New thriller set in 1950s Newhaven and Seaford

Newhaven and Seaford of the 1950s take centre stage in the new mystery novel from Pauline Rowson.

Friday, 8th January 2021, 9:30 am
Crime author Pauline Rowson at Newhaven Library
Crime author Pauline Rowson at Newhaven Library

Death In The Harbour is the second in an atmospheric 1950s-set mystery series featuring Inspector Alun Ryga. Pauline’s book is published in paperback, ebook and audio book.

Scotland Yard detective Inspector Ryga is sent to Newhaven to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing.

Pauline, from Hayling Island, is the author of 22 crime novels – 15 in the DI Andy Horton series set in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, three contemporary Marvik mystery thrillers with Lost Voyage also set in Newhaven and Eastbourne and two stand-alone thrillers, the award-winning In Cold Daylight and In For the Kill.

During her research for Death In The Harbour, Pauline was assisted by Andrew Gilbert who runs the website Our Newhaven and by Martin McKay of the British Transport Police History Group; by Kevin Gordon, former British Transport Police Officer at Newhaven during that decade and Newhaven Museum.

Pauline said: “I loved delving into the history of Newhaven, made particularly interesting because it was such a busy port in the 1950s. It was also intriguing weaving parts of the plot around the opening and closing of the swing bridge to allow passing ships and boats through.

“Sharp-eyed Newhaven and Seaford residents may note that some of the places and street names have been changed. I hope they will forgive me for using poetic licence.

“It was very enjoyable researching and writing it and I hope my readers enjoy the further exploits of my thoughtful detective and his accomplice, former war photographer Eva Paisley.”

In the book, Myra Swinley is convinced 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.