Antiques Fruitcake

A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery

Book 13
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"A hilarious team of snoops." —Joan Hess

During the dress rehearsal for small-town Serenity's festive Christmas play, star Madeline de Morlaye topples over—on stage!—after a bite of prop pastry. Since the frosty actress had earned plenty of enemies through her offstage dramatics, the cast of suspects is longer than Santa's "Naughty or Nice" list. Prop mistress Brandy Borne and her diva-turned-director mother, Vivian—assisted by their savvy shih tzu, Sushi—must solve this fruitcake fatality before it's curtains for anyone else.

Includes A Tasty Recipe!

Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash ‘n' Treasures Mystery Series

"Plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor." —Library Journal

"A humorous cozy that teems with quirky characters." —Booklist

"Top pick! Thrills, laugh-out-loud moments and amazingly real relationships." —Romantic Times Book Reviews

"You'll laugh out loud." —Mystery Scene

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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 eleven 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 and
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Kensington Books
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Sep 30, 2014
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
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“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!

“Well-drawn characters . . . fun to read.” —Booklist
“This fun, fast mystery shows Allan at the top of her game.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars
“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
“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
“Genuinely funny . . . The Trash ‘n’ Treasures books have to be the funniest mystery series going." —Somebody Dies
 “Lively . . . this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cozy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe.” —Publishers Weekly
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