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Initial post: Oct 23, 2011 11:25:56 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I have recommended Shelly Fredman's Brandy Alexander series before. It was recommended to me by a fellow member of one of my yahoo groups. I only ordered the first, No Such Thing As a Secret, just in case I didn't like it. Boy was I sorry I didn't order all three at the same time!

If you like the Stephanie Plum series or Stephanie Bond's Body Movers series, I think you woud enjoy this series. And finally she has them in eBook format. No Such Thing As A Secret was just reduced to 99 cents.

I'm horrible at summaries but here goes...Brandy returns to Philly to attend a friend's wedding. She had been working in LA as a puff-piece reporter. Her friend John is murdered, and Brandy gets herself involved. I love Shelly's humor and the realism she brings to her characters.

Currently, there are 4 books in this series, and Shelly is working on the 5th. Before the accusations of shill and sock puppets start showing up, I was first a fan of Shelly and have since become a friend. Shelly regularly participates in chats on her yahoo group and does respond to her emails. If this doesn't sound like something you would like to read, please pass. But if you do like these types of stories, I don't think you will be disappointed...especially for 99 cents.

No Such Thing as a Secret: A Brandy Alexander Mystery (No Such Thing As...A Brandy Alexander Mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 12:13:52 PM PDT
Bought all four books when they were recommended from the same group. Love them! Might have to get the ebooks just so they'll be handy to re-read.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 12:18:19 PM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I did the same thing. I just don't like to read print books anymore, so I have repurchased a lot of books that I know I will reread.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 1:24:44 PM PDT
I started reading the first Brandy book after a recommendation from another fan of the Stephanie Plum books, and I was instantly hooked. They reminded me so much of what I loved and missed about the Plum books, but with a fresh, fun take on things like: the girl meets sexy new guy and really likes him while still having some conflicting feelings about her ex... or a normal, average woman that could be just about anyone doing things that most of us wish we could do (like hunt down criminals and solve crimes!)

These are fun and easy reads, and books that I can reread over and over again, still finding the humor every time. I'm more than happy I found them, especially since I stopped enjoying other books like it about 5 books ago! I have also bought the Kindle format of the two out right now, because at that price, why not??

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 2:12:24 PM PDT
Terri D says:
This is my review from Amazon: I absolutely LOVE this series!!! Brandy left Philly four years earlier to get away from a broken relationship with cop boyfriend, Bobby DiCarlo. She landed a job in LA as a puff piece reporter, and things are going along fine until her best friend calls her home to be her maid of honor in her wedding. Of course, Brandy can't say no, but dreads going back and facing the memories. Within days of coming home, Brandy's singing at her brother's club with her old group and looks up into the eyes of her ex-boyfriend. Trying to play it cool, she steps forward to say hello and falls off the stage and knocks herself out. Thus begin the adventures of Brandy......

All of these books have an intriguing mystery, terrific friendships, laugh-out-loud humor and HOT, HOT guys!!! Give it a try. You won't be sorry. ;0

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 3:31:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2011 3:35:09 PM PDT
Someone recommended this series several years ago on a thread asking for books like the first few Stephanie Plum books. I'm not even sure why I decided to buy all three at once, since they were a little pricey, but I did and have never regretted it. I'm so glad to see these books being put on kindle at a price more people will try.

S Dunham~ I'm purchasing some books on kindle that I've already bought in print. Mainly the ones I know I'll re-read. I'm definitely getting the Brandy series on kindle as it comes out. I still like print books, but having my best-loved books on kindle is so convenient.

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 3:44:43 PM PDT
P. Amundson says:
I love, love, love Brandy Alexander and all her friends and family. I love every single aspect of these books and wouldn't change a thing. I tell as many people as I can about the series! Everyone must read them. Shelly Fredman is soooo talented, I just hope she can write more books and possibly a new series. Would love to see her do some stand alone books. The Brandy Alexander mysteries have it all, laugh out loud humor, heart warming characters and chemistry with the men in Brandy's life. The crazy mysteries Brandy solves are equally entertaining! Love all the books!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 3:46:02 PM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I went on a huge rebuying spree before the agency agreements took effect. I also love having all my favorites with me all the time!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 4:09:40 PM PDT
Eesh, is there ANYONE hotter than Nick?! lol He's so droolable. In books, I love the dark, mysterious, sexy guy, and Nick just fits that perfectly. lol

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 6:44:40 PM PDT
Barb4PSU says:
Love this series. So happy to see it coming in kindle so I can buy them again but have them on my kindle for whenever I need a good read

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 5:43:58 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I agree. I read fiction for entertainment. I want to read about people that have a life that is more exciting than my own.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 6:30:00 AM PDT
racefan says:
Okay, you convinced me! I purchased the first one, but the second and fourth are not available for Kindle so I clicked. My TBR list is endless so who knows when I'll get to it, but at least I have it. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 6:50:19 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Someone else from my yahoo group noticed that 2nd book, No Such Thing As A Good Blind Date, wasn't there. I'm just wondering if the new and cheaper version hasn't shown up yet. She is lowering the price to 2.99. I did send an email to Shelly to ask her about Blind Date. I'll post again when she replies.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 7:30:04 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
Just heard back from Shelly. The 2nd book, No Such Thing As A Good Blind Date, will be available next week. The 3rd, No Such Thing As A Free Lunch is already available. Then she will work on getting the 4th, No Such Thing As A Free Ride, into eBook format.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 7:47:25 AM PDT
I was wondering when Blind Date would be available. Thanks for checking on that. I went ahead and bought Free Lunch since I want the whole set on kindle anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2011 11:27:32 AM PDT
racefan says:
Thank you for that information! I'll keep an eye out so I can get it when it becomes available.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2011 7:33:12 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
You're welcome. Please let us know what you think!

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 9:57:16 AM PDT
I discovered this series too thanks to posts comparing Brandy to Stephanie Plum. I've read the first three, and am anxiously waiting for the 4th in eBook format.
I think it is almost a disservice to compare Brandy to Stephanie Plum. Both series have humor, but IMO Shelly's series doesn't devolve into juvenile humor like Plum has done in the past few books. Brandy is also, again IMO, growing as a character instead of staying stagnant and making the same mistakes. Brandy is loyal to her friends, a champion to the underdog, and determined to finish what she starts. I'm looking forward to her next adventure.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 9:59:40 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 10:13:14 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
Mizuki Lover...I think you posted in the wrong thread. We are talking about Shelly Fredman's Brandy Alexander series. You may want to repost your message in the intended thread so people won't miss it.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 10:14:20 AM PDT
I have all 4 books in printed form and am definitely adding all for my Kindle. This is without a doubt one of my all time favorite series. I love mysteries but even more I love them with some humor...and these are FUNNY! I mean "laugh out loud other people on the plane looking at me like I am a loon" funny. Can't wait for #5 to come out!

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 10:25:46 AM PDT
yes I did lol sorry!!! I was completely lost lol!

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 10:29:10 AM PDT
@ S. Dunham thanks that was embarrassing. But that book I mention you guys should check it out. "Mizuki dragon warriors vol.1" However I dont know how I ended up in this thread. But what the name of this Shelly Fredman's Brandy Alexander series?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 10:31:06 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I completely understand as I am having one of those days myself!

SBL-You are so right about the character development. I used to love how Stephanie Plum had grit and determination, but she changed into a lazy user. She regressed instead of moving forward. There is a lot of character growth with Brandy. She still makes mistakes but she learns from them.

And Jill...I so agree! Because I can related to some of the things that happen to Brandy, it makes it even funnier. I can't wait for #5 either.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 10:36:42 AM PDT
S. Dunham says:
The first book is No Such Thing As A Secret. There is a link to the Kindle book in the first post. There are 4 books so far in this series. Shelly is currently working on the 5th one. If you like the female sleuth type stories like Stephanie Plum, Carlotta Wren in the Body Movers series and the like, you would definitely enjoy this series.

I'm reading A Storm of Swords from George RR Martin's A Song Of Ice and Fire series at the moment. Then have A Feast of Crows ready to go. I will take a look at the book you suggested. Thanks!
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