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Death In The Nets

(The third book in the Inspector Alun Ryga series)
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"Gripping, entertaining, packed with surprising twists and turns.”

England 1951. A cold wet January night. The body of a man stabbed through the heart is found tangled up in fishing nets in Brixham Harbour, Devon. After a series of startling revelations, Scotland Yard's Inspector Ryga is tasked to discover why the dead man who left the town eleven years ago has returned and why someone hated him enough to murder him.

"Captures the period perfectly. A first-class series. Highly recommended.” Mystery People Magazine

"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 cold wet January in 1951, 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.

Eva 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.

From the author of the fast-paced, gripping DI Andy Horton novels and the action-packed Art Marvik mystery thrillers.

The Inspector Ryga mysteries

Death in the Cove
Death in the Harbour
Death in the Nets

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

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

“Kept me enthralled to the end.”

Inspector Ryga mystery series

England 1950s struggling to come to terms with peace in the grip of austerity and rationing. Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Alun Ryga, a former German prisoner-of-war, teams up with former war photographer, Eva Paisley, to solve baffling coastal crimes around the coast of England in a great series which captures the era perfectly. Atmospheric, gripping, full of surprising twists and turns which keep the reader enthralled until the end.

A gripping, twisty crime novel that you won't be able to put down. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Joy Ellis, Faith Martin, Elly Griffiths, Ann Cleeves

Start reading today and escape into a gripping coastal set 1950s mystery.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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