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Antiques Con: A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery

Barbara Allan

ISBN 9780758263643
Publish Date 4/29/2014
Format Hardcover
Categories Kensington, Cozy

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

Brandy Borne and her drama-queen mom, Vivian, take their antiques show on the road, for an off-Broadway farce mixing mirth and murder. A world away from small-town Serenity, the ditsy duo--chaperoned by their trusty shih tzu, Sushi--arrive in the Big Apple, blissfully unaware that they will soon cross paths with a rotten-to-the-core killer.

As the dynamic dames descend upon a comic-book convention--to sell a rare 1940s Superman drawing--Vivian makes a show of keeping the valuable sketch locked to her wrist in a briefcase. When an intruder breaks into their hotel suite, they naturally suspect a felonious fan, over-eager to acquire their artwork.

But this not-so-super villain proves less interested in the Man of Steel than in stealing a man's life, as Brandy and Mother stumble onto a murder victim impaled by a pen-shaped award. Suspects ranging from comic-book collectors to crime kingpins lead Brandy and Mother on a merry madcap Manhattan misadventure, taking them from convention hall to strip joint, from retirement home to precinct lock-up. Has the con been conned by a killer? If so, only Brandy, Mother and Sushi can stop this fatally foul funny-book fiend.

Don't miss Brandy Borne's tips on antiques!

Praise For Barbara Allan's Trash 'N' Treasures Mysteries!

Antiques Chop

"The characters shine with brassy humor . . . series fans will applaud." --Publishers Weekly

Antiques Disposal

"A humorous cozy that teems with quirky characters." --Booklist

Antiques Knock-Off

"Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog make this essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths." --Library Journal

Antiques Bizarre

"If you delight in the absurd and enjoy manic humor, you'll treasure the Trash 'n' Treasure mysteries." --Mystery Scene

Antiques Flee Market

"Lively. . .this bubbly tongue-in-cheek cozy also includes flea market shopping tips and a recipe." --Publishers Weekly

Antiques Maul

"Charming. A laugh-out-loud funny mystery." --Romantic Times Book Reviews (4 stars)

About Barbara Allan:

Barbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and her husband, New York Times bestselling novelist and Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and eleven novels. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures. Learn more about them at maxallancollins.com and at barbaraallan.com.

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