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Antiques Bizarre (Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries) Hardcover – March 1, 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
As in the other book I read by this author pair - I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of chapters written by Vivian: the perspective and self absorption to distraction are a nice sideline into Brandy's character. And, as I have come to learn, there are complete and finished tales within each book, yet an opening is left with unanswered or unfinished business that makes a good lead in to another book.
A fun read for a mystery fan- not overly bogged down with the gore and CSI science so prevalent in current mysteries