Book Review

by Barbara Allan

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

2008 Amateur Sleuth Nominee

RT Rating

The latest from the husband-and-wife writing team of Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins would appear to be a cozy. It has a punny title, an eccentric mother-daughter team driving each other crazy, tips for hunting in junk shops and a fluffy shih tzu. But what they've produced is a wolf in a cozy sheep's clothing. The protagonist is divorced, her child lives with her ex, her mother's bipolar with a habit of going off her meds and the dog is blind. This snappy mystery has thrills, laugh-out-loud moments and amazingly real relationships.

Brandy and her mother, Vivian, visit a flea market at the
county fairgrounds to restock their antiques booth for the holidays.
There they meet an English goth
waif who has very recently discovered her American grandfather. When the grandfather, who happens to be an
old flame of Vivian's, ends up murdered and the young woman a suspect, Brandy and Vivian get involved. As
the mystery unfolds, a valuable first
edition is stolen, an old friend with
his own mental health issues threatens Brandy and the past comes back
to haunt. (KENSINGTON, Oct., 214
pp., $22.00)

Reviewed By: Page Traynor

Publisher: Kensington

Published: October 2008

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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Antiques Flee Market is a fun read

Submitted by iowareader (not verified) on March 23, 2011 - 11:19pm.

This is the first book by Barbara Allan that I've read. I'm about 3/4 through the book and I've enjoyed it so much that I have already purchased three additional Allan books in the Trash 'n' Treasures series. I have actually laughed out loud at some of the statements in the book. If you enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries, I recommend taking a look at this one.