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

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  771 ratings  ·  122 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 heirlooms. B
Hardcover, Large Print, 345 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Thorndike Press (first published August 1st 2006)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 16, 2011 Becki rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fast, easy reads
Shelves: 2011, kindle
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.
Luffy Monkey D.
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
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
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
These make me laugh out loud at times. Silly but fun.
Leni Davis
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
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
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
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

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
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
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.
I love antiques and I love mysteries so I figured this was a match made in heaven for me. Not in love with the writing style (so many parenthesis) :) but I found myself finding interest in the wacky characters. Definitely a 'fluffy' summer at the beach type of book. And there are 2 f-words included. All that said, I may still check out book #2 - when I am bored.
Deb Wilson
I honestly don't see how this woman is listed as a top mystery writer in the bio in the back. As other reviewers noted, the constant use of parenthesis is maddening and it ruins the book. I wanted to like the story, but with all the interruptions, I couldn't. I've read worse but not by much. The chances of me continuing this series are very slim. Highly disappointing.
A woman back at home after a divorce finds herself involved in a murder of a local antique dealer. A dealer that has done wrong by many in the little town, even her own mother. After a run in with the dealer at a Rd Hat ladies meeting she finds herself covering for her mother that runs over the dead body of said dealer. More people die often seemingly at the hands of the mother daughter team as they try and out wit the local law.
i was disapointed in the lack of antique story line. The tips made
Bobbye Hudspeth
I'm getting harder to please with these "fluffy series." I enjoy reading them, but I am growing weary of always having to think of characters as someone who's moving in next door. I prefer to think of the people I read about as someone who sits next to me on the plane. I'm going to get to know them intimately for a few hours and then we'll both go our separate directions. When I know this is book one of a series, it's sort of intimidating. I have to constantly be asking myself if this is someone ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery (10 books)
  • Antiques Maul (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #2)
  • Antiques Flee Market (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #3)
  • Antiques Bizarre (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #4)
  • Antiques Knock-Off (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #5)
  • Antiques Disposal (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #6)
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Antiques Maul (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #2) Antiques Flee Market (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #3) Antiques Bizarre (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #4) Antiques Knock-Off (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #5) Antiques Disposal (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #6)

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