The writing team of Barbara Allan comes to the blog today with the thirteenth book in the Trash ‘n’ Treasures cozy mystery series with
Back to spend time with Brandy, her mother Vivienne and the little dog Sushi – and much has changed since last I read a book in this series. Vivienne is the newly elected county sheriff, and Brandy has been coerced into being her driver after Vivienne’s license was revoked. Not entirely sure that this is a ‘job’ she wants – and well, she’s not being paid for it anyway, Brandy does know that keeping tabs on her mother is often the best way to avoid the worst of the mishaps that seem to pile up around them. And there is a series of issues piling up – and creating a situation that perhaps only this pair can solve.
Poe days are a three-day festival in nearby Antiqua, a reactionary event to a major “Poe find” years earlier that brought attention to the area and the many antique shops there. The town contracts with the County offices for police matters, and that means that Sherriff Vivienne is on the case. But, as with everything in this series: nothing is quite as it seems. Shop owners who, although they sponsor the event, seem to have little respect or interest in it. Clues dropped at specific times will pinpoint the title, item and location of the prize, and full to bursting there are grumbles of discontent from citizens, crowding from festival entrants and when you add in high heat and humidity, things are bound to heat up.
Then there are 2 murders, an attempted murder and a kidnapping, as well as attempts made on Vivienne, Brandy and Sushi as they slept in a refurbished Pullman car, and the list of potential suspects, clues and dead-end leads are everywhere. With a lovely balance of Brandy’s rather ‘matter of fact’ voice to narrate broken up with a few (far too, she’d say) chapters from Vivienne, the story is easy to read, with plenty of atmosphere, laughs and a series of ‘how to’ for collecting books particularly useful for the beginner or novice. It’s been several books that I’ve jumped over to read this, but I didn’t feel in any way at a loss as Brandy is more than capable and willing to provide a quick recap of the important events, bringing readers clear and up to date. A lovely series and fun set of stories with characters that fairly jump off the page and demand they are heard, this is a great read for fans of cozies who like the insets of collectible and antique knowledge bandied about.
Title: Antiques Ravin'
Author: Barbara Allan
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Family Saga, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Small Town
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 30 April, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 24 minutes
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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!
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.