No Such Thing As a Good Blind Date [NOOK Book]

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When childhood friend and recent parolee, Toodie Ventura, suggests he exchange his plumbing services for the spare room of twenty-eight year old Brandy Alexander's house, the out-of-work new homeowner thinks it's a pretty good idea.

That is, until she discovers a dismembered body in her basement freezer and the suspect topping the list is the now missing Toodie.

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Overview

When childhood friend and recent parolee, Toodie Ventura, suggests he exchange his plumbing services for the spare room of twenty-eight year old Brandy Alexander's house, the out-of-work new homeowner thinks it's a pretty good idea.

That is, until she discovers a dismembered body in her basement freezer and the suspect topping the list is the now missing Toodie.

Brandy refuses to accept that her old friend is a cold-blooded killer and with the help of her ex-boyfriend, Detective Bobby DiCarlo and the sexy mystery man, Nicholas Santiago, she sets out to prove Toodie’s innocence.

Soon, Brandy finds herself up to her neck in stalkers and deranged killers, all the while juggling some of the worst blind dates ever!
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Editorial Reviews

Shelley Glodowski
Fredman expands Brandy’s collection of entertaining, exotic and eccentric friends in this installment of the Brandy Alexander series, even as she ratchets up the action…No Such Thing As a Good Blind Date is a rip-roaring good time.
Skye Lindborg
An excellent fast-paced entertaining book you’ll find a challenge to stop reading untilt he last page is finished.
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Meet the Author

Shelly Fredman firmly believes what she once read on a bumper sticker: "Reality is for people who lack imagination."

A former Philadelphian, Fredman now resides in Santa Monica, California where she splits her “real life” between writing, teaching elementary school, consuming mass quantities of chocolate and enjoying the many characters that manifest themselves in her head (in the non-clinical sense).
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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    Highly recommend - This book provides great humor!

    The story is well written, has romance, humor and a little bit of drama. Great entertainment. I enjoyed it so much I purchased other books written by Ms. Fredman.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    A series to get hooked on! I agree if you like a Janet Evanovich book, these are similiar in style.

    I can't wait to read more in this series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Evanovich fans will love Shelly Fredman's Brandy Alexander series!

    I read the whole series in a few days. I could not put them down! Now I'm anxiously awaiting #5!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Loved it!

    This book, #2 in this series, did not disappoint in the least!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    Brandy Alexander returns to South Philly for our reading pleasu

    Brandy Alexander returns to South Philly for our reading pleasure! This 2nd in the series is delightful and characters develop before our very eyes. Never one to turn her back on a friend, Brandy jumps in again to help. Love the self-talk, her "pep talks to me." Lots of humor as well as mystery. May as well buy the next 2 two cause darlin' Angel, Sweetheart, you're gonna love 'em and #5 is due out later this Spring.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Good fun read

    Not as good as the others but that still leaves a very enjoyable book. This series is a must read for book lovers, romance lovers, and mystery lovers. I adore the characters and the stories are fun.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    great read

    I have read the entire series so far and loved everyone one of them. They contain humor, mystery, suspense, and some romance. Brandy and her friends and family are highly likeable. Holds you interest from the first page to the last. Although they can be a stand alone, I would suggest reading in order. If you like Janet Evanovich then you will love Shelly Fredman as there is a lot more depth to her books.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    I will continue reading these books to the end. So fun and excit

    I will continue reading these books to the end. So fun and exciting. 

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    In book two of the Brandy Alexander mystery series, Brandy's moved back to her hometown of Philadelphia and is now proud owner of her parents' rowhouse. Brandy isn't having much luck finding a job so agrees to provide room and board to Toodie Ventura, a former friend, in exchange for plumbing work on the old house. Toodie turns out to be a great roommate but has one flaw: he keeps bringing home junk and storing it in the basement. When Brandy opens a freezer Toodie told her contains steak, she finds a dismembered woman's body instead. Enter Brandy's ex, cop Bobby DiCarlo, and the fireworks begin. Toodie disappears and Brandy's stuck with a constipated dog he left behind. An attorney claims the dog is his and a burglar tries to steal him, and Brandy becomes suspicious. Toodie calls Brandy, claiming innocence and asking her to find Glen, the man who gave him the freezer. No problem there: Glen's stalking Brandy. If that isn't bad enough, so is Bobby's wife, both with evil intent. Brandy goes on the run, straight into the arms of sexy Nicholas Santiago.

    Brandy Alexander is a fun character; a woman who isn't afraid of a few calories and is caught up in a triangular relationship with her ex and a man most consider dangerous. Fredman draws her reader into a humorous plot surrounding zany characters and laugh-out-loud scenarios and dialogue. The South Philadelphia setting is full of life and flavor, the writing witty and charming, topped by excellent first-person narrative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    Fredman's done it aagin, another smash hit.

    Shelly Fredman is the most fantastic story teller and you can't put this book down! It was such an exciting thrilling story that made you laugh, cry, scream and relieze that she captures the quirks of people so well. Amazing book.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

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    Even better than the first one if that's possible.

    Loved the first book in this series. I am definitely hooked and Brandy and the cast of characters in these books. <BR/><BR/>What can I say? This second book is as good, if not better than the first.<BR/><BR/>A worthwhile author to read. I suggest you get started on a great series.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Even better than Secret

    Shelly created an amazing follow up to Secret! Brandy bought her parents house and moved back to Philly. She continues to get herself into more trouble than she can handle. But getting assistance from the hot and sexy Nick and her ex-boyfriend Bobby. Again, this is very well written and the characters are first rate. It's obvious that Shelly put a lot of time and love into creating Brandy and her world and you won't be disappointed. A must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    No Blind dates for me........

    I've just fnished reading an awesomely great mystery by Shelly Fredman called 'No Such Thing As A Good Blind Date A Brandy Alexander Mystery'. OMG the book was great. It was a very entertaining, funny mystery about Brandy Alexander, her blind dates and all they drama they seem to cause. Who would have thought so much could happen to one person in just over a weeks time span. The story was told very well. I was able to sit back and picture Brandy telling about her adventures since she moved back home. If you haven't already be sure to check it out!!!!!! Thanks Shelly!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2007

    A must read!

    I would highly recommend, 'No Such Thing As A Blind Date' for anyone who has an insatiable appetite for adventure, a definite roller coaster ride. You can't help but love Brandy Alexander, her wonderful sense of humor and fun escapades. As a former Philadelphian, I did a stroll down memory lane, especially craving their wonderful hoagies and Philly steak sandwiches. You definitely can't miss reading this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2007

    I Loved This Book!

    This is the 2nd book I've read by Shelly Fredman and I hope she continues this series. I loved all the new characters, especially Toodie. I hope she writes him into the next book. Fredman creates believable characters. The situations may at times be far fetched, but the emotions are always real. The only problem is not knowing whether to root for Nick or Bobby. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys funny mysteries with characters you can fall in love with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Oh My GOD! Write Faster!!

    My friend turned me on to this series. The first one was great, but this one is even better. Brandy is hilarious. She's got so much heart and a really big mouth that keeps getting her into trouble. I wish I had a friend like her. Toodie is one of the best new characters I've met in a long time. I loved the mystery. It was really edgy but very funny. And I lust after Bobby and Nick, Brandy's love interests. They are wonderful! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Good Blind Date's Great!

    No Such Thing as a Good Blind date is the sequel to Shelly Fredman's No Such Thing as a Secret. It picks up where the last one left off--with the cute, clever Brandy Alexander moving back to her childhood home in So. Philadelphia. However, Brandy cannot afford all of her new expenses, and is forced to take in childhood friend Toodie Ventura as a roommate. Toodie is a screw-up, but Brandy loves him anyway, and when it looks like Toodie is in BIG trouble, Brandy stands by him and investigates his case. One of Fredman's hallmarks is her loveable characters, and Toodie is a great addition to the B.A. entourage. Its also great to check back in with Brandy's other friends and family from the first book. Although it is a sequel, Blind Date could easily be read on its own, without prior knowledge of the series. Blind Date is hilarious but not without its tense moments. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    A great sequel

    What a book of pure enjoyment. In No Such Thing as a Good Blind Date (isn¿t that the truth!) Ms. Fredman continues with the life and trials of investigative reporter Brandy Alexander as she moves back to her hometown of Philadelphia. We follow Brandy through the perils of being a homeowner, a good friend, struggling with her feeling for the men in her life, and investigating yet another murder. Ms. Fredman has done a wonderful job in this sequel to No Such Thing as a Secret. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Expect nothing less.

    This was even better then 'No such thing as a Secret.' I can't believe the trouble that Brandy gets herself into, and can't wait to see the creative ways she gets herself out of it. Love all the characters and the love triangle is just fantastic. Good Job Shelly, can't wait for the next 20 or so in your series. Happy writing.

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    Posted February 16, 2012

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