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April 2019 Fiction: Mystery & Detective, Thrillers

Antiques Ravin'
By (author): Barbara Allan
9781496711403 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Cats & Dogs Apr 30, 2019
$35.00 CAD
Active 5.78 x 8.53 x 0.9 in 240 pages Kensington
The votes are in! Eccentric seventy-something Vivian Borne—elected county sheriff, to everyone’s amazement but her own—springs into action. In her new role, the community playhouse diva appoints daughter Brandy reluctant deputy and makes their spunky shih tzu Sushi a K-9 unit of one. 
Soon the amateur-sleuths-turned-pro have a challenging case to solve as a series of creepy crimes plague an ill-fated Edgar Allan Poe festival, where a fiend is misguidedly dispensing Poe-etic justice. Small-town Antiqua, known for its quaint main street of antique shops, has set out to celebrate the gothic poet with food, fun, and rare memorabilia, only to have the Master of the Macabre’s twisted tales come to deadly life.
A purloined tome, a black cat, a musty mausoleum, and mysterious disappearances—these tell the tale of a heartless murderer. But Vivian and Brandy Borne are determined to decipher the cryptic clues to make sure a ravin’-mad killer strikes “nevermore”! 

Don’t miss Brandy Borne’s tips on hunting for valuable antiques!

Story Locale: Serenity, Iowa - a fictional town on the Mississippi River

Antiques Ravin’ is the 13th installment in the highly praised and long running Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery series.

An Edgar Allan Poe festival is at the center of this mystery’s plot, and bookish readers will love all of the puns and references related to the “Master of Macabre.”

Poe was born on January 19, 1809 and died on October 7, 1849, making 2019 the 210th anniversary of his birth and 170th anniversary of his death. Various groups and organizations celebrate both dates, creating promotional tie-in opportunities for Antiques Ravin’.

Complex relationships between characters dealing with very real-ife issues set Allan’s novels apart from others in the cozy genre, while the hilarious antics of Brandy, her bipolar mom, and her sleuthing Shih Tzu, Sushi, keep the tone light and fun.

Includes tips on hunting for valuable antiques!

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, as well as the popular Quarry novels, which were the basis of the critically acclaimed Cinemax television series. Mystery Writers of America named him the 2017 Grand Master.

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

Author Residence: Muscatine, IA

Marketing: Advance reading copies

Publicity outreach for reviews, feature coverage, interviews, and round-ups

Targeted ARC mailing to libraries and mystery bookstores

Print and online advertising

Instagram book tour and targeted blogger outreach

Email marketing and feature in Killer Cozies cozy eNewsletter

Social media campaign including advertising, giveaways, bonus content and shareable images

Partnerships and promotions with Edgar Allan Poe festivals and associations

Early reviewer promotions through Goodreads and NetGalley

Cross-promotion with Antiques Wanted (Kensington MM, 4/19)


“Another humorous addition to the Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery series. White Elephant tips are included throughout, as well as some yummy recipes.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Cozy fans will enjoy spending time with Vivian and Brandy and friends.”
Publishers Weekly  

“The amusingly ditzy duo manages to solve yet another case.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Well-drawn characters…fun to read.”
“The characters shine with brassy humor…series fans will applaud.”
Publishers Weekly
“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

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