Gillian Galbraith - Author

About the Author

Gillian Galbraith grew up near Haddington. For seventeen years, she was an advocate specialising in medical negligence and agricultural law cases. Since then, she has been the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer and has written law reports for The Times. She lives deep in the country near Kinross with her husband and daughter, plus assorted cats, dogs, hens and bees.

 

Below is a Q&A with this author


What was the best thing about being an advocate?
It’s a very stimulating job – you have to quickly come to grips with the facts and put together a convincing argument. I learned something new every day.
 
And what's the best thing about being a writer?
When things are going well you can lose yourself entirely. Writing becomes more vivid than actual life for that moment. Not to mention the freedom to drop everything and walk the dogs.

 

Considering the number of male detectives in crime fiction, why did you choose to make your main character a woman?
I find women tend to be more curious about people, increasing the scope for using psychology as a detection tool which intrigued me. There are lots of fictional male detectives and if fiction is to mirror life then there should be female ones, too.
 
How has Alice Rice changed over the course of the Alice Rice Mysteries?
Alice is smart and capable, but she's also trying to make it in a macho world. She’s more confident in general and, even when she doubts herself, she has enough belief in her own judgement to pursue her own lines of enquiry.
 
If you could give Alice one piece of advice, what would it be?
Expend less of her energy on her job and more on her life.

 

Considering the number of male detectives in crime fiction, why did you choose to make your main character a woman?
I find women tend to be more curious about people, increasing the scope for using psychology as a detection tool which intrigued me. There are lots of fictional male detectives and if fiction is to mirror life then there should be female ones, too.
 
How has Alice Rice changed over the course of the Alice Rice Mysteries?
Alice is smart and capable, but she's also trying to make it in a macho world. She’s more confident in general and, even when she doubts herself, she has enough belief in her own judgement to pursue her own lines of enquiry.
 
If you could give Alice one piece of advice, what would it be?
Expend less of her energy on her job and more on her life.

Featured books by Gillian Galbraith

Love Lies Bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2021

‘Love Lies Bleeding’ by Gillian Galbraith has an unsettling atmosphere right from the start. You begin to read this short story expecting a revelation as our narrator, former Judge Lord Hand, reflects on the relationship with the almost too good to be true Laura. We see the cautious approach of his carers and the author does a brilliant job of sowing the seeds that not everything in this narrative is going to be straight forward, but leaves you wondering what exactly the pivot is and when it will arrive. This felt to me to be a classic gothic tale, a narrative intentionally built on unsteady foundations, creating an underlying tension and a sudden shift of understanding at the point where Laura’s secret is revealed and everything drops into place. I thought that ‘Love Lies Bleeding’ was a very well-written and constructed story, with a lot of detail packed into its 100 or so pages. There’s a timeless nature to the plot that leads me to be uncertain as to when it is set and makes me feel like it fits in well alongside the shorter classic Gothic tales I’ve read in the past. I really enjoyed this book. I found it an entertaining read that I think would appeal to fans of all things gothic, and anyone wanting to while away a few hours reading something dark and mysterious. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

Indie Books We Love
The End of the Line

The End of the Line

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2019

This elegantly engaging novel of detection sees an antiquarian book dealer, Anthony Sparrow, investigate the life and death of a leading haematologist. “Our effects really do give us away,” Sparrow explains. “‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ as they used to say in the Westerns of my youth. Someone has to do it for them”. Which is exactly what Sparrow does when he pieces together the papers of a man who’d been “what I once yearned to be: a physician.” What follows is Sparrow’s presentation of, and commentary on, the diaries and papers of this physician. We learn of his court appearance, which saw him thusly questioned by a QC: ”So, Professor Anstruther, on what date did you become aware that the Factor VIII you were prescribing to your haemophiliac patients, made from pooled blood donations, might be contaminated by the AIDS virus?” As documents reveal details of complex medical cases, and patients who died, the professor’s personality and humanity come to the fore - his fragilities as a ninety-year-old, his sense of duty and care - as does a growing sense of conspiracy. When Sparrow reads that the professor was most likely smothered to death, he sets about investigating papers connected to the smotherer. With each narrative strand brimming with revelations and finely observed personal detail, this is a sharp and suspenseful mystery.

The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery

The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2015

An intriguing mystery with a difference - it’s also a fabulously affectionate glimpse into village life in all it’s scandal and glory.  The Good Priest himself is a capable, warm-hearted, wine loving soul with a wonderful cast of supporting characters; including a foul mouthed parrot and some indomitable local ladies who just happen to be the fount of all village knowledge. The author has the wonderful ability to combine charm and wit alongside the grim and gruesome, which highlights how the abhorrent can inveigle its way into everyday life. This is a fascinating, compelling and yet intimate read. ~ Liz Robinson   A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... 'I love working on Gillian’s books, as each one of them introduces a rich gallery of human individuals, sympathetically portrayed, not just a compelling plot and pacy storyline. The Good Priest is no exception. Gillian has hit on the brilliant idea of making her central character someone who has access to the secrets and private struggles of people at all levels in a small local community, but who is not a detective or a policeman or figure of authority. Fr Vincent Ross, bumbling and shy, is a delightfully engaging character and I know Gillian’s many fans will enjoy the first ventures into criminal investigation of this unlikely hero.' - Tom  Johnstone, Managing Editor, Polygon

eBooks of the Month
Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery

Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/09/2014

October 2014 eBook of the Month. If you're an armchair detective it’s always satisfying when you have a lightbulb moment but you might find this particular lightbulb a canny and subtle sneak, able to blend in and rebuff your attention. This is the sixth in the Alice Rice Mystery series however it can easily be read as a standalone novel. Alice Rice is focused, dependable and an extremely competent detective, just the person to have leading a murder investigation. The author only shows occasional glimpses of Alice’s life outside of work, so by including thoughts and feelings of minor characters who just appear for a page or two she adds an extra dimension and highlights Alice’s concentration on the task in hand. Father Vincent Ross (a charming crime solver from another series) makes an appearance to offer his sage advice. Extremely readable and engaging this particular mystery administers a sharp sting in the tail. ~ Liz Robinson   Alice Rice series:1. Blood in the Water2. Where the Shadow Falls3. Dying of the Light4. No Sorrow to Die5. The Road to Hell6. Troubled Waters

eBooks of the Month
No Sorrow To Die : An Alice Rice Mystery

No Sorrow To Die : An Alice Rice Mystery

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2011

A terminally-ill man is found dead, with his throat cut ear-to-ear. Alice Rice is brought in to investigate and finds herself possibly on the tail of a serial killer. She also has reason to believe her partner is lying to her. What secret is he hiding?  This atmospheric thriller builds on the success of the first three Alice Rice mysteries, and is a passionate tale of deception, betrayal and the value of life and love.

eBooks of the Month
Blood in the Water

Blood in the Water

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2008

An Edinburgh-based police-procedural debut crime novel featuring Alice Rice with the second one coming into hardback at the same time (Where the Shadow Falls).  This is very special indeed.  It starts quite ordinarily but as the body count mounts so too do the red-herrings, through to an unexpected ending.  Full of pathos, one is left with the strange feeling that maybe the killings were justified.  Quite something.

eBooks of the Month

Other books by Gillian Galbraith

Blood in the Water

Blood in the Water

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2017

'There is not a dull page from start to finish' - Alexander McCall Smith 'this is a really accomplished debut: atmospheric, detailed, and hitting every requirement for a satisfying crime novel' - Waterstones 'The New Rebus' - Sunday Express Smart and capable, but battling disillusionment and loneliness, Detective Alice Rice races against time and an implacable killer to solve a series of grisly murders amongst the professional elite of Edinburgh's well-to-do New Town.

Where the Shadow Falls

Where the Shadow Falls

Author: Gillian Galbraith Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/05/2017

When the body of a retired sheriff is discovered in his grand house in the New Town of Edinburgh, Detective Sergeant Alice Rice finds herself hunting his killer. The search leads her to an unfamiliar world where wind-farm developers - with millions of pounds at stake - and protesters face each other with daggers drawn. Just as Alice thinks an answer is beginning to emerge, the sheriff's lover is killed in an apparent hit-and-run accident. An unlikely coincidence or, as the search widens, is Alice now investigating a double murder?

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