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by Barbara Allan

eBook Antiques Maul (Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries, No. 2) ePub
Author: Barbara Allan
Language: English
ISBN: 0758211937
ISBN13: 978-0758211934
Publisher: Kensington (September 1, 2007)
Pages: 288
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 490
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ePub file: 1214 kb
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Barbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and eleven novels, including the 2008 winner of the Romantic Times Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery, Antiques Flee Market.

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antiques maul trash n treasures mystery. com User, November 10, 2009. Another in the wonderful series of cozy mysteries- I, for one, am tired of foresnic overkill and enjoy the cerebral aspect of mysteries (hence, "Cozy") I collect series and this is a welcome addition to my collection. com User, September 6, 2007. Second in this new series by authors Max Allan and Barbara Collins, this funny and informative cozy mystery has many surprises in store for you. Not only are there Trash & Treasure tips at the end of each chapter, a few recipes are also thrown in!

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Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery Series. A humorous cozy that teems with quirky characters. Barbara Allan is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and New York Times bestselling mystery novelist Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures.

It seems an unscrupulous antiques dealer has swindled Vivian out of the family's heirlooms. Don't miss Brandy Borne's tips on antiques! Cozy mystery fans will love this down-to-earth heroine with the wry sense of humor and a big heart. But when he is found run over in a country lane, Brandy becomes Murder Suspect Number One-with her mother coming in a very close second. The list of other suspects is impressive-the victim's business seems to have been based on bilking seniors out of their possessions. -Nancy Pickard With its small-town setting and quirky characters, Antiques Roadkill is fun from start to finish.

Barbara Allan - [Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery - Antiques Maul. A Trash 'n Treasures Mystery" that features a flying lap dog. More on the To Read List! Visit. Antiques Maul (Trash 'n' Treasures Series Book. The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Antiques Maul (Trash 'n' Treasures Series by Barbara Allan at Barnes & Noble. The Mystery of Ireta: Dinosaur Planet & Dinosaur Planet Survivors. File: MOBI, 625 KB. Распространяем знания с 2009. Пользовательское соглашение.

As Halloween approaches, Brandy and her meddling mother must unmask a killer when a body is found at the antiques mall, supposedly mauled to death by a good-natured pit bull, launching an investigation that results in the disappearance of her ten-year-old son.
I enjoyed the first book in the 'Antiques' series, but "Antiques Maul" left me with mixed feelings. The author writes very well, but the content became annoying after a while.

The heroine is a vain, frivolous character, which fits with the lighthearted theme of the book. She was very likeable most of the time and her quirky character added a lot of humour to the story. The secondary characters were also likeable and well drawn. The plot was a bit lightweight, but the book is a cozy mystery, so that is to be expected. However, the book was ruined for me by all of the distracting asides. They didn't bother me that much in the first book, but in "Antiques Mall", they became very distracting and annoying. They added nothing to the plot and slowed the action down considerably. Every time I got immersed in the story, an aside abruptly jolted me out of it. I had no interest in asides on how to shop in malls or how to shop for antiques, and I didn't like being torn from the main story at the end of every chapter. The story needed to be fleshed out more to be truly satisfying, but it was as if the unnecessary asides were substituted for substance.

I usually reread the books I liked, but I don't think many people could reread "Antiques Maul". If one actually enjoyed the asides at first reading, I think they would pall upon subsequent readings, once the novelty wore off. I know I found myself wondering "Where was the story?", once I finished the book. It was very disappointing when a book written by such a good writer, with such likeable characters and a potentially great plot was ruined by a literary device that detracted from the story. Humour is wonderful in a cozy mystery, but it has to fit within the framework of the story and not seem like something thrown in after-the-fact or like padding to increase the word count.
I thought I would like the book. I like antiquing, I like mysteries, but I couldn't finish it, and I almost always finish a book once I'm a ways into it.
I hated the incredible detail of what everyone was wearing, down to the shoes, with brand names and fashion style. Just says she's wearing a tan shirt and jeans not "I put on a BCBG tan jacket with epaulets and military buttons, Rock & Republic jeans (rolled up), and a pair of distressed brown Frye boots. To counter the armed forces look, I picked out a girly pink Betsey Johnson rhinestone-encrusted hobo bag and matching hip-slung belt." Followed by 3 pages of how only going to the salon 4 times a year and giving up the nail salon and going with fake nails will net you $200 to go shopping to buy more name brand cr*&.

Then the murder, **SPOILER ALERT** A Pitbull is introduced the day before the murder "That didn't erase the fact that pit bulls can--and do--kill people, and many towns ban them. Having a cutesy movie-star name didn't make Brad's fangs any duller, or take the kill out of killer instinct." The poor dog was scared to come out, a gentle soul, that did bark at first. They had an ancient ratty dog the protagonist Mother was wearing in a baby sling on her chest. Totally ridiculous. And a huge bias against big dogs.

I do not appreciate the stereo-typing of pitbulls as killers that should be banned from towns. They are generally gentle dogs that love their people deeply. Few are the killers that they are too often protrayed as, as that is the humans fault, not the dogs. They are a perfect example of nature versus nurture. Raised with love and guidance and not forced to fight and being raised with violence they are sweet dogs!

Then there is the going on and on and on about innane info that adds nothing to the story.

I finally gave up! I only finished half and just couldn't take it any more.
This is the first book that I have read in this series.....and I don't think I will be reading any more of them. I just didn't find the characters all that likeable, even though there were a few humorous lines. I had to get 30% through the book before the murder is really addressed.....for me, there was just too much background information, and way too much detail about events that just didn't really relate to the murder itself. Also, I noticed in this author's writing that every other sentence seems to contain "aside" comments with parentheses....there were just too many of these for my taste, and they somewhat hampered my enjoyment of the book. I usually love cozy mysteries, but I can't say I would really recommend this one.
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