New sponsor announced for CSI Portsmouth 2013 as tickets sell fast

I'm delighted to announce that Bello, an imprint of Pan Macmillan that brings lost classics back to life, including crime classics, is sponsoring this year’s CSI Portsmouth event, taking place on Saturday 2 November 2013 at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.  

Tickets are selling fast with over half the seats already booked since the Box Office opened two weeks ago. 

CSI Portsmouth was first launched in 2010 and I help to organise the event with Portsmouth City Council Library Service and The Hayling Island Bookshop. Part of Portsmouth BookFest, CSI Portsmouth is now one of the major fixtures in the UK crime fiction festival calendar.  

Taking part in CSI Portsmouth 2013 with me are my fellow crime authors S. J Bolton, Natasha Cooper, M.R. Hall, and Kerry Wilkinson.

We'll be joined by crime experts Michael Ellis, Drugs Intelligence Officer, Hampshire Police; Forensic toxicologist Dr Alex Allan, co-founder of Triple A Forensics and consultant with Manlove Forensics; Sergeant Tony Birr of Hampshire Police Marine Unit; Brian Chappell MBE, a former Detective Chief Inspector with the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard and now a senior lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. 

Also participating will be Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau, the Dog Support Unit along with a crime scene provided by students from South Downs College and a forensic display by the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies Portsmouth University on Entomology (maggots, flies) finger mark development (chemical treatments), trace evidence, and DNA.

Founded in 2011, over fifty percent of Bello’s published titles are in the crime genre. Ranging from Golden Age mysteries and short stories, to thrillers, cozy crime and detective fiction. Bello’s extensive list covers the history of the genre, including two founding members of the Crime Writers’ Association, Andrew Garve and Josephine Bell, the early novels of popular children’s author Nina Bawden, the creator of the ‘inverted mystery’, Roy Vickers, and the bestselling Ann Cleeves, creator of the Vera and Shetland series. 

Bello books can be purchased from and cost between 99p - £16.99. The full catalogue from the Bello website is at

Tickets for CSI Portsmouth cost £15 for the day which includes a free paperback book by one of the participating authors from the mobile bookshop provided by The Hayling Island Bookshop on the day. 

Call the Box Office on 023 9268 8037 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, or The Hayling Island Bookshop on 023 9246 6620 Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm

We're also grateful to the sponsorship of the venue, the National Museum of the Royal Navy.


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