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Blood in the Water by Gillian Galbraith
  

Blood in the Water

Part of the Alice Rice Mysteries Series
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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.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • 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

Blood in the Water by Gillian Galbraith

This thrilling police-procedural debut from crime writer Gillian Galbraith introduces readers to Alice Rice, Edinburgh’s latest fictional detective and a new female presence in the macho world of crime detection. Galbraith draws on her own experience to give a realistic portrayal of the medical and legal worlds.

Smart and capable, but battling disillusionment and loneliness, Alice 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.

Reviews

'A vivid and exciting story, set against the background of Edinburgh's legal and medical circles. There is not a dull page from start to finish.'
Alexander McCall Smith

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

6th March 2008

Author

Gillian Galbraith

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Publisher

Polygon

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Crime / Mystery
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Crime & mystery

ISBN

9781846970740

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