Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini (DCI Michael Lambert, #3) by Patrick Brigham



The author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

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.
In order to reopen this cold case, Europol offers its assistance. Detective Chief Inspector Michael Lambert – now retired from Thames Valley Police – is sent to Rimini as a Europol Liaison Officer, in order to assist the Italian police in re-opening their investigation.
His quest takes him from Rimini to Greece and the River Evros, where illegal migrants frequently cross over from Turkey. Following this recognised people smuggling route, his investigations also take him to Bulgaria, where he discovers a crooked adoption racket. Finding some promising leads to the whereabouts of the little English girl, he is able to establish if she is alive or dead.
In Rimini, Michael Lambert also discovers disquieting information about his late father’s wartime exploits in Italy and once more, finds new romance in his life.


Genre:  Mystery



But it was spring and the holiday season had not really started. ‘Are you the English policeman?’ The woman stared at him with suspicion as if he was there to make a bad situation even worse for her.


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.


About the author

Patrick has been a writer and journalist for many years. He has published many short stories,newspaper and magazine articles. Born in the English home counties, he attended Public School and College before moving to London and embarking on his career. Having spent the last twenty years in South Eastern Europe, many of his stories are set in this part of the world as well as in Oxford, Hampshire and Berkshire.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini?  Or – if you did not yet read Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

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If Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





8 thoughts on “Abduction – An Angel Over Rimini (DCI Michael Lambert, #3) by Patrick Brigham

  1. I am sorry about the unfortunate angst, but I do thank you for a precise and encouraging review. It has brightened my day here in Greece. Cold nights and cold thoughts will not take away my love of books, which – like old friends – surround me in my little isolated village overlooking the River Ardas here in the Balkans.

    • It would have been hard not to enjoy the character of Michael Lambert. Europol is always a topic of interest. For us Europeans some events are pretty close to home. Each country has its own characteristics – like in reality.
      To be surrounded by books does not sound too bad; as for the Balkans I cannot tell – I have not been that far east yet.

      • The Balkans are a little isolated these days. The press regard Communism, as a thing of the past and there are no economic stimulants to interest today’s businessmen. All the platitudes have been expelled, all the political leaders of the 90s, who visited this region, have now been returned to obscurity and the Balkans, once more, has been put on the back burner of history.
        Good for people to go for a cheap holiday or to reinvigorate their thoughts of nostalgia, but things have changed and not necessarily for the better. In my most recent blog – http://anglobalkan.blogspot.gr/2014/09/communism-and-self-esteem-by-patrick.html – I try to show how people in Eastern Europe were damaged by Communism and how easy it is for us westerners to lump all Europeans together as a homogenous group. But, this is not so.
        Greece is not all sea and sunshine, Serbia is not all Milocovic and genocide, and Turkey is not the best organized NATO partner in the region when it comes to protecting Europes borders from terrorists.
        In Abduction: An Angel over Rimini, I try – in my own ponderous way – to bring to life the realities of a harmonized EU, which is still divided by prejudice and nationalism – despite various claims made by the politicians in Brussels – and the grand speeches made by world leaders.
        But it is still a book which should give many of us hope. As the realities of war and political unrest, open our doors to illegal immigration and the unbelievable corruption which sponsors terrorism, many of us have become only too aware of the magnitude of the problem. Much more malignant than previously believed, it has become a world problem, and one which our partners in the US also have to experience, within their own shores.

      • Hope is what we all need. I will read your blog post later – it will certainly provide food for thought.
        Thank you very much.

  2. Really glad you enjoyed the book, we do all find something different in the written word and there will always be books we like and others that don’t hit the mark for us.

    • Ouch, that’s too bad. 😦
      I have to admit that I really liked the story. Some interesting turns, and Europol – a good combination.
      I saw your reviews and wondered…

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