Mama Does Time (Mace Bauer Mystery Series #1)

Mama Does Time (Mace Bauer Mystery Series #1)

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by Deborah Sharp
     
 

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Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-colored pantsuits, and four prior husbands, able to serve sweet tea and sidestep alligator attacks with equal aplomb. Mama's antics — especially her penchant for finding trouble — drive her daughters Mace, Maddie, and Marty to distraction.

One night, while settling in to look for

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Overview

Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-colored pantsuits, and four prior husbands, able to serve sweet tea and sidestep alligator attacks with equal aplomb. Mama's antics — especially her penchant for finding trouble — drive her daughters Mace, Maddie, and Marty to distraction.

One night, while settling in to look for ex-beaus on COPS, Mace gets a frantic call from her mother. This time, the trouble is real: Mama found a body in the trunk of her turquoise convertible and the police think she's the killer. It doesn't help that the handsome detective assigned to the case seems determined to prove Mama's guilt or that the cowboy who broke Mace's heart shows up at the local Booze ‘n' Breeze in the midst of the investigation. Before their mama lands in prison — just like an embarrassing lyric from a country-western song — Mace and her sisters must find the real culprit.

TV APPEARANCES

◊ NBC's Today Show from November 4, 2008

◊ "Mayor's Book Talk" from January 14, 2009

◊NBC6 "South Florida Today." from July 17, 2009

◊NBC's Today Show from August 4, 2009

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
There is nothing about this book that says "Young adult" literature. Rather, it is clear that the book was written with an adult audience in mind and that an agent or a publisher has made the decision to cross-market it to youth. That is not a bad decision. After all, main character Mace Bauer is strongly connected to her family and, as revealed by the title of this book and its sequel (Mama Rides Shotgun), her mother features prominently in Mace's fictional life. Mace's exchanges with her two sisters may seem eerily familiar to readers with siblings of their own. Mace's appeal is enhanced by her role as an accidental sleuth. This first mystery begins when a dead body is found in the trunk of her mother's turquoise convertible. A big city detective seems eager to accept Mama's guilt and put the case to bed, but Mace knows her mother did not do it. She begins to ask questions, and soon she is on the track of the real murderer … and up to her neck in danger. Deborah Sharp's heroine is a genuine Floridian, a determined scrapper, a real tough cookie. When they turn the last page, readers will be clamoring for the second mystery, then a third, and so on. It is hard to put Mace Bauer and her kin down. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738713298
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Mace Bauer Series, #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
535,144
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Like the main character in her “Mace Bauer Mysteries,’’ her family roots were set in Florida long before Disney or Miami Vice. As a native and former reporter for USA Today, she knows the spots not found on maps: Molasses Junction. Muse, and now, Himmarshee, her own tiny slice of “Authentic Florida.’’

To create Himmarshee, Deborah borrowed from the present-day ranching town of Okeechobee, and from the south Florida of her family’s past.

Not far from Ft. Lauderdale, her dad used to walk to town, leading the family cow. A generation later, Deborah rode her horse over the same citrus- and ranch-dotted terrain. Now, it’s all interstates and strip malls.

The difference between Mace’s hometown and hers: Deborah will never let Himmarshee be spoiled by sprawl.

The News-Press in Fort Myers gave Deborah her first job, in 1982. Her favorite assignment: getting cast as a zombie when Day of the Dead filmed on Sanibel Island. Her fellow extras raved about her lurching.

A News-Press bonus: she met TV reporter Kerry Sanders in Immokalee, both of them shivering at dawn to see whether a winter freeze would ruin the green pepper crop. They’ve been married since 1989. No kids; no pets, but had goldfish once. Turned out badly—not a good omen for higher life forms.

When they moved back to Deborah’s hometown in 1991, the occasional stories she’d been writing for USA Today became a flood. Miami’s loony nature gives it a lock on headlines.

And then, 9/11, and everything changed. One of her last assignments before she left the paper was profiling soldiers killed in war. Grieving parents; spouses; kids. She couldn’t absorb all that sadness anymore.

So, at age fifty, fiction-writing beckoned. She’d get to determine the endings. Punish the bad and reward the good. And, she’d throw in some romance, too.

She likes writing about Mama because the character makes her laugh. And doesn’t everyone need a smile now and then?

TV APPEARANCES

◊ NBC's Today Show from November 4, 2008

◊ "Mayor's Book Talk" from January 14, 2009

◊NBC6 "South Florida Today." from July 17, 2009

◊NBC's Today Show from August 4, 2009

◊ WJXT-TV from November 17, 2009

◊ NBC's Today Show from August 24, 2010

◊ NBC's Today Show from December 28, 2011


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