Antiques Chop

Antiques Chop

Barbara Allan / Feb 27, 2020

Antiques Chop The quaint Midwestern town of Serenity is about to hit the small screen Brandy Borne and her dramatically ditzy mother Vivian will be starring in Antique Sleuths a reality TV show based on the duo

  • Title: Antiques Chop
  • Author: Barbara Allan
  • ISBN: 9780758263629
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The quaint Midwestern town of Serenity is about to hit the small screen Brandy Borne and her dramatically ditzy mother, Vivian, will be starring in Antique Sleuths, a reality TV show based on the duo s antiquarian adventures and their troubling talent for solving deadly crimes What better shooting set than a creepy old house, the site of a 60 year old unsolved axe murdeThe quaint Midwestern town of Serenity is about to hit the small screen Brandy Borne and her dramatically ditzy mother, Vivian, will be starring in Antique Sleuths, a reality TV show based on the duo s antiquarian adventures and their troubling talent for solving deadly crimes What better shooting set than a creepy old house, the site of a 60 year old unsolved axe murder The location is perfect until Bruce Spring, the show s producer, meets a fatal axe ident, mortally mauled just like the home s previous owner The first suspect on the chopping block seems typecast for the role of killer he was found at the scene of the attack, clutching a stained axe But as Brandy and Vivian chop around for clues, plenty of other suspects stick out their necksIt seems the show s cameraman clashed with Bruce could he be the culprit What about the acrimony between Andrew, the harried homeowner, and Bruce, whose dirt digging documentary all but accused Andrew of the original unsolved crime And who s driving that blood red Toyota that keeps making unscripted cameo appearances If Brandy and Vivian are going to get to the bottom of this mystery, they ll have to be extra careful not to wind up on the cutting room floor in pieces

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      • Barbara Allan

        Barbara Allan is a pseudonym used by Barbara Collins and Max Allan CollinsMax 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 Mystery Novel award in 2009 There is than one author in the database with this name.


    542 Comments

    1. The Borne girls are filming the pilot for their TV series. Vivian comes up with the perfect location for their store, the location of an ax murder!Brandy's son, Jake is in town, and finds an ax! Then there's another murder, and the Bornes start sleuthing again.Pretty good, but to be honest, I don't understand what all these guys see in Brandy.


    2. I have grown to like this series. Mysteries are pretty intriguing and the quirky characters do grow on you!


    3. I loved this book! I bought it in a bargain bin but enjoyed it very much. It was funny and I can't wait to read all in this series!


    4. “Chop, Chop—Who’s There??”I’m so glad to wander back to Serenity, Iowa and be re-acquainted with Brandy Borne and her super-sleuthing Mother/Grandmother Vivian. (Oops! Can’t leave out Brandy’s beloved blind Shih Tzu, Sushi!) The Author provides us with some history of a murder which happened locally in the 1950’s and was the theme of a documentary, much to some dismay. Brandy always has a lot “on her plate”, thanks to Viv’s never-ending adventures, so when ex-husband, Roger [...]


    5. Brandy and her ditzy mother Vivian are going to be stars in a new reality TV show about antiques. They finagle their way into leasing a house where a gruesome murder was committed 60 years ago, and guess what - someone associated with the show meets a similar fate, and Vivian (and a reluctant Brandy) are sleuthing again.First off, you have to like a somewhat Monty Python approach to writing to love this series - and I do. Sometimes we read in Vivian's words, sometimes in Brandy'sI've read a few [...]


    6. I love these books because they make me laugh. The little quirks throughout the book add a different a lighthearted touch. This time it was Brandy and Vivian arguing about things in the narrative using parenthesis, while their editor wants them to pencil in the margin. I felt like Vivian really spearheaded the sleuthing (more than usual) in this investigation, probably because this new murder was somehow linked to one of her childhood and it involved many of her childhood friends. I was slightly [...]


    7. A very lighthearted murder mystery with humorous characters. Though this is a series, it was just as enjoyable reading out of order. I will pick up more in this fun series.


    8. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. The main characters have a no nonsense perspective that really resonates with me. And on the off chance that it matters to anyone, I really like the cast of characters list at the front of the book. It’s not so much that I couldn’t follow the charters or keep them straight. But it was an excellent introduction.


    9. Could not get into it at all I had high hopes for this book/series and it all came tumbling down once I read the first few chapters I was really annoyed and disappointed



    10. Antiques ChopBy: Barbara AllanCopyright: May 2013Publisher: Kensington BooksThe quaint Midwestern town of Serenity is about to hit the small screen. Brandy Borne and her dramatically ditzy mother, Vivian, will be starring in Antique Sleuths, a reality TV show based on the duo's antiquarian adventures--and their troubling talent for solving deadly crimes. What better shooting set than a creepy old house, the site of a 60-year-old unsolved axe murder?The location is perfect until Bruce Spring, the [...]


    11. openbooksociety/article/anBrought to you by OBS reviewer JoAnneOkay, Brandy and her mother do not have a new reality show; they are asked to start one, but before it can even get off the ground, the producer is indeed murdered, so there’s no question of cancellation at all. That being said, I will add the book is well-written, and the plot is nicely knitted together, in the fact that I wasn’t sure who the killer was until the very end. This is what you definitely want in a mystery. I felt th [...]


    12. Sometimes I wish I wasn't the kind of reader who will almost always finish a book (and series) even when they are bad or annoying as hell to read. Just when I thought things were looking up with this series, and the incessant use of parentheses was toned down to that of a semi normal person of the last couple books rather than the insane fettish-esque use from the first couple. This book brings in an even more annoying habit of comedic asides where the characters are talking like they are the au [...]


    13. Really, no matter what mood I'm in, I can always count on a Trash 'n' Treasures mystery to make me laugh, over and over. This latest installment is no different. I enjoyed the plot and characters tremendously, as usual, and the addition of Rocky as a supporting character is terrific. My only complaint (if I had one) is that the use of multiple parentheses as a humor device in the earlier books seems to have been mostly beaten out of the authors, perhaps by an editor or even by (heaven forbid) fa [...]


    14. This series cracks me up. Although a lot of people get offended because the authors poke fun at mental illness, I (coming from a family with bi-polar and members on anti depressants) can say that sometimes we do make fun of ourselves and each other. Is it right? Probably not, but let's face it, the world isn't right and some families deal with stuff this way. If you are overly sensitive to this type of thing, stay away from this series. All that aside, I found this book a wonderfully quick (two [...]


    15. This mystery is personal for Vivien Borne--someone has murdered the producer who was going to make a reality show star of her, and of her daughter Brandy too. And the murder replicates an axe murder in which Vivien testified as witness when she was just eight--all right, twelve. Vivien is on her meds, but still able and willing to drag Brandy into any number of embarrassing and dangerous situations. Mostly narrated by Brandy, who gives Vivien two chapters.


    16. Another of Barbara Allan'sw Trash 'n' treasures mysteries finished :). I think this may be the last one my library system carries so I will have to do some hunting for the few I still need to read, which makes me sad. I enjoy Vivian and Brandy's misadventures way too much! Not to mention the little antique tips thrown in for good measure.


    17. 2.75 stars really. I love this series - it's so fun and quirky. This one was a bit of a disappointment because I figured out "who done it" about half way through the book. I'm usually not that good, so I figure the story was a bit weak. I did enjoy it nonetheless because of the characters I've become so attached to.


    18. I would probably read an early one of the books in the series. It was light entertainment. The narration was a little chatty for me. I like mysteries where I have a chance to figure out the clues with the narrator and this one had a little less clues and more chattiness. If you want to look at the relationship between a mom and daughter you will like the narration.


    19. Another excellent installment of Brandy and Vivian Borne!The best paragraph in the book is on page nine, and is said by Vivian (sorry Brandy!):"Leaving him alone in that big house. Why, he might have had one of those wild rock 'n' roll parties you see in the movies! Dancing in his underpants and with nubile young things doing the boogaloo in bikinis around the backyard pool!"


    20. Another good mysteryAgain, good story, wonderful characters, more insight to the characters and if course, good mystery. And again, I am really beginning to hate the nonsense of bickering between editor,Vivian and Brandy. And the useless, 7000 word nonsense,word filler of Vivian,Brandy and editor. It's a good funny mystery, leAve out the crappy 7000 word nonsense


    21. Thoroughly enjoyable read. Engaging characters in the inviting setting of Serenity, Iowa. Fun yarn about murder, old and new, in a small town. I read this out of order with no problem. I will be going on to read the rest of the series--I am hooked.


    22. This is the seventh book of the Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery series. The main character, Brandy Borne, and her mother,Vivian, are offered a chance to have a reality tv show. Vivian isn't quite as pushy as in some of the other books. It is quick easy read.


    23. As always these two women get themselves into a mess they may not be able to survive. Their antics are often silly and leave the other characters dumbfounded. They are funny and loveable and don't forget their pooches! Those books are a nice light read.


    24. Funny, funny. Love the two main characters, they are so quirky and the writing style is so fun. This is only the second book I've read by Barbara Allen (actually a husband & wife team) but have enjoyed both thoroughly. Never has an ax murder received such treatment.



    25. An okay mystery, mostly enjoyable for the mom/daughter interactions. Requires a pretty hefty suspension of belief.




    26. Fun reads, written from the point of view of Brandi, with the.occasional "intrusion" by Grandmother Vivian.


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