Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Mama Does Time (A Mace Bauer Mystery) Paperback – October 8, 2008
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
"Mama Does Time has it all -- murder, mystery and a brand new take on Florida's particular version of mayhem. " -- Bob Morris, fourth-generation Floridian and Edgar-nominated author of the Zack Chasteen mystery novels
"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
"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
"Deborah Sharp's witty way with words makes Mama Does Time as much fun as a down-home visit with your quirky Florida cousins.'' -- Nancy Martin, author of the Blackbird Sisters Mysteries
"With a strong, funny heroine, colorful 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
About the Author
Like the main character in her “Mace Bauer Mysteries,’’ her family roots were set in Florida long before Disney or Miami Vice. As a native and former reporter for USA Today, she knows the spots not found on maps: Molasses Junction. Muse, and now, Himmarshee, her own tiny slice of “Authentic Florida.’’
To create Himmarshee, Deborah borrowed from the present-day ranching town of Okeechobee, and from the south Florida of her family’s past.
Not far from Ft. Lauderdale, her dad used to walk to town, leading the family cow. A generation later, Deborah rode her horse over the same citrus- and ranch-dotted terrain. Now, it’s all interstates and strip malls.
The difference between Mace’s hometown and hers: Deborah will never let Himmarshee be spoiled by sprawl.
The News-Press in Fort Myers gave Deborah her first job, in 1982. Her favorite assignment: getting cast as a zombie when Day of the Dead filmed on Sanibel Island. Her fellow extras raved about her lurching.
A News-Press bonus: she met TV reporter Kerry Sanders in Immokalee, both of them shivering at dawn to see whether a winter freeze would ruin the green pepper crop. They’ve been married since 1989. No kids; no pets, but had goldfish once. Turned out badly―not a good omen for higher life forms.
When they moved back to Deborah’s hometown in 1991, the occasional stories she’d been writing for USA Today became a flood. Miami’s loony nature gives it a lock on headlines.
And then, 9/11, and everything changed. One of her last assignments before she left the paper was profiling soldiers killed in war. Grieving parents; spouses; kids. She couldn’t absorb all that sadness anymore.
So, at age fifty, fiction-writing beckoned. She’d get to determine the endings. Punish the bad and reward the good. And, she’d throw in some romance, too.
She likes writing about Mama because the character makes her laugh. And doesn’t everyone need a smile now and then?
◊ 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
◊ WJXT-TV from November 17, 2009
◊ NBC's Today Show from August 24, 2010
◊ NBC's Today Show from December 28, 2011
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Mama Does Time was a delightful read. Well-developed characters, believable relationships and reactions, and a plot with enough mystery to keep me guessing. The lead, Mace Bauer, is a typical "cozy" heroine - fiercely independent, quirky, and smart; her family, the plucky Mama, mulish Maddie, and circumspect Marty, had good dynamic; and the male love interest, Carlos Martinez, was suitably masculine with a haunted past. Ms. Sharp did go one step further, however, to complicate her cast with an additional love interest - Mace's old flame whom she still has feelings for. This made a nice tennis match of seeing who she might choose.
The mystery itself (Mama accused of murdering her friend's fiance and stuffing him in the trunk of her Cadillac) was straight forward. Sharp left enough avenues open for the reader to jump to conclusions about supporting characters, keeping the somewhat old fashioned story fresh and interesting for the reader.
Of a certainty, the dialogue in Mama Does Time made the story. Ms. Sharp managed to inject enough humor and comedic relief to make the story fun and playful without forcing it. Many authors don't achieve this task, but she did nicely.
On a whole, the book was enjoyable. It would be a recommended read to anyone I knew enjoyed cozy mysteries. Although it is not one I would "rave" about to people that they must try. On a scale of 5, I give it 3 stars for Liked. I will be reading the next in the series.
Review by BC Brown
I enjoyed this cute southern "cozy" mystery - it was a lot of fun. The first person narrative is charming and chock full of succinct and witty observations. I loved the small town atmosphere and felt like the characters really came alive through their dialog. The author uses some clever phrasing and the humor is more situational than "silly".
Mystery-wise this is firmly in the "cozy" category, with no focus on the blood and gore stuff. There are suspects aplenty and enough twists and turns in the storyline to keep you guessing. Looking for edge-of your-seat suspense? Look elsewhere. Looking for an easy-going small town "cozy" with quirky characters and loads of Southern atmosphere? Look no further. I'm glad I stumbled across this charming series and look forward to reading the subsequent books.
Occasional strong language; no sexual content.
The series (in order):
*Mama Does Time (A Mace Bauer Mystery)
*Mama Rides Shotgun (A Mace Bauer Mystery)
*Mama Gets Hitched (A Mace Bauer Mystery)
*Mama Sees Stars (A Mace Bauer Mystery)
*Mama Gets Trashed (A Mace Bauer Mystery)
I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters who are a group of three sisters and their mother. That's Mama. I enjoyed the sister aspect, as I have four sisters myself. These three sisters are about as different from one another as all of us and definitely add to the humor of the story. Mace is the main sleuth, but does receive help and support from her two loving sisters. I loved the insight as to why their names and nicknames. And let's not leave mama out. She's got quite the outfits going on and knows everyone.
The remaining characters in town were also a lot of fun. The women at the salon, the congregation at the church, the pastor and his wife, the new detective in town, the old boyfriend/officer. Lots of fun characters and the small town setting molded the story. Mace's occupation was very interesting and only got to read a little bit about it. Very interesting and added entertainment as well.
This was a humorous, quick cozy read. Definitely recommend to cozy readers of all ages. Can't wait to read more!
The story centers around Mama, and her three daughters: Mace, Marty, and Maddie. Mama is the quintessential Southern polyester-bell, a Bible-thumping, sweet-tea-sweating matriarch of three very different sisters. When Mama gets arrested for murder (cops find a dead body of a gangster in her car), Mace seps in to cleanse her mother's name. Mace won't have an easy time of it. New detective-in-town Martinez seems determined to keep Mama behind bars. While there are definitely some romantic sparks between Mace and Martinez, Mace has to balance that with her feelins for her ex-boyfirend, who seems to be her biggest suspect for the crime.
I tend to steer clear of these types of books becasue they are very light on crime and very heavy on syrupy sweetness, kind of like a literary-twinkie, and this was no exception. It did have some endearing parts. It's funny with some tongue-in-cheek silliness. I did love the setting of southern Florida. And, I like the romance with Martinez. Overall, though, it was just too hokey and some of the characters are unlikeable. I won't be following this series. It's not a bad read but just okay. It does have a couple of plot twists that show promise for future plot developments so if I'm wrong, somebody please let me know!