Patrick Brigham

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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. The natural home of political intrigue, Communism 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 four 'good' crime fiction books, including, Herodotus: The Gnome of Sofia, Judas Goat: The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery, Abduction: An Angel over Rimini, and finally The Dance of Dimitrios. 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  intrigues in Bulgaria. 
Recently Patrick has delved into literary fiction, with his new book, Goddess of The Rainbow, a very Greek story involving a rain deluge, and how flooding changes people, moves the finger of fate, and causes us to reflect on our lives. A series of short stories, they all happen in the Greek town of Orestiada. Stories which simultaneously interlink and become a part of the whole, center around Iris – the local DHL courier – who in Greek mythology is not only Goddess of The Rainbow, but also the Messenger of The Gods, thereby connecting the individual tales of this sixteen chapter book. All that and more; stories which come so beautifully together in the last chapter –fascinating and enchanting – which can be read and enjoyed individually, but put together, serve to make the whole novel greater than its component parts.

Smashwords Interview

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just about everything is, or has been tried and tested. Firstly, I have a good publicist in Authors PR that seems to understand the geometry of the internet far better than me. But secondly, I still have the usual outlets including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Goodreads Amazon and of course a Google Blogger, which I try to keep up to date on a weekly basis. However, my blog is not exclusively about me or my writing, has published articles interviews and stories from the past, together with present day comments concerning the state of the world which surrounds my books and their genre, which is Murder Mystery.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Home Counties in England on a farm in Berkshire UK. As a solitary child, it was there that I learned to amuse myself and consequently used my imagination to invent a world which could captivate and entertain me. Most of my relatives were distant as people - both geographically and personally - and so as a little boy I roamed the gardens and orchards of my country home, together with my dog Polly and my cat Tommy, in an adventure which was finally interrupted by reality, when it was time to go to school.
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Videos

Judas 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.

Goddess of the Rainbow by Patrick Brigham
My book, Goddess of The Rainbow, is a very Greek story involving the rain, and how flooding changes us, moves the finger of fate, and causes us to reflect on our lives.

The Dance of Dimitrios
The Dance of Dimitrios is a murder mystery novel that mixes some of the horrors of illegal immigration with everyday events.

Books

Goddess of The Rainbow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: British English. Published: July 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Funny and sad, Goddess of The Rainbow is a tale about a deluge in Northern Greece. Because the rain never stops, and flooding gets worse by the hour, it is a study of people's small town behavior, an account of how they change, causing them to reflect on their lives, their regrets, doubts, faith, and love
The Dance of Dimitrios
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,280. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,120. Language: British English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 84,120. Language: British English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
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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