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Internationally acclaimed crime authors join police and crime experts at CSI Portsmouth 2013

10th September 2013

Five internationally acclaimed best-selling crime authors will be appearing at this year’s CSI Portsmouth on Saturday 2 November alongside police and forensic experts as part of Portsmouth BookFest.

Taking part in CSI Portsmouth 2013 are crime authors S. J Bolton, Natasha Cooper, M.R. Hall, Kerry Wilkinson and Pauline Rowson who will also be acting as participating moderator at the one day event discussing crime fiction and fact at The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Pauline Rowson, founder of CSI Portsmouth, is the author of the Solent based crime novels featuring the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton. Hailed in the UK and the USA as the ‘Best of British Crime Fiction,’ her novels have been translated into several languages including Chinese. The ninth in the DI Horton series, Undercurrent, was published by Severn House in January 2013 and the tenth, Death Surge is published in September 2013.

Kerry Wilkinson’s debut, Locked In, the first in the DS Jessica Daniel series became a UK Number One Kindle bestseller. Now published by Pan Macmillan, Kerry is the first self-published British author to have an ebook number one and reach the top twenty of the UK paperback chart which he achieved with Think of the Children, the fourth in the DS Jessica Daniel series, published in February 2013. The fifth in the series Playing with Fire is published on 18 July.

M R Hall, a former Barrister, is a screen writer and producer with over forty hours of prime time drama writing to his name including the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. His debut novel, The Coroner, was published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009 and since then he has written five more novels featuring Coroner Jenny Cooper, with the latest in the series The Chosen Dead published in January 2013.

S J Bolton’s books have been on the bestseller lists and have been shortlisted for several international awards. Her latest book, Like This, For Ever, was published in April 2013 and her debut novel, Sacrifice, is in the process of being made into a Hollywood film.

Natasha Cooper is author of the Willow King and Trish Maguire novels and those featuring forensic psychologist Karen Taylor published under the name N. J. Cooper.  Vengeance in Mind was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Gold Dagger.

They will be joined on the panels by police and forensic experts including: Michael Ellis, Drugs Intelligence Officer, Hampshire Police, who has worked on drug operations securing hundreds of convictions; Forensic toxicologist Dr Alex Allan, co-founder of Triple A Forensics and consultant with Manlove Forensics who has dealt with many high profile cases including those involving suspected murders; Sergeant Tony Birr of Hampshire Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell MBE, a former Detective Chief Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard with experience of working on complex and high level investigations and who is now a senior lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth; and Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau and the Dog Support Unit.

Portsmouth BookFest is a festival of popular literature organised by The Hayling Island Bookshop and Portsmouth City Council and runs from 19 October to 3 November. Its aim is to promote reading for pleasure and enthusiasm for literature in the city of Portsmouth.

CSI Portsmouth 2013 is being held on Saturday 2 November at National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Tickets cost £15 for the day which includes a free paperback book from the mobile bookshop provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop on the day.

Tickets go on sale on Monday 9 September. Telephone the Box Office on 023 9268 8037, Monday to Friday 9am–5pm. Online from

Tickets can be purchased with credit/debit card at the box office and online.

Click here to see the full programme for CSI Portsmouth 2013


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