Trouble’s on the wind when an auctioneer turns up dead in the new Trash ‘n’ Treasures cozy mystery – “one of the funniest cozy series going” (Ellery Queen Magazine)
Two o’clock in the morning is the perfect time to be asleep. So when long-suffering Brandy Borne is rudely awoken by her eccentric mother, Vivian, and invited on a surreptitious shopping trip, the idea is less than tempting.
But if Vivian – Serenity’s true-crime writing, septuagenarian super-sleuth – has a nose for sniffing out antiques, Brandy’s sense of smell is just as good . . . and trouble’s on the wind.
A little light blackmail and one run-in with the police later, and Brandy and Vivian are the ‘proud’ owners of a selection of dead stock, liberated ahead of an upcoming warehouse sale from unsavory auctioneer Conrad Norris. Brandy’s not convinced there’s a fortune to be made in vintage toys, retro plates and pearl buttons – there’s more mileage in their shop’s new Halloween display, even though it’s only August – but she supposes it could be worse.
It soon is. After the auction’s taken place, Vivian and Brandy make an unnerving discovery. It’s not just the stock that’s dead – so is the auctioneer . . .
This light-hearted, laugh-out-loud cozy mystery also features Brandy and Vivian’s humorous tips for buying and selling antiques, along with a selection of tasty recipes.
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Trash 'n' Treasures Series:
Antiques Roadkill | Antiques Maul | Antiques Flee Market | Antiques Bizarre | Antiques Knock-Off | Antiques Disposal | Antiques Chop | Antiques Con | Antiques Swap | Antiques Fate | Antiques Frame | Antiques Wanted | Antiques Ravin’ | Antiques Fire Sale | Antiques Carry On | Antiques Liquidation
Trash 'n' Treasures E-Book Shorts:
Antiques Slay Ride | Antiques Fruitcake | Antiques St. Nicked | Collected in print as: Antiques Ho-Ho-Homicides
Short Stories: What’s Wrong With Harley Quinn?
More from Barbara Allan:
Suspense: His & Hers | Regeneration | Murder: His and Hers | Bombshell