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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
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Before reviewing "No Such Thing As a Lost Cause", I took the time to re-read the previous four books in this excellent series by Shelly Fredman. When I review a book in a series I ask myself some basic questions: 1) Does this author follow his/her own canon? 2) Do the characters develop or are they stagnant? 3) Does the plot relate realistically to the characters? After those questions are answered, I will read the book as a "stand-alone". A good story should shine all by its self, with or without a series to back it up.

Unlike some of the more popular "Heroine Based Cozy Mysteries" such as Janet Evanovch's "Stephanie Plum" series, Fredman makes her characters reach and grow. Brandy Alexander is egocentric albeit self-debasing. She has a good heart and tries to better herself. She believes in true love and keeps finding it over and over again. Her present and by far most intriguing love interest is a dark and dangerous Nick Santiago. The reader is torn between wanting this couple to succeed and dreading the consequences if they do.

The plot of "...Lost Cause" is contemporary and poignant and involves the cruel world of dog fighting and the reality of street gangs and drug smuggling. Fredman manages to make all this work and still keep the book light enough to stay in the "cozy" genre. The story is sexy without being about sex. It is violent without displaying the violence. It reads well and leaves great visual images in your mind. It is a true example of its genre. And I highly recommend it.

When will a major publisher pick up this talented and promising author? Given the proper backing Brandy Alexander could be this generation's Nancy Drew...all grown up and knee-deep in trouble.

Five well earned stars!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
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Loved it, loved it, loved, loved, loved it. Another outstanding entry in the Brandy Alexander books. Despite the serious topic, Shelly Fredman once again brings delightful humor through the thoughts and antics of Brandy and her friends.

The fall out from an ill-fated ride-along weighs heavily on Brandy as she deals with her new relationship with Nick, accepting a new woman in Bobby's life, and trying to win over Johnny's new guy. When she discovers a disgusting twist in the already horrendous world of dog fighting, her increased awareness of the atrocity haunts her. In typical Brandy fashion, and over the concern of her friend. she feels compelled to take action against the horror of this so called sport. While trying to determine if a man who died in a hospital was, in fact, murdered, she encounters the more problems and greater danger. After all it wouldn't be a Brandy book is someone wasn't trying to kill her.

All of our regular friends are back offering her support. You have to love these guys. This books has the usual humor but there is also a feeling that these guys are growing up, even Brandy.

If you are a fan of Brandy and her friends you will love this book. If you are new to her world, hold on and get ready for a wild ride.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
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I have been eagerly awaiting book 5 since I completed book four. Even going as far as joining Shelly Fredmans' FB page so as not to miss the release. The past few days waiting for Amazon to release the book has been pure torture. I'm glad to say Ms. Fredman and Brandy have not disappointed me. What a great Christmas gift! Being enmeshed in the antics of Brandy and gang. And, Nick...hmm, all I can say is yummy! The only negative thing I can say is having to wait for book six.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
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Brandy is up to her normal nosy antics again in the 5th installment of the No Such Thing as a series, and it is a great read. While all of the books in the series deal with very serious topics, the humor, character growth, and ongoing relationship storylines between Brandy and her supporting cast make this one of the best books in the series.

Ms. Fredman does a fantastic job balancing the humor of Brandy's life, relationships, and insecurities with her crusade to right the multitude of wrongs in the worlds of dog fighting, gang violence, and drug running. I found myself laughing out loud at several scenes in this book, and the humor in the No Such Thing as a series is one of the things (hottie Nick is one of the others) that keeps me coming back for each new installment. It is also immensely refreshing to see a main character learn and grow from her experiences in each book. While she still faces romantic insecurity in all of the installments, her ability to solve crimes/mysteries and take care of herself has shown definite improvement since the first installment, and I love seeing this independent spirit in a female heroine.

Since No Such Thing as a Lost Cause was such a great read, my only problem will be the wait for installment number six. I am completely addicted to this series, and I highly recommend it! Happy reading!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
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I was most fortunate to preview this latest installment of the Brandy Alexander Series!
Faithful readers will fall in love with her all over again and new readers will see what all the fuss is about!
Stunning, smart, up-to-date, genuine, TOTALLY Philly, and totally entertaining!!!!
Forget 5 stars... as a Philly girl myself I say... let's give it 5 Chocolate Tastykakes!!!! :) Brandy would approve. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2012
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The wait for this book felt like forever but it was worth it! Brandy's latest adventure will make you both laugh and cry and leave you wanting more! I have read so many books and this series is by far my favorite. I wish I could write as well as Ms. Fredman to express how much a love Brandy and the gang. Through each book the characters have grown but stayed true to themselves and made you love them even more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
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This book was well worth the wait. This book kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what each new chapter would bring. Thank you Shelly Friedman!! Another home run!! Now....time to read it again...slower!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
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Shelly Fredman has out done herself with NO SUCH THING AS A LOST CAUSE! Each book in the Brandy Alexander series improve with character development, plots, hot romances and the mystery/story itself. Shelly's books are worth the wait and she never disappoints her faithful readers; she takes her time to write the best book and not a rushed, same old situation re-hashed over and over in book after book and she leaves the reader wanting more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
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Shelly Fredman has done it again with her latest adventures of Brandy Alexander! Her latest book reunites the reader with Brandy and the gang once again and takes the reader on an adventure of drug smuggling and dog fighting and murder by blowtorch! The book lets you into Brandy's thoughts and provides great comic moments. A MUST READ!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
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First a note to Amazon: You REALLY, REALLY do need a six star rating for those rare, definitely, six star books.

No Such Thing as a Lost Cause is such a book. Lost Cause, the fifth in Ms Fredman's Brandy Alexander series, really shines! Ms Fredman has outdone herself! Bravo.

Can you tell I loved this book? I love the series. I am an avid reader and all too often I find books lacking - not what I hoped. Lost Cause is everything I could have hoped for and more.

Brandy and the whole cast of characters were back in this book and I felt that I had once again entered a world of characters that I have grown to love and feel a part of. Every single one of them. Ms Fredman stays true to her writing and I LOVE that.

Other reviewers have given a synopsis of the book's plot. I loved the whole book, from cover to cover, every word.

Rather than repeat the storyline or plot line, I think I will comment on a couple of little tidbits from the book...little tidbits that "did" it for me....

A line that made my heart go pitty-pat: "Eres el amor de mi vida, Angel." *sigh*.

A line that gave me a whole lot of hope: "and he mentioned something about a leap of faith".

And THEN the book cover became perfection. It says it all. Yay! Brandy. You go girl.
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