Antiques Chop (Trash 'n' Treasures Series #7)

Antiques Chop (Trash 'n' Treasures Series #7)

by Barbara Allan

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Antiques Chop 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Antiques Chop is a Humorous Romp into Laughter Antiques Chop By: Barbara Allan Copyright: May 2013 Publisher: Kensington Books The quaint Midwestern town of Serenity is about to hit the small screen. Brandy Borne and her dramatically ditzy mother, Vivian, will be starring in Antique Sleuths, a reality TV show based on the duo's antiquarian adventures--and their troubling talent for solving deadly crimes. What better shooting set than a creepy old house, the site of a 60-year-old unsolved axe murder? The location is perfect until Bruce Spring, the show's producer, meets a fatal axe-ident, mortally mauled just like the home's previous owner. The first suspect on the chopping block seems typecast for the role of killer--he was found at the scene of the attack, clutching a stained axe. But as Brandy and Vivian chop around for clues, plenty of other suspects stick out their necks... It seems the show's cameraman clashed with Bruce--could he be the culprit? What about the acrimony between Andrew, the harried homeowner, and Bruce, whose dirt-digging documentary all but accused Andrew of the original unsolved crime? And who's driving that blood-red Toyota that keeps making unscripted cameo appearances? If Brandy and Vivian are going to get to the bottom of this mystery, they'll have to be extra careful not to wind up on the cutting room floor--in pieces! No matter how hard she tries, Brandy just can’t seem to divorce herself from her mother’s escapades. This time out even her son pleads with her to join in. It started out when her ex-husband Roger showed up looking for his runaway son, he was wealthy enough to worry that it might have been an abduction for ransom. Brandy explains to Roger that she’d spoken to Jake about her recently finding out who her real parents were and that Jake might be having a problem processing it. Jake just needed to talk to his grandmother and came to visit without benefit of his father’s permission. So Jake gets to stay for a few days, and Vivian drags the two of them into a new scheme… a reality tv show about Antiques and the buying and selling of them. Murder happens, possible revenge, possible long held hatred and much more… Ya gotta read the book to find out the rest of the story. I love the series, especially where Brandy and Vivian are posting possible chapters for their next book. This is a series that will have you rolling in your seat, falling down laughing. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this ARC from the publisher who requested a fair and impartial review.
Matt-Coffey More than 1 year ago
It was with great pleasure that I dug into the latest Trash 'n' Treasures mystery, and after having missed the previous three books, I was relieved to discover that the authors have used Antiques Chop as a jumping-on point for new readers. Right off the bat we are greeted with a list of characters and their role in the series, the plotlines of which have grown considerably over the course of three books. The trade-off appears to be that rather than continuing the trend of redefining the lives of amateur detectives Brandy and Vivian Borne, Antiques Chop is a self-contained story wherein the status quo as it exists now is given extra attention. This is not detrimental, fortunately, as the story itself is strong along with an added emphasis on the series' supporting players, which I imagine was initially a means of introducing them to new readers, but winds up being an enjoyable character study thanks to the cogent writing. Add to this the interaction between Brandy and Vivian, not only as it exists in the context of the story but in their roles as competing narrators, and Antiques Chop the ability to instill within us the feeling of visiting old friends. The authors, now seven books into the series, have created a beautiful community in their fictional Serenity, Iowa that comes alive as vividly as your own hometown, rich with colourful characters that propel the story at a brisk pace. The writers are deftly capable of putting together an effectively casual cozy mystery, a mix of suspense and humour balanced in such a way that you'll find yourself smiling at the light-hearted absurdity of the Bornes without losing sight of the fact that, at face value,this is a story of an axe murder investigation. Antiques Chop is tremendous fun, and well worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Barbara Allen trash and treasure books are fun to read. read all to date
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“Chop, Chop—Who’s There??” I’m so glad to wander back to Serenity, Iowa and be re-acquainted with Brandy Borne and her super-sleuthing Mother/Grandmother Vivian. (Oops! Can’t leave out Brandy’s beloved blind Shih Tzu, Sushi!) The Author provides us with some history of a murder which happened locally in the 1950’s and was the theme of a documentary, much to some dismay. Brandy always has a lot “on her plate”, thanks to Viv’s never-ending adventures, so when ex-husband, Roger arrives frantic and frazzled looking for their 13 yr. old son, Jake, who has run away, Brandy panics as well. She discovers their son nonchalantly chatting with Grandma in the dining room. Roger agrees to let Jake stay for a week—provided there is no sleuthing! We all know this is like asking the sun not to rise! So when a renowned producer approaches Vivian and Brandy about being the hosts of a reality show, Jake sides with Grandma and Brandy reluctantly agrees, knowing she has to keep an eye on both of them. The first item on the list (besides the name for the show—“Antiques Sleuths”) is to find a prime location—and “The Murder House” seems to be an ideal fit. Vivian talks old friends into letting them use it and all seems to be going well—until…. You guessed it—a horrific murder occurs there, springing Vivian into her sleuthing action with Brandy by her side. Vivian never ceases to amaze me with her antics, and you’ll love the passage where she’s hypnotized! The Author has gifted us with another easy, enjoyable cozy and I want to extend my thanks for two items that have also been included—a list of characters and a map of Serenity, both great additions. I recommend you add this to your TBR list and I’m already looking forward to going back to Serenity in the future. Nancy Narma
NanaofCA More than 1 year ago
The book was enjoyable but the notes to each other and the editor were over the top. They became irritating and were a large part of the book. I enjoyed reading the rest of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The grandmother was an annoying busy body. The writing style was confusing with everyone from the granny to the kid writing. There were so many author's notes and they distracted me from the story.