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Product Details

  • Series: Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075823421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758234216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Allan's giddy fourth antiques mystery set in the Midwestern Mississippi River town of Serenity (after 2008's Antiques Flee Market), Vivian Borne persuades elderly Nastasya Petrova to contribute her Fabergé egg to a charity auction for Serenity flood victims. When Madam Petrova dies in a mass poisoning at the auction and someone pushes the winning bidder for the Fabergé egg, a Chicago art dealer, down a spiral staircase to his death, Vivian and daughter Brandy swing into dizzy detecting mode. Brandy must cope with morning sickness (she's a surrogate carrier for close friends) and digest the news from her biological mom that her biological dad is a U.S. senator, but these distractions don't prevent Brandy from getting closer to hunky Serenity police chief Tony Cassato as more bodies pile up. Auction tips and a recipe for spicy beef stew enhance this satirical cozy. Allan is the husband-wife writing team of Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins. (Mar.)
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"A fast-paced plot, plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor, and tips on antique collecting." -- Library Journal

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More 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 five 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.

Customer Reviews

Enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series.
smoore34
I was delighted to read this fast paced cozy mystery with loads of fun characters and dialogue.
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I would recommend this to anyone who can laugh at adversity, and likes a good cozy mystery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on April 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Following her divorce, Brandy Borne moved back in with her mother, Vivian, in her hometown of Serenity. Since then, the Borne girls have become amateur sleuths of a sort, investigating murders in their formerly quiet little Midwestern hometown and generally causing havoc of one sort or another while getting in the way of genuine police investigation. (For a more thorough history, read my review of Antiques Flee Market, the third book in the series.)

Antiques Bizarre is the fourth in this increasingly entertaining series by married collaborators Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins writing under the pseudonym "Barbara Allan." The action picks up a few months after the events of Antiques Flee Market.

Brandy is now three months pregnant with the surrogate child of her best friend Tina (who is unable to bear due to cervical cancer) and experiencing a remarkable bout of morning sickness when she needs to drive Vivian to an appointment with Madam Petrova. Vivian plans to ask Nastasya to donate her Fabergé egg (the last one ever made) to be auctioned at an upcoming charity antiques bazaar with the proceeds going to local flood victims. (As a side of "friendly" competition, the group who raises the most money will be profiled in a regional magazine.)

By the end of the auction, both the owner and the high bidder will be dead, dozens of other poisoned, and the egg missing. But at least Vivian's team will be the ones in the magazine, and isn't that what's really important? In any case, given Brandy's state, she intends to stay away from any of her mother's attempts to solve the murders -- though she does hesitate to let her "shrewd Nancy Drew-like detective's mind" lie fallow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ITZME on April 25, 2010
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Another cozy mystery in the Trash and Treasures Mystery series(#4). Brandy Borne is a surrogate mother for her BFF. Brandy's mother Vivian arranges an auction for the relief of the Serenity Iowa flood victims. A Russian Faberge egg is the hot item up for bid. As a result of this auction there are several deaths. The Chief of Police has a soft spot for Brandy. Of course, Brandy and Vivian are hot on the trail of the thief and murderer. Funny read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 27, 2010
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After a horrible winter, the residents of the Midwest town of Serenity are rejoicing that spring has arrived. Unfortunately though the temperatures rises, the warmer weather leads to melting of ice and snow further north and the Mississippi is overflowing its banks. Serenity is flooded and as the river overflows its' banks and certain streets remain under water. Help the flood victims are septuagenarian Vivian Bourne and her thirtyish daughter Brandy who will host an auction at the Catholic Church.

They visit wealthy Madam Petrova to ask her to donate a Faberge egg although they expect a no from her. Instead she agrees to give them the last one commissioned by the Czar. Art expert Louis Martinette authenticated it decades ago and apparently wins the bidding with a million dollar offer. However, before the gavel comes down to end the bid, people fall to the floor ill. Both Madam Petrova and Louis Martinette are dead and the egg is missing. The cause of the sickness is the Mulligan stew made by Mrs. Mulligan, who commits suicide while Father O'Brien is stabbed to death. Vivian feels responsible as the deaths are related to her auction so with Brandy at her side; she investigates who the serial killing thief is

The latest Trash `N' Treasures mystery (see Antiques Flee Market) is an amusing whodunit with less of the cute asides than the previous tales as the mother and daughter team get down to investigative business almost from the onset. Off her Prozac, surrogate pregnant Brandy struggles to keep her bi-polar mom in line during their inquiry, which Brandy's boyfriend the police chief objects to their investigation for safety reasons. Vivian is over the top with her interrogation methods while Brandy deals with morning sickness and her madcap mother's mayhem.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug on March 19, 2010
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This book is great fun!! I have read her entire series Wonderful characters! I look forward to her next book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Sutton on November 25, 2011
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This series is just plain fun. Nothing deep just a little mystery to pass the time with. The characters are fun and you seem to be able to relate to their little quirks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.H.H. on May 3, 2012
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I have read two now in the Trash 'n' Treasures series and have enjoyed them both. If you are looking for a light, cozy mystery these are good. I really like the main character and her zany mother. This is not a "can't put it down" book but a delightful, not-too-deep book. Great for a beach read or an airplane read.
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By WRusti on July 12, 2014
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It seems like every book I have selected was a great choice for me. Great way to find books and read them. Look forward to more books by Ms. Allan
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By clara kelley on June 30, 2014
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I don't read funny books very often but I really enjoyed this one, the dogs picture is what sold me I love all dogs have 11of my own they are my life. This book was very funny well wrote love the mother ,daughter roles I want to be just like the mom. Well I think all moms should treat there daughters with love and respect and embarrass them when you get the chance all in fun of course. Love my daughter but revenge is sweet
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