DEATH IN THE COVE introduces Scotland Yard detective Inspector Alun Ryga who is sent to investigate a complex murder on the Island of Portland in Dorset. The novel is set in 1950 England, a country still struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing.
DEATH IN THE COVE will be published on 26 September 2019.
The body of a man dressed in a pinstriped suit has been discovered in an isolated cove on the Island of Portland by war photographer, Eva Paisley. Recently promoted to Inspector, Ryga is keen to prove his worth on his first solo investigation outside of London. Ignoring the warnings of the local police inspector, and the Dorset Chief Constable, that his trust in Eva Paisley is misjudged, Ryga quickly realises that her observations could provide the breakthrough he needs in a complex murder investigation and the answer to the haunting circumstances that have sent the man in the pinstriped suit to his death.
I thoroughly enjoyed creating my new Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga and researching and writing an historical crime novel. Policing in the 1950s was so vastly different to today, no mobile phones, no dashing about and no computers. In addition, the legacy of the Second World War was still very much in evidence.
Ryga is a thoughtful, intelligent and thorough police officer with an understanding of the sea gained during his time in the Merchant Navy and an insight into human nature for both good and evil as witnessed during his days of incarceration in a German prisoner-of-war camp. I hope my readers will enjoy their journey with him and that the new crime novel will also appeal to many new readers.
Death in the Cove will be published in paperback, as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an audio book in September 2019.
Pauline Rowson is the author of twenty crime novels, fourteen featuring the rugged and flawed Portsmouth detective, Inspector Andy Horton; three in the mystery thriller series featuring Art Marvik, the former Royal Marine Commando now an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) and two standalone thrillers, the award winning, In Cold Daylight and In For the Kill. Her crime novels have been described as "Gripping, full of twists and turns, multi-layered, and compelling."