Antiques carry on

Barbara Allan

Book - 2021

"Vivian Borne - true-crime author, antiques dealer and ex-sheriff of Serenity, Iowa - is looking forward to meeting her new editor in London. Flying first class, rooms at the Savoy . . . Her long-suffering co-author, daughter Brandy, worries the trip will bankrupt them both, but the alternative - Mother travelling alone - is unthinkable. Brandy's almost tempted to make her fiance, Tony - Serenity's Chief of Police - call Scotland Yard and warn them Vivian's coming. But even B...randy doesn't predict their vacation will end in murder, or that she and Mother will be unceremoniously ejected from the country, with an order to leave things well alone. Vivian and Brandy need a case to write about, and Mother doesn't care which one. But as the intrepid sleuths - ably supported by doggy detective Sushi - investigate a promising local prospect, they're plunged into a complex mystery that stretches right back to London - with no choice but to carry on."--Publisher.

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Series
Allan, Barbara. Trash 'n' treasures mystery ; 15.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Cozy mysteries
Published
Edinburgh : Severn House 2021.
Edition
First world edition
Language
English
Physical Description
196 pages : map ; 23 cm
ISBN
0727890816
9780727890818
9781780297842
178029784X
Main Author
Barbara Allan (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Allan's fast, funny 15th Trash ‘ n' Treasures mystery (after 2020's Antiques Fire Sale) takes brassy Vivian Borne and her long-suffering daughter, Brandy, the owners of the Trash ‘n' Treasures antiques shop in Serenity, Iowa, to London, where, at the request of fellow Serenity antiques dealer Skylar James, they drop by the Old Curiosity Shop, whose proprietor, Humphrey Westcott, has a reprint of Murder on the Orient Express for Skylar to give his Christie-loving wife. When Humphrey is found stabbed to death with a letter-opener bearing Brandy's fingerprints, the women are interrogated by a representative of MI5. Fortunately, CCTV footage proves the Bornes' innocence, and they are unceremoniously sent back to Iowa, where more suspicious deaths await them. The pair investigate in their own inimitable fashion, eventually discovering a link between the murders and the copy of Murder on the Orient Express. Vivian and Brandy share narrative duties, and their amusing commentary provides much of the book's appeal (Vivian admits she has "just a teensy-weensy, hardly-worth-mentioning, hint of bi-polar disorder"). Allan (the pen name of Barbara and Max Allan Collins) consistently entertains. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (July) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Vivian Borne - true-crime writer, antiques dealer and drama queen - and her co-author daughter Brandy travel to London in luxury to meet their new editor, they don't predict their vacation will end in murder . . . but, plunged into a complex mystery, they have no choice but to carry on.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Look out London - eccentric antiques dealer Vivian Borne and her daughter Brandy are bringing their own brand of mayhem and mischief to the British capital, in the fifteenth installment of the award-winning Trash 'n' Treasures cozy mystery series. Vivian Borne - true-crime author, antiques dealer and ex-sheriff of Serenity, Iowa - is looking forward to meeting her new editor in London. Flying first class, rooms at the Savoy . . . Her long-suffering co-author, daughter Brandy, worries the trip will bankrupt them both, but the alternative - Mother travelling alone - is unthinkable. Brandy's almost tempted to make her fiance, Tony - Serenity's Chief of Police - call Scotland Yard and warn them Vivian's coming. But even Brandy doesn't predict their vacation will end in murder . . . or that she and Mother will be unceremoniously ejected from the country, with an order to leave things well alone. Vivian and Brandy need a case to write about, and Mother doesn't care which one. But as the intrepid sleuths - ably supported by doggy detective Sushi - investigate a promising local prospect, they're plunged into a complex mystery that stretches right back to London . . . with no choice but to carry on.Looking for a laugh-out-loud, quirky mystery to brighten your mood? Trash 'n' Treasures is "one of the funniest cozy series going" (Ellery Queen Magazine) - and if you're new to the series, it's safe to jump right in.