MYSTERY

Antiques Ravin’

Kensington. (Trash ’n’ Treasures, Bk. 13). May 2019. 240p. ISBN 9781496711403. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781496711427. M
COPY ISBN
Trash ’n’ Treasure, the antiques store owned by Brandy Borne and her eccentric mother, Vivian, is temporarily closed while Vivian serves as sheriff of Serenity County, IA. Because her mother’s license has been revoked, Brandy serves as her chauffeur, allowing the widowed, bipolar septuagenarian to indulge her passion for solving crimes. Their first investigation takes place in Antiqua, a small town specializing in antiques and, for one weekend, the celebration of Edgar Allan Poe. Vivian has been called in owing to a shop break-in, but nothing is taken. Yet when their dog, Sushi, finds a body, and a second victim is rescued, Vivian realizes the scenes of the crimes resemble Poe’s tales. The clues add up for Vivian, who is determined that the killer will “nevermore” strike the residents of Antiqua. Wordplay and fun references to Poe combine in this humorous cozy follow-up to Antiques Ho-Ho-Homicides. The humor is doubled with two narrators, Brandy and Vivian, who are supposedly writing a “nonfiction true crime account” of this latest mystery.
VERDICT Fans of J.C. Eaton’s “Sophie Kimball” books may want to try this series with another hapless daughter seeking to control her mother’s eccentricities.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



RELATED 

TOP STORIES

LIBRARY EDUCATION

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COMMUNITY FORM

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.

Get access to 8000+ annual reviews of books, ebooks, and more

As low as $13.50/month