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Antiques Flee Market (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition

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At the start of Allan's lively third antiques mystery (after 2007's Antiques Maul), divorcée Brandy Borne and her eternally glamorous if somewhat annoying mother, Vivian, are busy preparing for the Christmas rush in the small Midwestern town of Serenity. Then Walter Yeager, a fellow antiques dealer, dies of cyanide poisoning soon after it becomes public knowledge that the WWII veteran owned a valuable first edition of Tarzan of the Apes, which disappears from the crime scene. Walter's 20-year-old British goth granddaughter, Chaz, becomes the top suspect due to her prison record, but Brandy and Vivian believe she's innocent. Told primarily from Brandy's viewpoint with Vivian sneaking in quips for extra pizzazz, this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cozy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe. Allan is the pseudonym of the husband-wife writing team of Barbara and Max Allan Collins. (Sept.)
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"* "Lively...this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cosy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe." Publishers Weekly"

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  • File Size: 1122 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (October 24, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002U72MKM
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Following her divorce, Brandy Borne moved back in with her mother, Vivian, in her hometown of Serenity. Much to her chagrin, the first thing they did together was attend a mother-daughter meeting of the local Red Hat Club. (Mystery readers all, the local branch has been named The Red-Hatted League.) Vivian couldn't go with Brandy's much-older sister Peggy Sue (they were both named after popular songs of their day) because Peggy Sue was already a member.

Before her arrival, Peg informed Brandy that Vivian sold off most of her prized possessions to an antique dealer while on a "drug holiday" from her bipolar meds. When the antique dealer was found dead -- and both Brandy and Vivian admitted to running over the body in their car -- it was up to the Borne girls to sift through the other suspects (the dealer was known for taking advantage of citizens) and find the real killer. This story was told in the first "Trash 'n' Treasures" book, Antiques Roadkill.

Since then, they've 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. The second book in the series, Antiques Maul, is Halloween-themed. It concerns Brandy's trying to keep Vivian out of trouble by opening a booth at the local antiques mall, then finding a woman dead, presumably by her pit bull.

The third book in the series is Antiques Flee Market. Now it's Christmastime, and a former "conquest" of Vivian's (a "mercy mission" during wartime) has been found dead in his nursing-home bed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 5, 2008
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Barbara Allan is the pseudonym for the husband-and-wife writing team of Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins. This is the third in the delightful Trash `n' Treasures series.

The charming Brandy Borne has retuned home to her small Midwestern hometown of Serenity to live with her elderly mother. The two women are running an antique stall in the town and are visiting a special flea market to buy stock when they run into Walter Yeager selling some of his belongings. He is trying to help out Chaz, a newly discovered granddaughter, the product of a wartime romance in England.

Chaz is real character, but hits it off with Brandy and her mother Vivian when they prevent Walter from selling a valuable first-edition Tarzan book for less than it is worth. Then a theft distracts everyone, but Brandy is astute enough to realize that Chaz knows something, and follows up on it and gets the money back. When she meets Chaz at the trailer park where she lives with her grandfather, they discover Walter dead, apparently a heart attack. Vivian is convinced it is murder, and when Chaz is arrested, she is convinced she is innocent. Vivian's meddling in the investigation pulls in Brandy, and the two manage to confound and irritate the local police. They also manage to put themselves in danger, as usual.

The fast pace, amusing characters, and unusual plot make this light and cozy mystery a winner.

Armchair Interview says: A fun read with fun characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Warfield on December 19, 2013
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The Christmas theme of this book is what interested me in reading it at this particular time, but there isn't much in the book about Christmas, but this is one hilarious cozy mystery. Brandy Borne and her mother, Vivian, have a stall in the flea market mall in the small town of Serenity on the Mississippi River. While there looking for some things to buy and resell, they see Vivian's friend, Walter Yeager, who is being taken for a ride by another dealer who is trying to buy a copy of "Tarzan of the Apes" at a price much lower than it is worth. The man is talked out of buying it and Walter finishes up the day and goes home to his mobile home. He has a surprise in the form of a British granddaughter, a goth girl, whose name is Chaz, and she is staying with him. Although she's a bit different, Brandy and Vivian like her. When Chaz, the granddaughter goes out, she returns to a dead grandfather who has been poisoned and the valuable Tarzan book is gone. Police immediately suspect Chaz, but Brandy and Vivian believe she is not the one who killed Walter and took the book and set out to find the real criminal.

The book is narrated mostly by Brandy who also has some scenes with her sister, Peggy Sue, but a few chapters are devoted to Vivian's narration in the first person because Vivian's opinion of her own importance is such that she cannot be ignored so she gets her own chapters. Vivian is a very funny character, as is Brandy. The two of them together do not give one a relaxed feeling of a serene mother and daughter doing antiques. Rather it is a scatter-brained hilarious fly-by-the-seat-of-their pants story that had me laughing all the way through.
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Barbara Allan's "Antiques Flee Market" nicely continues the "Trash 'n' Treasures" cozy mystery series with an installment set at Christmastime in the picturesque town of Serenity. There are enough of the expected tropes of the cozy genre to please fans- including humor, colorful characters, a pleasant setting, and minimal violence- but also a dollop of toughness and edge, as a gesture to a more broad mystery/thriller audience.

This one involves a murder and a pilfered first edition of "Tarzan of the Apes", with series heroines Brandy and Vivian Borne in short order devoting all their time to unraveling who is behind the death and the theft. Chaz, the Goth, Cockney granddaughter of the murder victim, provides added color to the story, as does a subplot (which will continue beyond this installment) about Brandy learning some possible secrets and hard truths about her past.

Barbara Allan is really Max Allan Collins and wife Barbara Collins, and as I've been a fan of Mr. Collins and his work for years, I decided to give this series- MUCH lighter and more whimsical than his usual fare- a try a while back. I'm still enjoying it, especially appreciating how the Collins' observe the conventions of the cozy genre, but not by being afraid to inject- as I observed before- a little darkness and roughness to make the stew more meaty.
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