Mystery Book Tour Day 15 #MysteryNovember Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini by Patrick Brigham

November Mystery Tour

Please welcome Patrick Brigham to the Mystery November Tour with his book Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini

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Where is your hometown?

I was borne on a small farm near Reading in Berkshire UK. My mother was a widow and she brought up her two unruly children single handed with the aid of a small market garden, loads of chicken, ducks and a nanny goat.

How long have you been writing?

I was given the unenviable task of editing my college magazine, which I discovered was quite compelling and from there onwards whenever anyone wanted me to write anything, I did so with relish. Although, it did not become a serious option until the late 80s, when unemployment reared its ugly head and I had more time on my hands.

What is your favorite sub-genre of mystery?

I like a little romance with my crime and in Abduction: An Angel over Rimini, DCI Mike Lambert, having experienced the indignities of an acrimonious divorce, he meets Countess Beatrix in Italy, who he believes might be a future companion. Whilst he is in Italy, he also finds out about his own father’s wartime exploits in Italy and a skeleton in the cupboard. What kind of sub-genre would you call that?

Where is Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini set?

In Italy on the Adriatic coast. Most of my stories involve travelling, and this is no exception and DCI Lambert – recently appointed to Europol the pan European police force – goes to Rimini to reopen a case involving the kidnapping of a little English girl called Penelope Scratchford.

Who has been abducted?

Penelope has disappeared from a smart Italian campsite, under the noses of her parents, who left to the whims of the Italian Civil Police – who point the finger of blame at her parents – are accused of murder.

Introduce us to Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lambert

DCI Mike Lambert is a thoughtful old school detective who previously was a senior British Army officer. On retirement from the army, he has worked his way up through the ranks of the London Metropolitan Police force and is a senior detective with Thames Valley Police in Reading. Having become disenchanted with his job in Reading – mainly due to to his divorce – he is seconded to Europol. They are established in the Hague of Holland.

Where else in Europe does the mystery trail lead our Chief Inspector?

The trail leads him into Greece, where he discovers organized people trafficking and illegal immigration across the River Evros from Turkey to Greece and also Bulgaria. With the help of certain members of the Orthodox Church in Greece and the Greek border police in Orestiada he finds new clues, which lead him to a crooked lawyer in Sofia.

Tell us about Europol and its differences from other agencies.

Europol is the unsung hero of the EU, serves all the national, European police forces, pays for and provides additional policemen to fight international crime and rarely takes any credit for it.

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I am working very hard at promoting the three books which I have written during the last eighteen months. My first book was about useless diplomats plus a murder, the second was about arms dealing, plus a murder and my third book is about child abduction and a murder. I thought it was about time that someone tried to murder DCI Mike Lambert himself – for a change – but I wonder why, and who it might be?

Where can readers find out more about you?

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All my information is on my website www.patrickbrigham.co.uk in which you can also find information about my Twitter, Facebook and Blog accounts

Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini, find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Mystery Book Tour Day 12 #MysteryNovember The Truth Will Out by Jane Isaac

November Mystery Tour

Today’s guest on the Mystery November tour is Jane Isaac with her book The Truth Will Out.

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1) Where is your home town?

I live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with my husband and daughter where I can often be found trudging over the fields with my dog, Bollo.

2) How long have you been writing?

On and off, all of my life, but I only discovered fiction writing in 2007. I completed my first crime thriller, An Unfamiliar Murder, in 2009 and have never looked back.

3) What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?

I have a deep fascination with the twists and turns of police procedurals and love the thrills and excitement of psychological thrillers like Before I Go To Sleep, so I try to combine both these elements into my novels.

4) Where is “The Truth Will Out” set?

Action is divided between the UK Midlands and the Scottish Highlands.

5) Can you introduce us to Eva?

Eva is a headstrong young woman who dropped out of university and is trying to pick up the threads and make something of her life. The book opens with her witnessing an attack on her best friend, Naomi, over Skype. They share a secret which, fearing she might be next, prevents her from calling the police. Instead she calls an ambulance and flees to the Scottish Highlands where we watch her story unfold.

6) Tell us about her friend Naomi.

Naomi and Eva were childhood friends. What Eva doesn’t realise when she leaves is that Naomi was not only attacked, but also murdered. Naomi is a nice girl from a good family who got mixed up in something she shouldn’t have. Something which brought about her downfall and continues to threaten those close to her.

7) Who is running the investigation? Does she already know Eva?

Detective Inspector Helen Lavery investigates the murder of Naomi Spence. Initially she has no knowledge of Eva, although it isn’t long before they become acquainted.

8) What made Helen choose to be in the police force? Does it have a link to this case?

Helen is a widow, battling the demands of singlehandedly raising teenage sons while managing the murder squad. She followed in her late father’s footsteps to join the police force and, with the aid of the accelerated promotion scheme, moved through the ranks quickly to the role of DCI. But Helen isn’t interested in targets and management meetings. Managing murder investigations, catching the really bad guys was all she ever wanted to do; something which occasionally leads her to adopt unorthodox methods in order to track down a killer. In The Truth Will Out she pushes herself to the limit and eventually brings the threat of murder to her own door. Let me share my blurb with you:

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

“What if it’s not?” Suddenly, she turned. For a split second she halted, her head inclined.

“Naomi, what is it?”

She whisked back to face Eva. “There’s somebody in the house… ”

 

Eva is horrified when she witnesses an attack on her best friend. She calls an ambulance and forces herself to flee Hampton, fearing for her own safety. DCI Helen Lavery leads the investigation into the murder. With no leads, no further witnesses and no sign of forced entry, the murder enquiry begins.

Slowly, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. But as Helen inches towards solving the case, her past becomes caught up in her present.

Someone is after them both. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what they want. And as the net starts to close around them, can Helen escape her own demons as well as helping Eva to escape hers?

 

9) Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

I am currently preparing my latest book, a crime thriller called Before It’s Too Late, set in the very picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon, for publication next July.

 

10) Where can readers find out more about you?

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I love to hear from readers and writers. Give me a shout at my website www.janeisaac.co.uk .

 

The Truth Will Out is available at Amazon UK and Amazon Com .

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini

Today’s book review comes from Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read and review Abduction: An Angel Over Rimini by Patrick Brigham

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My Opinion

The book introduces you to Michael Lambert, a fifty-something English Chief Inspector working for Europol. His first case with Europol is tricky: Two years before, Penelope Scratchford has been abducted from a camp-site near Rimini. The Italian State Police soon believes in the parents’ guilt, and stops searching. Europol is not convinced and send their new DCI Michael Lambert to Italy  to find clues and at least closure. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini, Patrick Brigham has created a compelling story of a Europol DCI utilising his long-time Reading experience to solve a crime, and uncover neglect in local police procedures. Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini is an entertaining, gripping, and also astonishing Europol procedural read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt close to Michael Lambert and his way of analysing and detecting. All relevant characters became pretty real. Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini is a good read for mystery fans, readers who like surprises, and apparent coincidences.

This is a book to read again.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com