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Mama Does Time: A Mace Bauer Mystery [Kindle Edition]

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 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

Synopsis

Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-coloured 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.Publicity Reviews: 'With a strong, funny heroine, colourful characters, and a look at a part of Florida the tourists rarely see, Deborah Sharp has an engaging new series.

Make sure "Mama Does Time" does time on your bookshelf' - Elaine Viets, author of "Clubbed to Death: a Dead-End Job Mystery". 'Who knew that a who-dun-it would not only keep you guessing - but have you laughing! Deborah Sharp is the new Edna Buchanan' - Hoda Kotb, NBC "Today" show co-anchor. 'Not since the late Anne George has there been such laugh-out-loud Southern fried fun. Deborah Sharp's "Mama Does Time" is a hilarious page turner with crisp and intelligent writing' - Sue Ann Jaffarian, author of the "Odelia Grey Mystery" series.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1866 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK; 1 edition (8 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002F9NBUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #368,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 1 Sep 2010
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I bought this blind after reading an interview with the author who briefly mentioned that the body is discovered in a boot/trunk of a car at a Dairy Queen drive through window. Having worked three months at a Dairy Queen I wish I'd thought of that...I'm surprised more murders don't happen at fast food drive through windows!

I stayed up all night reading this, laughing! As a writer, I usually end up mentally rewriting sentences when I read fiction for fun (an obnoxious habit that's turned me into a very picky reader), but this was so good it pulled me in and silenced my internal editor. I loved the characters and the author's attention to detail. Five stars all the way!!!!! I've never had any desire to visit Florida, but after reading this I want to go visit the swamps...with some powerful bug spray...and someone who can wrestle stray alligators...and visit the local Dairy Queen for a butterscotch dip ice cream cone. Yummy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk About a Surprise in the Trunk 12 Nov 2009
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Mace Bauer was looking forward to a nice quiet evening at home, but that was before Mama called from jail. Seems the body of a man was found in her trunk, and the nice, new detective in the little town of Himmarshee, Florida, seems to think that makes her a suspect. Mace knows that can't be the case, but the detective just won't listen. And so Mace starts poking around to find a better suspect. Can she prove her mother isn't a murderer?

This book is filled with great characters. Mace and her two sisters are very distinct, yet I liked all three of them. Mama is a hoot all by herself. And the other characters are equally memorable.

The plot is fairly decent. It seemed a little uneven at times, but the story was always compelling enough that I wanted to keep reading. Likewise, the climax was a bit weak. On the other hand, it was very exciting and had me turning pages to find out how it would all turn out.

This is a fun debut helped by the memorable characters. I'll definitely give the author another chance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny 5 Sep 2011
By Maria
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There are three sisters , their Mama, boyfriends, ex's, Police, members of a church, car chases, mafia, wildlife, loan sharks all involved in this small town in Florida ,drawn together when a body is discovered. This was a funny, well written book with wonderful characters, the minor ones being memorable too, some danger and a fast pace. The ending left it open for more books & I can't wait. Well worth the time reading, & all for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real page turner 2 Oct 2011
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Not having read any of this authors books before and after reading all the positive reviews, I decided to give it a go especially as it was free. Am I glad that I did. Very well written and humourous throughout. You really get to know the characters as the story progresses. Mama is a wonderful character, her mannerisms and little quirky philosophies had me from the start. It's all there, if you like mystery, murder, suspence and lots of humour, this book is a must have. Deborah Sharp has been added to my favorite authors list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just wow and not in a good way. 18 Sep 2011
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Fair enough I didn't pay for this but I can see why it is given away for free.

The writing style is that of a child, the humour is basic and the plot held no interest for me. I don't think I have read a worse book than this. Absolute Rubbish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars light-hearted fun 11 Sep 2011
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This easy-going tale of Southern life, with colourful characters, alligators and a mysterious miami cop was very enjoyable to snuggle up with on a rainy night. Nicely written, with decent plot twists and a really likeable heroine, it made me search out the author's other work. Well worth your time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 20 May 2014
By Mandy
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This book was ok, but seemed a bit far fetched to me at some points, it was ok for a free read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 10 Oct 2013
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It was a good story, kept you gripped until the end. Would recommend it. It was a bit short for me but enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Bought as a gift. Ideal present for anyone who enjoys a good read I deal to take on holiday when relaxing on the beach etc
Published 13 months ago by Stan Fraser
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Purchase
This book cost nothing to download and would certainly look for more books by this author. Would recommend it to other murder readers.
Published 16 months ago by Eileen Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming mystery...
This is my first step into the Mace Bauer mysteries and I'm so very glad I took that step. Mace's mama is locked up for a crime she obviously didn't and couldn't have committed,... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by C. M. Donaldson
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny in a good way!!
Just finished this genteel whodunit and found it an enjoyable easy read. Laughed out loud on the odd occasion and smiled quietly on others. Read more
Published on 2 May 2012 by geez
3.0 out of 5 stars More than a bit silly
Mace works as an animal trapper in Florida where the rest of her decidedly odd family also reside. When a dead body is found in the boot of her mother's car Mace decides to... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Mama Does Time: A Mace Bauer Mystery
I got this on my kindle before a holiday mainly because it was free, and I'm really glad I did. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Char77
3.0 out of 5 stars A quirky novel, undemanding but enjoyable
I found this book unusual and quirky in its plot-line and writing style, but liked it because of that. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2011 by P. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read from front to back
I downloaded this book based on other people's reviews. The setting in Florida in the heat and humidity is easy to picture yourself in, particularly if you have ever been there. Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Adam Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I had not heard of the author before and considering it was free i thought it was worth a go. i looked at the reviews people gave it also and thought i would take my chances.. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by bexley
4.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud funny
this was one of the reads of the month for me. The family was belivable and the twists and turns kept me guessing to the end! A great free read. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by Mrs M Pickess
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The day had been a scorcher, the kind of heat that makes you wonder what those early Florida pioneers had been drinking. I could just picture it: They struck out in energy-sucking temperatures, through swamps with sawgrass so sharp it'll draw blood. They continued on, through clouds of ravenous mosquitoes. They suffered heatstroke. They endured hurricanes. And through it all they said, "Hey, why don't we settle here? This looks like a nice spot." It had to be something stronger than beer. &quote;
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