Antiques Carry On
by Barbara Allan

Look out London – eccentric antiques dealer Vivian Borne and her daughter Brandy are bringing their own brand of mayhem and mischief to the British capital, in the fifteenth installment of the award-winning Trash ’n’ Treasures cozy mystery series.

Vivian Borne – true-crime author, antiques dealer and ex-sheriff of Serenity, Iowa – is looking forward to meeting her new editor in London. Flying first class, rooms at the Savoy . . . Her long-suffering co-author, daughter Brandy, worries the trip will bankrupt them both, but the alternative – Mother travelling alone – is unthinkable. Brandy’s almost tempted to make her fiancé, Tony – Serenity’s Chief of Police – call Scotland Yard and warn them Vivian’s coming.

But even Brandy doesn’t predict their vacation will end in murder . . . or that she and Mother will be unceremoniously ejected from the country, with an order to leave things well alone.

Vivian and Brandy need a case to write about, and Mother doesn’t care which one. But as the intrepid sleuths – ably supported by doggy detective Sushi – investigate a promising local prospect, they’re plunged into a complex mystery that stretches right back to London . . . with no choice but to carry on.

Looking for a laugh-out-loud, quirky mystery to brighten your mood? Trash ’n’ Treasures is “one of the funniest cozy series going” (Ellery Queen Magazine) – and if you’re new to the series, it’s safe to jump right in.


This humorous cozy with its multiple plot twists is framed by close family relationships, a lovingly detailed setting, and information about antiques


Vivian and Brandy share narrative duties, and their amusing commentary provides much of the book’s appeal. Allan consistently entertains

Publishers Weekly

Allan’s long string of comic mysteries … always entertain

Kirkus Reviews

Delightfully quirky ... For those fond of feel-good cozies, Allan delivers

Publishers Weekly on Antiques Fire Sale

The usual mix of humor, detection, and flamboyant personalities adds sparkle

Kirkus Reviews on Antiques Fire Sale

One of the best in Allan’s long-running series, which is always humorous and full of tips for antiques hunters

Kirkus Reviews on Antiques Ravin’

This humorous cozy – with its well-drawn, quirky characters – is a hoot

Booklist on Antiques Ravin’

Amusing ... Series fans and newcomers alike will have fun

Publishers Weekly on Antiques Ravin’

Fans of J.C. Eaton’s “Sophie Kimball” books may want to try this series

Library Journal on Antiques Ravin’

Barbara Allan

Barbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of husband-and-wife mystery writers, Barbara and Max Allan Collins. Barbara is an acclaimed short-story writer, and Max is multi-award-winning New York Times bestselling novelist and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master. Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and the long-running Trash ‘n’ Treasures mystery series. They live in Muscatine, Iowa – their Serenity-esque hometown – in a house filled with trash and treasures.

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Antiques Carry On by Barbara Allan is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278908186th July 2021140 X 220mm208$28.99
Hardback978072789081829th April 2021140 X 220mm208£20.99
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