Brenda Reynolds was a suspect in the murder investigation of high school student Caleb Millhouse in To Pay A Deadly Price (Case #2 of Toomeswood) as well as divorcee Lorena Esposito in A Devastation Of Love (Case #3 of Toomeswood) and her co-worker, high school teacher Darcy Keller in A Fallen Hero (Case #5 of Toomeswood).
Brenda was a 74 year old home economics teacher with short wavy grey hair and green eyes under black horn rimmed glasses as well as mauve lipstick. She wore a long sleeved lavendar blouse underneath a light blue apron. It is known that Brenda eats protein bars, visits saunas, works out and is a pescatarian.
In her second suspect appearance, she ditches her apron and is seen holding a vape in her left hand. It is known that Brenda vapes, eats communion wafers and is allergic to seafood and uses allergy medicine.
Events of Criminal Case
Brenda became a suspect when a piece of paper revealed her as one of two faculty members who attended a disciplinary meeting with the victim (the other teacher being science teacher Jack Princeton). When asked by Vanessa and the player, Brenda cited that the meeting never happened due to the victim's mother deciding a nail appointment taking priority over a disciplinary meeting.
Brenda de-escalated a situation that was caused between vlogger Brad Ryder and the team along with Jack by having the latter three listen to Brad who came to the team via tracking them down with a GPS to share allegations about the victim's bullying behaviour. She later interrogated Brad about his findings and when Brad handed the teacher his phone, the allegations were revealed to be true (attacking kindergarteners outside of school hours, cyberbullying grade 8 students etc.).
Later on in the investigation, Brenda reported a physical altercation ensued between Coach Brock Rothery and Jack which was ended by Principal Gerald Deckerton who without allowing Jack to explain his side of the story, automatically decided that the coach was in the right which infuriated both Brenda and Jack.
Brenda was spoken to again when the victim's cellphone was analyzed and admitted her interest in interrogating Brad about his allegations against the victim; the victim and his mother threatened to out her as a closeted bisexual. She stated that she was blackmailed for refusing to change Caleb's grades because of his poor performance and deliberate vandalism of equipment, especially his sexual harrassment of his female classmates.
Ultimately, Brenda was found innocent after Brock was incarcerated for the murder. She was spoken to after she was reported by the school psychologist to be in severe distress in which the team found an empty blister packet in the school cafeteria which (per Lucas) was confirmed to be the home ec.teacher's anti-depressants.She explained that she had been distressed amid possible rumours of Elanna Esposito (who she felt was like a daughter to her) possibly being forced by her mother to emigrate back to Tijuana. However, much to Brenda's heartbreak, the rumors were confirmed to be true per a goodbye note the team found at the school's sauna room. Jane gently suggested a group therapy center for her as well as a local garden to help her cope with the void of losing Elanna. Before the team left, she thanked them for arresting Brock for the murder.
Brenda became a suspect when the team arguing with the victim via text messages on the victim's cellphone over abruptly forcing Elanna to move away from Toomeswood. When Vanessa asked her about the arguement, the home economics teacher stated that she felt that Lorena was a threat to the teenager's safety due to the victim's insanity and mental instability as a result of her religious upbringing from the victim's mother Veronica Hernandez.
Brenda was spoken to again when the team found her empty medicine bottle, she told the team that the victim also threw away the home economics teacher's seafood allergy medicine which the home economics teacher needed to not only be able to follow her diet but to be able to make recipes involving seafood. Lorena also believed medicine to be sinful and wanted to protect Elanna's "immortal soul" from being "corrupted" by medicine, as she had once used Epi-pen to save Elanna's life from her allergy to wheat; which the victim felt that it was unholy to have such an allergy and only God knew what was best. Brenda once again deemed Lorena to be the only danger to Elanna and Lorena, alone.
Later on in the investigation, Brenda was involved in a scuffle with Veronica after the latter tried to assault a young girl for wearing a short skirt by paddling and spraying her with holy water.
For the second time, Brenda was ultimately found innocent after Veronica was incarcerated for the murder. However after Elanna made a heartbreaking decision to cut off all ties with Brenda in order to protect the home economics teacher from any harm that may come, she was left upset and frustrated by this decision. She also helped the team find more evidence on Veronica's sordid past.
- Brenda is thus far the only non-main character to appear as the player's partner while being a suspect in the main leg of the investigation.
- Brenda is one of the characters to appear as a suspect in two consecutive cases