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Blood in the Water (Alice Rice Mystery) (Alice Rice 1) (Alice Rice Mystery series) Paperback – March 30, 2007
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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 specialising in medical negligence cases and was the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer magazine. She has also written on legal matters for The Times. She currently lives near Kinross.
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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.
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.