Book Review: Antiques Fate by Barbara Allen

CaptureBrandy Borne’s exceedingly eccentric mother, Vivian, has been invited to perform her one-woman interpretation of “the Scottish play” (sometimes called Macbeth)–with different hats for different characters–at the neighboring town of Old York’s annual fête. The weekend festival celebrates the quaint village’s English flavor. Brandy, sensing a possible theatrical disaster, and savvy shih tzu Sushi, sensing possible doggy treats, tag along with the scene-stealing septuagenarian.

As soon as they arrive in the cozy hamlet, tragedy strikes: the theater owner drops dead onstage while giving Vivian the grand tour. That wasn’t in the script and before they know it, Brandy and Vivian are entangled in a progressively perilous murder plot. Besides the cream teas and Chippendale chairs, it seems there are skeletons lurking among Old York’s charming pubs and enticing antiques stalls …

When a second victim turns up mysteriously murdered, the dynamic duo knows they’ve got to step into the spotlight. But the remorseless killer seems to be well rehearsed for the Borne girls…and won’t leave even the smallest detail of their demise to fête!

Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on antiques fairs!

Antiques Fate by Barbara Allen

Series: A Trash N Treasures Mystery, #10

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Publisher: Kensington

Release Date: 4/28/16

Page Count: 256


The Borne Ladies are at it again, and this time the Mother-Daughter Duo are smack dab in the middle of Old York and surrounded by some extremely mysterious deaths! I have been a reader of the Trash N Treasures series for some time, and even though I have missed reading the last few in the series, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on an ARC of this book. This is the tenth book in the series, but you can read it as a stand-alone. There is enough backstory and character description to be able to embrace the series. However I did feel like I had missed quite a bit and I now plan to go back and read the last few books that I missed. I think to get the full effect of this crazy duo you need to read the series in order and enjoy each crazy antic these ladies dish up!

Like all of the Trash N Treasures books, I was immediately swept into the story and didn’t want to put it down! The plot itself is very well written and well developed and had me laughing throughout most of the book. I loved that I had no idea the whodunit of the book and I was kept guessing and re-guessing right up until the end. The characters in this book are an awesome bunch! Vivian and Brandy are such a dynamic duo and I shake with laughter when they get into verbal debates with each other and the Editor of the book, while telling the story. I also have to say that I love Brandy and Tony together. They have such a simple mushy sweetness about them. This couple is one of the main factors of why I must go back and read the books that I missed, as I must have the story on how these two got together! Also, don’t miss out on reading Brandy’s tips on antiquing, and there are two delicious recipes showcased in the book! Overall, Antiques Fate was another great addition to the Trash N Treasures series. The book was a fast-paced read loaded with hysterical dialog between Vivian and Brandy. I simply can’t wait for the next book in the series to be released!

Barbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and ten novels, including the 2008 winner of the  Romantic Times Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery, Antiques Flee Market. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures.  Author Links: Website

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NOTE: I was provided with an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.