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Mama Rides Shotgun (A Mace Bauer Mystery) Paperback – July 8, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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While reading a book, these mistakes can ruin it for the reader and potential future sales of an author's work.
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my second Mace Bauer mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author's quick wit and character development is spot on. Parts of the book made me literally laugh out loud. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NLL
I liked this book as much as Mama Does Time. I am again looking forward to the southern antics of mama the three sisters.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The "Mama" mysteries by Mace Bauer and all great reads if fast and fun is what you are looking for. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by joalex1
I enjoy reading books with a Central Florida setting. Deborah has created unique characters and entwines them with Florida .Published on March 3, 2014 by M. Paul
This is a great series. Easy to pick up when you have a few minutes, a fun and fast read, another great Deborah Sharp book.Published on October 9, 2013 by Sue Duhr
With Mama's fifth wedding coming up, she thinks it is time for some bonding with her daughters. That's how Mace finds herself on the Florida Cracker Trail, traveling the trail... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers
I have read all four of the Mama books and they are all laugh out loud funny.
Some of the things Mama says reminds me so much of my Mama and Auntie. Read more