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Antiques Disposal (Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries) Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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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...
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
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...Read more ›
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I adore this series! Brandy, along with her Momma are terrific characters. Their dysfunctional adventures are so amusing, I have a smile on my face before I start reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by judi barber
One of the best mystery series available. If you love lighthearted mysteries with comical characters, then this is the series for you. Brandi and her mother Vivian are a hoot! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon W.
Like Laura Levine, Allan has found a way to capitalize on some nuiances for this genre. With Levine, it's the emails from her parents. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Annointed & Obscure
These books are so silly but have a interesting plot line. The characters are real but exaggerated which makes them lovable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Daniell English-Baxter
Yes, I said it. Vivian and Brandy, medicated mother and daughter, are hysterical. Of course there are murders. Who better to solve them? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mj
Love this series but growing tired of the wordy, nonessential Brandy and Vi and editor bickering. Also less about previous books. A paragraph could handle that. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Antiques Disposal is the sixth book in the cozy mystery series by husband and wife team Barbara and Max Allan Collins. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tim Field