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The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery by Gillian Galbraith
  

The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery

Crime / Mystery   Thriller / Suspense   
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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


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. In the home of a Roman Catholic bishop, a man lies dead in a pool of blood. Parish priest Father Vincent Ross is about to find his ordered existence thrown into chaos by a frightening revelation: there are dark scandals that have been kept clandestine by the church, and a murderer is about his bloody business. While the police and the authorities are struggling to cope, Father Ross is party to special information which he cannot disclosed to anyone – and it becomes clear that he alone can untie the knot of mystery and bring the violence to an end.
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Synopsis

The Good Priest A Father Vincent Ross Mystery by Gillian Galbraith

In the house of a Roman Catholic bishop a man lies in a pool of blood. Out in the bishop's diocese the quiet life of parish priest Father Vincent Ross is about to be thrown into turmoil by a terrifying revelation. There are ugly scandals being hidden by the church he has served for so long, and a murderer is on the prowl. The police and the authorities are groping in the dark, but Father Ross has been given special information that he cannot disclose to anyone. It gradually dawns on him that he and he alone can unravel the mystery and to do this he must put his personal safety, his reputation and finally his life on the line.

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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Book Info

Publication date

16th April 2015

Author

Gillian Galbraith

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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense

Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781846973109

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