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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
A young, disabled girl is lost on a winter's night in Leith, unable to help herself or find her way home. Someone is combing the streets, frantically searching for her. Within hours of her disappearance, a body is washed up on Beamer Rock, a tiny island in the Forth being used as part of the foundations for the new Queensferry Bridge. No sooner has Detective Inspector Alice Rice managed to discover the identity of that body than another one is washed up on the edge of the estuary, in Belhaven Bay. What is the connection between the two bodies? Has the killer any other victims in their sights and if so, can Alice solve the puzzle before another life is taken? In this novel, the sixth in the series, appearances belie reality, and truths and falsehoods gradually merge, becoming indistinguishable.
Closing date: 30/11/2020
In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in the 'Alice Rice Mystery' series, Blood in the Water.
In Gillian Galbraith’s impressive Troubled Waters, a young disabled girl finds herself distressed and lost one cold night in Leith, and cannot find her way home. Shortly after her disappearance, a body is washed up on Beamer Rock, a small island in the Forth that is being used as the foundations for a new bridge. Testing all her sorely over-stretched skills, Detective Inspector Alice Rice finds herself dealing with not one, but two deaths when a second body is washed up on the edge of the estuary. Is there a connection between the victims? The answer to that may be easy (when has there not been such a connection in all the annals of crime fiction?), but there are narrative surprises aplenty here, in a book in which the storytelling ethos is ironclad. This is Scottish crime writing of real accomplishment, at times matching the most acclaimed names in the Celtic genre.
'Highly readable' - Alexander McCall Smith
'An author to watch' - Publishing News
'[Galbraith] offers a much needed female perspective on the city and the genre' - Scottish Field
Publication date: 22/09/2014
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||22nd September 2014|
|Publisher:||Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
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 ...More About Gillian Galbraith