Fun Cozy Plot And Manic Humor: Antiques Ravin’ By Barbara Allan
The new cozy mystery Antiques Ravin’ by Barbara Allan, the joint pseudonym of husband-and-wife mystery writers Barbara and Max Allan Collins, is a humorous addition to the Trash ’n’ Treasures Mystery series.
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”!
This one was a quick read and we enjoyed reading this new installment. There is a reason this series by Barbara Allan has more than a dozen books in it and is cherished by mystery fans: interesting characters and funny plots are definitely factors which got us hooked.
The mystery may not be the strongest but long time fans of the series [us included] tolerate that as they are reading these books for following a great cast of characters and for laughter. If you want a light cozy story with good humor this book is for you.