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Antiques Roadkill (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  977 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Determined to make a new start in her quaint hometown on the banks of the Mississippi, Brandy Borne never dreams she'll become the prime suspect in a murder case. . .

Moving back in with her eccentric, larger-than-life mother, Brandy Borne finds small-town Serenity anything but serene. It seems an unscrupulous antiques dealer has swindled Vivian out of the family's heirlo
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Nook, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Kensington (first published August 1st 2006)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 2.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Brandy Borne and her mother Vivian find themselves investigating the murder of a crooked antiques dealer who just happened to take Vivian for all she was worth. Now they are in a race to find the murderer before he or she strikes again because they could very well be next!

My Review: ~meh~

Pleasant enough, I suppose, nothing at all wrong with it except that there's nothing to like. It's mildly amusing. It's a mystery about the same way any book is a mystery,
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Erica
May 31, 2011 Erica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Do you like mysteries? (Probably or why would you be reading this review)? If so, you might find this one tolerable (or not). The plot was good (but not fantastic), and the antique tips were cute (but not all that necessary). The main character was marginally likeable (but I thought it was odd that the son she was separated from was mentioned only casually). Are you tired of my overuse of parentheses? This is just a glimpse into what is in store for you in this book. The darn things were so dist ...more
Donna
Sep 29, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Reading an article about e-books recently, I found myself thinking, "Why would anyone prefer to read a book on an electronic screen rather than on paper?" Then I realized--I was reading this article on my cell phone.

For all the decades of my adult life, until recently, I tended to spend a significant amount of time daily in the company of books. I usually had three or four going at once--often one on science, one on poetry or writing, a history or biography, and the brain candy I lovingly refer
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Sandra
Nov 28, 2011 Sandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried with this book. I really did. I wanted to like it, but I couldn't.

The narrator was annoying and ran off on rabbit-trails. I really don't want a two page description of how to clean a dog pee stain when I'm reading a mystery. I also don't need a full-on description of exactly what you were wearing during every flashback.

Won't be going any further in this series. This is an instance where I understand WHY I got this free on my Kindle.
renee g
Read the free Kindle edition, and while cozy little mysteries aren't my favorite, I enjoyed it. It was a quick entertaining read, I even bought the second in the series right after finishing it. The in depth clothes and brand rambling was annoying but not enough to make me give up on it. (I just skimmed over those sentences really really quickly). I found myself smiling at the humor and the main character was someone I liked.
Teddy
May 06, 2011 Teddy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, mysteries, 2011
This book nearly got thrown at the wall thanks to the author's handling of bipolar disorder (whee it makes you kooky and unpredictable! Uh, no), but I persevered. It's good for what it is: a cute, cosy mystery, and I'll probably read the rest. I'm reading more for the bipolar mom than the protagonist though.
Becca
Jun 06, 2013 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A mentally ill hoarder first moves in with with her mentally ill hoarder mother, and then solves crimes in her spare time, while caring for her elderly blind dog that pisses all over the house. No thank you.
Nancy
Jun 01, 2011 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Truly, in rating this I'm between 'it was ok' and 'didn't like'. I've read novels by Max Collins before, but none by just Barbara Allan, who I think is mostly known for short stuff. There are two main things that annoyed me about this novel. The first is that the main character, Brandy, has just moved back in with her mother after a divorce ends her 10 yr marriage. We learn that the marriage ended after her husband found out about a one-night-stand affair Brandy had with an old high school boyfr ...more
Patty
Feb 08, 2012 Patty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a DNF for me. I kept thinking I should enjoy it, I liked the premise (lots of antiques, small mid-western town, women as investigators) but it fell apart for me. I think the reason I couldn't finish it was the interruptions. The main character is Brandy and she tells us most of the background and fills in the history of her life and life in her town. But, she doesn't seem to be able to tell a story without at least one if not three or five side comments and stories. Often stacked one on ...more
Lori Henrich
Mar 27, 2012 Lori Henrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brandy heads home to live with mom after her divorce is final. Her mother needs someone to kind of keep an eye on her and make sure she is taking her medication. When she arrives home she finds out that a local antique dealer had swindled her mom out of many of her antiques, taking advantage of her during one of her spells.

Brandy confronts the man at a Red Hat Society event. Shortly after that confrontation the antique dealer winds up dead and Brandy's mom is a suspect. When things start hittin
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Johnny
Jun 30, 2014 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I kept seeing the “Trash ‘n Treasures” mystery series at my local Barnes & Noble. I didn’t realize that Barbara Allan was the pseudonym for Barbara Collins’ new collaboration with noir specialist Max Allan Collins. The covers looked pretty feminine and I suppose the conceit of “antiquing” would also appeal more to a female audience.

Well, I had read some of my mom’s Benni Harper “quilting” mysteries and I sort of enjoy those Amish cozy mysteries by Laura Bradford, so I figured I was comforta
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I have found this first in the series novel to be fun, entertaining, and a good mystery to boot. We are introduced to Brandy Borne returning home to live with her mother, Vivian, after a divorce. Vivian has some challenges, Manic Depression for one.

Brandy discovers that Mom's home has been pilfered by an unscrupulous Antique buyer. Next thing you know, The Antique buyer is dead and both Vivian and Brandy have confessed.

This book moves at a sonic pace and I thoroughly enjoyed the voyage.
Caitlin Olsen
Feb 08, 2014 Caitlin Olsen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feb2014
I gave this book three stars because I had a hard time getting into it and then following the story line. It seemed that the author jumped around a bit and at times I didn't know how the main character came to be where she was. Otherwise it was a fun read with a good story line. I really enjoyed the (parenthesis) thoughts she added in to the narrative.

Brandy Bourne just moved back to her hometown of Serenity after going through a divorce. Vivian, Brandy's mom suffers from a mental illness which
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Becki
Mar 16, 2011 Becki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fast, easy reads
Shelves: kindle, 2011
Cute little mystery. The writing was very casual and pretty funny. The author(s) isn't shy about letting us know all the heroine's parenthetical thoughts. Brandy, the leading lady, is very believable. It wasn't my favorite book of all time, but it was cute and I'd read the rest of the Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery if they ever got cheap enough on Kindle.
RebeccaS
Feb 07, 2014 RebeccaS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I've never thought much about the "antiquing mystery" genre, but I'm so glad I picked this up. The main character is fun, sarcastic, smart, and a really lovable character. Her dysfunctional family really adds to the book and are also characters you can really like (even prissy Peggy-Sue). The mystery was different and very interesting, especially when the main character is first suspected of murder then becomes a target victim. I love the snarky, s ...more
Jane
Nov 18, 2015 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, dnf
Disliked the character on page two when she said she didn't bother with an operation to cure her dog's blindness because it cost $2000. She added that she didn't have the money but also added she had designer clothes she'd kept after the break up of her marriage. With her lifestyle, she would've had handbags, jewelry and oh yeah, pet insurance. She could've gotten the money.

Then I found out she was married and had an affair that damaged another marriage. Disliked her even more, but the clincher
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April
A cute, light fluffy romp , the first installment in the Trash n Treasures Mystery series by Barbara Allan. I enjoyed the main character Brandy Borne, a recently divorced woman (her fault) who limps back home to stay with her bipolar mother, who's recently sold many of their family heirlooms to a suspcious antiques dealer for a song. When Brandy confronts him publically, he dismisses her, but then is found dead the next day. Brandy and her wacky mother must find the killer before they themselves ...more
Emily Cullen
Occasionally I like to take a break from novels which can be long and dip back into the cozy mystery genre, but I really think I am outgrowing it. Newly divorced, Brandy Bourne moves back home to Iowa to live with her mother who sometimes can go off the deep end. Confused, Vivian Bourne has sold the family's antique furniture for a song to a seedy antique dealer. When he winds up dead, signs point to Brandy or her mother. If you want to try the cozy mystery genre I recommend Lawrence Block, Rita ...more
Dawn
May 10, 2009 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: craft-fiction
These make me laugh out loud at times. Silly but fun.
Leni Davis
Jan 22, 2015 Leni Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of cozy mysteries, and thought this book looked like it had some promise. Unfortunately, I couldn't get through it. I don't easily give up on a book, but I'm cutting my losses with this one.

The author's constant use of parentheses to interrupt her thought process drove me batty. Often throughout the beginning of the book I could not find one paragraph that didn't have this happening. And then on occasion, the author would address the reader as if we were having a conversation.

Not imp
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Lorrie Kralka
Jan 05, 2016 Lorrie Kralka rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Holy hell, this book was a complete slog to read. Between the absolute crazed use (or I really should say, overuse) of parentheses (seriously overused), and the almost obnoxious need to describe the clothing the main character is wearing (or trying to decide between, or populating her if-I-win-the-lottery list with) merely by naming the brand and the thing, I very nearly didn't finish this thing. It didn't make the book cute, it didn't make it quirky, it just made it sound like the author spent ...more
Luffy
Well well well, it has been some time since I tried a new series in the cozy mystery genre. For most of the book, I had the rating pegged at 2/5. But the story came good in the last few chapters. The book has a few logical hiccups. The behavior of the main heroine, the cops, the murderer, were unconvincing, if not far fetching. Some of the adventures ran into dead ends or were too isolated to belong really to this book. This is the book that most resembles to a Frankenstein novel other than the ...more
Shawn
May 29, 2013 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
The book has some really great parts and some really not-so-much parts. The authors are writing as if they are telling a friend or new acquaintance about her (the main character's) crazy life. Unfortunately, it feels as if the characters ramble on too much and it gets repetitive, as well as, tiresome.

The book begins with the main character describing her pitiful life. Recently divorced, broke, lost custody of her child and must move home to live with her bi-polar septuagenarian mother who has n
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Nani
Mar 01, 2013 Nani rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-2013
This was such a fun read! Told in first person by Brandy Borne, a recent divorcee who really did "go home to mother," leaving Chicago and returning to her small hometown on the banks of the Mississippi to try to put the pieces together again. It was like you were reading a story being told over coffee with the story teller, including all the parentheticals and side note opinions and remarks. It's a serious story, there is murder, there are priceless antique heirlooms and there is definitely some ...more
Richard Ward
Dec 01, 2013 Richard Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book much more than I expected to. Likeable, quirky, believable main characters, slightly more original than often seen in a book like this; an unsympathetic murder victim, typical of this kind of book; and an entertaining, even funny, yet mildly disturbing psychopath (again, typical of the genre, though a little better done than average).

The trend for several years has been to give an amateur sleuth a hobby unrelated to sleuthing (cooking, gardening, knitting, you name it) and then

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Mary  Mendoza
Published in 2006, Antiques Roadkill is very dated with many references to fashion trends long dead. Was also surprised at the number of spelling errors from a respected New York publisher and a writing team with many so-called accolades. Probably written in a rush.

Besides that, it was a sappy story featuring yet another stupid dog, an uninteresting heroine and her semi demented mother. Also, the authors have annoying and distracting habit of using parentheses instead of commas.
Betty
Aug 25, 2011 Betty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Going home again is never easy, especially when a quirky, high-maintenance Shih Tzu is your most intimate companion, but Brandy Borne is determined to make a new start in her quaint hometown on the banks of the Mississippi. Bruised but not broken, she moves back in with her larger-than-life mother, eccentric Vivian Borne, amateur actress, loyal Red Hat, and world-class gossip, and prepares to get along with her social-climbing older sister, Peggy Sue. Brandy arrives to find small-town Serenity a ...more
Diane Heath
Feb 09, 2014 Diane Heath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the first in the trash n treasure series but I have to say if I had not previously read some later books in the series I would not be impressed based on this book alone. Brandy has returned to her home town after her divorce. She was divorced because of a one night stand with an old flame at a high school reunion. (This backstory fact does become important) Upon arrival she has a run in with the man who cheated her mother out of her antiques. When he turns up dead, Brandy and her mother ...more
Kimberly
Oct 06, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I started out not liking this book because the style was different for me. The sidebar parenthesis's were annoying and distracting. It felt like a chore to keep up.
Once they were gone, or less frequent, I started to get into the story and the characters.

I want to continue with the series because I want to see how things play out with Brandy, Peggy Sue and Vivian. Especially since Vivian said she wanted to tell Brandy something about Peggy Sue and never did.
Briana Alzola
I'm a fan of the cheesiest mysteries -- books that feature unlikely heroes and heroines solving crimes. A sassy hairdresser or an elderly cupcake baker that get involved in murder plots? Sign me up. It's a great way to escape for an hour or two. This book wasn't as cheesy as I hoped. Instead it was just ... not very good. I didn't like the characters, I was bored and (while surprising) the plot twist didn't bring me back in.
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Barbara Allan is a pseudonym used by Barbara Collins and Max Allan Collins

Max Allan Collins is a writer of mystery novels, screenplays, comics and historical fiction. Collins has collaborated on numerous short stories with his wife writer Barbara Collins. Together they also write the successful “Trash ‘n’ Treasures” mysteries – their Antiques Flee Market (2008) won the Romantic Times Best Humorous
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A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery (10 books)
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  • Antiques Flee Market (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #3)
  • Antiques Bizarre (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #4)
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