Inspector Ryga Mysteries

Meet Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga in 1950s England who is sent out to solve baffling coastal crimes.  

Death in the Cove, an Inspector Alun Ryga 1950 crime novel

DEATH IN THE COVE (1) set on the Island of Portland, Dorset

 When the body of a man dressed in a pinstriped suit is discovered by war photographer, Eva Paisley, in a secluded bay on Portland Island, Dorset, Inspector Alun Ryga of Scotland Yard is sent to investigate.  Recently promoted, the thoughtful, observant Ryga, is on his first solo investigation outside of London, and is keen to prove his worth. 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. 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"For lovers of mysteries without the gory details. Brings the atmosphere and era alive" Amazon

'A great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine


Death in the Harbour an Inspector Ryga mystery by Pauline Rowson

DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (2) set in Newhaven Harbour, East Sussex

Myra Swinley is convinced that her police constable husband’s death was no accident, and that he would never have lost his footing on a dark, foggy November night on the quayside of Newhaven Harbour while on his beat. Determined to get to the truth she visits Scotland Yard to ask his former friend, Detective Superintendent Street, to investigate.   Street says they have no basis to do so, but when Myra fails to return home from her visit to the Yard, Inspector Ryga is sent down to the Sussex coast to investigate. 

Accompanied by former war photographer, Eva Paisley, who has been airlifted back to England after suffering a wound incurred in Korea, Ryga’s investigation soon begins to uncover some puzzling facts.  Painstakingly, and with Eva’s assistance, Ryga begins to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I have read all Pauline Rowson’s books. If you have not read her books read one. A really gripping story, a super read." Amazon Customer

 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"A good, well written story with a surprise ending. An enjoyable read." Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐" Inspector Ryga is an engaging lead character, shaped by his war-time experiences to be a sensitive, astute detective. The interesting setting of post-war Britain is soaked in atmosphere and I loved the complex, twisting plot. Historical crime-writing at its very best." Amazon

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Pure detection mixed with a bit of history. Love these characters and the setting is great.” Goodreads

DEATH IN THE NETS, (3) set in Brixham, Devon

Former war photographer, Eva Paisley, insists that Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Ryga, return with her to the Devon coast where she has been staying with a friend, a former refugee from Belgium.  Eva remains tight-lipped about the reason, saying only that she’s puzzled and concerned over something she has heard since arriving there a week ago. 
 Ryga, off duty for the weekend, is only too pleased to escape London for the sea air and spend time in Eva’s company. She takes him to a house in the fishing port of Brixham where the son of her friend is adamant that he’s seen a body on the shore ‘all bashed up’.  Eva claims the little boy has been talking of nothing more for a week. The boy’s mother dismisses it as an over-active imagination but Eva’s not convinced. Now the child is adamant the body he saw was on the very night of their arrival. 
Ryga asks the child to take them to the location, not expecting to see anything, but is stunned to find the child has been telling the truth; on the dark shore, on the wet January night is indeed the body of a man, stabbed through the heart and tangled up in fishing nets.  
After making some preliminary enquiries, Ryga, who has no jurisdiction to investigate, has to hand the case over to the local police. Very soon though, after a series of startling revelations, he is summoned back to Devon to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him. 
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Another excellent, thought-provoking book from a clever author who knows how to put a plot together."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Ms. Rowson's characters are always well-defined and individual people. "Death in the Nets" is another satisfying read, and I look forward to the next in the series."


The 1950s set Inspector Ryga Mystery series features Scotland Yard detective, Ryga, who is sent out to investigate baffling coastal crimes. Ryga, a former German prisoner-of-war, teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley. It is a partnership set to continue and destined to solve many more a multi-layered coastal crimes.
Ryga's experience at sea, and as a prisoner-of-war, has made him unique in his approach to solving coastal based crimes.  He's observant, analytical and reflective.  He's witnessed compassion, cruelty, cowardice and heroism, mental breakdown and despair. He’s made a promise to himself that whatever happens after the war he’ll keep an open mind and never judge.

Whereas Ryga is quiet, reflective, analytical, Eva is very self-assured.  She’s forthright, sociable, and comfortable in her own skin, professional with a successful career, a formidable reputation behind her, along with a taste for danger. Her observations seen through the lens of her camera are disturbing, enlightening and thought provoking.

The Inspector Ryga Mysteries are published in paperback, ebook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple Books, Google Books and as audio books narrated by Jonathan Rhodes and published by B7 Media

Listen to an extract of DEATH IN THE COVE


'An enjoyable book, well written with a good plot and descriptive story-telling helping you to fit into the location. Death in the Cove is a great read and one I recommend to any crime fans.' BH Living Magazine



Popular posts from this blog

If you like Peter James, John Harvey, Ann Cleeves and Peter Robinson you'll like Pauline Rowson's crime novels

About Detective Inspector Andy Horton in the Solent Murder Mysteries

Locations inspire me - the story behind DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery THE CHALE BAY MURDERS