Gillian Galbraith at John O’Groats Book Festival
John O’Groats Book Festival: “Professional Gamekeeper to Professional Poacher”.
Gillian Galbraith hosted by James Miller
Scottish Crime writer, Gillian Galbraith, will talk about the transition from a life in the Law to a life in Crime writing. She has written 8 novels, six in the “Alice Rice Mystery Series”, one introducing a new sleuth , a Catholic Priest called Father Vincent Ross (“The Good Priest”) and her most recent entitled “ The End of the Line.” The “End of the Line” was inspired by her time on the Penrose Inquiry, the Judicial Inquiry that looked into the contamination of the public blood supply with AIDS and Hepatitis C .
The first in the Alice Rice series, “Blood in the Water”, was found in survey of libraries to be the most borrowed library eBook between March and August 2020 in a list of the top 10 most borrowed eBooks, ranking above eBooks by Hilary Mantel, Lee Child and Michelle Obama. Number 10 in the list was the last in the Alice Rice series, “Troubled Waters.”
The Times noted that “The End of the Line” was “one of the best crime novels to take on holiday.”
Gillian Galbraith’s first job was a journalist with DC Thomson in Dundee where she wrote horoscopes for the Dundee Courier and was both an Agony Aunt, an Agony Uncle and a Doctor. After a period of retraining, her second job was as an Advocate practicing in the Court of Session and, to a lesser extent, in the High Court of Justiciary. Following the birth of her daughter, she changed career once more and became a Crime Writer.
She is currently working on a new novel, set in India, and dealing with an outbreak of the Plague in that country in the nineteenth century, the role of the Indian Medical Service and rats. Many of the concerns that arose then are topical now in the current pandemic.