Patrick Brigham – Virtual Book Tour

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Virtual Book Tour – November 18-25, 2013

Genre – Murder Mystery and Espionage    

Signups are now being taken from bloggers to host a book tour for the murder mystery author Patrick Brigham and his two most recent novels. The author is available for interviews and review and electronic copies are being offered for those who want to give an honest review.

        You have the chance to win a signed copy of a book.  Pick a date and send an email to – – with your name, your Website or Blog where you will host and the date you can host. If you’d like to have a written interview with the author, please include the questions in your email. Feel free to share your review with any other book sites which you use!

His two most recent murder mysteries are:

Herodotus   – The Gnome of Sofia

Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery

Patric photo


         Patrick Brigham was born in Berkshire England to an old Reading family. After attending an English Public School and College, the author Patrick Brigham went into real estate.  After the economic crash of 1989 and a few other bitter experiences, in 1993 he decided to abandon London, and he moved to Sofia in Bulgaria.

In a new country with a different culture, and whilst trying hard to set up a home, a new life was definitely in store for him. A master of the comic vignette especially when consumed with disbelief, he set up the first English Language News Magazine in the Balkans called the Sofia Western News (1995-2000). As a journalist he witnessed the political and economical changes in this once hard core communist country.

Now Patrick Brigham resides in North of Greece, enjoy’s writing and his collection of classic cars.


Herodotus – The Gnome of Sofia 


A good conspiracy theory in an ex communist country or how a career can be destroyed by duplicity, stupidity and a good measure of gossip!

,,Oh what a tangled web we weave,

   When first we practice to deceive.”

~ Sir Walter Scott ~   Marmion -Canto VI Stanza 17

With his pen Patrick Brigham reveals the diplomatic lifestyle of the British Ambassador in Sofia – Sir Arthur Cumberpot – and spins an elaborate web, involving both the intelligence services of Bulgaria and UK. Together they successfully destroy the diplomatic career of the British Ambassador – end it up with the murder of his wife Lady Annabel – who was accused of  espionage.

Lady Annabel Cumberpot is guilty of nothing, other than being the biological daughter of Jim Kilbey, Britain’s most famous spy. She is the victim of serendipity, but also of cover ups, thin evidence and total exaggeration.

What gives the book some heft is the author’s sense of humor when he describes the elitist lifestyle and dissect some of the most profound conspiracies theory you can  imagine.  As with all conspiracy theory he makes you wonder how much of the story may be actually true, or is he just putting together enough or rather too many evidences to suggest how a life can be destroyed for no reason at all.

,,Let’s hope the current generation of spooks has learnt from past mistakes”

 Con Coughlin –  about MI6 in ‘The Daily Telegraph.’


Excerpt from Herodotus The Gnome of Sofia.

The Embassy Secrets Room, Sofia

IT TURNED OUT to be rather a somber meeting, and

one which everyone would remember for many years to

come. Sir Arthur had lost his disdainful expression and

looked a little pasty that afternoon as certain suspicions

were revealed.

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The ambassador moved from side to side

as if in deep thought, finally exploding and attacking the

table with his fist.

He shouted, ‘Are you saying that my wife is a spy—I

mean a real one? What are you trying to say, Macintosh;

spit it out man? I need to know the whole truth!’

‘No, not at this stage Sir, I am only relating to you

what I know so far. I’m sure that there is a rational

explanation, and I am sure that there has been some

mistake, but stranger things have happened in the past

and we need to be cautious. Maybe she is being

blackmailed?’ Dirty Macintosh retreated into himself

whilst the Ambassador spluttered and came out with

unintelligible half sentences.

‘I mean… I can’t believe… It’s not possible… It’s

unimaginable… There must be some mistake!’

The look of abandonment caused by her implied

treachery seemed to annihilate his whole being.


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Dirty Macintosh was not entirely surprised. ‘There ,

Sir Arthur, we don’t have the whole picture yet. It

is all supposition at the moment; just a possibility, we

don’t have any real proof. It is just an unexplained piece

of evidence possibly involving your wife, that’s all!’

The Embassy spook was regrettably rather enjoying

this moment, and amazed to see how quickly his

pompous boss had disintegrated before his eyes. It was

proof, however, that he was not only unreliable but had

no objectivity either. Whether Macintosh would mention

his views to his Masters in London at some point was

another matter, but he would not do so for the time being!         



Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery   

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,,A rich man’s war in poor man’s blood

Silent their cries, the lost and loved

Led to the slaughter, led by false hope

Follow behind the Judas Goat”

Hosannas from The Basements of Hell Album Lyrics

As a journalist for many years and having come in contact with all sorts of people from politicians to criminals, Patrick Brigham has published his most recent and complex murder mystery, involving a murder on the Kennet and Avon Canal in England, a stolen identity, a major arms deal which has gone horribly wrong, and a clever and thoughtful Detective Chief Inspector from Thames Valley Police Authority, who is assigned to untangle and solve this murder mystery.

Patrick Brigham takes his readers on a trip from Reading in the UK to Bulgaria, South Africa to Belorussia and from Taiwan to Peru. A trip which begins with the discovery of a small mobile phone and a dead man on an EnglishCanal and it ends with the murder of a Chinese shipping magnate, in the streets of London.  Will anyone’s life be the same again and how will our provincial policeman cope with these different layers of intrigue?

Excerpt from Judas Goat – The Kennet Narrow Boat Mystery

The meeting with Aubrey Coetzee from the South African Embassy.

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‘Why did Liam Side go to Sofia then?’

‘What can I say? He was going bust in London like

many at the time because the property market was

collapsing around his ears. He was getting sick of Patsy

his girlfriend who was fast turning into a money freak.

She in turn was getting tired of Liam, because by then

she was supporting him financially through her travel

firm in Fulham. The arguments began and then this

George Panov character persuaded him to move to

Sofia to get away from his creditors and from this

bloody girl Patsy into the bargain. It seemed the perfect


‘Where did the Balkan Western News come from?’

‘Well, he’d spent a number of years before writing

articles and publishing a travel magazine in South

Africa, so he was quite experienced. There was nothing

for the foreign community to read in Sofia, so he went

to the big western companies, who offered him their

advertising support and overnight the Balkan Western

News appeared on the Streets.’

‘Aubrey, please, the suspense is killing me! Just tell

me why you are really here; let’s get it all out into the


‘Liam Side contacted me a few days ago Mike, and

before you get angry, you must remember that Side is

an old friend of mine. He knows that you were in

Bruges last weekend and that you stayed at the Hotel

Montovani and he knows why you were there. But you

don’t know why he is there, and you have no idea the

danger his daughter Patricia is in either. Now, I don’t

know all the ins and outs of this murder case of yours

Mike, because neither Liam nor you have told me the

whole story; and to be quite honest, I really don’t want

to know anyway. He just wants me to give you a


‘Aubrey, just tell me what it is, please.’

‘He wants me to tell you that he was not involved

first hand with the man’s actual murder. He says that

all he did was to rent the narrow boat and purchase the

Morris Traveller. He admits that he stayed on the boat

for two weeks but left three days before the murder

apparently took place, which was when he went back

to Belgium. He told me to tell you that his mobile

phone was not found on the boat by accident any more

than the Cavalry and Guards Club tie.

‘When the two killers left Belgium they asked him

for a tie for the victim to wear, which he gave them

together with his passport. Leaving the old copy of The

Balkan Western News behind was a genuine mistake by

the killers who must have thought it was an English

magazine and therefore it didn’t matter.’

With a further pint of Brakspear’s bitter apiece,

Lambert sat and took stock of what had been said.

Aubrey Coetzee continued, ‘Side freely admits to giving

his passport to the two men knowing that they would

use it to transport the victim to England, but he claims

that they threatened to kill his daughter Patricia in

Sofia, if he did not. As for the mobile phone, when they

asked him for it, believing it might contain phone

numbers which could represent a risk to them, he lied

and said that he had lost it. That’s all I know Mike,

make of it what you will.’

Mike Lambert did not need to be reminded that

Aubrey Coetzee was in London on a diplomatic

passport and immune to any intervention by the

authorities. That meant that he could not be held to

account, let alone be cross examined as a witness. So

at ten o’clock that night they shook hands and parted

on good terms. Coetzee climbed into a large white

Mercedes with a black driver, and Lambert into his

Dark Red Alvis convertible.



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