Antiques Knock-Off-Barbara Allan

Antiques Knock-Off

Barbara Allan

Kensington, Mar 1 2011, $22.00

ISBN 9780758234230

Overlooking the Mississippi in the quaint town of Serenity antique expert Brandy Borne begins to understand what the sandwich generation means.  As a surrogate mother she is seven months pregnant; at the same time she keeps a close watch on her bipolar mother, Vivian.  Brandy is also dating the town’s Chief of Police Tony Cassato.

Someone stabs Connie Grimes in the chest.  Vivian confesses to having committed the murder; as Connie used to work for Brandy’s biological father, a U.S. senator.  Vivian goes to jail where another prisoner might have witnessed the homicide.  Brandy, accompanied by Sushi the shih tzu, investigates the case involving the Mafia and a horde of cats surrounding a New Age hypnotist.

Putting aside clever advice on collecting, the latest Trash ‘n’ Treasures antiques amateur sleuth is the usual zany, eccentric and far from serenity tale (see Antiques Flee Market and Antiques Bizarre) as once again mom is in the middle of an uproar.  The brisk story line is fine to follow as the heroine has a more reliable partner (Sushi) this time than she did in Antiques Bizarre (mom).  Sub-genre fans will enjoy this entertaining amusing whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

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