The dance of Dimitrios

Patrick Brigham has recently written four good mystery books, including Herodotus:The Gnome of Sofia, Judas Goat: The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery, Abduction: An Angel over Rimini and most recently, The Dance of Dimitrios. He has also published his first play, which is called Judicial Review.



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. Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert knows about people trafficking and the problems it causes governments throughout the world. Greece is the gateway into Europe for countless Middle-Eastern migrants, political refugees and terrorists. The story involves the discovery of a woman's body found floating in the River Ardas in Northern Greece. Believed to be of Middle-Eastern origin, she is buried in a communal grave along with other Islamic victims of drowning and promptly forgotten. When it is later revealed that she is actually an Englishwoman called Marjory Braithwaite - who has been living for some years in Greece - the British government turns to Europol for help. Realising that this probably means murder, DCI Lambert is dispatched to Greece.


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My Review

Set in Northern Greece, an area mostly undiscovered by tourists, this mystery thriller will have you gripped from the start. There are several books featuring DCI Mike Lambert who is an intriguing character. Inevitably there is a bit of backfilling to let the reader know about some of his previous cases which will hopefully whet your appetite for the other books in the series. Like a gently meandering river, the story starts off slowly at first, gradually building up to involve police forces in England, Greece, Bulgaria until it reaches its peak, sucking in everyone in its way. There are lots of red herrings and guesses as to who killed Marjory Braithwaite  as well as wonderful descriptions of this unspoilt area. Well worth a read!



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Patrick Brigham | Reply 08.06.2016 12.25

thanks Julie for this review, I do hope you enjoyed returning to the River Evros, albeit through the pages of my newest novel, The Dance of Dimitrios - Patrick

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Yesterday | 22:25

Wonderful review, for a wonderful lady and Author.

Yesterday | 20:12

Great review for an equally great book by Mary

Yesterday | 18:26

When reading all the reviews I just can not wait to read this for myself. I adore stories of hardship and how they unfold and hopefully have a good ending.

Yesterday | 17:22

Another great review for a brilliant author.

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