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Death in the Harbour, Inspector Ryga Mystery (2)

Death in the Harbour an Inspector Ryga mystery by Pauline Rowson

An utterly gripping, atmospheric crime mystery full of twists and turns.

Scotland Yard's Inspector Alun Ryga is sent to Newhaven, East Sussex to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I have read all Pauline Rowson’s books. If you have not read her books read one. A really gripping story, a super read." Amazon Customer

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"A good, well written story with a surprise ending. An enjoyable read." Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" Pure detection… a great read. Brings the atmosphere and era alive."Goodreads

December 1950

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.

Inspector Ryga mystery series

England 1950s struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing. Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga, a former German prisoner-of-war, teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley, to solve baffling coastal crimes around the coast of England in a great series which captures the era perfectly. Atmospheric, gripping, full of surprising twists and turns to keep the reader enthralled until the end.

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 him 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. 


"Captures the period perfectly. A first-class series.  Highly recommended.” Mystery People Magazine (Death in the Cove –Inspector Ryga Mystery)

"A great read and one I recommend to any crime fans" BH Living Magazine (Death in the Cove)

"Pure detection mixed with a bit of history. Love these new characters and the setting is great.” Goodreads (Death in the Cove)

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