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    English Mystery in Iowa

    I have been reading this series for awhile and I liked this one better than the previous book. In this one Brandy and her mother travel to a nearby town to attend an English Fete. While there Vivian will be starring in her one woman adaption of the Scottish Play. While there stumble across a few bodies and set out to solve the murders. Vivian and Brandy are still just as crazy. They always make me laugh out loud. I really enjoyed the mystery in this one. There were lots of twists and turns and red herrings to make it interesting. I like it when Brandy and Vivian travel elsewhere but I miss Brandy and Tony's relationship. I am excited to read the next one in the series. This series should be read in order. Enjoy this fun cozy series. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
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    Who said murder can't be fun?!

    Warning: do not read on subway or the bus, or in waiting rooms, as sudden bursts of barely concealed hilarity will cause others to look at you rather oddly. Vivian is a widowed antiques dealer with her divorced daughter, Brandy, who are rather accustomed to solving murders with the assistance of her canine, Sushi. This time they are in the town of Old York where Vivian is slated to perform a one-woman play with hats. Hats? Let the mayhem begin! And the humor, both subtle and overt. Like Father Cumberbatch of the Episcopal Church. There's also a recipe and lots of Trash 'n' Treasures Tips at the end of chapters, too. This ARC book was provided by the author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways.
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    Good, complex mystery!

    Antiques Fate by Barbara Allan is the tenth book in the Trash n’ Treasure Mystery series. Brandy Borne is enjoying some quiet time with her boyfriend, Tony Cassato (Chief of Police in Serenity) when they are interrupted by Brandy’s mother, Vivian. Vivian is excited because she was just hired to perform her one woman MacBeth (with hats) at the Old York annual fete (the play is as ridiculous as it sounds). Vivian will perform at the New Vic Theater (replica of Old Victorian Theater in England) in Old York. Of course, this means that Brandy will be going to Old York with her mother. Brandy is the one who hands her mother the various hats and her designated driver (Vivian had her license taken away). They arrive in Old York and meet with the New Vic Theater owner, Millicent Marlowe (prefers Millie). Millie gives them a tour of the theater and they meet her grandson, Chad Marlow (Artistic Director for theater). Then Millie drops dead. Vivian uses her phone to contact Sheriff Rudder (who Vivian has on speed dial). Was Millie’s death accidental or intentional? Turns out that there is a controversy in the town. Millie was on the Boards of Trustees for the town which has six members. Half are for keeping the town quaint and old-fashioned (which draws in tourists). The other three members want to allow changes (modernization) to the town. With the vote always 3 to 3 nothing gets done. Is someone trying to change that outcome? Unfortunately, Millie’s death is just the first (three more to follow). Vivian decides she must investigate and insists that Brandy help her. Can they find the killer in time? Will people enjoy Vivian’s rendition of MacBeth? Antiques Fate was just too ridiculous (daffy) for me to enjoy. Vivian’s character is extremely over-the-top (daft) and annoying. It is her way or the highway. The book is told from a first-person perspective mostly from Brandy’s point-of-view, but Vivian is allowed a few chapters to rant (mostly about herself and how she is right). Brandy comes across as a lackey doing her mother’s bidding. The mystery was the best part of the novel. It was complex with twists and turns (I loved it). It is a shame that the rest of the novel was not of the same standard. I just did not enjoy the ridiculousness (it just seemed farfetched). I give Antiques Fate 3 out of 5 stars (because of the mystery). I have tried to like this series, but it is just not for me (other people will love it). Antiques Fate can be read alone. The author does a good job of filling in the readers on the characters and what has happened previously (the main details). The ending leaves us with a clue on the sparks that will fly in the next novel. I received a complimentary copy of Antiques Fate from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.

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