At a small-town antiques market, someone is dealing in death: “Charming…a laugh-out-loud funny mystery.”—Romantic Times (4 stars)
Halloween may be a time of treats, but for Brandy Borne, there's nothing trickier than keeping her batty mom out of mischief. Opening a booth at the Serenity antiques mall seems like a frightfully sensible solution—until a corpse turns up between the cornucopia and the candy corn. Local law scares up a suspect in the victim's dog, Brad Pit Bull. But Brandy and Mother see through the killer's clever canine masquerade. Their mission: unmask a murderer—before the witching hour comes, and he mauls again.
Includes Brandy Borne's Tips On Antiques–And A New Recipe!
Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery Series. . .
"A humorous cozy that teems with quirky characters." --Booklist
"A sure-fire winner." --Publishers Weekly
"One of the funniest cozy series going." --Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
"You'll laugh out loud." --Mystery Scene
In this jumbled sequel to Antiques Roadkill (2006), Allan (the pseudonymous husband-and-wife writing team of Max Allan and Barbara Collins) burdens a simple whodunit with too much sentimental ornament. Recent divorc e Brandy Borne has her hands full with her aging, scatterbrained mother, Vivian, who has just announced her retirement from local theater. To keep Vivian busy and generate some cash, Brandy suggests they open a stall in the new antiques mall in their small Midwestern town of Serenity. Then the two women find a retired schoolteacher dead at the mall, apparently killed by her pit bull. Vivian insists the woman was murdered, but the official investigation comes up empty. Brandy and Vivian also detect a bit, but to little practical effect, eventually stumbling on the solution by chance. Brandy's rambling narration and Vivian's dotty escapades may not hold the attention of hardcore mystery fans, but antiques addicts will enjoy the "trash 'n' treasures" tips.