I just finished Antiques Swap by Barbara Allan.It is the ninth book in A Trash 'n' Treasures
Mystery.It is different from other
cozies because the book is written from the characters point-of-view.It is like Vivian and Brandy are talking to
you.There is also a cute little dog named
Sushi.She is a diabetic and recently
had her sight restored through cataract surgery.
Vivian and Brandy Borne are mother and
daughter.Brandy has to keep a close eye
on her bipolar mother.They run an
antiques store called Trash ‘n’ Treasures and are working on a television pilot
called Antiques Sleuths.Vivian is a
very outgoing and over the top person who loves solving mysteries.Vivian likes to be the center of attention
and have all the latest gossip.Brandy
tries to reign in her mother, but has no luck.Brandy is divorced and her son, Jake, lives with her ex-husband.They are filming the last of the show at an
antiques swap.When they are done
filming, Brandy sneaks off to eat Fried Butter (a stick of butter is dipped in
funnel cake batter and deep fried) and encounters Wesley “Wes” Sinclair
III.He had also sneaked away for some
fried butter (it sounds disgusting).After they finish eating, Brandy trips and Wes catches her.Wes’ wife finds Brandy in Wes’ arms and
starts yelling.Vanessa Sinclair is not
the nicest person nor is she well liked about town.
Later that day Brandy receives a call from
Vanessa.She has some old beer signs
that she wishes to sell and wants Brandy to look at them.Brandy evaluates them (and takes pictures)
and promises to return with a quote after 5 p.m.The signs belong to Wes but Vanessa said Wes
agreed to sell them (sounds like a set up to me).When Brandy and Vivian (who has never been
able to wheedle herself inside the house) return, they find Vanessa dead.
Brandy’s boyfriend (and cop), Tony Cassato, asks her
to not get involved in the investigation.Brandy agrees and tries to comply.However, Vivian made no such promise.Soon Brand is looking into the investigation as well and Tony is helping
them.They find out that Wes and Vanessa
Sinclair have one big skeleton in their closet.
To find out who killed Vanessa and the big secret,
read Antiques Swap.I give Antiques Swap
4.5 out of 5 stars.There is a lot of
humor in the story (sometimes a little too much) and the characters are
quirky.I found the mystery very easy to
solve.I have to say that this is the
first book I have read in this series.I
own the first book in the series, but have never read it (it is a paperback
version and the print is so tiny).I
think I will have to go and read all the book in A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery
series.If you have not read the
previous books, you can read Antiques Swap.
I have received a complimentary copy of this novel
from NetGalley (and Kensington Books) in exchange for an honest review.
Antiques Swap will be out on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. I am off to watch The Originals (and read during the commercials). Have a great evening and Happy Reading!