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Mama Rosalee and middle daughter Mace are on the Florida Cracker Trail for the annual six-day commemorative horse ride across the state. The idea is for them to have some bonding time before Rosalee marries her fifth husband. Mama also hopes to do a little matchmaking for independent Mace. Both ladies are having a great time before an old rancher boyfriend of Mama’s dies of an apparent heart attack while preparing his Cow Hunter Chili for the trail riders. Mace is suspicious, while everyone else seems resigned to the death. After Mace’s tent is ripped open with a knife, and her horse runs straight onto a busy highway after being flicked with a cow whip, Mace’s sisters and former beau, detective Carlos, decide to join the ride to help protect Mace, who may have figured out something someone doesn’t want her to know. Sharp writes a funny mystery without resorting to stereotypical one-note characters. Furthermore, her descriptions of a part of Florida most of us know little about add to the appeal of this entertaining mystery. --Judy Coon

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"The author's surname -- Sharp -- is an apt adjective to describe her writing. Her characters crackle off the page."
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Product Details

  • Series: A Mace Bauer Mystery (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; First Edition edition (July 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713304
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Burns VINE VOICE on January 9, 2014
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While many people associate Florida with snow birds and theme parks, Mace and her family are proud to be native Floridians and part of a culture that flies under the tourists' radar. Partly as a nod to her family's heritage (and partly because she can't say "no" to her Mama), Mace is crossing the state on horseback in a six-day event knows as the Florida Cracker Trail. When an old friend of Mama's (a wealthy rancher with a reputation as a ruthless businessman) dies suddenly while hosting the riders, Mace suspects foul play. With no shortage of suspects or motives Mace has her work cut out for her. That's assuming someone doesn't get to Mace first, of course.

This was a cute enough "cozy" read, though I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first book in the series. I find the characters appealing - a bit stereotypical, but likeable nonetheless - and the little bits of Florida history tossed into the plot are interesting. It felt to me like the storyline was stretched a bit too thin, relying on a lot of minutia about setting up camp each night and Mace's navel gazing to fill in the bare spots. As for the "mystery" itself, it's a straight-up "cozy" so don't expect nail-biting suspense or CSI-like reality. There are however enough suspects and motives to keep an armchair sleuth occupied, and a bit of a love interest for Mace (for those of us who like our Mystery with a side of Romance). I enjoyed it enough to want to continue on with the series.

I don't recall much in the way of swearing or strong language and there's no explicit sexual content. The story is told in the First Person narrative from Mace's point of view. This is the second book in a series and I'd recommend that you start with book one, though technically this could work as a standalone.
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Book quote: "Snores rumbled from inside Sal's Cadillac. How in the world could he sleep with Mama rattling the windows like that? I tapped at the glass by her head. `Wake up, it's me again.' I'd left my campsite without touching anything, backing away from my shredded tent the way I'd come. I didn't want to trample any evidence that might be collected. `Mama, open up. It's colder out here than a freezer full of sheared sheep.'"

Following successful MAMA DOES TIME, Deborah Sharp continues the Mace Bauer series with MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN. In both, Sharp readers know that native Floridians take pride in being called Cracker. Now, Mama encourages daughter Mace to join her on a six-day horseback ride called The Florida Cracker Trail, a real-life ride in which the author participated. Originally, the Cracker Trail was a cattle drive, not unlike the Chisholm Trail. As always, Mama hopes to marry off her middle daughter who has entered the precarious age of 30-something--even considering for Mace an aged physician who is suspected in tampering with evidence in the subject murder.

This humorous mystery questions who would want to bump off wealthy Lawton Bramble by adding a "spice" not found at Publix grocery store to the cattleman's chili he prepared for riders on the Cracker Trail, chili "spicy enough to peel paint." Agatha Christie fans will be thrilled to learn that Sharp has written in as many possibilities as there are passengers on the Orient Express. Surely Rosalee Deveraux ("Mama") isn't a suspect, though Lawton has a heart that flutters like a candle and used to be Mama's beau--one of many. (Blanche Devereaux, eat your golden-girl heart out.) The young widow Wynonna, who beat Mama to the alter, displays insincere grief that's obvious even to the visually challenged.
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By Gabby on September 13, 2011
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This is the second Deborah Sharp book that I have purchased. While I enjoy the story, I have a difficult time with books that are poorly formatted. Example: a) sentencesthatruntogether b)formatting in a
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Does anyone check these books before offering them for sale on Amazon? Also while checking the formatting, how about checking the spelling and grammar too?
While reading a book, these mistakes can ruin it for the reader and potential future sales of an author's work.
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Hey folks,

"Mama Does Time" was witty and charming; I rated it four stars and would have gone for four and a half if possible. In my review of same, I stated, "Mama does everything and Mace is Everyman's idea of their favorite girl next door." I also stated that Mace reminded me of my best friend - my wife of 50+ years.

Since then, I have read three more of the "Mama series," and while I still enjoy the stories, I must admit the constant sexual tension between Mace and Carlos is just plain boring. I think the stories would be much better if author Deborah Sharp had not taken Mace and Carlos' characters down the road of acting like teenagers who are constantly peeved over dumb misunderstandings and then constantly being in heat for each other. I really like Mace's character, but the immature stuff with Carlos is simply distracting.

The Mace I enjoy is the independent, level headed Mace from the first novel who reminds me of my wife when we were young. That is the Mace I would like to see in the future.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile
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