The independent publisher Mercat Press (Crescent crime) is due to publish later this month a book called Blood in the Water by Gillian Galbraith. It is billed as the first in a new crime series featuring Detective Alice Rice. From the publisher’s site:
"Gillian has drawn on her professional experience as an advocate and is already attracting much praise for her debut novel. Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency said ‘This is a vivid and exciting story. There is not a dull page in it.’ The Sunday Express has dubbed Alice the ‘new Rebus’. "
The last book I read that was billed as ‘the new Rebus’ was pretty recently, and it wasn’t. I don’t think books benefit from these types of comparison, particularly if, as in this case, it is a first novel being compared to one of the, if not the, best-selling crime author in the country. However, Blood in the Water sounds promising: "In this thrilling police-procedural from new crime writer Gillian Galbraith, we are introduced to Alice Rice, Edinburgh’s latest fictional detective. Smart and capable, but battling disillusionment and loneliness, we follow her as she races against time and an implacable killer to solve a series of grisly murders amongst Edinburgh’s professional elite in the well-to-do New Town." There are two spelling mistakes in this short blurb on the Mercat site: elited and implaceable. I hope someone has proofread the book itself.
The next Alice Rice Mystery is due to be published this autumn, but in the meantime you can win a signed copy of Blood in the Water via Mercat’s competition page.