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Antiques Frame
By (author): Barbara Allan
9780758293145 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth Mar 27, 2018
$8.99 CAD
Active 4.14 x 6.76 x 0.8 in 304 pages Kensington
With their reality TV series, Antiques Sleuths, Brandy Borne and her quaintly kooky mother, Vivian, have a real hit on their hands. But when the bidding turns deadly, Brandy finds herself ornately framed for murder. Aided only by Sushi, their loyal shih tzu, and police dog Rocky, the wacky mother-and-daughter sleuthing team races to determine how an empty antique frame can hold a deadly portrait, before they become the subjects of another masterpiece of murder.
Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on investing in antiques!  
Praise for Barbara Allan and the Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mysteries!
“The exploits of the ditzy heroines remain endlessly amusing.”
Kirkus Reviews
 “If you delight in the absurd and enjoy manic humor, you’ll treasure the Trash ‘n’ Treasure mysteries.” —Mystery Scene
“The characters shine with brassy humor.”—Publishers Weekly

Story Locale: Serenity, IA

Max Allan Collins, half of the Barbara Allan writing team, is the New York Times bestselling author of Road to Perdition, which was adapted into the 2002 film starring Tom Hanks. Quarry, an 8-episode TV series based on Collins’ popular Quarry novels starring Logan Marshall-Green, premieres on Cinemax on September 9, 2016.

Antiques Frame is the 11th installment in the highly praised and long running Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery series.

While the Trash ’n’ Treasures novels feature all of the elements that cozy mystery fans adore, it is definitely not a typical cozy mystery series. Complex relationships between characters dealing with very real life issues set Allan’s novels apart from others in the genre, while the hilarious antics of Brandy, her bipolar mom, and her sleuthing shih tzu, Sushi help keep the tone light and fun.

Includes a dozen tips on antiquing two delicious recipes for readers to try!

Max Allan Collins has been chosen as the 2017 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). MWA’s Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as for a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Mr. Collins will receive his award at the 71st Annual Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Recent MWA Grand Masters include Mosely, Robert Crais, James Lee Burke, and Ken Follett.

BARBARA ALLAN is the joint pseudonym of acclaimed short story writer Barbara Collins (Too Many Tomcats) and her husband, New York Times bestselling novelist and Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Max Allan Collins (Road to Perdition). Their previous collaborations have included one son, a short story collection, and eleven novels. They live in Iowa in a house filled with trash and treasures. Learn more about them at and at

Author Residence: Muscatine, IA

Marketing: Print and online advertising campaign

Email marketing and promotion in Killer Cozies eNewsletter

Outreach to libraries and mystery-focused bookstores

Select author events and promotion at mystery conventions

Social media advertising and promotion

Praise for Barbara Allan’s Trash ’n’ Treasures Mysteries:

“The exploits of the ditzy heroines remain endlessly amusing.” - Kirkus Reviews on Antiques Con

“If you delight in the absurd and enjoy manic humor, you’ll treasure the Trash ’ n’ Treasure mysteries.” - Mystery Scene on Antiques Bizarre

“Displays the versatility of husband and wife Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins…Scenes of Midwestern small-town life, informative tidbits about the antiques business, and clever dialog make this essential for those who like unusual amateur sleuths.” - Library Journal on Antiques Knock-Off

“This snappy mystery has thrills, laugh-out-loud moments and amazingly real relationships.” - RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK! for Antiques Flee Market

“Plenty of misunderstandings and confusion contribute to the book’s madcap, farcical air.”- Publishers Weekly on Antiques Swap

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