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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. Et "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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"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. Et "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?

30 review for Researched to Death

  1. 5 out of 5

    ttg

    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 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. (A good comparison is the trailer for the fake movie Hell No: The Sensible Horror Movie.) 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. (And from Perry’s notes on her blog, it looks like there are quite a few books coming. It’s kind of like a fun TV show.)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Wow, academy IS murder! *laughs* Another one that I really enjoyed, and made me want to go back to England and spend some time in Oxford (will this pandemic ever end?). The mystery was interesting, although, the ex-boyfriends' drama! Ethan is, indeed, a spoiled rich kid, and shees! so immature. Luke, OTOH, I'm not so sure that this was the last we see of him. And he is a real piece of shit. I really enjoyed that he has his dicks mixed and the 'conversation' he had with Jamie regarding that. Don't Wow, academy IS murder! *laughs* Another one that I really enjoyed, and made me want to go back to England and spend some time in Oxford (will this pandemic ever end?). The mystery was interesting, although, the ex-boyfriends' drama! Ethan is, indeed, a spoiled rich kid, and shees! so immature. Luke, OTOH, I'm not so sure that this was the last we see of him. And he is a real piece of shit. I really enjoyed that he has his dicks mixed and the 'conversation' he had with Jamie regarding that. Don't fuck with Jamie XD This is such an entertaining, easy to read series, that I think I'll finish it in no time. Let's go to the next!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    I agree wholeheartedly with ttg's review. Yes, Meg Perry's writing is quite simplistic and sometimes I feel Jamie is listing the activities he is doing rather describing ... but I also became very comfortable with this. I like that Jamie is rational and he is not one person who challenges authority or doing something stupid. When Pete (his boyfriend who is also an ex cop) told Jamie to stay in the car, Jamie STAYED in the car, rather than running after his boyfriend and ended up endangering both. I agree wholeheartedly with ttg's review. Yes, Meg Perry's writing is quite simplistic and sometimes I feel Jamie is listing the activities he is doing rather describing ... but I also became very comfortable with this. I like that Jamie is rational and he is not one person who challenges authority or doing something stupid. When Pete (his boyfriend who is also an ex cop) told Jamie to stay in the car, Jamie STAYED in the car, rather than running after his boyfriend and ended up endangering both. You could say that heck being rational in mystery stories is boring! Well, I think it is refreshing instead. The mystery is not complicated. I figure out the murderer and the motivation behind the murderers and the missing 15th centrury book early on. But that's okay, I'm not reading this for the complex mystery anyway. As for Jamie and Pete's relationship, I have to admit that I'm getting really, REALLY annoyed with Pete's attitude of avoiding issues and not willing to go through couple's therapy. I'm that Jamie challenges that; I like that Jamie insisted that "we need to talk" to Pete when they have issues, rather than burying it deep inside (because men don't talk, bah!). I hope to see their relationship moving forward (because near the end, Pete finally relent to Jamie's request) It's a cozy mystery for me, I guess. So I will keep this on my list to read :)

  4. 4 out of 5

    clear skies

    I was disappointed in this book. I didn't like the main plot, it was flimsy and really it was a bit far-fetched and no use of Jamie's time. It also became a tad repetitive as well - guess what not everything can be solved purely by Jamie's occupation. I understand the plot was about a missing book but alas I am not sure why he was involved in the case. The only reason he was - was to bring back Ethan, Jamie's ex-boyfriend of 7 years. At the same time Pete's only real boyfriend Luke also shows bac I was disappointed in this book. I didn't like the main plot, it was flimsy and really it was a bit far-fetched and no use of Jamie's time. It also became a tad repetitive as well - guess what not everything can be solved purely by Jamie's occupation. I understand the plot was about a missing book but alas I am not sure why he was involved in the case. The only reason he was - was to bring back Ethan, Jamie's ex-boyfriend of 7 years. At the same time Pete's only real boyfriend Luke also shows back up. It was very...bland and a bit desperate in the way these elements were written. An obvious obstacle something to cause conflict as opposed to being a part of the storytelling. I'm still #TeamPete and I still think Jamie's obsession with their sex life is bordering on insulting. At this point I am constantly being told about their relationship and there is lack of feeling and depth here. Their routine is mundane and repetitive. You don't need to tell me that Pete cooks every night, that they sit on their laptops, they research BLAH BLAH BLAH. It is frustrating to read and feels like COPY AND PASTE for each book now. Yes, we got somewhere with the relationship but this book left a sour taste. Jamie is a child and his constant my brother is a detective is so eye roll worthy. The case was boring and I feel it's on a wash cycle where we keep repeating the same thing but insert new case. Broaden your horizons because the series hit a HUGE bump with this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~

    I enjoyed this book in the Jamie Brody series much more than the previous book. The mystery was engaging enough and even though the resolution doesn't make much sense (view spoiler)[(how exactly did Roewer know that Kevin was flying to California to look at the book? Roewer was in Germany, ya? Ethan was in Boston.) (hide spoiler)] it was still better than the non-mystery that bogged down the last book. I'm still not really connecting to Jamie and Pete. Pete's jealousy is not appealing, and Jamie' I enjoyed this book in the Jamie Brody series much more than the previous book. The mystery was engaging enough and even though the resolution doesn't make much sense (view spoiler)[(how exactly did Roewer know that Kevin was flying to California to look at the book? Roewer was in Germany, ya? Ethan was in Boston.) (hide spoiler)] it was still better than the non-mystery that bogged down the last book. I'm still not really connecting to Jamie and Pete. Pete's jealousy is not appealing, and Jamie's rant halfway through is even less so. Still, over all, they are communicating better and working out their issues. Their issues just don't really engage me or make me want to root for their relationship. This one also felt somewhat less repetitive. Perry's gotten better at summarizing with a sentence or two, but there is still a lot of redundancy as every single side character has to get brought up to date on the mystery and Jamie's and Pete's relationship woes at various points throughout the story. One character am I liking quite a lot is Jamie's dad. He's concerned and protective without being overbearing. He allows Jamie room to think when he and Pete have a fight, but doesn't coddle him. That's good parenting. I also really like Clinton and how he's gone from a one-note character to an important member of the Scoobies.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Good series continuation as both Jamie and Pete's ex-boyfriends turn up, Jamie gets involved in a murderous search for an old book, and, of course, Jamie and Pete continue to work on their relationship issues. Fortunately, the mystery in this one was more substantial than in the previous book, although I think both mystery and relationship issues could've been edited down to decrease how repetitive and contrived things felt by the end. Good series continuation as both Jamie and Pete's ex-boyfriends turn up, Jamie gets involved in a murderous search for an old book, and, of course, Jamie and Pete continue to work on their relationship issues. Fortunately, the mystery in this one was more substantial than in the previous book, although I think both mystery and relationship issues could've been edited down to decrease how repetitive and contrived things felt by the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debbie McGowan

    Generously suspending disbelief quite regularly with this series - maybe it's the British/American distinction between reader and author because my knowledge of academia, psychology and counselling is often at odds with what I'm reading. I don't know any PhDs in psychology who had to undergo counselling as a requirement of their doctorate (that may be different in clinical psychology), and I question the counsellor's practice (non-spoiler version). Niles's Brit-speak also gave me a chuckle or tw Generously suspending disbelief quite regularly with this series - maybe it's the British/American distinction between reader and author because my knowledge of academia, psychology and counselling is often at odds with what I'm reading. I don't know any PhDs in psychology who had to undergo counselling as a requirement of their doctorate (that may be different in clinical psychology), and I question the counsellor's practice (non-spoiler version). Niles's Brit-speak also gave me a chuckle or two. The only real issue I take with this instalment is the casual sexism: 'I reacted like a damn girl' and 'I guess he was high maintenance, for a guy'. Admittedly, it's only a couple of instances, but it soured my enjoyment of the story. Still a compelling read, still enjoying the characters, and it's fiction, after all, written to entertain not inform. I thought the conflict between Jamie and Pete was particularly well done. Notwithstanding the above points concerning realism and sexism, this series is an intelligent read...and I went straight on to book five.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vero

    Interesting mystery and more relationship development The mystery/sleuthing part was nice and interesting to read (little tiny point for pedantics like me: There is no "university of Bavaria". Bavaria is a federal state in the republic of Germany, with Munich as capital. The university in Munich, my alma mater, as it happens, is called "Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universitaet", for short "LMU". If you google "university Munich" it is the first hit after the ads. Just saying...). The relationship between Interesting mystery and more relationship development The mystery/sleuthing part was nice and interesting to read (little tiny point for pedantics like me: There is no "university of Bavaria". Bavaria is a federal state in the republic of Germany, with Munich as capital. The university in Munich, my alma mater, as it happens, is called "Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universitaet", for short "LMU". If you google "university Munich" it is the first hit after the ads. Just saying...). The relationship between Pete and Jamie does progress, but I can't help to feel a little bored by Pete. He just doesn't come across as someone so great or interesting. (view spoiler)[ And the whole abuse part somehow takes away from some of the possible dynamics. It makes a lot of stuff "not up for discussion" because of Pete's history. And incompatibility in the bedroom is a very serious problem imho. (hide spoiler)] I will continue with the series, as it is well written, entertaining and interesting. Maybe it won't become a favourite, but it has its own qualities.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Neet

    This is the 4th book in The Jamie Brodie mysteries and as Jamie says it must be National Old Boyfriends week and he didn't get the memo.Jamie is preparing to go to England and more pointedly Oxford in a few weeks,when who should darken his door at work,but his ex Ethan.To say Jamie is surprised to see his ex would be an understatement.Ethan and his new boyfriend,Charlie for assistance with the research of a paper they both are working on.Ethan also wants to apologize on how he hurt Jamie and end This is the 4th book in The Jamie Brodie mysteries and as Jamie says it must be National Old Boyfriends week and he didn't get the memo.Jamie is preparing to go to England and more pointedly Oxford in a few weeks,when who should darken his door at work,but his ex Ethan.To say Jamie is surprised to see his ex would be an understatement.Ethan and his new boyfriend,Charlie for assistance with the research of a paper they both are working on.Ethan also wants to apologize on how he hurt Jamie and ended their relationship while they attended Oxford.Peter isn't happy about the reappearance of Ethan in their lives.Imagine Jamie's surprise when a knock on their townhouse door reveals Pete's ex Lucas.Lucas makes his intentions known to Jamie,and though Pete kicks him out of their home,he feels Jamie should n't be jealous of his ex.I won't say more other then fasten your seatbelts,this will be a bumpy ride.This is a good read and a wonderful series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    3.6 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mistral

    3.5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    ~Mindy Lynn~

    3.5★

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darryl W McKee

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  16. 4 out of 5

    Niki

  17. 5 out of 5

    PaperMoon

  18. 4 out of 5

    SamSpayedPI

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steven C

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marian Guerrant

  21. 4 out of 5

    Grandmat

  22. 5 out of 5

    geraldine casey

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  26. 5 out of 5

    Munch

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Haldis

  29. 5 out of 5

    mefelixsta

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bruno

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