Mama Does Time (Mace Bauer Mystery Series #1)

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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 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 ...

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738713298
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Mace Bauer Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 798,199
  • 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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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Mama did what?

    Deborah Sharp's latest book Mama Does Time is a thrilling book about a local murder. A mom of three kids is caught with a body in the trunk of her car. Her car was parked at dairy queen when a by passer saw a hand sticking out of the trunk. This story takes you on a wild ride as you try to figure this crime out. Is she guilty or was she framed? If you read this I guarantee you will enjoy this suspenseful novel as the truth unfolds.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Mama Does Everything...

    And Mace is Everyman's idea of their favorite girl next door. Actually, Mace reminds me of some of my wife's best qualities. How could I not love a story based on my best thoughts of my favorite gal, my wife? Besides Mama's daughter, Mace, Mama also has two more neat daughters, Maddie and Marty, who add more depth. I hope to see more stories with Mama and her three gals. ----- Best wishes, Dave Wile.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Delightful read!

    This book is a Hoot! I loved it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    Loved it!!

    I loved this book! The characters were original and the storyline fun...made me laugh out loud! I can't wait for the next one...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    Mama Does Time

    "Mama Does Time" by Deborah Sharp is faced paced novel has quite a few colorful and quirky characters. Set in Florida, Mama gets arrested because a dead body is found in the trunk of her car and her three daughters including Mace Bauer come to her rescue. It is a mystery so there are a few twists; but it is also an entertaining look at small town Florida. It is a quick read to snuggle up on your couch and finish in one weekend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Funny

    Very entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Good story line

    The characters are different & extremely interesting. The "Who Done it" part does holds your attention from the beginning, but it is a little slow going during the 1st quarter of the story. If you can reach the half way point it improves greatly. It does become hard to put down from the middle to the end. I do look forward to seeing if the 2nd book of this series is as good or better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Laugh out loud!

    I haven't laughed out loud since I read Janet Evanovich's last book. The main character, Mama, is your typical deep south, head of the family, pant suit wearing, married 4 times lady. Even Carl Hiaasen couldn't think up this character. When she finds a body in her blue convertible trunk, it is up to her girls to get her out of this mess, and as they say "Hilarity ensues".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

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    Not worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Enjoyed it!

    A fun read for mystery buffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    A fast, fun read!

    Quirky characters, a twisty turny plot line... the result is a fun read! Looking forward to another book about Mace and her adventures!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Great story

    This was a great mystery novel with humor. I recommend this for anyone that loves mysteries as much as I do. I am 15 years old by the way but this book is for adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Very Good

    This book is well written and humorous. I highly recommend. The only downfall is that a couple parts dragged or repeated- otherwise it is enjoyable to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Mama Dooes Time

    Very easy to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Great fun!

    Thoroughly enjoyed this, great vacation read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Steady page turner

    Good read, & will read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Fun book

    A fun and quick read. In the same vein as the stephanie plum books...a more lucky then skilled Mace finds herself hunting down a murderer to prove her mama innocent. I ' d read her other books but they are too expensive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Quick Read

    Fairly enjoyable. Wasn't overly predictable. I woul read this one again.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    It's OK. This has a very promising premise, but it unfortunately

    It's OK.
    This has a very promising premise, but it unfortunately just didn't click for me. The mystery was a decent one, but the plot seemed forced. I did find myself laughing occasionally, but I also got seriously annoyed by the author's overuse of simile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Good mystery

    This book keeps you entertained and guessing who did it.

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