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Mama Gets Trashed by Deborah Sharp

Mama Get TrashedMama Gets Trashed by Deborah Sharp is the fifth book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, September 2013

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.

I just love this series. I know when I visit Himmarshee, Florida, I’m going to have a delightfully charming and hilarious times with the shenanigans of Mama, her daughters and the people that cross their path in the pursuit of whatever investigation Mace gets involved in and in their latest caper Mace finds another dead body that exposes a secret underbelly in their town. This is a well-written, character driven whodunit that I enjoyed immensely. The ride is always fun and when it is over, I wish there was another adventure with the Bauers waiting around the corner for me to enjoy.

A New Title For Mama by Deborah Sharp

Mama Get TrashedIt was just an average summer day in Himmarshee, Fla. — so hot the hens were laying hard-boiled eggs — when my middle daughter Mace broke the news.

”Prepare yourself, Mama. You are not going to like the title of the latest book.”

“Wouldn’t be the first time,” I said, fanning myself with a menu and muffler price list from Juan’s Auto Repair and Taco Shop. “What kind of slander has Miss Snippy Author come up with this time?”

Just then, Mace’s phone rang. She mouthed, ”It’s Carlos,” and raised a finger for me to wait.

Judging by the smile lighting her face, there seemed to be a chance my last unmarried daughter would finally find happiness with her hunky police detective beau. At least that’s how it looked at this particular millisecond.

As Mace chatted with Carlos Martinez, I swatted mosquitoes and blotted my Apricot Ice lipstick, waiting to find out how upset I should be. My feelings about ”Author” Deborah Sharp are well known in our slice of middle Florida, north of Lake Okeechobee and south of Holopaw. It’s common knowledge she mines my life for fascinating tidbits, and then passes them off as fiction. Do I ever get credit? No! And every single one of Miss Fancy Pants’ titles ends up making me look bad. It goes all the way back to the first book, MAMA DOES TIME.

How’s that for character assassination? If you read that one, you know the murder charges were nothing but a misunderstanding. I scooted in and out of the slammer so fast, my dark roots hardly had time to sprout. Still, Hair Today Dyed Tomorrow beauty parlor was one of my first stops once I got sprung.

Just thinking about the new book was making me madder than a sack of cut snakes. I coughed to get Mace’s attention, and then gave her the wrap-it-up sign. She cupped the cell phone to her chin and turned her back. I poked her between the shoulders and chanted ”The title? The title?” a few times until she finally hung up.

“Fine!” she said. “It’s about that night you had too much pink wine and tossed Sal’s wedding ring out with the garbage.”

That’d be Sal Provenza, my fifth — and final — husband. If you want to read all the cheap shots Ms. Sharp took at my checkered marital history, that’d be Book No. 3, titled MAMA GETS HITCHED.

I steeled myself. “So, what’s the name of this fifth one?”

Mama Gets Trashed,” Mace said.

See what I mean? Slander! I was barely even tipsy; not even close to trashed. Of course, the search for the ring Sal gave me led to all kinds of mayhem. Even aside from the murder, there were some sexual shenanigans that had half of Himmarshee blusher pinker than my favorite sweet wine. As usual, Mace and I were right in the thick of things. Everything started as we were picking through trash piles at the country dump . . .

Deborah is giving away one (1) copy of MAMA GETS TRASHED. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends September 10; US entries only.

Meet the author
Deborah Sharp writes about a sweet-tea-and-barbecue slice of Florida in her funny, Southern-flavored Mace Bauer Mysteries. Think Janet Evanovich, if Stephanie Plum had a couple of cousins named Bubba. A former USA Today reporter, Deborah is married to Kerry Sanders of NBC News. They live in Fort Lauderdale, where Deborah spends her spare time trying to keep the iguanas out of the hibiscus. Mama Gets Trashed is her fifth book, published by Midnight Ink. Visit her online at www.DeborahSharp.com or read an excerpt from TRASHED, here: www.mamagetstrashed.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Mama See Stars by Deborah Sharp

Mama See Stars by Deborah Sharp is the fourth book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, September 2011

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.

Hollywood has invaded their small town and the Bauer family is working behind the scenes, that is until Mama lands a small role in the movie. Instead of discovering fame, once again, Mace finds another body and is on the hunt for a killer among the stars. What a fun read that will have you laughing from Mama’s “I’m a rising movie star” role to the sisters being star-struck to Mace’s on-again, off-again relationship with the handsome Carlos. I just love this series. The mystery was good, but it’s the relationship between Mama and her girls that I enjoy the most in this delightfully charming and character-driven series. This was the best one yet in this fun-filled and entertaining series and I look forward to the next exploits with Mama and her family.

A Day In The Life Of Mama by Deborah Sharp

When Dru Ann asked me to write about an average day in my life, I almost told her no. There’s nothing average about life in Himmarshee, Fla., just north of Lake Okeechobee. We’ve had a highly unusual spate of murders, and I’ve been right in the middle of most of them. It’s not average when you saddle up for a trail ride, only to find your old flame dead in his campfire chili. It’s not average to have your wedding caterer killed in the kitchen at the VFW, even before the first pig-in-a-blanket is passed. And it’s not average to get tossed in the slammer just because you can’t explain why a corpse was inconveniently located in your convertible trunk.

Anyhoo, I live in Himmarshee, with my new husband Sal (he’s from the Bronx, but we’ve forgiven him), and my Pomeranian, Teensy. The murder put a damper on things, but Teensy was adorable as the ring-bearer at our recent wedding. I also have three grown daughters. The middle one, Mace, is the only one I’ve had no luck marrying off.

”What’s the hurry?” she says, whenever I mention it. “Haven’t you been married enough for all of us?”

It’s true. Sal IS Husband No. 5. It’s also true loving daughters don’t poke fun at their mothers’ marital missteps.

I just want Mace to be happy, which I know she could be if she’d settle down with that handsome police detective who moved up here from Miami. Of course, Carlos Martinez did try to convict me of murder once. We’ve forgiven him. It’s ancient history. The newest ”not average” thing to happen is I got a part in a movie when some folks from Hollywood came here to shoot a cowboy film. Mace was on the set as a horse wrangler, and the director noticed my star quality when I visited her. I hope that doesn’t sound conceited. Like we say in Himmarshee, ”It’s not braggin’ if it’s fact.” Supposedly, I ”killed” in my part. That’s just Hollywood talk. I didn’t actually commit homicide.

Unfortunately, someone else did. Commit murder, I mean. Mace and I got in the middle of things, and that never ends well. To see if we survive, you’ll just have to read MAMA SEES STARS (Midnight Ink, September 2011). I’ll give you a hint. I fully expect to be around to attend some red carpet parties in my honor.

They won’t be average.
You can read more about Mama in MAMA SEES STARS, the fourth book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series. The first book in this series is MAMA DOES TIME.

Deborah Sharp writes about a sweet-tea-and-barbecue slice of her native Florida in the funny, Southern-fried Mace Bauer Mystery series. Think Stephanie Plum, if she had a couple of cousins named Bubba. A former reporter for USA Today, Deborah is married to NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders. They live in Fort Lauderdale. No kids; no pets. They had goldfish once. Turned out badly. ”Mama Sees Stars” is her fourth book.

For more information, visit Deborah online at www.DeborahSharp.com and read an excerpt from MAMA SEE STARS here: http://mamaseesstars.com/

** Deborah has generously offered to give away one copy of MAMA SEES STARS. To enter, leave a comment with a valid e-mail address. Please break it up using (at) and (dot), like domain(at)host(dot)com. One entry per person and this is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address. Contest ends on September 18th at 6pm EST. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be notified by e-mail and has 2 days to respond. **

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

Mama Gets Hitched by Deborah Sharp

Mama Gets Hitched by Deborah Sharp is the third book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, July 2010

According to Mama, a Gone with the Wind-themed wedding—complete with Scarlett O’ Hara bridesmaid gowns and a ring-bearing Pomeranian—is fine and dandy for her fifth trip down the aisle. But what’s a bridezilla to do when her caterer is murdered? Thanks to the nonstop gossip train in their small Florida town, Mama’s gator-wrestling daughter Mace is getting the dirt on who did it.

Unfortunately, the suspect list is longer than the gift registry. Right at the top are the groom’s East Coast Yankee cousins—who may have Mafia ties. With her on-again, off-again beau, Detective Carlos Martinez, Mace must track down the killer before Mama’s Special Day turns especially deadly.

What a fun read. Mama is getting married and it has turned into the Ceremony of the Century. When the caterer is found dead in the kitchen by Mace, you know Mama’s day will be more than just special. Mace and her sisters are determined to find the killer and the events that lead up to the wedding is worth reading this book. You have to laughed at Mama’s bridezilla attitude and the outfits that the sisters are wearing for her 5th wedding. Again, what a great story and I can’t wait to read “Mama Sees Stars,” the next book in the series. My rating: 5 stars

Mama Rides Shotgun by Deborah Sharp

Mama Rides Shotgun by Deborah Sharp is the second book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series.  Publisher: Midnight Ink, July 2009

Trouble on the trail
Mama’s fixin’ to get hitched to Husband #5. But first, she coerces her daughter, Mace (Mason Elizabeth B auer), to saddle up for some country-gal bonding on the Florida Cracker Trail. The trek takes a deadly turn when Lawton Bramble—wealthy rancher and one-time beau of Mama’s—keels over in his Cow Hunter Chili.

Lawton had a horde of enemies and a famously bad ticker. Could a grudge-wielding rival have “spiced” the cattleman’s chow? With (or maybe despite) the help of her sisters and her sexy ex-beau, Detective Martinez, Mace sets out to corral a low-down varmint who’s determined to kill again.

What a fun ride this story has become.  It was a joy to see Mace, Mama, Maddie, Marty, Sally and Carlos again and I look forward to the next book in this series.  My rating: 4 stars

Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp

Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp is the first book in the new “Mace Bauer” mystery series.  Publisher: Midnight Ink, October 2008

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.

Mason Bauer, who works at a nature park, gets a call from her mama telling her she is jail because a body was found in her car trunk.  Mace being the middle daughter calls her two sisters and one by one they arrive at the jail house where they immediately butt heads with the new detective who insists upon keeping their mother in jail.  Because Mace is determined to find the killer who jeopardized her family, she is run off the road; someone threatens her mother’s prized pet and strange things are happening.  With the assistance of her sisters and lawyer cousin, Mace helps the police find the killer.  I really enjoyed this mystery with its funny cast of characters and Southern charm.

*new-to-me author