Book Review: The Dance of Dimitrios by Patrick Brigham

I chose this book to read from Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team book list.

When a body of a woman is found in the river, local Greek police file it as the death of a Muslim refugee. No real investigation takes place as the body is considered of no consequence until it is suspected the body is of British National Marjorie Braithwaite. DCI Lambert working for Europol is despatched to investigate. He has been furnished with information about Marjorie Braithwaite that complicate the case further. Teaming up with an old colleague in Greece, Elektra Boulos, Lambert has his work cut out unravelling who Marjorie Braithwaite was in life and who could have wanted to and had opportunity to kill her.

This grown-up pan-European crime thriller laced with espionage and intrigue was compulsive reading with an edge of reality that set the story on fire. Whilst building out picture of the victim, we are presented with in-depth characterisations of both Lambert and Boulos, who are even at odds in this complex thriller whilst they try to make sense of the case they inherited. Lambert is very much his own man and a black sheep who picks his way through cases mostly singlehanded, as in his business it is default to trust no one. I felt no disadvantage from not having read any of the previous books in the DCI Lambert series.

There are suspects with motives ranging from getting bad book reviews to international espionage and human trafficking. If you like your police procedural crime thriller well written with that additional factor of plausibility and a huge dose of double dealing then you do not want to miss reading this one.

Links To Book:
Amazon UK
Amazon US



  1. This sounds very interesting – very *now* with the body being mistaken for a Muslim refugee in Greece. Poor Greece is at the front line for this current tidal wave of refugees, despite being in bad fiscal shape itself. What the influx is doing to the all-important tourist industry on the islands I dread to think. I studied modern Greek for some years at classes under the aegis of the Greek Orthodox Church, designed originally for ex-pat Greek children living in Britain. Needless to say the children got on much quicker than I did! I still have friends in that community among the parents of those children, and other adult Brits in the class I took. I would like to post your review on FB for them, if I may?

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  2. I like that you called it a grown-up, pan-European crime thriller. I’ve been away, so it’s nice to come back to this review. I need to get my hands on it. It sounds so relevant to the current world crises.

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      1. Up until recently, Greece was a forgotten country – mainly famous for debt and economic mismanagement – but, it has for many years been the main target for illegal immigration. It has also had to deal with these problems, with slender resources, blamed by many of the carping EU politicians and given little help. The Dance of Dimitrios is set in the early 2000’s, at a time when the main route into Europe was over the River Evros, in Northern Greece. Now there is a fence and Frontex policemen and women are there to protect the borders with Turkey, but not the islands. This is Greece’s biggest nightmare. You can here an interview at on the 26th of April.

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