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Antiques Bizarre (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Allan
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Book Description

Spring has sprung a major leak in far-from-serene Serenity, as the Mississippi River drops in for an extended stay. With homes and businesses flooded, how better to help the town recover than by staging a church bazaar?

Brandy Borne knows her mother Vivian's plan, however, is more likely to lean toward bizarre, especially when she hears Mother wheedle a reclusive Russian heiress into donating the last Faberge egg ever created! When the winning bidder turns up mortally scrambled, Brandy and Mother cook up a plan to crack the case of this killer. . .who is one seriously bad egg!

Don't Miss Brandy Borne's Tips On Antiques!

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

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

"Engaging and utterly believable." --Sara Paretsky

"This is surely one of the funniest cozy series going." --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine



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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


Product Details

  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075823421X
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WNHG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, twisted little cozy 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
4.0 out of 5 stars FOURTH IN SERIES April 25, 2010
By ITZME
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series March 19, 2010
By Ladybug
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing whodunit February 27, 2010
Format:Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jun Fun 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good light mystery May 3, 2012
By S.H.H.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable reading 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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5.0 out of 5 stars love had this book 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite series
Poor Brandy. Mom is...different. Her dog is blind and diabetic. Brandy is currently off her antidepressants, for a good reason. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mj
5.0 out of 5 stars Eggs-cellent Hardboiled Cozy!
Antiques Bizarre is the fourth caper in the Trash 'n' Treasures series by Barbara Allan (aka Barbara and Max Allan Collins). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Egg-cellent entry in the series (sorry)
Best not to drop too many details, so I'll just say that, four books in, the "Trash 'n' Treasures" cozy mystery series (which began with "Antiques Roadkill")... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph P. Menta, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Funny
This is a smart,fun and barely PC read. I laughed aloud, and developed a real liking for Brandy and her Mother. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining.
An entertaining book with a cute story line. easy to read. Enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series.
Published 7 months ago by smoore34
4.0 out of 5 stars cracked me up
I love this series. While it isn't deep mystery, it keeps you interested and the humor is priceless. I would recommend it for anyone who likes a lighter murder mystery.
Published 9 months ago by Laura Voigt
5.0 out of 5 stars Antiques Bizarre
Wow, what a great book! The characters are lovable, the mystery kept me guessing to the end, and the laugh out loud humor made this book very hard to put down! Read more
Published 9 months ago by grtgram
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with purchase
Very happy with purchase...not so happy about having to come up with a limit of words that I have to use.
Published 10 months ago by artsmith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, but more silly than entertaining
From the protag's POV it's a good mystery story that moves along at a decent pace (could move a little faster). Read more
Published 10 months ago by LLona Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars On to the next one.
Love these trash n Treasure mysteries!
Light, easy reading that lets you get away from your own life. And gives you an appreciation for your own wacky life!
Published 14 months ago by Shel102002
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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.

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