Thursday, July 9, 2020

Book Review: NO SUCH THING AS A SECRET :A Brandy Alexander Mystery #1 by Shelly Fredman


Meet Brandy Alexander, a young woman from South Philadelphia with a big mouth, an even bigger heart and a little problem with impulse control. It’s not her fault trouble seems to follow her around. Okay, it is her fault, but why quibble over details?

When Brandy (a puff piece reporter for a local Los Angeles TV news station) returns to her hometown after a four year absence, she is thrilled to be reunited with friends and family. But her joy is short-lived when her best friend, John, becomes the victim of a tragic accident. Brandy is alone in thinking that the death is “no accident” and as she sets out to prove her theory, she stumbles upon a political scandal of major proportions. Things begin to heat up, when it appears that her former boyfriend, police Detective Robert Anthony DiCarlo, is involved in sabotaging the investigation. The one thing Brandy knows for sure is that people keep turning up dead and if she doesn’t get some answers fast, she could end up on the short list.

As Brandy searches out the truth, she gains some unexpected allies including sexy, dangerous, street-savvy Nicholas Santiago and the now-married Bobby, who still holds a torch for his former girlfriend.

With humor, guts and determination, Brandy tackles each challenge – be it dodging a bullet or resisting that box of Tastykakes in the cupboard. Murder, mayhem and romance abound in Shelly Fredman’s novel, proving there really is No Such Thing as a Secret.


Brandy is quite the character, returning home only for a best friend's wedding. She stayed away in LA, not quite getting over her break up with Bobby DiCarlo. She's a bit impulsive and immature, but kind hearted and loyal. When her good friend, John, is believed dead, her wish to become more than someone reporting on dog shows comes out. Unfortunately, she doesn't do well in scary situations. She is going to find his killer, even if it means getting help from Nick Santiago. Especially after someone comes after her with a hatchet. 

This was a fun read for something light while staying at home, if not very realistic. Some might find references to certain behavior offensive. This is the first in the series, and hopefully Brandy matures a little as the series continues. 

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