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Gillian Galbraith TOPS UK eBook Charts

  31 Oct '20   |  Posted by: Birlinn

The Guardian newspaper reported last Saturday that Gillian Galbraith, author of the Alice Rice series, had topped the charts of UK Library eBook borrowing during the Covid crisis with her novel, Blood in the Water. We were delighted to congratulate Gillian and you can read the full article here:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/23/library-ebook-lending-surges-as-uk-turns-to-fiction-during-lockdown

The Times has followed, this weekend, with a delightful interview with Gillian.

Blood in the Water, Gillian Galbraith’s first novel, overtook the bestseller Lee Child, the memoirs of Michelle Obama and the latest Hilary Mantel book

Magnus Linklater, The Times

For those yet to engage with Alice Rice, you will find her first in Blood in the Water, a novel hailed by fellow author Alexander McCall Smith as:

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

She is a smart and capable Edinburgh detective, but battling disillusionment and loneliness. In the first book in the series, she races against time and an implacable killer to solve a series of grisly murders among Edinburgh’s professional elite in the well-to-do New Town. Val McDermid sings her praises and Magnus Linklater went on to say, in The Times:

Her demons rival anything Inspector Rebus can offer

You can follow the work of Alice Rice in five further titles in this series so far, Dying of the Light, Where the Shadow Falls, Troubled Waters, No Sorrow to Die and The Road to Hell.


Gillian Galbraith was an advocate specialising in medical negligence and agricultural law cases for seventeen years. She also worked for a time as an agony aunt in teenagers’ magazines. Since then, she has been the legal correspondent for the Scottish Farmer and has written on legal matters for The Times. Her latest book is a departure from the Alice Rice series, The End of the Line, a novel which takes for its inspiration, the blood contamination scandal:

A sharp and suspenseful mystery

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