Mama Sees Stars (Mace Bauer Mystery Series #4)

Mama Sees Stars (Mace Bauer Mystery Series #4)

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by Deborah Sharp
     
 

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My stars and garters—Hollywood has descended on little ol' Himmarshee, Florida. As animal wrangler for a cowboy film, Mace is on the set when she discovers the arrogant executive producer shot dead, his body on display in the horse corral. With everyone from spoiled starlets to conniving crew members cursing the man's name, who in blue blazes didn't

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My stars and garters—Hollywood has descended on little ol' Himmarshee, Florida. As animal wrangler for a cowboy film, Mace is on the set when she discovers the arrogant executive producer shot dead, his body on display in the horse corral. With everyone from spoiled starlets to conniving crew members cursing the man's name, who in blue blazes didn't want to kill Norman Sydney? As Mama's head swells to diva proportions, thanks to her miniscule movie role, Mace shines an unwelcome spotlight on the big-city film folk to reveal a killer.

Praise:

"This zany fourth entry in Sharp's series is a feature worthy of the big screen."—Library Journal

"Sibling rivalry, steamy romance, a surprising killer, and plenty of catfish and hush puppies make this Southern cozy a winner."—Library Journal

"An amusing tale of life and love in the kind of Florida town that tourists rarely see."—Kirkus Reviews

"A terrific combination of sleuthing and silliness."—St. Petersburg Times

"Mama Sees Stars is The Golden Girls meet Entourage."—The Florida Book Review

"Energetic plots and laugh-out loud humor are staples of Sharp's series, and the author's skills are at their finest in Mama Sees Stars."—Oline Cogdill,South Flordia Sun-Sentinel

"Who knew that a who-dun-it would not only keep you guessing—but have you laughing!"—Hoda Kotb, NBC Today ShowCo-Anchor

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Library Journal
Animal handler Mace Bauer (Mama Gets Hitched) is pleased to have an extra gig working on a movie set in rural Himmarshee, FL. Of course, Mama is working on the set, too—it wouldn't be seemly for Mace's family to miss out on the action. But when the movie's producer is shot dead on the set, things get complicated quickly, like they always do with this quirky group of characters, augmented this time by pretentious Hollywood types. With ponytailed directors and closeted stars around, even Mace's detective boyfriend, Carlos, can't seem to keep his head on straight. This zany fourth entry in Sharp's series is a feature worthy of the big screen. VERDICT The mystery aisles can always use more humor, and Sharp delivers with this light feature full of stereotype-bending characters. Certainly easy to recommend to Dixie Cash fans, and probably a good bet for Rita Lakin's readers, too.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738726984
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/08/2011
Series:
Mace Bauer Series, #4
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
793,409
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(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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Mama Sees Stars 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
Move over, all you America's Got Talent hopefuls. A new star is born, and it's none of you. Hollywood has come to the small southern town of Himmarshee, Florida. Mace Bauer has been hired as animal wrangler for the movie shoot. Naturally, where Mace goes, her five-time married Mama is right behind her, along with sisters Marty and Maddie. Mama is determined to become Hollywood royalty - or, at the very least, to score a speaking part in the movie. What she doesn't count on is finding the murdered body of the movie's executive producer in the horse corral. With a past history like this guy's, it's a wonder he wasn't murdered years ago. Mace finds herself drawn into the murder investigation, headed by her on-again off-again love, Carlos the police detective. The more she gets to know the people involved in the movie, the less she trusts most of them. "Mama Sees Stars" is filled with all the wacky characters and settings that fans of Deborah Sharp's delicious mystery series have come to expect. And Mama, of course, saves the day in the end. Without even mussing up her hairdo from Hair Today, Dyed Tomorrow. Reviewed by Susan Santangelo, author of "Moving Can Be Murder" for Suspense Magazine
fairygrandmother More than 1 year ago
only a great author can mix murder, mayhem and a zany family together and make it work. characters are unique... series..have fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. Can't wait to get the next one.
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avid-readerCA More than 1 year ago
love her books
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Love this book series. The Mom and daughters are funny.
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The person who wrote this book is a good writer but I couldn't understand it because i'm part british & can't quite understand English but this is a good book even though i can only get samples!
VictoriaAllman More than 1 year ago
Look-out Himmarshee, the craziness of Hollyweird is moving into your small-town! When a big name Hollywood movie begins filming in town Mama and her girls Maddie, Marty and Mace are wrapped up in the drama of it all. Mama's the star of the show both in her own mind and on the pages of author Deborah Sharp's fourth Mace Bauer Mystery. From the dead producer found on set to the final scene, Mama fans will love her latest escapades. Mace thinks someone is intent on shutting down the production when shortly after the producers body is found shots ring out. With the help of her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Miami-cop Carlos, Mace has to find out who-dun-it before the others stars and star-struck Mama are hurt. I have loved every one of the Mama books. I didn't think another could top the last in the series, Mama Gets Hitched, but with the drama and star power of the cast of characters in Mama Sees Stars, the latest book rockets to the top of my list of favorites. Victoria Allman author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain