The Dance of Dimitrios (DCI Michael Lambert, #4) by Patrick Brigham


The author sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  4.3  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

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.


Genre(s):  Mystery

Series:  DCI Michael Lambert, #4

Length:  226 pages

Release Date:  2016-01-11



One summer’s day, old Dimitrios saw a woman’s body floating face down in the River Ardas. Practically opposite his café, she was lying in a pool which had formed in the delta and was snagged by the bough of a tree which had fallen during the night; she was completely motionless. It was early one morning and, as usual, there were no people around.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to Michael Lambert, a fifty-something English Chief Inspector working for Europol. His second case with Europol does not seem too complicated at first sight: A journalist and writer has been found floating in a Greek river. MI6 and Europol send DCI Michael Lambert to Greece to find clues and finally solve the case.

With The Dance of Dimitrios, Patrick Brigham has created a compelling story of a Europol DCI utilising his long-time Reading experience to solve a crime, and uncover disturbing terrorist connections. The Dance of Dimitrios 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. The ‘personal’ chapters, i.e. about Michael and Beatrix’ relationship and/or his stay in Ancona are different in style – an unusual and nice touch.

The Dance of Dimitrios is a good read for mystery fans, readers who like surprises, and touches of politics and terrorism.

This is a book/series to read again.


In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Full of surprises
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
Characters Developed
Violence Some violence
Sexual content No sexual content (some hints)
POV Third person


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.


Connect with the Author:

Amazon:  Patrick Brigham
Amazon (UK):  buy link
Amazon (US):  buy link


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 The Dance of Dimitrios?  Or – if you did not yet read The Dance of Dimitrios  – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Dance of Dimitrios was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂



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