Antiques Maul

Kensington Books

After her impossible-but-adorable mother quits the local theater group, Brandy Borne has a brilliant idea for keeping Mother out of trouble: open their own booth at the new antiques mall in town. But things turn grim when a body is found between the cigar-store Indian and the chamber pot. . . The local law believes that normally good-natured Brad Pit Bull, the victim's dog, mauled its owner to death. But Brandy and Mother suspect the hound has been framed. And as Halloween approaches, true terror unmasks itself when Brandy's young son, Jacob, goes missing. Now Brandy and her diva mom are on the hunt to find Jake before a devious killer can maul again. . . Don't Miss Brandy Borne's Tips On Antiques! Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery Series. . . Cozy mystery fans will love this down-to-earth heroine with the wry sense of humor and a big heart. --Nancy Pickard Fun from start to finish. Dive in and enjoy.--Laurien Berenson on Antiques Roadkill Enormously entertaining. --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine on Antiques Roadkill A terrific new series. --S. J. Rozan
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Kensington Books
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Published on
Sep 1, 2008
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Pages
416
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ISBN
9780758236159
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Language
English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Barbara Allan
“Nonstop humor as well as a tangled mystery.” —RT Book Reviews

With their reality TV series, Antiques Sleuths, Brandy Borne and her quaintly kooky mother, Vivian, have a real hit on their hands. But another “hit” enters the picture, after a rival bidder becomes a one-woman show at their televised auctions—and it’s the estranged wife of Brandy’s police-chief beau, Tony! Soon the fine art of murder colors the scene, fitting Brandy for an ornately elaborate frame.

But when you’re inside a frame, it’s difficult to make out the picture. That’s why Brandy’s mom—her daughter now wearing basic jailhouse orange—must sort through a rogue’s gallery of suspects including a too-friendly farmer’s wife, a ratings-happy TV producer, a questionable husband-and-wife auctioneer team, and even the chief of police himself.

Brandy and Vivian race to determine how an empty antique frame can hold a deadly portrait, a picture worth a thousand dangerous words. Aided only by Sushi, their loyal shih tzu, and police dog Rocky, the wacky mother-and-daughter sleuthing team must learn the killer’s identity before they become the subjects of another masterpiece of murder.

Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on investing in antiques!


PRAISE FOR BARBARA ALLAN’S TRASH ‘N’ TREASURES MYSTERIES!
 
ANTIQUES FATE
 
“Well-drawn characters . . . fun to read.” —Booklist
 
ANTIQUES CON
 
“This fun, fast mystery shows Allan at the top of her game.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars
 
ANTIQUES SWAP
 
“Brandy and Vivian are engaging characters, and their first-person narration is fun to read. Quirky secondary characters add to the appeal of this humorous cozy mystery.” —Booklist
 
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
 
“Genuinely funny . . . The Trash ‘n’ Treasures books have to be the funniest mystery series going." —Somebody Dies
 
ANTIQUES FLEE MARKET
 “Lively . . . this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cozy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe.” —Publishers Weekly
Book 10
"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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