Allan’s delightfully quirky 15th whodunit featuring septuagenarian antiques expert Vivian Borne and her dutiful sidekick and daughter, Brandy Borne (after 2019s Antique Ravin’), opens with the duo going to the courthouse in Serenity, Iowa, to “answer questions regarding some ‘unorthodox’ actions” newly elected county sheriff Vivian used a few weeks earlier on her first case. Vivian and Brandy later tour the historic Wentworth mansion, which is filled with valuable antiques. When the house burns down with all its highly insured contents, it appears to be a case of arson. A charred body found amid the ruins turns out to be the mansion’s owner, James Sutter, an old boyfriend of Vivian’s. Vivian suspects James was murdered, and won’t let Serenity police chief Tony Cassato, Brandy’s boyfriend, tell her otherwise. Two more murders raise the ante. Vivian and other characters who occasionally share narrative duties with Brandy provide fresh viewpoints on the investigation. For those fond of feel-good cozies, Allan (the pseudonym of Barbara and Max Allan Collins) delivers. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (May)
Reviewed on : 02/27/2020 Release date: 04/28/2020 Genre: Mystery/Thriller
During the Covid-19 crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below.