Antiques disposal / Barbara Allan.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: When a vintage cornet they discover in an abandoned storage unit leads to murder, Brandy Borne and her mother Vivian must catch a corpse-hoarding killer, an investigation that exposes the town of Serenity's juiciest secrets.
    • ISBN:
      9780758263605 : HRD
      0758263600 : HRD
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Booklist Reviews 2012 April #1

Brandy Borne and her mother, Vivian, bid on and win the contents of a storage unit whose owner had failed to pay the monthly charge. On their second trip to empty the unit, they find the business' owner, Big Jim Bob, dead and the rest of the contents gone. While Brandy and Vivian have been involved in solving murders before, this case becomes personal when someone breaks into their home, injuring Brandy's sister, Peggy Sue, and her dog, Sushi. Complicating the mother-and-daughter sleuthing team's efforts to find the killer and determine what was in the storage locker, Brandy must deal with the aftershock from learning a family secret and with the fact that her boyfriend, the former chief of police, is now part of the Witness Protection Program. Narrated by Brandy, with some chapters and comments from Vivian (and the pair's editor), this humorous cozy is framed by life in small-town Iowa and teems with quirky characters. It will appeal to readers who enjoy Donna Andrews' Meg Langslow mysteries. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2012 March #1

Near the start of Allan's zany sixth antiques mystery set in the Mississippi River town of Serenity (after 2011's Antiques Knock-Off), dotty Vivian Borne and her long-suffering daughter, Brandy, set off for Lucky Four Leaf Storage, whose owner, Big Jim Bob, is auctioning off the unknown contents of one of his units in default. Undaunted by the mouse droppings covering the cardboard boxes in the unit, Vivian wins the auction with her bid. Unfortunately, when mother and daughter return to pick up the boxes, the storage unit is empty, except for a rolled-up rug containing Big Jim Bob's dead body. Might Big Jim Bob's demise be connected to a Bix Beiderbecke cornet later discovered in one of the boxes? A classic gathering of suspects, under the guise of auctioning off the cornet, leads to an unexpected denouement. Allan is the pseudonym of married couple Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (May)

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