Born in Berkshire England to an old Reading family, after attending an English Public School and a stint at college, the author Patrick Brigham went into real estate. After the economic crash of 1989 he licked his wounds, wrote two books and in 1993 decided to finally abandon London, the UK's casino economy and moved to Sofia Bulgaria.
As the Editor in Chief of the first English Language news magazine in Sofia - between 1995 and 2000 - and as a journalist, he witnessed the political changes in this once hard core communist country and personally met most of the political players, including the old Communist Dictator Todor Zhivkov and his successors, Zhelev and Stoyanov.
The natural home of political intrigue, Bolshevism and the conspiracy theory, Bulgaria proved to be quite a challenge, but for many of its citizens the transition was also very painful. Despite this, Patrick Brigham personally managed to survive these political changes and now lives peacefully in Northern Greece, writing mystery novels.
A writer for many years, he has recently written two good crime fiction books including, Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia, and Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery. Confirming that the truth is very often stranger than fiction, Eastern Europe has proved to be Patrick Brigham’s inspiration for writing good mystery books. Much of his writing has been influenced by 20 years spent in the Balkans and the plethora of characters in his writing, are redolent of many past communist political intrigues in Bulgaria.
Both Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia, and Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery are set at the end of the Cold War and Communism. Featuring the jazz loving, classic car enthusiast and fictional police murder detective Chief Inspector Michael Lambert, who faced with political intrigue and in order to solve cases which often involve Eastern Europe, genuinely needs to understand how an old Communist thinks during the course of his investigations.
There are few good books on the subject of international crime, especially mystery stories which delve into the shady side of politics. There are also few mystery novelists, who are prepared to address the thorny political issues of arms dealing and money laundering in their mystery crime fiction.
As a recently seconded officer to Europol - the new federal European police force – DCI Michael Lambert will bring a refreshingly new slant to good crime fiction books, as they emerge in the future from the pen of the author Patrick Brigham. Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert is the main character in his new book Abduction - An Angel over Rimini, but this time he is serving as a senior Europol Liaison Officer now involved in solving this 'cold case.'
Abduction - An Angel over Rimini introduces the reader to the gritty reality of people trafficking, illegal immigration, drug smuggling and international terrorism. Taking you on a journey through Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and on into central Europe, DCI Lambert pursues his quarry and discovers the truth.
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VideosJudas Goat - The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery
Sitting in a Lloyd Loom chair on a Narrow Boat, moored on the Kennet and Avon Canal, a dead man stares into oblivion. Who is he and what is his name? Chief Inspector Michael Lambert from Thames Valley Police Authority unravels a murder case which stretches from Reading to Bulgaria, South Africa to Belorussia, and finally Taiwan to Peru.Abduction: An Angel over Rimini
It is 2002 and little Penelope Scratchford has been abducted in Italy. The Italian State Police has given up its investigation and believes her parents to be responsible for her disappearance and her probable murder, but cannot prove it. The British authorities believe she is still alive, as does the UK Press.
The Dance of Dimitrios
by Patrick Brigham
The Dance of Dimitrios is a mystery novel that mixes some of the horrors
of illegal immigration with everyday events. DCI Lambert, who works for
Europol - the European equivalent of the FBI - is sent to Greece in order
to solve a cold case and finds himself embroiled in a secret game involving MI6 and Al Qaeda.
Abduction - An Angel over Rimini
by Patrick Brigham
Penelope Scratchford has been abducted in Italy. The Italian State Police have given up their investigation and believe her parents responsible for her probable murder, but cannot prove it.The British authorities believe she is still alive, as does the UK Press. Europol offers its assistance with this cold case and sends Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert to Rimini to investigate her kidnap.
Judas Goat - The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery
by Patrick Brigham
This is a book that starts off with the baffling murder of some anonymous individual on a Narrow-boat near the town of Reading in the UK. Set in a tranquil river setting it starts like any other murder mystery, but then it changes dramatically. In the end the story takes a turn, and we find ourselves reading about an international arms deal that has gone wrong. This is Morse meets James Bond!
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