no such thing as a free lunch
It's the new year and puff piece reporter Brandy Alexander has the best of intentions to keep her life safe, sane and simple...but she is having one tough week!

It seems that everyone at her new job at TV station WINN hates her--everyone except for co-worker Tamra Rhineholt.  But when their budding friendship is cut short by Tamra's apparent suicide, Brandy suspects foul play and (against the protests of her friends and family) sets out to prove it.  Soon Brandy is up to her neck in kidnappers, convicts and conspiracies--all the while battling her growing feelings for sexy mystery man, Nicholas Santiago.  Of course the amorous advances of her hunky ex-boyfriend, Detective Robert DiCarlo complicate matters even more.

Toss in a visit with her well meaning but overbearing parents, her total denial of her own emotional exhaustion and the free lunches she'd been promised but never quite materialize and you have the recipe for the newest Brandy Alexander mystery!
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Brandy Alexander has found herself once again plagued by more challenges than the average person. With her brother Paul announcing he is getting Bar Mitzvahed, her Floridian parents declare their intentions of not missing their thirty-year-old son becoming a “man” as well as their plans of staying with Brandy while in town. Her new job as piece reporter at a local cable television station has made her feel she’s entered forbidden territory with replacing the beloved Wendy who was fired. To top things off, not only is she counting pennies to survive, but her vehicle suddenly needs unexpected repairs.

Finally, a glint of hope appears when one of her co-workers, Tamra, not only speaks to her but invites her out to lunch, her treat. They go to the Walnut Street Inn, located in an old-world luxury hotel. Unfortunately, while eating, Tamra’s husband arrives, argues with his wife, and Tamra leaves the restaurant in a rush and the bill with Brandy. Could things possibly get worse? Absolutely. Tamra is found dead, and suicide is the apparent cause. However, Brandy doubts this conclusion and, against all warnings from her family and friends to stay out of it, she’s determined to find the truth at any cost. With the aide of her ex-boyfriend and police officer, Detective Robert DiCarlo and the sensual mysterious “Nick” she sets out to prove Tamra has met with foul play.

Once again, Shelly Fredman has put herself out there, giving anyone who enjoys a good mystery all the elements required to bring total entertainment between the covers. You’ll find colorful characters, vivid settings, humor, sexual tension, and suspense of the never knowing who to trust or what will happen next. Once I began this mystery, I found it nearly impossible to stop reading, turning page after page, waiting for that next heart thumping moment. This series is one at the top of my favorites list, and I’m sitting here once again, waiting for the next Brandy Alexander Mystery. I highly recommend this book to anyone who simply enjoys a well written fast paced book and if mysteries are your genre, then you’ve found a treasure.

Skye Lindborg