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Researched to Death: A Jamie Brodie Mystery (Jamie Brodie Mysteries Book 4) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Meg Perry

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"Was it National Old Boyfriends Week, and I'd missed the memo?"
Librarian Jamie Brodie is looking forward to a week of vacation in Oxford, England, his first trip back in seven years. Before he's even packed, though, a couple of complications arise.
The first complication is Jamie's ex, Ethan Williams, who shows up at Jamie's office with his new boyfriend and a request. Ethan's going to Oxford too, and he needs Jamie's help to find a rare 15th century book in the Bodleian Library. When Jamie tells his boyfriend Pete that he and Ethan will be in Oxford at the same time, Pete doesn't react well. To say the least.
The second complication is Pete's ex, Luke Brenner, who shows up at Pete and Jamie's house. He lets Jamie know that he's in town to get Pete back - but Pete doesn't think Luke will try anything.
He's proven spectacularly wrong, in one horrible moment.
Jamie leaves for Oxford, not sure where he stands with Pete, not looking forward to seeing Ethan. When he requests the book that Ethan needs, he learns that it's been missing for three weeks - and the man who likely stole it is dead.
Then two more men die, and Ethan goes missing as well. Is he in danger? Or is he a killer? And what could be in an obscure medieval manuscript that's worth killing for?

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Amazon.com: 4.3 étoiles sur 5  7 commentaires
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Rare book mystery pleases, relationship story stumbles 25 septembre 2014
Par camille - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The mystery was, in some ways, a continuation of the subject matter of Hoarded to Death -- rare books. Jamie gets involved in a murder when he agrees to help his ex and his ex's boyfriend, both professors, get access to a rare book at Oxford during a planned research trip. Jamie follows the trail by being a well-trained librarian and while I enjoyed following along with him as a former librarian in academia, I'm not sure a general reader would have the same enjoyment. Nonetheless, for me, the mystery was realistic, well-paced, and enjoyable.

Where the book starts to fall flat is with Pete and Jamie's relationship. Pete is irrationally jealous with no reason of Jamie's exes, but refuses to listen to Jamie's well-founded concerns about his own ex. His insistence upon seeing the ex ends up causing Jamie justifiable pain, a pain compounded by their past in which Pete had left Jamie for this same man. This ex is also written as a caricature of an evil ex and the writing seems amateurish. Somehow this serious incident is more or less swept under the carpet by Pete rearranging furniture. Meanwhile, Pete is not making any great strides in overcoming his many issues that negatively affect Jamie. Basically, I just don't know what Jamie sees in Pete or why he's so eager to make a lifetime commitment to him.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoying it 3 mars 2014
Par Annie Allen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
A really well written mystery series. I didn't know very much about old texts but I seem to be picking up some of the information. Look forward to the next one.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another winner from Meg Perry 23 janvier 2014
Par Kimbermcfar - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Oh I love Jamie Brodie... These mysteries are an auto buy for me.. I read them in one setting, and at 3745 locations that is saying something. In this book we learn quite a bit about Jamie and Pete's ex's... None of it good. This puts a strain on Jamie and Pete's relationship and it doesn't help when Jamie goes out of the country with his Ex Ethan. All this drama ends up being a good thing for the couple though... these issues were just festering and needed a good letting out. I warmed up to Pete in this book he refused to let anything or anyone get between Jamie and him, and trust me the ex's try!!! The mystery was pretty good , though the main event is the relationship. There is an except of the next book at the end of this book sounds thrilling!!! Oh boy I can't wait!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Great One From Perry! 14 février 2014
Par M. Flota - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The books in this series are so great because you really get to care about the characters. The mysteries are always intellectual puzzles that you feel compelled to figure out and know the answer to. This book was no exception to those rules. No spoilers here, but we find out more about Jamie and Pete and Jamie's skills as a sleuth are further advanced in the plot that features old flames, obscure manuscripts and a very clever conundrum that places our mystery-solving librarian hero appropriately right into the hear to the matter...and into a good bit of danger!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good 4th installment in the Jamie Brodie series 3 février 2014
Par T. Gray - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Researched to Death is Perry’s fourth volume in her Jamie Brodie Mysteries, following the first book Cited to Death, and the subsequent books Hoarded to Death, and Burdened to Death. The series focuses on intrepid and sensible UCLA reference librarian Jamie Brodie, and his boyfriend Pete, a former cop and currently a psychology professor, and their knack for falling into murder mysteries.

The Jamie Brodie Mysteries fits the “gay amateur sleuth” category very well, and rings a tone similar to Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series and J. L. Merrow’s Pressure Head, where the non-law enforcement hero finds himself tracking a case and using his non-professional skills to find answers (and sometimes get into trouble.)

Perry’s writing doesn’t have the polish and ease of Lanyon or the distinct narrative voice like Merrow, but over the series, I’ve grown very comfortable with her straight-forward, simplistic style for Jamie’s first person POV. I still find some of his observations very list-like, but I think he’s so refreshingly realistic and “normal” that I can’t help myself from liking him and Pete and wanting to follow them along as they discover clues or elude danger.

This is probably my favorite thing about the series. Jamie is extremely RATIONAL and makes what I can only describe as “good decisions” in a mystery novel. I just love watching Jamie deal with issues because for the most part, he reacts like what I would think most people would if facing a similar situation.

To illustrate, let’s compare Jamie to his cliché amateur sleuth counterpart. I’ll call this guy Jimbo. There’s been a murder, and Jamie and Jimbo have been roped into the case due to their connections to the victim.

1) You’ve gotten a shady note to meet a stranger at midnight in a dark and lonesome park.

Jamie: I better tell people about this note. Maybe get the police involved. I certainly won’t go alone to meet this turkey.

Jimbo: Oh, a note! I should go right away without talking to anyone! Oops, I left my phone at the office. Oh, well! Why would I need that??

2) It looks like your door is ajar, and you know you didn’t leave it unlocked. You open the door to find the living room a mess, and the house in darkness.

Jamie: (backs away from the door, turns around, goes back to his car while pulling out his phone.) “Hello? Yes, I’d like to report a break-in…”

Jimbo: “Hello? Is anyone here? Helloooooo?” (walks inside, closes door.) “Oh, the lights aren’t working. Maybe the kitchen ones will work. Gosh, it sure is dark in here!”

3) The person you suspect to be a murderer is wandering around outside with a knife.

Jamie: “I’ve called the police. I better stay in the car until they get here.” (Locks doors.)

Jimbo: “Oh, there’s that guy! I think he did it!” (gets out of the car) “Maybe I’ll just walk over there and ask him what he’s doing. Oh, look the cops are here! I should move within their sight, right between them and the culprit…”

It sounds like it might be boring, having someone make good decisions as they move along with the mystery, but I mostly just find it super refreshing and I respect all the characters involved, because for the most part, they make sound choices.

Not that Jamie’s perfect, not at all. He and Pete hit a big bump in this volume when Pete’s oily ex Luke pops into the picture and tries to scheme them apart. Jamie makes some bad, knee-jerk decisions, but then you see Pete’s sensible side too, even in the face of adversity and anger, and I can’t help but root for them as they try to work through their respective issues to make things work out.

And that’s another thing that I like about this volume and the series as a whole. Perry balances character progression as well as tidy installment endings, so as a reader, I don’t have to be too worried about how things will end up, while also watching characters truly progress and change, so the Jamie and Pete at the end of vol. 1 Cited to Death are not the same as the Jamie and Pete at the end of the fourth volume. They’re a year older, a little more burdened with their respective truths, and also more understanding about how valuable their relationship is, and why it’s worth fighting for.

As someone who gets very stressed out about endings (and I won’t lie, I peeked at the end of this book once the big bump came in), I really appreciate that Perry gives non-cliffhanger endings while also providing real development. The series is not like a comic strip or a sitcom where nothing changes and everything returns to status quo at the end.

The mystery in this volume, about a missing book and some murders, was fun—not too complicated. The villain is mostly a cypher and separate from the story. This volume had slightly more tension than the last two, although not too much, and that’s probably one of my biggest hopes for future volumes is to have some more nail-biting moments. (And how do we include more nail-biting tension while also having rational, sensible characters? I guess that’s the challenge, balancing non-TSTL heroes while including conflict.)

I don’t think it’s a perfect series, but it’s one that I’ve grown to really enjoy, and it’s mostly because of the very likeable and appealing characters, their progression over the books, and Perry’s ability to maintain character consistency, even as she pushes them to evolve. It’s a nice change of pace, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how things go from here.

If you’re interested in checking things out, I strongly recommend starting from the beginning with Cited to Death. A) You’ll enjoy the character progression from the beginning and B) you can see if Perry’s style meshes with you.

I recommend this series for those who like gay mysteries, especially the more amateur, cozy kind, and also for those who don’t demand a high heat rating since all intimacy in the series is off-page. (Personally, I haven’t missed the sexy times here.) I’m definitely on board for volume 5 whenever it comes out.
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