Antiques Foe
by Barbara Allan

Eccentric antiques dealer and amateur sleuth Vivian Borne finds herself in jail – again! – when a podcast star is found dead in her hotel room in this new Trash ‘n’ Treasures cozy mystery – “one of the funniest cozy series going” (Ellery Queen Magazine)
When popular podcaster Nicole Chatterton wants an interview for Killers Caught, true-crime author Vivian Borne is overjoyed. Finally, some recognition for the sleuthing skills the septuagenarian antiques dealer and her daughter Brandy have demonstrated, solving countless crimes in their small hometown of Serenity, Iowa!

Dolled up and dressed to the nines, Vivian figures the interview is going swimmingly . . . until Nicole turns the tables, accusing the mother/daughter duo of committing the very crimes they solved. Shocked and affronted – and with a spiteful tirade captured by the cameras – Vivian breaks off the interview, ejecting the rude podcaster from the premises of the Trash ‘n’ Treasures shop. How dare the woman?

Later, when Vivian pays the podcaster a follow-up visit at the woman’s hotel – hoping to smooth things out and set the record straight – a very dead Nicole is waiting. Caught as the killer (true to the podcast’s title) by producer Clare Shields, Vivian finds herself behind bars. Now it’s up to Brandy to determine who really did the dire deed before their fiendish foe can strike again!

Antiques Foe is a light-hearted, laugh-out-loud cozy mystery which also features mother-daughter sleuths Brandy and Vivian’s witty tips for buying and selling antiques, along with a selection of tasty recipes.


“Humorous asides and loads of antique lore . . . Allan delivers the cozy goods”

Publishers Weekly on Antiques Liquidation

“Best for readers of cozy mysteries who enjoy small-town living, humor with a side of murder, and cute canine companions”

Library Journal on Antiques Liquidation

“Amusing mystery chockablock with antiques lore”

Kirkus Review on Antiques Liquidation

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

Booklist on Antiques Carry On

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

Publishers Weekly on Antiques Carry On

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’

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

Library Journal on Antiques Ravin’

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

Booklist 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 Foe by Barbara Allan is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483096347th November 2023N/A208$14.99
Ebook97814483096347th November 2023N/A208£12.99
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