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Product Details

  • Series: Alice Rice Mystery series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841831123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841831121
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Edinburgh underworld may have emitted a collective sigh of relief at the departure of Inspector Rebus, but just as they thought it was safe to reclaim the streets of Auld Reekie it seems that a fresh avenger of evil, DS Alice Rice, has come of age, --Scottish Field

About the Author

Gillian Galbraith was an advocate specializing in medical negligence cases and was the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer magazine. She has also written on legal matters for The Times. Now a fulltime writer of fiction, Gillian lives with her husband, young daughter and assorted animals and bees near Kinross.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cluny on March 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
One of the first two reviewers gave this book only one star stating it was poorly written. With respect,what was this reviewer smoking? I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE. As someone who reads voraciously, I found this was an excellent debut book. The only reason that I could conclude that this reviewer thought book "Poorly Written" was that this is a Scottish writer who with certain characters uses Scottish dialect and expressions sporadically in the book. It wasn't anything that a smart reader could not discern. I will read the other books in this series. This was a very good police procedural and parts of the penultimate chapters managed to surprise me as a reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FictionFan TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first in the series of DS Alice Rice police procedurals and it is a promising start. As often happens with the first in a series, some time is spent in introducing what will presumably be the recurring characters and this tends to slow the action down. However, the plot is strong, the writing good and Alice is a likeable lead. Apparently the author was an Advocate in the Scottish Court system and she puts that experience to good use in this novel in painting an authentic picture of the workings of the courts. Alice, as a well-balanced and hard-working team player, also comes over as more authentic than some of the maverick loners we have been inundated with in recent years.

This novel falls solidly into the procedural rather than the thriller school of crime fiction. We are presented with a series of satisfyingly gruesome and mysterious murders and follow Alice and the rest of the team as they painstakingly work towards uncovering the links between them and finding the killer. Set in Edinburgh, and using locations such as St Leonard's police station that will be familiar to any fans of Rankin's Rebus, the author has bravely set herself up for comparisons. On the basis of this book, there's still some way to go before Alice can challenge the grand old man of Tartan Noir, but there's certainly enough of interest here to make me keen to see how she will develop as the series progresses. Recommended.
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By Bookie on August 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Blood on the Water is an interesting and enjoyable debut, the first of a series featuring DS Alice Rice. In this outing, she investigates a series of murders, trying to determine the link which will lead her to the identity of the killer.

The story is set in Edinburgh and there's a strong sense of location. We gain a sense of Alice as both a person and police officer. She seems a little isolated, personally and professionally, although competent enough. This police procedural included detailed description of legal processes, which I enjoyed. This with the medical aspects of the story gave a slightly different slant to most police procedurals. The cut and thrust of the court was particularly well depicted. Gillian Galbraith captures characters and dialogue very well. Class differences are clear from speech and mannerisms and the use of vernacular in some of the dialogue exchanges felt natural and was easy to read.

I enjoyed the vignettes, used to good effect as a narrative device to move the plot forward and give substance to the characters. It's well written and kept my interest throughout. I believe there's great potential to develop the central character; she's compassionate but lacks a little depth. However, on the strength of this well crafted but if escapism, I'm looking forward to reading the later books in this series.

My thanks to lovereading for a review copy of this book.
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By DJ on May 4, 2014
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Character intro's were a bit confusing at first. Once I got them sorted out, I really got into the story. UK law, procedures very confusing to this Yank.
Fantastic author who tells one check of an engrossing story. I'm on to book two of Gillian Galbraith. I highly recommend Blood in the Water.
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