Brandy Borne and her suspiciously well-informed mother, Vivian, have the winning bid on an abandoned storage unit's "mystery" contents, which they discover includes a vintage cornet. But when they arrive to claim the rest of their loot, the space is empty--except for the recently stowed body of Big Jim Bob, Vivian's tipster--a.k.a. former flame. Only one thing is certain: someone has definitely put the "rage" in storage!
Murder turns to mayhem when an intruder steals into the Borne home, tries to mete out some ruff justice to Brandy's ferociously fluffy shih tzu, Sushi, and makes off with the cornet. But why is the horn worth killing for? Clues soon lead the sleuthing Borne duo to the next stashed victim--and some of Serenity's juiciest secrets. Now Brandy and Mother will have to play a perilous game of cat-and-mouse droppings to catch the corpse-hoarding killer before it's time to blow "Taps" for all concerned. . .
Barbara Collins, co-editor of the best-selling anthology Lethal Ladies, has contributed short stories to numerous collections, including entries in most volumes of the popular Cat Crimes series; several of her tales have been selected for The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories collections. Occasionally she collaborates with her husband, and their co-bylined stories have appeared in Hot Blood and Till Death Do Us Part, among other anthologies; she was also Production Manager on the two Mommy features. Their previous collaboration, Nathan Collins, is a sixteen-year-old high school student in Muscatine, Iowa, where the family lives.