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Death in the Cove - Inspector Ryga Mystery (1)

Death in the Cove, an Inspector Alun Ryga 1950 crime novel⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"For lovers of mysteries without the gory details. Brings the atmosphere and era alive"

England 1950, struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing. 

The body of a man wearing a pinstriped suit is found in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset. Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to investigate.

A totally gripping, atmospheric crime mystery full of twists and turns.

'A great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Pauline Rowson is one of my favourite authors, her books are always well plotted with decent characters who you can identify with" Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Kept me enthralled to the final chapter." Amazon Customer

"Ryga studied the face of the dead man with interest. Death no longer had the power to shock him. He’d seen too much of it. That didn’t mean he didn’t feel sorrow, pity, anger or despair, or sometimes all four emotions and in such a swift succession that they became one. This time he felt none of these, only professional curiosity.”

When the body of a man dressed in a pinstriped suit is discovered by war photographer, Eva Paisley, in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset, Inspector Alun Ryga of Scotland Yard is sent to investigate.  Recently promoted, the thoughtful, observant Ryga, is on his first solo investigation outside of London, and is keen to prove his worth. Ignoring the warnings of the local police inspector, and the Dorset Chief Constable, that his trust in Eva Paisley is misjudged, 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.

About Inspector Alun Ryga


Ryga is a former German prisoner-of-war. His ship was seized by a German Raider in 1941 as a result of which he spent the rest of the  war incarcerated in MILAG, (Marine Internierten Lager).  Here he had to learn how to cope with the uncertainty, fear and deprivations of forced incarceration with no option but to wait, hope and pray that the war would soon be over and the Nazis would be defeated.  

 His experience has made Ryga observant, analytical and reflective.  It has also given him insights into his fellow man.  He’s witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge. 

His experience at sea, and as a prisoner-of-war, have made him unique in his approach to solving coastal based crimes. 


'The clues are there, but I followed the red herring and didn’t guess the murderer.  Will you?  Don’t miss this first book in what is sure to be a first-class series. Whilst the murderer is unmasked there are left some tempting hooks for the next book.  Highly recommended.' Mystery People Magazine

"I enjoyed this book. The setting was interesting because it happens about 5 years after WW II. It was fascinating to learn about the rationing and human toll that still lingered that many years after the war.I would recommend it for lovers of mysteries without gory details,a solid police procedural with interesting characters. The ending was a twist I didn't see coming." Audible

DEATH IN THE COVE published in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple and Google Books.

Also available as an audio book narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and published by B7 Media now available on Audible or download the audio book from B7 Media.

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Where to buy

Pauline Rowson's books are available from all good booksellers in paperback, hardback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Books and Apple Books.  Some are also available as  audio books.

They can also be loaned from libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

Pauline Rowson's crime novels are available from all good booksellers and for loan in libraries in the UK, Commonwealth and the USA.

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