Antiques Slay Ride

Antiques Slay Ride

by Barbara Allan

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Ho Ho Homicide

The Christmas rush is on as Brandy Borne and her quaintly quirky mother, Vivian, sniff out plum collectibles for resale, only to find the owner of a Santa's workshop worth of treasures has received some deadly tidings. It's beginning to look a lot like murder. . .but who wanted the deceased closed for the holidays—permanently? Maybe a rival antiques dealer, a Grinch who collects Christmas? Or the victim's suspiciously frosty stepchildren? Brandy and Vivian check their list of who's been naughty or nice, but it may take a Christmas miracle—and some help from Sushi, their elfin shih tzu—to tie a bow around the season's most wanted killer!


Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash ‘n' Treasures Mystery Series. . .

"A humorous cozy that teems with quirky characters." —Booklist

"Brandy and her eccentric mother make a hilarious team of snoops." —Joan Hess

"Top pick! Thrills, laugh-out-loud moments and amazingly real relationships." —Romantic Times Book Reviews

"You'll laugh out loud." —Mystery Scene

19,500 Words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758293169
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Series: Trash 'n' Treasures Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 85
Sales rank: 136,284
File size: 966 KB

About the Author

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 eleven 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. Learn more about them at and

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Antiques Slay Ride 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK, but only 45 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is with nook passing off a shirt as a novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a short story and I wasn't disappointed in it. The end seem to come quite suddenly and the wrap up was quick; I found myself wishing for more. I love this series. The characters are colorful, the humor abounds, and all in all it is just fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Jms
vacation8 More than 1 year ago
this was a light quick reading mystery and enjoyed it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a totally dissatisfying book. I hadn't read this author before and won't waste my time on anymore of her books.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A witty holiday murder mystery! This is a short story, intended as "filler" between novels in the Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery series. Although I hadn't read any books from this series before, I was able to jump right into the story, no problem. I love Antiques Slay Ride for a good holiday mystery. The author tells things in a lively way and keeps the reader infinitely amused. There's Brandy, a middle-aged woman with a nose for antiques (on antidepressants), her mother, her has a nose for antiques, gossip, and putting said nose in places it shouldn't go (on bipolar medication), and Sushi, their beloved Pekingese (on insulin shots), and, of course, to top it all off... yes, there's a dead body. (And that's all it took to get me hooked!) The conversation are hilarious. The murder keeps you guessing. The whole story is a great read during December. I'd definitely be interested in trying one of the novels in the series! ---------------- "We had a running argument over who was Holmes and who was Watson. We weren't sure who Sushi was. Mrs. Hudson?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
light-hearted story/enjoyed the characters
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Well sh<_>it, I don't remember rp ever having this many rules.
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No dragons whatsoever? Meaning no psuedodragons? I can't be a psuedo? Psuedos are like, one foot tall at their largest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't post here! <p> OOC: Don't use it. That's an important part of this RP. If you want to talk about your life, go to any of the "Cha<_>troom RPs". <p> Making a Character: <p> 1. Choose your race. Most humanoid races are allowed - humans, elves, dwarves, etc. However, no giants or dragons - your character MUST be able to walk through a seven-foot by three-foot doorway WITHOUT breaking it. Draconians are alright. <p> 2. Choose your name, gender, and weapon of choice. <p> 3. Choose two or three additional skills/weapons/magics. Abilities that "come with your race" count as well, so don't try giving yourself super speed and strength and immortality and still try to claim weapons and magic. Sorry, it doesn't work like that. <br> Examples of good combinations: <br> -Mage: human, uses a staff, has up to three types of magic, depending on the potency. <br> -Rogue: human, uses daggers, has stealth skills and advanced shadow magic. <br> -Healer: elvish, uses a wand, has speed skills and advanced healing magic. <br> -Dwarf: uses a hammer, has increased strength, uses mild earth and fire magic. <br> A word of warning: Don't copy another character's attributes, weapons, or skills, or you may be forced to restart your character! <br> If your character has too many skills, Rain or another leader may ask you to rebuild your character. <br> Once you have built your character, write a bio at the second result. Notify either Rain or another leader at the third result, then wait for feedback at the fourth result. This is the safest way to insure your chances of having a useful, balanced character. <p> Quests: <br> The Relic Seekers are a band of heroes who collect the relics of Antiquity to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. These relics hold magical properties which can be imbued into other items by Rain. Untold disaster awaits if one should use the power of the relics for evil. <br> Rain is the primary leader, and thus the quest leader. Side-quests can be followed by any member - for example, battling bandits - and the other leaders can initiate a Minor Quest in the absence of Rain. <p> Battling: <br> In battles against large groups, each player RPs their opponent(s). Please do not battle other players' opponents unless that player asks you to help. <br> In minor and major boss battles, each player can either attack the boss or battle a minion (if minions are suitable to the battle). The person who initiates the boss battle by declaring an enemy's existence is the controller of that boss. If you control the boss, please refrain from killing your fellow players, or injuring them beyond the healing power of the group's healer. Also, know when to let the boss die, and respond to each realistic attack by a player. <p> Distribution of Relics: <br> The leaders will decide who a relic's power will be granted to based upon activity, usefulness in the storyline, and who needs the boost. <p> Death: <br> If you decide you can no longer RP, you may either go inactive or trigger a minor boss fight to kill of your character. Otherwise, most characters will not die. <p> Fun: <br> Definitely have fun, but not at the expense of others. Don't godmod, kill other players, trigger insanely powerful boss fights, et cetera. The fourth result is a perfect place to give suggestions for where the quest should go. <p> That's pretty much it! Thanks for reading through this long and boring introduction, and I look forward to meeting you in the Relic Seekers.