Trash Talk Spreads Fast
Digging around the dump for Mama's prized wedding ring, Mace Bauer suddenly stumbles upon the dead body of librarian Camilla Law. The strait-laced town of Himmarshee is scandalized, not because a killer is on the loose, but because prudish Camilla's leather getup screams sex fetish. Good gravy!
Meanwhile, Mace is desperate to help her down-in-the-dumps sister, who suspects her husband is cheating on her. Tracking the two-timing cad, Mace uncovers a circle of bondage fanatics. Whips and woo-hoo? Mama's blushing pinker than her favorite sweet wine! Mace must figure out what's going on in little ol' Himmarshee before another body gets trashed.
"Readers will eagerly turn the pages [to solve this mystery]."Publishers Weekly
About 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 badlynot 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?
◊ 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I like this series. It makes me laugh and I love the characters. Waiting to see when Marty's husband is going to turn up.
Fun read as usual. Cute and funny.
this continues in the same vein as the first books in this series. too funny!!! real hillbilly people and language...totally enjoyable. mama is a hoot, and the characters just mesh together so well you feel a part of this family. read it and enjoy!!!
Mama Gets Trashed is another winner from author Deborah Sharp. It's a fun read that will keep you guessing till the last page. Like any good series, Sharp has taken a turn with number five in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series, focusing on the relationship of one of Mace's sisters and her husband. This opens up the world of Himmarshee with new characters and a look at a different side of life in the small central Florida town. But fans of the first books in the series need not panic. There is plenty of Mama splashed over the pages of Mama Gets Trashed. There is also the requisite hilarity on the page when Mama walks into a scene starting with the opening pages of Mama having become tipsy on too much pink wine and having lost her wedding ring in the garbage. Dragging Mace along to the town dump to search for it guarantees the reader will be entertained...and a body will show up. It wouldn't be a Deborah Sharp story without a body appearing on the first few pages leading me to wonder just what goes on in this town. I have loved this series from the beginning. It highlights a slice of Florida few have seen or know exist. Sharp's succinct prose and well-researched details teach me something new about my adopted home with each book while still entertaining me. A reader could ask for nothing better than that. Victoria Allman Author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Funny! They all have a surprised twist. Hopefully there will a sixth book soon!