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Antiques Disposal (Trash 'n' Treasures Series #6)

Antiques Disposal (Trash 'n' Treasures Series #6)

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by Barbara Allan

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Storage wars erupt when Brandy Borne and her suspiciously well-informed mother, Vivian, win an abandoned storage unit's "mystery" contents. The good news is a rare vintage cornet. The bad news is the recently stowed body of Big Jim Bob, Vivian's former tipster. Even worse, an intruder steals into the Borne home to mete out some ruff justice to Brandy's ferociously

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Antiques Disposal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a funny cozy mystery. A delightful read. .
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite When Big Jim Bob tells Vivian about an abandoned storage unit that is coming up for auction, he hints at possible treasures inside, piquing Vivian's interest and ensuring her pursuit of it. Besides being an antique buyer, Vivian has also earned a reputation as an amateur sleuth. With her daughter/granddaughter, Brandy, as an assistant, they successfully win the bid for the unit, using a bit of creative improvisational skill to deter other buyers. Chocolate sprinkles make realistic mouse droppings and who wants to clean up a massive mouse infestation? The unit does indeed hold a treasure, setting in motion a series of accidents to both human and canine, some of which are fatal, putting Vivian and Brandy right in the middle of a murder investigation--a position that stimulates Vivian like nothing else. Vivian is a colorful protagonist who thrives on intrigue and out-maneuvering her adversaries. There are so many twists and turns in this mystery, and so many potential perpetrators, that you will never deduce whodunit or why. If you are looking for a light-hearted mystery, with its heroine saturated with feminine charisma, look no further than "Antiques Disposal" by Barbara Allan. Filled with witty dialogue and catchy phrases the author takes you on a roller-coaster ride of suspense and misadventures that will keep you turning the pages. The story moves along briskly, adding miniscule pieces to the puzzle that will keep you guessing, before culminating in a surprising, but satisfactory conclusion.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is my first book of Trash to Treasure series I have read. I liked it but did not really connect to the characters. Sometimes it was charming. Sometimes silly. With two different writers made it interesting. I did not figure out who the killer was and why he did it. Vivian Borne is the mother-grandmother who buys the auction of a storage contents for her business. She has been a widow for decades. Had many men through the years. Her oldest daughter Peggy Sue just became a widow and found out that she was in debt and had to move back in with her mother. Brandy Borne was divorced and moved back with her mom-grandmother the last 2 years. I guess in a previous book found out that her sister was actually her mother and her father was now a Senator. She joins in business with her mom-grandmother selling stuff they find at a booth in antique mall. So Vivian and Brandy win the bid on the contents of a storage unit. Vivian cheated and made people think it was full of mice.(threw chocolate sprinkles around). They have 24 hrs to get contents moved. On the second trip to the storage unit they found the rest of the unit was stolen and owner dead body was left in it. When they finally get through with the police that night thier house was broke into. Peggy Sue was knocked out and Brandy's blind dog was kicked and stopped breathing. Thier old cornet was stolem from the music room. The cornet from the storage unit was in the garage. So why was the cornet stolen. This is the 5th book in the series and does stand alone but I think it would be better if you have read the previous books. I was given Antiques Disposal from Librarything and asked in return to give honest review. May 2012 PUB. Kensington Puboishing Corp 232 pages Authors Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Antiques Disposal is a True Southern Cozy Antiques Disposal By Barbara Allan Copyright May 2012 Publisher Kensington Books Autumn has descended on Serenity, that quiet, cozy town nestled in the crook of the mighty Mississippi River—or, one might say, with crooks. For the rain and fog have also brought an undercurrent of chaos—and it’s not just because the fall colors clash alarmingly with Vivian Borne’s pantsuits. The only remedy is a trash ‘n’ treasures shopping spree. But the Bornes are about to get more than they bargained for… Brandy Borne and her suspiciously well-informed mother, Vivian, have the winning bid on an abandoned storage unit’s “mystery” contents, which they discover includes a vintage cornet. But when they arrive to claim the rest of their loot, the space is empty—except for the recently stowed body of Big Jim Bob, Vivian’s tipster—a.k.a. former flame. Only one thing is certain: someone has definitely put the “rage” in storage! Murder turns to mayhem when an intruder steals into the Borne home, tries to mete out some ruff justice to Brandy’s ferociously fluffy shih tzu, Sushi, and makes off with the cornet. But why is the horn worth killing for? Clues soon lead the sleuthing Borne duo to the next stashed victim—and some of Serenity’s juiciest secrets. Now Brandy and Mother will have to play a perilous game of cat-and-mouse droppings to catch the corpse-hoarding killer before it’s time to blow “Taps” for all concerned… Brandy’s mother, Vivian is ready to do the storage unit auctions. She’s got a hot tip on one from a former “flame” (who comes off as rather shifty)and rushes them out to get there early. After greeting Big Jim Bob, and checking in… they wait for the storage unit’s locks to be clipped and the assembled bidders to take turns inspecting it visually from outside the opened gate. Vivian, who thinks there is something valuable in the mix, bids it up. Surprisingly she is the winner and goes to pay her money and check out the unit. After packing Brandy’s big Buick with everything that would fit, they head home with their booty. After a short discussion Brandy has some lunch and then she and her sister rejoin Vivian to look at what they bought. In one of the boxes they find a Cornet (smaller then a trumpet) and Vivian decides that it is worth some money and has Brandy bring it out to lock in their garage storage area. That is the beginning of an adventure that leads to multiple deaths and problems for Brandy and Vivian. They have unwittingly been sucked into a plot that crosses state lines and involves secrets in places they never wanted to be searching. I love Brandy and Vivian’s adventures. Viv is a classic piece of work, and Brandy is the long suffering daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and recommend it to all lovers of Southern Cozies. FTC FULL DISCLOSURE: I received the ARC of this book from the publisher, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.
RGD68 More than 1 year ago
very nice book..
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52chickadees More than 1 year ago
"The Bornes Toot Their Own Horn” It has been a while since I read the first “Trash ‘n’ Treasures” mystery; “Antiques Roadkill”, and apparently, a lot has happened in the quaint village of Serenity. Brandy is now divorced from Roger, who has custody of their 12 yr. old son, Jake. She is re-energizing from being a surrogate Mother for friends unable to conceive due to cancer and is living in the newly-re-built Borne house (you’ll recall the old one was blown to smithereens in “Antiques Roadkill”) along with her sassy and demanding Mother/Grandmother Vivian and recently widowed Sister/Mother Peggy Sue. Completing the household is Brandy’s beloved blind puffball canine; Sushi. Vivian has rented space for her antiques business in the local mall and, needing new merchandise, decides to attend an auction at a local storage rental place owned by her old flame named “Big Jim Bob”. Vivian and Brandy bid in the one and only unit and transport a fraction of the boxes home. When the treasures are unwrapped and inspected they are now the owners of a 1946 drawing of Superman, a set of Havilland china , a bundle of letters and an old cornet, which will join the other musical instruments in Vivian’s collection. Assisted by Peggy Sue, they make the trek back to retrieve the remaining goods, only to find someone has broken into the unit and not only cleaned it out, but have killed “Big Jim Bob” as well. After answering some questions from the local police, they return home and decide on an early bedtime after all of the excitement. Silence is broken by screams and crashing. Brandy dashes to find Peggy Sue unconscious in a pool of blood and Sushi, injured and whimpering. The burglar had been interrupted in his quest for a mysterious item. After both Peggy Sue and Sushi are hospitalized, Vivian and Brandy take stock of the auction items, finding nothing missing--except another cornet from Vivian’s collection. The intruder didn’t know the auction instrument had been safely tucked away in the garage. The “Sometimes Sleuths” traveled to the address listed on the storage unit contract they found within the letters, only to sadly discover former unit owner, Anna Armstrong’s doorway in the soon-to-be bed and breakfast/museum festooned with crime tape. What did someone have against Anna? Did she have a connection to “Big Jim Bob”? What’s so important about the old cornet she once owned, you ask? It is discovered it once belonged to American Jazz Cornetist. Bix Beiderbecke..but was that enough for someone to commit murder twice? They meet Anna’s neighbor and future business partner, John Anderson and after Vivian cleverly palms the key to Anna’s apt. and John leaves for his class, the pair search the deceased’s belongings for clues. With every corner they turn, the list of suspects grows longer. Complicating things further is the arrival of Senator Edward Clark, the love of Peggy Sue’s life from years ago. Who killed “Big Jim Bob” and Anna Armstrong?? Waldo Hendricks; the unscrupulous antiques dealer with plans for a “Bix B.” museum of his own? Long, tall Texan, Travis Taylor; “Big Jim Bob’s” partner in crime? Maybe John Anderson; who was really in love with Anna? Or could it be estranged son, James Lawrence, or his wealthy, curmudgeon Father; Milton? The author(s) lead you on an enjoyable chase in this fast and easy read. I’m looking forward to the next “Borne Adventure” and I bet you will be too! Kensington ARC Nancy Narma
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are two versions of this book available. I thought that I was buying the next in the series. Only to find that I have already read this one. Beware!