Jamie Brodie is on deadline. On Clinton Kenneally's recommendation, he schedules a writing retreat at a monastery--which turns out to be quite different from what he expected. Meanwhile, Kevin Brodie and Jon Eckhoff are dealing with a dead drug dealer, doggie diarrhea, and a reality TV camera crew. But when it turns out that Kevin knows the victim, the case gets a whole lot more interesting.
The Association of Self-Publishing is holding its annual conference on UCLA's campus, and Mercedes Moran, superstar of self-publishing, is the keynote speaker...until she turns up dead in the back of the exhibit hall. Kevin Brodie and Jon Eckhoff are on the case, and they enlist Jamie Brodie's and Kristen Beach's help with navigating the world of self-published authors.
Here are 32 short stories that take place in the Jamie Brodie Mysteries universe, most of them never previously published. Spanning from 1974-2017, the stories tell of first dates, first loves, and first meetings of lifelong friends.
Elaine Pareja didn’t have fans among her colleagues in the psychology department. When her promotion application is denied and she is fired, no one is sorry. When Elaine is reinstated for no apparent reason, it causes a revolt. When she is killed, her colleagues become suspects. But Elaine was a keeper of secrets. Jamie Brodie, Sheila Meadows and the cops search for the one that led to her death.
There are signs that Jamie Brodie’s autumn quarter might bring trouble. First, his next door neighbors unexpectedly drop off the grid. Several days later Jamie discovers - with the help of his dog - that something very bad has happened in the neighbors’ house. When the victim is identified, Jamie briefly becomes a suspect - but something far more dangerous is lying in wait for Jamie.
Rafe Conroy, has-been actor, is filming a TV pilot: his big comeback. But his comeback is cut short when he’s found dead. Who killed Rafe? There are plenty of suspects. Was it Rafe's drug dealer? Or the dealer's ex, Abby Glenn, who discovered the body? Thanks to Abby's involvement, Kevin Brodie can't work the case. It's up to Jon Eckhoff and Jamie Brodie to solve before the killer strikes again.
Scott Deering, LA Philharmonic cellist, doesn't play weddings, but a friend's emergency finds him anchoring a college string quartet at a lavish wedding. Then his second violinist turns up dead.
Jamie Brodie gets sucked into the investigation after the theft of a music score from UCLA Libraries. Jamie wants to finalize his own wedding plans but first has to help his ex, Scott, track down a killer.
Who is Randall Chesterson Barkley, and why has he named Jamie Brodie and his brothers in his will? The answer to that question leads Jamie to another answer: the story of what really happened to his mom. Then two murders throw Jamie, Kevin and Jeff into an investigation that uncovers more secrets from the past - and forces Jamie into a decision where there is no option for a happy ending.
Librarians gone wild! It’s a typical state library association conference - presentations, networking, receptions, drinking, strangers appearing in Pete and Jamie’s room in the middle of the night… What’s atypical is murder. A lot of people hated library director Hugo Creighton, most of them librarians. Can Jamie help the police solve Creighton’s murder before the suspects go home?
In 1915 Scottish farmer Robert Thomson disappeared from Orkney with a Stone Age relic. Now his great-great-grandson, Pete Ferguson, is coming to Scotland with Jamie Brodie to meet Pete's distant cousins and investigate Robert’s disappearance. But the homophobia of the Thomson patriarch threatens to derail their quest - and a meeting in a pub brings Pete and Jamie's relationship to a turning point.
When Jamie Brodie finds Austin Sharp dead, strangled in the library stacks, the police have plenty of suspects. When another student is found strangled, the focus of the investigation shifts – both were from the same hometown. Then a third student is found dead. A serial killer is on the loose, and the police send in the elite Homicide Special Unit. And their favorite suspect is Jamie.
Who killed Matt Bendel? The police suspect his partner, Elliott Conklin. Elliott was found with the body, covered in blood, and he doesn’t have an alibi. Elliott wants Pete Ferguson to help clear his name. But Pete doesn’t have time – and he thinks Elliott might be guilty. Jamie Brodie isn’t so sure. Matt had a secret . The investigation leads to someone from Jamie's past - and another death.
It seems Jamie Brodie can't go anywhere anymore without a body turning up. Jamie and Pete arrive in New Mexico to find that Alamogordo has been invaded - by fans of a TV show called Alien Visitors. The host of the show, Dixon Gill, was found dead in the lobby of Steve's building. Gill's fans believe he was killed by the FBI. Jamie knows that's not true. But who did kill Gill?
Jamie Brodie is looking forward to a week of vacation in Oxford, England. Before he's even packed, a couple of complications arise. The first is Jamie's ex, Ethan; the second is Pete's ex. Jamie leaves for Oxford, not sure where he stands with Pete - and gets tangled up in a murder related to a missing book. Could Ethan be a murderer?
A phone call in the middle of the night tells Pete Ferguson that one of his childhood friends, Mark Jones, has committed suicide. Mark’s family wonders if Mark was abused by the same priest at whose hands Pete suffered. Pete is convinced the priest is connected to Mark's suicide. Jamie isn't so sure. When the evidence starts pulling them in different directions, will it tear them apart?
Jamie Brodie helps his ex-sister-in-law clean her hoarded apartment - and finds a dead body. What the dead man was clutching in his hand might be the answer to a thousand-year-old mystery. As Jamie investigates, he uncovers a hoard of secrets – but the biggest secret of all belongs to Jamie’s boyfriend, Pete.
Jamie Brodie, gay academic librarian, investigates the death of his former boyfriend, who mailed him a cryptic letter just before his death. Was Dan's death murder? Why would someone kill over an article published in an obscure medical journal? And why does Jamie have the feeling that someone is following him?