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Brandy grew up in Philadelphia, but left for Los Angeles after Bobby, the love of her life, ended their 10-year relationship on grounds she never really understood. In L.A., she builds a whole new life for herself, including the job for the news network.
Four years later, she is back in Philadelphia for a short break and the wedding of one of her friends - and finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation shortly after her arrival.
The inevitable encounter with Bobby happens under the worst imaginable circumstances: Not only is he a police officer, warning her off the private investigation she has started. He is also married and has a little daughter. Regardless, there is still attraction and spark enough between the two to keep Brandy on her toes whenever Bobby is near.
But there is also the mysterious Nick, who helps with Brandy's investigation and leaves her confused as to what his - and her own - intentions actually are.
Last but not least, there is a murder to solve, and the police seem to be getting nowhere.
You already know that this is a series, so it is clear that Brandy will solve the mystery, and the author leaves enough loose ends to make the reader want to find out what will happen with some of the characters in the next book.
I must admit I did not (and still do not) care all that much for Brandy as a person, but the mystery was something of a page-turner in parts. In fact, one evening after work, I was reading while waiting for my train and so absorbed in the book that I did not look up when a train arrived; I simply got on. Two stops later I realised I was on the wrong train! I made haste to get off, get the next one back to Main Station and then finally catch the right train home.
While I did notice quite a few typesetting errors that could have been avoided with careful editing or proof-reading, they were not so many as to distract too much from the story. I downloaded the book for free from Amazon's kindle shop a couple of years ago, so I should not complain about typos.
Brandy, a puff-piece reporter for a Los Angeles TV station, returns to her hometown of Philadelphia for a wedding after a four-year absence caused by a painful break-up. While there, one of her best friends becomes the victim of a tragic explosion and Brandy’s the only one who sees it as an “on purpose.” She yearns to lose her vapid image and break the real story – and not get dead in the process. There’s romance, humor, political intrigue, friendship, and, oh, yeah, did I mention romance? All in just the right amounts.
Brandy is mouthy and fearless, and takes some stupid risks, but she learns from her mistakes. The supporting characters are entertaining (her parents who have retired to Florida, her girl bffs, who happen to be twins, and the fiend with the explosive problems). The two potential boyfriends (the guy from the painful breakup who’s now a married cop and may or may not be corrupt, and the exotic security expert) are intriguing. I note that as of the date of this review, there are at least three more books in the series and that’s a good thing.
Love the story but loved the people even more. Shelly Fredman has a amazing way with words that had me laughing out loud Brandy is a delightful nut but some of her friends are even crazier, but no matter how crazy they are, they are there for her when she needs them. He exboyfriend, studly, Italianesque cop Bobby is to die for gorgeous and sweet but married. Nick, new guy, mysterious and hunky sends tingles up her spine, and other place but the book is not graphic.
When her friend Johnny meets her at the airport with a serious case of paranoia, Brandy, a TV fluff piece reporter who dreams of being an investigative report, takes it with a grain of salt bud doesn't totally dismiss it. Soon, something big happens and she has to take it seriously. That is who she is, a woman who stands up for those in need.
If you can enjoy "old neighborhood" humor and great characters, you will fall in love with Brandy Alexander and her friends.