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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 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
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
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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
,,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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