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

Barbara Allan
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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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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

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  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WNHG
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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
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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars amusing whodunit February 27, 2010
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
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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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 Community Cozy October 16, 2012
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Brandy and Mom Vivian are at it again. In the 4th title in the series they investigate yet another murder. Along the way we learn all that is involved in having a fundraising bizarre. While dealing with their blind puppy dog, who has her own special way of showing her opinions, coping with Brandi's all day long "morning sickness" and a lack of anti-depression medication then add to that eerie notes arriving through the mail about a supposed birth mother and father, and a new love interest for Brandi.....and that is all without having to solve the murder. But don't fret all this makes for a quick paced, fascinating tale. You meet up again with some of the regular townsfolk, while being introduced with some new ones as well as some out-of-towners. I don't believe that there is a dull person in this whole town, as everyone I met so far has their own unique characteristics This one gets 5 stars from me as once I started I didn't put it down until the murderer was taken away. I recommend it wholeheartedly as I do the entire series. Can wait for the next one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We have a winner
Another fun and fast read. I knew the "who" and the "why" almost immediately, but for the life I couldn't get the "how". Again more in-depth study of the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mesphrog
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun book. Nothing to take seriously, just something fun to read after a long day of too much seriousness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 8 months ago by Frances Hendren
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 10 months ago by Mj
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable reading
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
Published 10 months ago by WRust
5.0 out of 5 stars love had this book
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. Read more
Published 11 months ago by clara kelley
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 13 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 13 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
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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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