Antiques Bizarre by Barbara Allan

By Barbara Allan

Spring has sprung a huge leak in far-from-serene Serenity, because the Mississippi River drops in for a longer remain. With houses and companies flooded, how higher to aid town get well then through staging a church bazaar? Brandy Borne understands her mom Vivian's plan, how-ever is prone to lean towards weird and wonderful, specially while she hears mom wheedle a reclusive Russian heiress into donating the final Faberge egg ever created! whilst the profitable bidder turns up mortally scrambled, Brandy and mom cook dinner up a plan to crack the case of this killer...Who is one heavily undesirable egg.

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I didn’t make it to the bowl, however, and hunkered at the sink and retched wretchedly. When my stomach finally quieted, I looked at myself in the mirror, and what I saw gave me a start. I was thin and pale, my skin a sickly color. Mother, in her pink robe, stood beside me. ” “I know, I know,” I moaned. ” I started to cry. Mother put her arms around me, and I lay my head on her shoulder. ” I snuffled. ” I wiped my eyes with the back of a hand. ” Mother smiled and pinched my cheek. “That’s a good girl.

She took off her glasses and polished them with a napkin. ” I groaned. “Why look so shocked? I took that course last year. ” How could I forget? For days after Mother returned from a one-week course at the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, she had talked fast in a singsongy chant. ” “How about two o’clock? Two o’clock, do I hear two-fifteen? That’s two-fifteen, two-fifteen, do I hear two-thirty, two-thirty? ” Real gone. Mother was saying, “There’s really nothing to being an auctioneer.

This is not good,” she responded, dismayed. ” “Egg. ” I will now fast-forward through the luncheon (which I didn’t attend, having already eaten), and get to the auction itself. To say that the sanctuary was filled to capacity is an understatement—people were packed into the pews like the Pope was speaking, and there wasn’t even standing room left. There were many familiar faces, including such cronies of Mother’s as various members of her Red Hat social club, lovely African-American Shawntea, who drove the local gas-powered trolley, and local barfly Henry Something-or-other, looking surprisingly sober.

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