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Antiques Knock-Off

A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery
Antiques Knock-Off: A Trash 'n' Treasures Mystery. Kensington. Mar. 2011. c.228p. ISBN 9780758234230. $22. M
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When blackmailer Connie Grimes is found stabbed to death, antiques dealer Brandy Borne's mom becomes the primary suspect. Vivian had been spotted arguing with Connie the day before, and then she confesses to the crime. But is Vivian protecting someone else? With her pet shih tzu, Brandy investigates.
VERDICT This fifth cozy series entry (after Antiques Bizarre) displays the versatility of husband and wife Max Allan Collins and Barbara Collins (coauthors, Regeneration; Bombshell). 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.

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