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Something fun!

As promised, the anthology of Jamie Brodie short stories will be published at the end of August on both Amazon and Smashwords. I’ve sent the cover photo to my graphic artist and hope to have the book up for pre-order within the next couple of weeks.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier. By aprillynn77 – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=431421

There are 32 stories in total, 20 of them brand new material. The rest are those you’ve read here on the blog, or that have been included with some of the books. Now, there are no new mysteries in these stories. The only story with a mystery for Jamie to solve is There Goes the Neighborhood. So if you read the books mostly for the mysteries and don’t care that much about the rest of Jamie’s life, be warned that the short stores are all about the rest of Jamie’s life.

The anthology is called Dirty Laundry: The Jamie Brodie Short Stories, Vol. 1. (There will be a Vol. 2 eventually, as I write more short stories.)

If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I produce a soundtrack for each book. I’ve done the same for the anthology. But, instead of releasing the soundtrack after the book is published, I’m going to release this one before! Beginning this Sunday (7/31) and running through 8/31, I’ll post the title of one of the stories and the song that I chose to illustrate it. Here comes the fun part – you can try to figure out what/who the story is about based on the title and song. Some of them are glaringly obvious; some you may remember from before. Some of them, I think, will be tricky.

I can’t wait to see if you can figure them all out. 😀 See you on Facebook!




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Trapped to Death Soundtrack


By © 2004 by Tomasz Sienicki [user: tsca, mail: tomasz.sienicki at gmail.com] (Own work) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Beginning tomorrow on my Facebook page, you can catch the 13 tracks on the Trapped to Death “soundtrack.” Want to know what I hear playing in my head for certain scenes? Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/JamieBrodieMysteries/

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The soundtrack for Talked to Death

This was a tough one. There aren’t that many songs about library conferences. Who’d have thought? 🙂 But I put together a list that I thought matched up with some of the scenes in the book. CAUTION: Spoiler alert!!!


On the Road Again – Willie Nelson: As Jamie and Liz are driving

Shouting in the Library – Popple: When Creighton is arguing in the lobby as Pete and Jamie go to dinner

Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt: When Pete and Jamie shower together before bed

Jive Talkin – Bee Gees: When Pete is telling Jamie that the police want them to sit in on the questioning

Librarian – Haunted Love: When Avery Roth is telling the police about Creighton and Renee Jubelirer

Low Budget – The Kinks: When Grant Schaeffer is talking about cuts to the library’s databases at the reception

Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones: When we first see Haywood Kern on Jamie’s laptop

Getting Away With Murder – Papa Roach: When Autumn reports on the sidewalk conversation she overheard

Dirty Work – Steely Dan: As Kern is being led from his home by Detective Rinaldi

Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson: When Rinaldi is telling Pete and Jamie about Amanda and Gwen

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The soundtrack for Stacked to Death

Making book playlists is fun! I’ve run across songs I forgot about, and songs I’ve never heard but fit a scene perfectly. I’ve discovered that my playlists are more like soundtracks. I’m choosing songs that I think would make great background music for a particular scene, or occasionally, a song or piece of music that gets mentioned or sung in the book.

Since Stacked to Death was published fairly recently, I’ve gone back and created a playlist/soundtrack for it. Here it is, with the corresponding scene.

1. “You Gotta Be” – Des’Ree. “You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser; you gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger; you gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together.” This is Jamie’s anthem at the beginning of the book, when he’s trying to convince himself, his boss, and everyone else that he’s fine after the events of Psyched to Death.


2. “I Wish It Would Rain” – The Temptations. “Sunshine, blue skies, please go away…” When Jamie is walking to Kevin’s apartment after discovering Austin’s body.


3. “Oh Very Young” – Cat Stevens.  “And though you want to last forever, you know you never will…and the goodbye makes the journey harder still.” When Jamie and Frank find Austin Sharp’s friends creating a memorial to him in the stacks.


4. “Comfortably Numb” – Pink Floyd. “I can’t explain, you would not understand; This is not how I am; I have become comfortably numb.” When Jamie sees his doctor for sleeping pills.


5. “Devil Inside” – INXS. “Every single one of us the devil inside.” When it becomes clear that a serial killer is on the loose.


6. “Librarian” – My Morning Jacket. “Simple little bookworm, buried underneath is the sexiest librarian; take off those glasses and let your hair down for me.” Kristen Beach’s theme song.


7. “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers. “Lean on me when you’re not strong.” Pete supporting Jamie.


8. “True Colors” – The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. “Don’t be afraid to let them show; your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow.” When Justin comes to Jamie to talk about coming out. This is my all-time favorite arrangement of this song, recorded for the It Gets Better project.


9. “Better Days” – Goo Goo Dolls. “And you ask me what I want this year And I try to make this kind and clear Just a chance that maybe we’ll find better days.” Near the end of the book, when Kevin and Jamie are talking about how recent events have changed them.


10. “Work in Progress” – Alan Jackson. “”Just be patient, I’m a work in progress.” The last scene, with Pete and Jamie in bed.




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