portsmouth Pauline Rowson says, "It was a thoroughly enjoyable day set against the fantastic backdrop of the sea in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. As well as local Portsmouth people attending there were those from Devon,London, Surrey and Dorset.

"I’d like to thank all the panel guests and participants who gave of their time and expertise so generously. It was highly informative and intriguing."

Forensic Entomology Display, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth Uni -CSI Portsmouth 2014Also 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.

The crime scene at CSI Portsmouth provided by Forensic Science Students South Downs CollegeCSI Portsmouth, was sponsored by Bello, publisher Pan Macmillan’s digital imprint, which brings lost classic back to life.

Hampshire Fingerprint Bureau

CSI Portsmouth

CSI Portsmouth  was first launched in 2010 and is the brainchild of Internationally acclaimed crime writer  Pauline Rowson, CSI Portsmouth is part of Portsmouth BookFest a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth City Council.

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