by: Barbara Allan              

Publisher: Kensington  

Published: April 24, 2012        

Format: Paperback (304 pages)      

ISBN: 9780758263065            

Series: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery      

Origin: Publisher

***Though the publisher provides the free book, I offer the opinion.***

My Look:

A rainy day in Serenity brought Vivian good luck.  Wetness keeps the bidders at bay, according to Big Jim Bob, and Mother’s one hundred-dollar bid caught some nice items for sale on a locker most people wouldn’t want anyway.  Mouse droppings can make the most stable people squeamish, you know.  

A mouse did not produce these droppings, Vivian’s candy did.  Now, Brandy was having a fit thinking her mother is a cheat.  Oh, well, every good person has a down side.  

Brandy notices a white truck speeding from the parking lot while she packed the Buick.  Still spooked on their way back, Brandy keeps her eye on the van through her rearview. Everything went according to plan, and they even enlisted help to finish emptying the locker, since their clock was ticking.  In twenty-four hours, the locker had to be cleared.  It wasn’t until their next trip to the storage locker when they discovered the storage locker was almost empty. 

Big Jim Bob’s body was now inside Vivian’s previously packed treasure trove of sales.  If they held doubts about their finds laying knee-deep in a homicide, it changed later that night.  

A scream echoed.  Peggy Sue’s room was empty.

First, Vivian and Brandy discover the injured dog, and they find Peggy Sue on the floor with blood leaking from her head.  With Sushi, the dog, at the vet and Peggy Sue at the hospital, the mother and daughter crime fighting team return home to figure what it was that someone wanted.

The shocking answer seemed too simple, until they find crime scene tape blocking their path.    

My Take:

In ANTIQUES DISPOSAL, Barbara Allan provides a wandering cozy mystery with lovable characters adding a who’s who directory of Serenity while keeping the readers turning pages to find out who did it!  

Barbara Allan gives us a wonderful Sherlock in Vivian (Mother) Borne with Brandy as her Watson, but Brandy holds the power to upstage her mother in crime solving abilities. However, these two together will make a funny business out of any murder.      

Although ANTIQUES DISPOSAL is a standalone novel, you’ll want to read the other books in Trash ‘n’ Treasures mysteries—ANTIQUES ROADKILL (Kensington 2006), ANTIQUES MAUL (Kensington 2007), ANTIQUES FLEA MARKET (Kensington 2008), ANTIQUES BIZARRE (Kensington 2010), and ANTIQUES KNOCK-OFF (Kensington 2011). 


4 responses to “ANTIQUES DISPOSAL

  1. This is a series I hadn’t yet heard of, but your summary and review have caught my eye and interest.
    One word of advice: it’s “Who’s Who Directory of Serendipity.”

    I’m an author, editor and proofreader … you’ll find me at, and


    • Thanks for the correction on who’s who! Just made that change and I appreciate your advice. The town is called Serenity in the story that’s why I chose Serenity not Serendipity.

  2. Oops – my bad … Serenity, not Serendipity … :-/

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