Saturday 5 March 2016

The Plaza, Pyramids Centre, Southsea

10am – 4pm (doors open at 9.45am)

CSI Portsmouth Programme

10am to 12noon

Join award winning crime writer Elly Griffiths, author of the series featuring forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway, and Pauline Rowson, author of the popular DI Andy Horton crime novels set in the Solent area, along with crime experts Simon Mound, a crime scene investigator with Hampshire Police’s Scientific Services Department with expertise in the recovery of firearms and the examination of firearm related crime scenes and Jonathan Smith, a forensic scientist with expertise in the examination of blood and body fluids, hairs, fibres, botany and wood fragment identification and adviser to many UK Police forces.

Visit the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau stand and discover the intricacies of fingerprint taking.  Have your fingerprint taken and pressed into a keep-sake keyring to take away.  View the mock up crime scene provided by students on the Forensic Science Course at South Downs College   Browse the bookshop provided by the Hayling Island Bookshop.

2pm to 4pm

Join Will Sutton, a musician, playwright an author of historical mysteries in Victorian London who will quiz crime expert and author Diana Bretherick. a former criminal barrister and now a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Portsmouth and crime author J. S Law, a former Royal Navy officer, on crime writing fact and fiction.


The Plaza, Pyramids Centre, Southsea


10am – 4pm (doors open at 9.45am)


£15.00 for the day, includes £3.00 off a book bought at the event, tickets available from the Box Office on 023 9268 8037, from any Portsmouth Library, and on line.

On sale from 4 January 2016.


CSI Portsmouth  was first launched in 2010 and is the brainchild of Internationally acclaimed crime writer  Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton series of  crime novels, and the marine based crime thriller novels featuring former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik

CSI Portsmouth is organised by Portsmouth City Council Library Service and is part of Portsmouth BookFest a festival of popular literature organised by Portsmouth City Council.


CSI Portsmouth 2016 Panel Guests


Morning Panel

Crime Authors

Elly Griffiths

Elly GriffithsElly Griffiths was born in London, studied English at King’s College London and worked in publishing for 15 years. She wrote four books (under her real name Domenica de Rosa) before her husband’s career change inspired her to write about forensic archaeologist Dr Ruth Galloway. Her agent told her she needed a ‘crime name’ so she became Elly Griffiths. The first Ruth book The Crossing Places won the Mary Higgins Clark award. The eighth book, The Woman in Blue will be published in March 2016. Smoke and Mirrors, the latest in her 1950s theatrical series, was published in November 2015. Elly has twice been shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. She lives near Brighton with her husband and two children.




Pauline Rowson

Pauline RowsonPauline Rowson’s crime novels are set against the backdrop of the ever changing sea of the Solent on the South Coast of England.  She is author of twelve in the police procedural crime series featuring the flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper, DI Andy Horton . The Horton crime novels have been optioned for TV by top UK Television Production Company, Lime Pictures, who are seeking to bring the enigmatic detective to the screen.  Number twelve in the DI Horton series, Fatal Catch, was published by Severn House in September 2015.   Pauline is also author of the marine thriller series featuring former Royal Marine commando Art Marvik. Silent Running was published in March 2015, with the second in the Art Marvik series, Dangerous Cargo, to be published in May 2016.  Her crime novels have been hailed in both the UK and the USA as “The Best of British Crime Fiction”  “Action-packed” “Gripping,” and “Fast-paced.”  They have been translated into several languages.

Crime Experts


Simon Mound

Simon Mound has been a serving police officer with Hampshire Constabulary for over 20 years. For the last 8 years he has worked within the Scientific Services Department as a crime scene investigator (CSI) where he has developed his interest in firearms around the recovery and examination of firearm related crime scenes. He also holds the position of Honorary Lecturer with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth delivering lectures and workshops on firearms recovery and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science from Staffordshire University.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith is a forensic scientist who began his career with the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory in Nottingham in the 1970s.  He has specialised in forensic biology, covering the examination of blood and body fluids, hairs, fibres, botany including wood fragment identification, and in 1988 was one of the first scientists to be trained by the Home Office in the technique of DNA profiling as applied to forensic science casework. He became one of the first scientists to present DNA evidence in the U.K. courts, and worked with the developing DNA technologies and their application to criminal case work.

He has attended numerous scenes of major crime, specialising in blood pattern analysis, and has presented, and is still presenting, scientific evidence to courts of law in this country and overseas. Jonathan Smith now works as the National Forensic Specialist Adviser providing assistance to U.K. and overseas major crime investigations.

Afternoon Panel

Crime Authors

William Sutton

William SuttonWilliam Sutton is a novelist, musician and Latin teacher. He has written for The Times, for radio and stage, appeared at festivals from Edinburgh to Eton College, acted in the longest play in the world, and played cricket for Brazil.  After learning blues harmonica from his Latin teacher, he ran away to São Paulo to write. Historical mystery, Lawless and the Devil of Euston, unearths scandal, sabotage and stink beneath Victorian London’s streets. “Extravagant and thoroughly enjoyable,” wrote Allan Massie in The Scotsman of this first book in the series featuring detective Lawless. Lawless and the Flowers of Sin delves into the dirtier side of London’s underworld.




James Law

James LawJames Law joined the Royal Navy in 1993 as an apprentice and went on to serve for twenty years, the majority of that time spent in the Submarine Service. He rose through the ranks, taking a commission as an engineering officer in 2001, and serving as a Senior Engineer and Nuclear Reactor Plant Supervisor, where his responsibilities ranged from the safety and operation of the submarine’s nuclear power plant to hydraulic plants, fridges and toilets; it was the latter of these tasks that brought the majority of any pressure. Having written short stories and novels throughout his naval career, James completed an MA in Creative Writing at Portsmouth University shortly before leaving the navy in 2013, completing his debut novel, Tenacity, shortly afterwards. James lives in Hampshire with his wife, Elaine, and two children.



Crime author and expert

Diana Bretherick

Diana BretherickDiana Bretherick is no stranger to crime. She worked as a criminal barrister for ten years and with offenders at Brixton prison. She lectures in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Portsmouth as well as writing about crime in both fact and fiction. Her first crime novel, The City of Devils, was published in 2013 by Orion Books. Her second, The Devil’s Daughters is out now.