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The latest zany adventure featuring Brandy Borne and his mother, Vivian, finds them not in their usual setting of small-town Iowa but in New York City, at a comics convention, hoping to sell a valuable comic they found in a storage-locker auction. Instead, they wind up trying to solve the murder of the convention’s director, Tommy. Barbara and Max Allan Collins, writing under a pseudonym, bring their considerable experience of the comics world into the humorous details of the Comic-Con, from crazy costumes to fierce rivalries and the backstories on the comics being displayed. Fans of the series will enjoy the banter between this pair of engaging characters, and the insider look at convention politics makes a fine backdrop. --Amy Alessio

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"The characters shine with brassy humor." --Publishers Weekly

"One of the funniest cozy series going." --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

"You'll laugh out loud." --Mystery Scene --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1st edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758263643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758263643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hillman on May 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Sushi . . . yes, the dog . . . along with the ditsy duo, Brandy Borne and her snoopy mom, engage their collaborative detection abilities in yet another mystery tale. While the yarn is self-contained for the casual reader, this latest "trash and treasure" novel compliments the past offerings in the series. This time we get to travel with our detective friends to a comic book convention. accompanied by a rare 1940s Superman sketch. Along the way, we get to visit a strip club, a jail cell, a retirement home (not necessarily in that order) and discover a murder victim along the way. Barbara Allan (Barbara Collins and her prolific writing partner and husband, Max Allan Collins) deliver another tongue in check "uncozy" cozy, complete with smiles and multiple laughs. ANTIQUES CON has heart! I recommend this book without reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie on May 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
From the first pages the book was just silly. The mother, Vivian, is embarrasingly rude and annoying (being pushy with a good Samaritan who rescued them from the highway, for example). The daughter is silly and perhaps a little stupid (not calling security when your room is broken into by a guy with a knife for example). I don't want to spend time with either of them.
In an effort to set a mood, the authors write that Brandy is tired and wore her clothes for 24 hours. But she changed for the evening and then slept in them before she left the next morning. So she is tired and dirty - why such an emphasis on hygiene?
The dog is to be pitied for having to depend on these two for care.
So, annoying shallow characters, careless writing and an unbelievable plot make for a not so good book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Wilde on April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
In the great age of pulp in the fifties, many authors would choose to write under a number of pen names, often one name for mysteries, one for westerns, one for romances, and one for more explicit novels. They often would do such also so they could write for different publishers, despite exclusivity contracts. Of course, you know where I am going with this, don't you. Barbara Allan is not a real person. Well, not exactly a real person as you think of such beings. It is a conglomeration of two authors combining their names, Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins. Max Allan Collins is well-known as the author of the Nathan Heller historical fiction novels, the Quarry series, the Mallory series, and many other hardboiled type books. I have read about two dozen of his books. Barbara Collins is his wife and is well-known in her own right, mainly for shorter pieces. Together, they have authored the Bombshell, which is a top-notch novel about Marilyn Monroe, the original Blonde Bombshell herself, meeting Nikita Kruschev. That book bears a lot of similarities to the Nathan Heller series in my humble opinion.

They have also written together the Trash and Treasures series, of which Antiques Con is the eighth book. This series is unlike anything MAC has written on his own. It is not a tough-nosed hardboiled mystery in the pulp tradition. Rather, it is (assuming the first seven books in this series are like the eighth and one should generally not assume, because ....) a light-hearted, comedic mystery, sort of like Goldie Hawn solving mysteries. The series involves two women from Iowa, Brandy and Vivian Borne, daughter and mother, although truth be told Brandy is really the granddaughter not the daughter but that is another story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy Johnson VINE VOICE on April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Though late to the party, the Trash 'n' Treasures cozy series has rapidly become a favorite. The husband and wife writing team of Barbara and Max Allan Collins have once again delivered a funny, character driven mystery.

The mother and daughter writing team of Vivian and Brandy Borne are guests of honor at a small comics con in New York City, bringing along one of their treasures for an auction: a Superman drawing by series creator Joe Shuster and autographed ny him along with the other half of the team, writer Jerry Siegel.

Naturally they get involved in a murder and Vivian pushes the boundaries to solve it, with warnings from police to stay out of it. But, hey, when has that ever stopped the lady when she gets her hooks into a good murder. After all, it provides the plots for their cozy mysteries.

Had a lot of fun with this one. The writing kept me flipping pages, laughing at Vivian's antics and Brandy's long suffering aid.

Worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Bernknopf on May 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Having been a fan of Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins work especially the Nathan Heller series Hint Hint (do yourself a favor and check them out as well as Bombshell) I began reading the Trash and Treasures mysteries by Barbara Allen
I am usually not a Cozy mystery person but I felt that anything by these two authors were worth a shot
They did not disappoint
The Bornes are at it again. This time at a comic convention in NYC
And comic has two meanings
The book is not only a great mystery about a murder at a comic convention which keeps you guessing till the end but it's funny as all can be
I laughed in every chapter and almost on every page
I've read all the Antiques mysteries but I enjoyed this one the best
Each book builds on the next in the series but this one is a great starting point
Read it and you'll see why and I'm sure once you do you'll want to see where it all began
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