The votes are in! Eccentric seventy-something Vivian Borne—elected county sheriff, to everyone’s amazement but her own—springs into action. In her new role, the community playhouse diva appoints daughter Brandy reluctant deputy and makes their spunky shih tzu Sushi a K-9 unit of one.
Soon the amateur-sleuths-turned-pro have a challenging case to solve as a series of creepy crimes plague an ill-fated Edgar Allan Poe festival, where a fiend is misguidedly dispensing Poe-etic justice. Small-town Antiqua, known for its quaint main street of antique shops, has set out to celebrate the gothic poet with food, fun, and rare memorabilia, only to have the Master of the Macabre’s twisted tales come to deadly life.
A purloined tome, a black cat, a musty mausoleum, and mysterious disappearances—these tell the tale of a heartless murderer. But Vivian and Brandy Borne are determined to decipher the cryptic clues to make sure a ravin’-mad killer strikes “nevermore”!
Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on hunting for valuable antiques!
About the Author
BARBARA ALLAN is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and her husband, New York Times bestselling novelist and Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and eleven novels. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures.
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PRAISE FOR BARBARA ALLAN’S TRASH ’N’ TREASURES MYSTERIES!
“Another humorous addition to the Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery series. White Elephant tips are included throughout, as well as some yummy recipes.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Cozy fans will enjoy spending time with Vivian and Brandy and friends.”
“The amusingly ditzy duo manages to solve yet another case.”
“Well-drawn characters . . . fun to read.”
“The characters shine with brassy humor . . . series fans will applaud.”
“Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog make this essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths.”