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Antiques Wanted

(A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #12)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  32 reviews
"If you like the funny side of life, this series is a great read."
--RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Spring lassoes small-town Serenity, as Brandy Borne's crime-bustin' mama Vivian hatches a harebrained scheme to run for County Sheriff--ropin' in her daughter to join the rodeo as campaign manager. As the two-woman posse tracks down voters at a local assisted-living home, Brandy
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, cozies
A wonderful cozy.

Vivian has decided to run for sheriff. She's sure to lose, but she makes Brandy her campaign manager anyway. While gathering donations for a white elephant sale at an old age home, a friend of Vivian's, not to mention a local gossip, and an advocate for the inhabitants of the home, is killed in an explosion that almost kills the Borne Girls.

Vivian decides the best thing to do is to infiltrate the old age home and find the killer. She has her bunions removed, and puts herself int
Lisa Morin
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm feeling a bit torn with this book. I'm a huge fan of this series by the amazingly talented Barbara Allan.
Normally my review would be 5 stars and overflowing with praise.

We all know the mother and daughter team of this series will leave you laughing long after you've finished the book. Brandy and Vivian are two of my favorite protagonists. The colorful personalities and quirkiness make the series a winner.

I didn't find this story as good as all the others.
I found the story to be disjointed an
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun cozy mystery featuring mother and daughter antique dealers turned amateur sleuths. The characters are interesting and a bit wacky, and the dialogue and narration can be pretty funny. Part of a series.
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brandy and her mother Vivian run an antique store. Vivian decides to run for sheriff and ropes Brandy into helping with the campaign. They go to an assisted living home to get donations for a fund raiser. Right after they are given a valuable photo a bomb goes off sending Brandy to the hospital and the donater dies. Several unexplained deaths at the assisted living home sends them on a chase for the killer. This book has an interesting way of notes from the editor and is written in a humorous wa ...more
Teri Griffis
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I used to love this series of books but this one seems to have a great deal of extraneous material in it. I had a difficult time following what the story line was even supposed to be. Vivian running for sheriff, Harriet getting blown up, Brandy not wanting Vivian to run for sheriff.........there was so much jumping around that I finally stopped reading it.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

A fun story with an unsatisfying mystery. I honestly love the unique way the series is written. It is quirky and feels like how someone would actually tell a story. The mystery was just weird. It was hard to follow at times and the ending didn't make a whole lot of sense.
Barbara Hackel
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vivian and Brandy, that mother-er grandmother/daughter-no, granddaughter team that blunder their way around town seemingly without a plan, are back. This time Vivian is planning to run for Sheriff against a well liked deputy. To raise campaign funds, they seek donations for a white elephant sale. Surprisingly they get a lot of good items donated, especially after visiting residents in a local nursing home. After one visit, Brandy goes out to the car with Vi, and gets a copy of their latest book ...more
Peter Ackerman
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whether you consider yourself a “cozy mystery” fan or not, as long as you love a mystery, I believe you will enjoy Antiques Wanted by Barbara Collins. Though set up in “cozy” style, with a requisite recipe at the book’s conclusion, and garage/estate/white elephant sale tips at the conclusion of each chapter, the mystery, as well as all of the characters make this novel a fun read.

Part of an ongoing series the story continues the adentures of mother and adult daughter sleuthing team. Vivian and B
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, be prepared to be confused, at least a little bit....or a lot? Such is the wacky world of Vivian and Brandy. Their relationship alone is enough to confuse anybody. Add to that, Vivian decides to run for county sheriff, a job she is in no way qualified for. To raise money for her election, they decide to gather items for a white elephant sale and head on over to the local nursing home. One lady says she won't vote for Vivian but does give her a few nice things as donations. Then her ap ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the twelfth book in the Trash n Treasures Mystery series written by Barbara Allan. Brandy Borne’s mom Vivian, decides to run for County Sheriff and roped Brandy to join as the campaign manager. Shortly after the Borne gals receive a valuable signed photo of an old-timey cowboy actor from the elderly aunt of Vivian's political opponent, a massive explosion sends Brandy to the ER and auntie to the grave. With a string of unexplained deaths turning Sunny Meadow into Bo ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Vivian Borne is running for sheriff, much to her daughter Brandy's dismay. The two women--one widowed, one divorced--live together in an old house and run an antique store in another one, and both narrate the book, often in alternating chapters. I've enjoyed some of the earlier books, but while this was better than okay, it didn't engage my interest. Vivian has bunion surgery in order to be installed in the rehab/senior home where some strange events, including a lethal explosion, have taken pla ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I enjoyed this book more than usual because Brandy (and more her mother's) over the top antics get less appealing to me as the series goes on and this story had less craziness. Despite the sheer insanity of Vivian running for sheriff, it makes sense that she would.

One really knows who the thief is right from the start, but the rest of the story has some satisfying twists and turns.
I'm definitely interested to see where the next book picks up.

I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I continued with this series. This episode of shenanigans between daughter and mom, Brandy and Vivian, starts with the political campaign aspirations of Vivian for Sheriff! While at the old folks home, collecting items for a fundraiser to fund their campaign, one of the residents is caught in a great explosion. With Brandy and Vivian on the case, you are promised to have a leg-slapping, outrageously, fun time. #netgalley ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A cozy mystery with Brandy Borne and her mother Vivian, who's running for county sheriff. They are looking for "white elephant" items for a fund raiser when a blast in a nursing home sends Brandy to a hospital and kills the aunt of Vivian's political opponent. Vivian and Brandy bicker, the editor tells them to stop, Vivian breaks in to offer her take on what's happening. The book is mildly humorous and entertaining. ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the story, as usual. Vivian takes the lead in this one by jumping in it with both feet. Foot surgery; landing her in a rehab facility while she snoops out the one responsible for a murder that occurred there. Also, Vivian is running for Sheriff. Just you wait 'til you see what happens along the way in her running for that office. ...more
Lena H.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I love this series. This wasn't my favorite one but it was a fun read. Short and a bit light on the mystery but a fun trip to Serenity with possibly the craziest main characters any mystery series has to offer. ...more
Sharon Bezrutczyk
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed the mother and daughter antics of Viven and Brandi.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series is extremely fun! I am going to start the series again! I am excited for the next book!
Susan Moxley
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A real page turner with lots of twists and turns and lots of mystery and action to the very end of the book.
Dee Roll
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny and love recipes win win!
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tony and Brandy's romance is back on track. Vivian's decision to run for Sheriff is surprising and amusing! But, their investigation at Sunny Meadow causes a great deal of danger to Vivian. ...more
Rebecca Oerman
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just an all-around fun series.
Kimber Li
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hilarious and very character-driven. Read my full review here- ...more
Gina Wylie
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love these mysteries!
Deb Thomas
Not high on my list

Too many typos. Needs a thorough edit. Formulaic even for this series. Will read the next edition, but not hopeful.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast moving and interesting plot. Mother takes a wild ride!
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
This is the 12th book in the Trash n' Treasures series featuring Brandy and her mother Vivian. They own a store together where they sell antiques and treasures.

In this one Vivian has decided to run for Sheriff and enlists her daughter as her campaign manager. (This part was hilarious.) They receive a valuable signed photo of a cowboy actor and soon after an explosion sends Brandy to the hospital. After there there are unexplained deaths around town. Why is someone killing people over an old pho
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I've known about this Trash 'n' Treasures series for awhile, but (and this is my constant refrain with MAC's work in general) I knew the new book was an umpteenth in the series, and I wasn't sure if it would be the best jump-in point.

Fans of cozy mysteries will be happy with this latest installment of the Trash 'n' Treasures series. Even if you're not a fan of said genre, you'll be happy with it; it's a fun page-turner with entertaining characters and dialogue.

Vivian Borne in general could be th
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is book 12 in the Trash 'n' Treasures series. If you haven't read the other books, I recommend going back because there are so many references you will miss.

I enjoy this series for a number of reasons. It is set in small town Iowa with all the quirky things that remind me of growing up in the Midwest. There is a beloved dog in every book. One of the main characters is a not perfect middle-aged woman. The book includes recipes when it talks about certain dishes. The main characters collect
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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

Other books in the series

A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Antiques Roadkill (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #1)
  • 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)
  • Antiques Chop (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #7)
  • Antiques Con (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #8)
  • Antiques Swap (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery, #9)
  • Antiques Fate (A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery #10)

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