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Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery by Gillian Galbraith
  

Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery

Part of the Alice Rice Mystery Series Series
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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 Water
2. Where the Shadow Falls
3. Dying of the Light
4. No Sorrow to Die
5. The Road to Hell
6. Troubled Waters


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Barry Forshaw

Reader Reviews

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.

  • Nikki Whitmore - 'I enjoyed the story and thought it was well plotted. It held my attention because of the speed at which it progressed...You could tell that the author really knew her subject.' Read full review>
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'A crime thriller set in Edinburgh, how many more fictional repetitions are we to be faced with?  Well, if they are as compelling as Blood in the Water, bring them on!' Read full review>
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'It held my interest throughout and it is one of the most readable stories by a new writer I have come across in quite a while.' Read full review>
  • Anita Wallas - 'Police procedural with an Advocacy twist in an Edinburgh setting, Blood in the Water is a great introduction to a new series featuring DS Alice Rice.' Read full review>
  • Sandra - 'The book takes us to the world of the legal profession and a medical negligence case.  I really enjoyed the book and it kept me interested throughout.  Would recommend.' Read full review>
  • Diana Stray - 'I enjoyed this crime thriller set in Edinburgh and featuring Alice Rice, a detective sergeant with Lothian and Borders police.'   Read full review>
  • Catherine Dugmore - 'The plot takes many twists and turns (shocking, unexpected ones that made me take a sharp intake of breath) and has you guessing right up until the last chapter.' Read full review>
  • Daran - 'This is a gripping if not particularly deep story line, and partly due to the brevity. The story is somewhere in the middle ground between thrilling and gritty.' Read full review>
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'Alice Rice is my new favourite female detective. This is the only book I've read so far of hers but can highly recommend her!' Read full review>
  • Lisa Lamb - '...by my 2nd sitting (about a third into the book) I found myself unable to switch off the light… I had to keep reading on until the end.' Read full review>
  • Gerri Tennant - 'As the grisly murders unfold, the clues add up and layers of information eventually lead to a satisfying ending.  I liked Alice and will look forward to reading more of her cases.' Read full review>
  • Michelle Hodson - 'Disappointing and difficult to get into. I didn't feel that the story flowed.' Read full review>

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Synopsis

Troubled Waters An Alice Rice Mystery by Gillian Galbraith

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.

Reviews

'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

About the Author

Gillian Galbraith

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.

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Publication date

22nd September 2014

Author

Gillian Galbraith

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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781846972935

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