Photographs from CSI Winchester with crime authors Pauline Rowson and NJ Cooper and Hampshire Police crime experts

Over a hundred people packed the performance hall at Winchester Discovery Centre in Hampshire on Saturday 8 March for CSI Winchester to listen to crime authors Pauline Rowson and Natasha Cooper debate crime fiction and crime fact with crime experts from Hampshire Police, Jane Aston, Supervisor Fingerprint Examiner and Carolyn Lovell, Head of  Operations for Hampshire Police Crime Scene Investigations.

CSI Winchester from right to left: Carolyn Lovell, Angela Hicken, Pauline Rowson, Jane Aston, NJ Cooper  and Heather Foster

CSI Winchester was a morning event and is modelled on the highly successful one day event, CSI Portsmouth, which takes place each year in November and which I help to organise.

Pauline Rowson, NJ Cooper and Angela Hicken

 The panel was expertly chaired by Angela Hicken from Hampshire County Council Library Service.,  She put questions to the panelists and it was then opened up to the floor. There was a book signing to follow and the chance for the audience to talk to the authors and experts, and to have their fingerprint taken a pressed into a keep sake keyring.

The books were sold by independent bookshop P & G Wells of Winchester.

Pauline Rowson and NJ Cooper signing copies of their crime novels

Pauline Rowson talking to members of the audience

The event was highly enjoyable and informative. The feedback from the audience was extremely positive. It was a great event. My thanks to Hampshire Police,  Winchester Library and the audience for making it so successful.

Jane Aston examining fingerprints

The tenth in the DI Andy Horton series Death Surge was published in hardback and as an ebook in January 2014. Death Lies Beneath the eighth in the series was published in paperback in February 2014.

NJ  (Natasha) Cooper's most recent  title Vengeance in Mind was shortlisted for the 2012 CWA Gold Dagger.

Carolyn  Lovell has worked for Hampshire Constabulary for over 17 years, starting as a  Crime Scene Investigator. She is Head of Operations in charge of CSI  and provides wider forensic consultancy advice and training. Jane  Aston is a Supervisor with the Hampshire Police Fingerprint Bureau.

CSI Portsmouth takes place on Saturday 8 November and is a one day event. Tickets go on sale in September.


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