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Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-hued 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 fra Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-hued 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's for real: Mama found a body in the trunk of her vintage 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. MAMA DOES TIME is a traditional mystery with a comedic edge: Agatha Christie meets "My Name is Earl.'' Penned by a native Floridian, set in cattle-and-citrus country, the story reveals an authentic slice of the state. Everyone knows Disney World and sexy South Beach. But how many know Florida's ranches, rodeo, and Southern-fried flavor, just fifty miles from the coast?


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Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-hued 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 fra Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-hued 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's for real: Mama found a body in the trunk of her vintage 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. MAMA DOES TIME is a traditional mystery with a comedic edge: Agatha Christie meets "My Name is Earl.'' Penned by a native Floridian, set in cattle-and-citrus country, the story reveals an authentic slice of the state. Everyone knows Disney World and sexy South Beach. But how many know Florida's ranches, rodeo, and Southern-fried flavor, just fifty miles from the coast?

30 review for Mama Does Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Mace Bauer's quiet evening at home is interrupted when her mama calls from jail. It seems that Mama found a dead body in her trunk, and naturally the police think that makes her the prime suspect. Can Mace prove otherwise? This is a fun debut filled with wonderful characters. I did feel the pacing was a bit slow, but overall, I enjoyed it. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. Mace Bauer's quiet evening at home is interrupted when her mama calls from jail. It seems that Mama found a dead body in her trunk, and naturally the police think that makes her the prime suspect. Can Mace prove otherwise? This is a fun debut filled with wonderful characters. I did feel the pacing was a bit slow, but overall, I enjoyed it. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    It's great to find an author you really like. This is the first in a series, and I'm really looking forward to the next one. The three Bauer sisters worry about their southern mama, and after four husbands, who can blame them? The middle daughter, Mace, is the narrator; she's the only unmarried girl, and is fiercely independent. When a murdered body is found in Mama's trunk, the new detective in their small Florida town arrests Mama. Mace is furious--but she also finds Carlos Martinez very, very It's great to find an author you really like. This is the first in a series, and I'm really looking forward to the next one. The three Bauer sisters worry about their southern mama, and after four husbands, who can blame them? The middle daughter, Mace, is the narrator; she's the only unmarried girl, and is fiercely independent. When a murdered body is found in Mama's trunk, the new detective in their small Florida town arrests Mama. Mace is furious--but she also finds Carlos Martinez very, very attractive. At the same time, Mace's old boyfriend moves back to town. Mace has always found him attractive, but she's dismayed to learn he has an association with the unsavory murdered man, as does Mama's new beau, an import from up North. An exciting ending tops off a real feast for cozy readers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pearl Barley

    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, but it's the journey to first convince the authorities that it simply COULDN'T have been mama - the said authorities stubborn to a fault because of circumstantial evidence - and then also to find out who DID do the deed. Mace wants to clear her mother's name and find the culprit. There are many enjoyable twists and turns 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, but it's the journey to first convince the authorities that it simply COULDN'T have been mama - the said authorities stubborn to a fault because of circumstantial evidence - and then also to find out who DID do the deed. Mace wants to clear her mother's name and find the culprit. There are many enjoyable twists and turns in this story with a little bit of danger thrown in. I loved Mace's character and her sisters added to the mix with Mama still the most central character to the story. This book is a little Murder-She-Wrote but a cozy mystery none-the-less. I absolutely loved it and proverbially 'couldn't put it down' until the last page was read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeri

    A fun entertaining read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suka

    The review on this book describes it as "Agatha Christie meets My Name is Earl," so I just had to check it out. Fun and funny, quirky characters, numerous suspects, clever twists. Take four-foot-eleven, thrice married, Southern belle Mama, who is arrested when a dead body is found in the trunk of her car. Add her three completely different daughters to set out to solve the murder, since the police are convinced that Mama is involved. More crimes are committed as the killer tries to stop them. Ad The review on this book describes it as "Agatha Christie meets My Name is Earl," so I just had to check it out. Fun and funny, quirky characters, numerous suspects, clever twists. Take four-foot-eleven, thrice married, Southern belle Mama, who is arrested when a dead body is found in the trunk of her car. Add her three completely different daughters to set out to solve the murder, since the police are convinced that Mama is involved. More crimes are committed as the killer tries to stop them. Add in about a handful of suspects who have a reason to want the man dead. Add one sexy Cuban former Miami Detective to the mixture and you have a recipe for a delightful who-dun-it that keeps you guessing and keeps you laughing. Favorite quote (re the dead body): "His skin was colder than a car seat in January."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This book was really good I will be reading more of deborah's writing as the heroine is fiesty with a perchant for getting into problems with wild animals as she works at a natural wild life preserve in Florida. This book was really good I will be reading more of deborah's writing as the heroine is fiesty with a perchant for getting into problems with wild animals as she works at a natural wild life preserve in Florida.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Just met this first-time author at Birmingham's Murder in the Magic City. Great gal, good writer (her background is crime reporting), and much humor! She's being compared to Anne George, one of my faves! Watch for her second book this summer. Just met this first-time author at Birmingham's Murder in the Magic City. Great gal, good writer (her background is crime reporting), and much humor! She's being compared to Anne George, one of my faves! Watch for her second book this summer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ottilee B.

    I didn't know who did it! I got caught up in the story and how each character was spot-on as to people I know or met in my life! I enjoyed this book a LOT and want to read more by this author. Recommended with a cherry on top! I didn't know who did it! I got caught up in the story and how each character was spot-on as to people I know or met in my life! I enjoyed this book a LOT and want to read more by this author. Recommended with a cherry on top!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    First in the Mace Bauer Mystery series, Deborah Sharp has written a good mystery with excellent characters and personalities. Mace is the middle daughter of Mama, Rosalee Devereaux. Older sister Maddie and younger sister Marty round out the family. When Mama makes a stop at the local Dairy Queen and is in a minor accident (a young girl hits her car from behind)the fun begins. When her trunk is opened there is a dead man in it and Mama is arrested by new-to-town Detective Martinez. Now Mace and the First in the Mace Bauer Mystery series, Deborah Sharp has written a good mystery with excellent characters and personalities. Mace is the middle daughter of Mama, Rosalee Devereaux. Older sister Maddie and younger sister Marty round out the family. When Mama makes a stop at the local Dairy Queen and is in a minor accident (a young girl hits her car from behind)the fun begins. When her trunk is opened there is a dead man in it and Mama is arrested by new-to-town Detective Martinez. Now Mace and the rest of the family have to find out who is behind the murder, why Mama's car was chosen and what other secrets are lurking in the small town of Himmarshee, Florida. I enjoyed this a lot, Mama can play the "southern belle" but is actually practical and very protective of her three girls. Another series I'll be following.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    ‘Mama does Time’ is the first book in this series. It’s based on a southern Mama with three adult daughters. Maddie is the oldest child is controlling. Mace is the middle child and the narrator. Marty is the youngest child and is usually quiet and alluring to the opposite sex. Mama and Mace are not currently married. Mama gets picked up for suspicion of murder when a dead body is found in her trunk. Mace questions people all over town trying to clear her Mama’s name and nearly loses her life tr ‘Mama does Time’ is the first book in this series. It’s based on a southern Mama with three adult daughters. Maddie is the oldest child is controlling. Mace is the middle child and the narrator. Marty is the youngest child and is usually quiet and alluring to the opposite sex. Mama and Mace are not currently married. Mama gets picked up for suspicion of murder when a dead body is found in her trunk. Mace questions people all over town trying to clear her Mama’s name and nearly loses her life trying to save her Mama. It is a quirky, light, and cozy mystery set in Florida and I think I liked it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amber Adamchuk

    I was told to read this by a friend at work....I was not disappointed. It was a fun read, entertaining family and dynamics. It's set in a small town in Florida, they gossip at the hair salon and the new pastor is a dirty old flirt, with an unholy desire to be the next big tv evangelist. The story has some funny parts, the main character Mace is a curious kluts which is entertaining along with her being the middle sisters, and the fun that entails. There are twist and turns in this mystery, I woul I was told to read this by a friend at work....I was not disappointed. It was a fun read, entertaining family and dynamics. It's set in a small town in Florida, they gossip at the hair salon and the new pastor is a dirty old flirt, with an unholy desire to be the next big tv evangelist. The story has some funny parts, the main character Mace is a curious kluts which is entertaining along with her being the middle sisters, and the fun that entails. There are twist and turns in this mystery, I would like to continue on with Mace and see what else she gets her self into.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Allman

    How can you not love Mama? Southern church-going opinionated mama who can't seem to stay out of trouble--doesn't everyone know a mama? This funny story is sharply written and thoroughly engaging. You'll want to loose yourself in Mamas life and that of her three girls. How can you not love Mama? Southern church-going opinionated mama who can't seem to stay out of trouble--doesn't everyone know a mama? This funny story is sharply written and thoroughly engaging. You'll want to loose yourself in Mamas life and that of her three girls.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    Oh my gosh this is a fun book. The town in the book is based off of Okeechobee. It starts out with the main character heating up some fried chicken, about to watch cops to see if she can spot any ex-boyfriends on there!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sue Jaffarian

    I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of this book. If you like smartly written, hilarious books, this is for you.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Fine, I guess.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    First in the Mace Bauer mystery series about a woman, her two sisters, and her easy-goin' Mama in a small town in Florida. My Take It's a classic with the innocent mama arrested when a dead body is found in the trunk of her car. The mean ol' big city detective who arrests her can't be moved to mercy...even when all three widely different daughters come rampaging down to the station. Unexpectedly overwhelmed, Detective Martinez takes his frustrations out on the girls and mama causing the girls to b First in the Mace Bauer mystery series about a woman, her two sisters, and her easy-goin' Mama in a small town in Florida. My Take It's a classic with the innocent mama arrested when a dead body is found in the trunk of her car. The mean ol' big city detective who arrests her can't be moved to mercy...even when all three widely different daughters come rampaging down to the station. Unexpectedly overwhelmed, Detective Martinez takes his frustrations out on the girls and mama causing the girls to believe that only their efforts---read this as Mace's efforts---will find the real killer. We are provided with the typical small town atmosphere in which everyone knows everyone else's business with the oblivious mom who thinks everything will just naturally work out. Mace is the center of it all as she pushes and prods, running up against Martinez. The potential for tension---both romantic and dramatic---exists between the two, but Sharp doesn't do anything with it. It's a cute surface read with clichéd characters that is just too shallow. Sharp's attempt to create additional tension with Jeb was just a fizzle for me---how can anyone get excited about a man who's telling you he's falling back in love as, in the next breath, he informs you he's taking off on the rodeo circuit again with his live-in lover… I am just soooo confused... Then what's with the damn truck? They keep running across it, but no one ever thinks to take down the license plate, find out who owns it?? Sharp reminds me of Carl Hiaasen with her smalltown vibe and Florida setting, but I find I prefer Hiaasen with his slightly deeper storylines. My favorite part? Finally discovering the Lake Okeechobee which Piers Anthony twisted into Lake Ogre-chobee for his Xanth series! The Characters Mason "Mace" Bauer is the middle child. The most reasonable and the most normal. Even if she does leap to conclusions faster than a squirrel runnin' from a cat. Madison "Maddie" is the oldest and meanest; she's married and is the principal at the local middle school. Marty is the youngest and the most timid who finally finds her big-girl panties. Mama, a.k.a., Rosalee Deveraux, takes people as they come...and figures every one is her friend. She may talk 'em to death, but she'd never hurt anyone. Emma Jean Valentine works at the police station; she's also Rosalee's bingo buddy. Jim Albert is a local loan shark and Emma's fiancé. Pastor Bob Dixon and his wife Delilah provide more humor and tension with a bit of a snark on ministers who are trying to strike it rich. Jeb Ennis was Mace's first love and first heartbreak. Now he's back in town. Detective Carlos Martinez has moved to Himmarshee in the middle of Florida from Miami to get away from a tragedy in his life. He don't trust nobody…! And he's rude to boot. Donnie Bailey is one of the police officers; he's known the Bauer girls forever. Salvatore Provenza is the latest beau in Mama's life. He wants to marry her; the girls want to murder him. The Cover The cover is very Florida with its blue-bodied convertible parked on the beach, palm trees waving above, blood dripping from the trunk. The title is a big tongue-in-cheek...Mama Does Time, but only in the most superificial way. Actually, I reckon that's pretty appropriate…

  17. 4 out of 5

    Spuddie

    #1 Mace Bauer mystery set in central Florida. Mace works at a local wildlife park and is dismayed one September morning to get a call from her Mama saying she's at the jail--the dead body of a man was found in the trunk of her car when she came out of the bingo parlor and she's been hauled in for questioning. Mace rallies with her two sisters, Maddie and Marty, and they essentially overwhelm the police station trying to get her out. Detective Carlos Martinez, new in town from Miami, locks Mama u #1 Mace Bauer mystery set in central Florida. Mace works at a local wildlife park and is dismayed one September morning to get a call from her Mama saying she's at the jail--the dead body of a man was found in the trunk of her car when she came out of the bingo parlor and she's been hauled in for questioning. Mace rallies with her two sisters, Maddie and Marty, and they essentially overwhelm the police station trying to get her out. Detective Carlos Martinez, new in town from Miami, locks Mama up which puts him in a costume with horns and a pitchfork in the girls' eyes. Soon they provide evidence that Mama couldn't have committed the crime so she is released, but Mace and her mother get a threatening letter with a decapitated, stuffed dog that looks suspiciously like Mama's Pomeranian, Teensy, so Mace figures no one is safe until the real murderer is caught. It turns out the dead guy was an ex-gangster in a witness protection program and Mace and her sisters immediately suspect their mother's boyfriend, Sal, who hails from New York and looks and talks like a gangster. He moves down the list when Mace runs into an old boyfriend, whom she learns has borrowed a lot of money from the dead man--and was seen arguing with him. More suspects come to light, and Mace continues investigating behind the scenes, much to the chagrin of Detective Martinez. I have to admit that Mace was actually better than many "cozy" mystery heroines at keeping the police informed of what she was doing--although that might have had something to do with the fact that Det. Martinez is quite a hunk. LOL I really enjoyed this book--Mace is a great character that I really like, although I am generally not a fan of "southern" books, this one was okay because of Mace. Even the yappy-little-dog-in-a-sweater-toting Mama, the epitome of the petite, polite Southern lady with all accessories color matched, didn't put me off. LOL The writing style was easy to read and relaxed, the only downfall being that the dialogue felt somewhat stilted and unnatural at times. (If you are alone in a room with someone and you're talking privately, do you keep interjecting their name into the conversation every few sentences? I don't...I mean, they're the only one there so they know I'm addressing things to them, and vice versa, so there's no need. I find that it's fairly common with newer authors to do that, though--it's not really bad writing, just sounds awkward, at least to me.) At any rate, I'm glad I took a chance on this mystery when the "Southern" bit could have easily put me off, as I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to the next one!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    People, people, people!! If you dig a supremely funny and well thought out mystery, get this book! I laughed myself pee-less throughout my time. It was my bedside book, so I went to sleep each night with a big grin on my face. I was pleased with how the main character became an amateur sleuth. Mace knows Mama did not murder the man found in her trunk and, so, is drawn into the investigation to protect her mama from the big bad big city police detective newly arrived from Miami. Mace and her sist People, people, people!! If you dig a supremely funny and well thought out mystery, get this book! I laughed myself pee-less throughout my time. It was my bedside book, so I went to sleep each night with a big grin on my face. I was pleased with how the main character became an amateur sleuth. Mace knows Mama did not murder the man found in her trunk and, so, is drawn into the investigation to protect her mama from the big bad big city police detective newly arrived from Miami. Mace and her sisters know everyone in their small town and set about asking questions, much to the possible endangerment of Mace and her sisters. I kept thinking I knew who the bad guy was and I totally dug it that I was wrong and did a 'What the...??!" at the big reveal. I am Southern by proxy (DH is from Virginia/Tennessee border) and I lived in Louisiana and Texas and Florida at varying times in my life and this may explain why I adore the Southern humor in the books I read...or it may just be that they, along with this gem, are just wonderfully written. My favorite character, besides Mace and Mama, would be Ollie the one-eyed gator in the park where Mace works. He has an interesting charisma about him. Read the book and find out... Five watch out for the gator, baby sparkly diamonds......

  19. 4 out of 5

    Greg Rothenberger

    This book had two things going for it: it's a light, cozy mystery and it's set in Florida. Those are both pretty high on my list of favorite things. Fortunately, it also had well-written (although frequently irritating) characters who were overall pretty like-able. If you like quirky characters (I do). The setting, in rural south Florida, was very well described. It's clear the author knows her locale, which she should, since she lives there. The plot was fairly standard, although I wouldn't cal This book had two things going for it: it's a light, cozy mystery and it's set in Florida. Those are both pretty high on my list of favorite things. Fortunately, it also had well-written (although frequently irritating) characters who were overall pretty like-able. If you like quirky characters (I do). The setting, in rural south Florida, was very well described. It's clear the author knows her locale, which she should, since she lives there. The plot was fairly standard, although I wouldn't call it predictable. There were plenty of red herrings to keep me guessing. Looking back, it should have been clear who the villain was, but I didn't figure it out until the main character in the story did. As you can tell by my finishing the book in two days, it's a pretty quick read. Sometimes, that's exactly what I'm looking for: a pleasant, quick read. I would feel comfortable recommending this book to my mystery reading group, or anyone else who enjoys cozy mysteries. There's nothing in it to offend any except the most prudish readers, and very little violence. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suspense Magazine

    Ever wonder what the world is really like behind the commercial mask of Mickey and Disney friends down in Florida? Wonder no more. Deborah Sharp weaves an extraordinary tale of a family in a small back-woods Florida town in her new comedy driven mystery Mama Does Time. Mace Bauer, the middle child of Rosalee Deveraux, seems comfortable with the title of “normal” in this unconventional clan and is stunned when her mother calls to inform her of her trip to the “slammer” for murder. From the first Ever wonder what the world is really like behind the commercial mask of Mickey and Disney friends down in Florida? Wonder no more. Deborah Sharp weaves an extraordinary tale of a family in a small back-woods Florida town in her new comedy driven mystery Mama Does Time. Mace Bauer, the middle child of Rosalee Deveraux, seems comfortable with the title of “normal” in this unconventional clan and is stunned when her mother calls to inform her of her trip to the “slammer” for murder. From the first words, readers are drawn in to the quirky cast of endearing characters where imagery is so crisp that readers could draw the townspeople on paper. Mace and her sisters, Maddie and Marty, unify to prove Mama’s innocence and run into several hilarious hurdles on the way and the end will leave fans begging for more. www.suspensemagazine.com

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Set in rural south central Florida, Mace Bauer (no relation to Jack Bauer!) works in a wildlife refuge park. She receives a phone call from her mother who is in jail because a dead body was found in the trunk of her convertible. And so the story begins. Who is he, is Mama innocent? How about her yankee boyfriend. The new detective in town is convinced Mama did it, even if everybody else thinks she is a sweet little old lady. Mace and her sisters think the NYC boyfriend did it. (well he is writte Set in rural south central Florida, Mace Bauer (no relation to Jack Bauer!) works in a wildlife refuge park. She receives a phone call from her mother who is in jail because a dead body was found in the trunk of her convertible. And so the story begins. Who is he, is Mama innocent? How about her yankee boyfriend. The new detective in town is convinced Mama did it, even if everybody else thinks she is a sweet little old lady. Mace and her sisters think the NYC boyfriend did it. (well he is written like a character from The Sopranos). A well written mystery, not too easy to solve. You can read it in a weekend. The only thing I didn't like was that it was written in the vernacular. I found it mildly annoying. Sometimes Mama bordered on the "cartoonish".

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    Two of my coworkers have Kindle's and have been loaning each other this series, so I downloaded the Kindle for PC program and just finished this, first, book. It was okay. The thing that stuck out to me is that I never thought of Florida as a big cattle place but the characters visit a cattle sale barn and one of the characters/suspects is/was a rodeo rider. That doesn't have much to do with the story, but it's one of things that stuck out to me about the story, which might say something about th Two of my coworkers have Kindle's and have been loaning each other this series, so I downloaded the Kindle for PC program and just finished this, first, book. It was okay. The thing that stuck out to me is that I never thought of Florida as a big cattle place but the characters visit a cattle sale barn and one of the characters/suspects is/was a rodeo rider. That doesn't have much to do with the story, but it's one of things that stuck out to me about the story, which might say something about the story. =P I didn't feel like they gave us enough information to figure out who did it, it kind of seemed out of nowhere of who did it and why. Maybe that's my detective skills, but usually I'm pretty good about figuring stuff like that out in books.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a really cute mystery. I like the heroine, who gives talks to school kids and tourists at a wildlife attraction and who's rather shy with people. She eats fast food, another plus, and loves her mama. The mystery part went well - I didn't figure out what was going on till the end - but other parts didn't. I had trouble believing Mama got arrested simply because she and a friend found a body in her car trunk. And the detective, an ex-Miami cop, acted pretty unprofessionally when he slapped This is a really cute mystery. I like the heroine, who gives talks to school kids and tourists at a wildlife attraction and who's rather shy with people. She eats fast food, another plus, and loves her mama. The mystery part went well - I didn't figure out what was going on till the end - but other parts didn't. I had trouble believing Mama got arrested simply because she and a friend found a body in her car trunk. And the detective, an ex-Miami cop, acted pretty unprofessionally when he slapped her in jail, even though his prejudice was explained later in the story. Overall a good read. I'll read more in the series if I get the chance.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    A light fun read! I downloaded this book onto my nook because it was free and I wanted something to read on an airline flight. I was surprised when I almost didn't want to close the book and get off the plane because the author had pulled me in and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was to happen next! The characters are well developed and so different from each other that keeping them apart in my mind was very easy, even with the distractions of airports and airplanes. I also liked the f A light fun read! I downloaded this book onto my nook because it was free and I wanted something to read on an airline flight. I was surprised when I almost didn't want to close the book and get off the plane because the author had pulled me in and I wanted to keep reading to find out what was to happen next! The characters are well developed and so different from each other that keeping them apart in my mind was very easy, even with the distractions of airports and airplanes. I also liked the fact that I didn't know who the killer was (changed my mind 3 times before the end!)and the plot had quite a few twists that were unexpected. I will read more of this series from Deborah Sharp!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael McLean

    An amusing mystery set in the cattle country of south central Florida, Mama Does Time follows a murder mystery among the pastel pant suited set there. Some of the "southern fried" accent the book is dipped in seems a bit over the top to me. And i grew up in a Florida town much like the setting Almost caricature. Still entertaining and the heroine shows promise. I'm not sure where the series could go from here unless the three Bauer sisters become embroiled in every mysterious homicide that takes An amusing mystery set in the cattle country of south central Florida, Mama Does Time follows a murder mystery among the pastel pant suited set there. Some of the "southern fried" accent the book is dipped in seems a bit over the top to me. And i grew up in a Florida town much like the setting Almost caricature. Still entertaining and the heroine shows promise. I'm not sure where the series could go from here unless the three Bauer sisters become embroiled in every mysterious homicide that takes place in sleepy Himmarshee, FL. And statistically there shouldn't be another in a town like it for twenty years or so.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nell

    I think this book suffered in translation. It was a fun read but felt really odd. The characters names, voices etc didn't match the physical descriptions. I was confused and disorientated which distracted from the story. Perhaps it's because I'm from the UK but I have read a lot of US set books, write books for the US market and have visited the US - even so the setting and people in this story might as well have been from another planet. I think this book suffered in translation. It was a fun read but felt really odd. The characters names, voices etc didn't match the physical descriptions. I was confused and disorientated which distracted from the story. Perhaps it's because I'm from the UK but I have read a lot of US set books, write books for the US market and have visited the US - even so the setting and people in this story might as well have been from another planet.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jannie

    I grew up in South Florida and love the way the author weaves the location into her story. Makes me feel like I am back home. I also love the sense of humor. Mama is a hoot and Mace is extremely likeable. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I grew up in South Florida and love the way the author weaves the location into her story. Makes me feel like I am back home. I also love the sense of humor. Mama is a hoot and Mace is extremely likeable. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Mace tries to find the true killer when a body is found in the trunk of her mom's car. This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed the likable characters in the small town setting and would give this book three and one-half stars. I look forward to reading more about Mace and her sisters. Mace tries to find the true killer when a body is found in the trunk of her mom's car. This is my first book by this author. I enjoyed the likable characters in the small town setting and would give this book three and one-half stars. I look forward to reading more about Mace and her sisters.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janeene

    fun, new mystery - will read 2nd one in series when comes out in 09 -had hoped it would have more of a "Evanovich" kick to it....but it does have potential. fun, new mystery - will read 2nd one in series when comes out in 09 -had hoped it would have more of a "Evanovich" kick to it....but it does have potential.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Reminded me of Anne George's Southern Sisters mysteries. Reading the Southern dialect/idioms lends so much to the story - am glad this is part of a series! Reminded me of Anne George's Southern Sisters mysteries. Reading the Southern dialect/idioms lends so much to the story - am glad this is part of a series!

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