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Brandy Borne and her mother, Vivian, bid on and win the contents of a storage unit whose owner had failed to pay the monthly charge. On their second trip to empty the unit, they find the business’ owner, Big Jim Bob, dead and the rest of the contents gone. While Brandy and Vivian have been involved in solving murders before, this case becomes personal when someone breaks into their home, injuring Brandy’s sister, Peggy Sue, and her dog, Sushi. Complicating the mother-and-daughter sleuthing team’s efforts to find the killer and determine what was in the storage locker, Brandy must deal with the aftershock from learning a family secret and with the fact that her boyfriend, the former chief of police, is now part of the Witness Protection Program. Narrated by Brandy, with some chapters and comments from Vivian (and the pair’s editor), this humorous cozy is framed by life in small-town Iowa and teems with quirky characters. It will appeal to readers who enjoy Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow mysteries. --Sue OBrien

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Product Details

  • Series: Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758263600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758263605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,756,413 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Narma on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It has been a while since I read the first "Trash `n' Treasures" mystery; "Antiques Roadkill", and apparently, a lot has happened in the quaint village of Serenity. Brandy is now divorced from Roger, who has custody of their 12 yr. old son, Jake. She is re-energizing from being a surrogate Mother for friends unable to conceive due to cancer and is living in the newly-re-built Borne house (you'll recall the old one was blown to smithereens in "Antiques Roadkill") along with her sassy and demanding Mother/Grandmother Vivian and recently widowed Sister/Mother Peggy Sue. Completing the household is Brandy's beloved blind puffball canine; Sushi. Vivian has rented space for her antiques business in the local mall and, needing new merchandise, decides to attend an auction at a local storage rental place owned by her old flame named "Big Jim Bob". Vivian and Brandy bid in the one and only unit and transport a fraction of the boxes home. When the treasures are unwrapped and inspected they are now the owners of a 1946 drawing of Superman, a set of Havilland china , a bundle of letters and an old cornet, which will join the other musical instruments in Vivian's collection. Assisted by Peggy Sue, they make the trek back to retrieve the remaining goods, only to find someone has broken into the unit and not only cleaned it out, but have killed "Big Jim Bob" as well. After answering some questions from the local police, they return home and decide on an early bedtime after all of the excitement. Silence is broken by screams and crashing. Brandy dashes to find Peggy Sue unconscious in a pool of blood and Sushi, injured and whimpering. The burglar had been interrupted in his quest for a mysterious item.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J & L Rigod on May 6, 2012
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I must honestly say that this volume in the "A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery" series is my favorite to date. Which is a very good thing for the newest book out.

Sleuths, Vivian and Brandy share equal writing time in this book about what treasures you might find in a storage locker buy. Trying to increase their antique stock for selling, Mom, Vivian wrangles daughter, Brandy into joining her in bidding on a storage locker that she has received a 'tip' about.

Brandy having her normal, and well-founded, concerns about this latest venture finally agrees and off they go. After winning the locker, they open it and find a cornet and many boxes. Loading up what they could, they head home until the next day.

The next day is when the real action begins and not only is Vivian, Brandy involved in a crime scene but so is Sister/Daughter, Peggy Sue and even wee little Sushi are attacked!

This book was funny and filled with activity. There was also a sub mystery about Brandy's parentage. I have not enjoyed the jokes previously but this book was sensitive to the mentally ill and even showed that those afflicted with this illness can be wonderful contributions to their community.

I have fallen back in love with this series. Now for those clift-hangers...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rhonda on June 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Review:Antiques Disposal by Barbara Allan
4 STARS This is my first book of Trash to Treasure series I have read. I liked it but did not really connect to the characters. Sometimes it was charming. Sometimes silly. With two different writers made it interesting. I did not figure out who the killer was and why he did it. Vivian Borne is the mother-grandmother who buys the auction of a storage contents for her business. She has been a widow for decades. Had many men through the years. Her oldest daughter Peggy Sue just became a widow and found out that she was in debt and had to move back in with her mother. Brandy Borne was divorced and moved back with her mom-grandmother the last 2 years. I guess in a previous book found out that her sister was actually her mother and her father was now a Senator. She joins in business with her mom-grandmother selling stuff they find at a booth in antique mall. So Vivian and Brandy win the bid on the contents of a storage unit. Vivian cheated and made people think it was full of mice.(threw chocolate sprinkles around). They have 24 hrs to get contents moved. On the second trip to the storage unit they found the rest of the unit was stolen and owner dead body was left in it. When they finally get through with the police that night thier house was broke into. Peggy Sue was knocked out and Brandy's blind dog was kicked and stopped breathing. Thier old cornet was stolem from the music room. The cornet from the storage unit was in the garage. So why was the cornet stolen. This is the 5th book in the series and does stand alone but I think it would be better if you have read the previous books. I was given Antiques Disposal from Librarything and asked in return to give honest review. May 2012 PUB. Kensington Puboishing Corp 232 pages Authors Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Deret on June 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Antiques Disposal
By Barbara Allan
Copyright May 2012
Publisher Kensington Books

Autumn has descended on Serenity, that quiet, cozy town nestled in the crook of the mighty Mississippi River--or, one might say, with crooks. For the rain and fog have also brought an undercurrent of chaos--and it's not just because the fall colors clash alarmingly with Vivian Borne's pantsuits. The only remedy is a trash `n' treasures shopping spree. But the Bornes are about to get more than they bargained for...
Brandy Borne and her suspiciously well-informed mother, Vivian, have the winning bid on an abandoned storage unit's "mystery" contents, which they discover includes a vintage cornet. But when they arrive to claim the rest of their loot, the space is empty--except for the recently stowed body of Big Jim Bob, Vivian's tipster--a.k.a. former flame. Only one thing is certain: someone has definitely put the "rage" in storage!

Murder turns to mayhem when an intruder steals into the Borne home, tries to mete out some ruff justice to Brandy's ferociously fluffy shih tzu, Sushi, and makes off with the cornet. But why is the horn worth killing for? Clues soon lead the sleuthing Borne duo to the next stashed victim--and some of Serenity's juiciest secrets. Now Brandy and Mother will have to play a perilous game of cat-and-mouse droppings to catch the corpse-hoarding killer before it's time to blow "Taps" for all concerned...

Brandy's mother, Vivian is ready to do the storage unit auctions. She's got a hot tip on one from a former "flame" (who comes off as rather shifty)and rushes them out to get there early. After greeting Big Jim Bob, and checking in...
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