The votes are in! Eccentric seventy-something Vivian Borne—elected county sheriff, to everyone’s amazement but her own—springs into action. In her new role, the community playhouse diva appoints daughter Brandy reluctant deputy and makes their spunky shih tzu Sushi a K-9 unit of one.
Soon the amateur-sleuths-turned-pro have a challenging case to solve as a series of creepy crimes plague an ill-fated Edgar Allan Poe festival, where a fiend is misguidedly dispensing Poe-etic justice. Small-town Antiqua, known for its quaint main street of antique shops, has set out to celebrate the gothic poet with food, fun, and rare memorabilia, only to have the Master of the Macabre’s twisted tales come to deadly life.
A purloined tome, a black cat, a musty mausoleum, and mysterious disappearances—these tell the tale of a heartless murderer. But Vivian and Brandy Borne are determined to decipher the cryptic clues to make sure a ravin’-mad killer strikes “nevermore”!
Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on hunting for valuable antiques!
Allan's amusing 13th Trash 'n' Treasures mystery (after 2018's Antiques Wanted) takes antique shop proprietor Vivian Borne, newly elected sheriff of Serenity, Iowa, and her de-facto deputy daughter and chauffeur, Brandy, to the tiny town of Antiqua to investigate antique shop break-ins. It seems nothing was stolen, but someone might have been looking for the Tales, a valuable 1845 Edgar Allen Poe collection that features prominently in Antiqua's annual three-day Edgar Allan Poe Days festival. When Brandy finds a disgruntled caf waitress dead inside a sarcophagus, evoking Poe's "The Premature Burial," Vivian tackles her first murder investigation, and the burgeoning body count puts her neophyte skills to the test. Luckily, Brandy and Brandy's paramour, Serenity police chief Tony Cassato, have her back. The melodramatic Vivian and pragmatic Brandy play off each other like foils in a 1930s screwball comedy, and Poe puns, witty asides, and quirky townspeople keep things light. Series fans and newcomers alike will have fun.