Antiques Con

A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery

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"Endlessly amusing."--Kirkus Reviews

Small-town sleuths Brandy and Vivian Borne--with their trusty shih tzu, Sushi--head for a Big Apple comics convention to sell a rare 1940s Superman drawing. When an intruder breaks into their hotel suite, their madcap Manhattan misadventure is only beginning. Soon the out-of-towners stumble onto a murder victim impaled by a pen-shaped award. Villains abound--from cartoonists to crime bosses--creating a jumble of clues. Brandy and Vivian will leave no comic-book page unturned in their race to trap a ruthless killer.

Don't miss Brandy Borne's tips on antiques!
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About the author

BARBARA ALLAN is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and ten novels, including the 2008 winner of the Romantic Times Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery, Antiques Flee Market. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures. Learn more about them at www.maxallancollins.com and at www.barbaraallan.com.
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Publisher
Kensington
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Published on
Mar 31, 2015
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781617738760
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
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"Well-drawn characters…fun to read." --Booklist

Brandy Borne's exceedingly eccentric mother, Vivian, has been invited to perform her one-woman interpretation of "the Scottish play" (sometimes called Macbeth)--with different hats for different characters--at the neighboring town of Old York's annual fête. The weekend festival celebrates the quaint village's English flavor. Brandy, sensing a possible theatrical disaster, and savvy shih tzu Sushi, sensing possible doggy treats, tag along with the scene-stealing septuagenarian.

As soon as they arrive in the cozy hamlet, tragedy strikes: the theater owner drops dead onstage while giving Vivian the grand tour. That wasn't in the script and before they know it, Brandy and Vivian are entangled in a progressively perilous murder plot. Besides the cream teas and Chippendale chairs, it seems there are skeletons lurking among Old York's charming pubs and enticing antiques stalls …

When a second victim turns up mysteriously murdered, the dynamic duo knows they've got to step into the spotlight. But the remorseless killer seems to be well rehearsed for the Borne girls…and won't leave even the smallest detail of their demise to fête!

Don't miss Brandy Borne's tips on antiques fairs!

Praise For Barbara Allan's Trash 'N' Treasures Mysteries!

Antiques Swap

"Brandy and Vivian are engaging, well-drawn characters, and their first-person narration is fun to read. Quirky secondary characters add to the appeal of this humorous cozy mystery." --Booklist

Antiques Chop

"The characters shine with brassy humor . . . series fans will applaud." --Publishers Weekly

Antiques Disposal

"A ditzy mother-daughter duo, a denouement out of Nero Wolfe, antiquing tips . . . an amusing mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

Antiques Knock-Off

"Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog make this essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths." --Library Journal

Antiques Bizarre

"If you delight in the absurd and enjoy manic humor, you'll treasure the Trash 'n' Treasures mysteries." --Mystery Scene

Antiques Flee Market

"One of the funniest cozy series going." --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
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