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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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:
9780738720234
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Mace Bauer Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
169,125
File size:
1 MB

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