Barbara Allan
Antiques Knock-Off

Antiques Knock-Off
Trash ‘n’ Treasures #5
First Published February 22, 2011

The dog days of summer have come to Serenity, that quaint little Midwestern town tucked cozily into a bend of the mighty Mississippi River. As temperatures rise and days get longer, somebody’s temper erupts…into cold-blooded murder!

Brandy Borne is pretty sure her “charmingly eccentric” mother, Vivian, didn’t kill that viperous mousy-haired busybody Connie Grimes. Sure, the two women had a little scuffle in the antique clock repair shop the day before. And, okay, Vivian’s prints were all over the murder weapon. And Mother has been off her meds lately. And then there’s the small matter of her guilty plea…

While Mother blithely socializes with inmates and organizes a jailhouse theater group, a very pregnant Brandy trundles into a morass of questionable antiques and discovers a passel of suspects, all victims of the deceased’s greedy schemes. As the clock ticks, and summer sizzles away, Brandy—with moral support from Sushi, her perky shih tzu—closes in on the real killer, only to find the killer may be closing in on her....

Read a sample

Library Journal: “essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths”

Publishers Weekly: “a sure-fire winner”

Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine: “...very funny. In fact, the first page of this book is so funny and so well done that I just had to stop reading for a while and admire it.” “This one is highly recommended.”

Romantic Times: ****½; “Place your bets on this screwball comedy cozy where the clues are thick and the mother-daughter dynamics are off the charts.”

Kingdom Books: “a fitting antidote to any seasonal blues, putting life into perspective as more than a little crazy, and worth laughing about....a bubbling stew of mishaps, murders, and motherhood.”

David Marshall James: “a deliciously funny mystery”

Amazon Google Play Nook Kobo iTunes

Antiques Knock-Off, E-Book
Release Date: April 3, 2012
ISBN 13: 9780758277695
Publisher: Kensington

Amazon Indiebound Books A Million Barnes and Noble

Antiques Knock-Off, Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2012
ISBN 13: 9780758234247
ISBN 10: 0758234244
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 293

Amazon Indiebound Books A Million Barnes and Noble

Antiques Knock-Off, Hardcover, Large Print
Release Date: July 27, 2011
ISBN 13: 9781410438102
ISBN 10: 1410438104
Publisher: Thorndike
Pages: 327

Amazon Indiebound Books A Million Barnes and Noble

Antiques Knock-Off, Hardcover
Release Date: February 22, 2011
ISBN 13: 9780758234230
ISBN 10: 0758234236
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 228