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Mama Sees Stars (A Mace Bauer Mystery) Paperback – September 8, 2011
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From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
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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
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When a big name Hollywood movie begins filming in town Mama and her girls Maddie, Marty and Mace are wrapped up in the drama of it all.
Mama's the star of the show both in her own mind and on the pages of author Deborah Sharp's fourth Mace Bauer Mystery. From the dead producer found on set to the final scene, Mama fans will love her latest escapades.
Mace thinks someone is intent on shutting down the production when shortly after the producers body is found shots ring out. With the help of her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Miami-cop Carlos, Mace has to find out who-dun-it before the others stars and star-struck Mama are hurt.
I have loved every one of the Mama books. I didn't think another could top the last in the series, Mama Gets Hitched, but with the drama and star power of the cast of characters in Mama Sees Stars, the latest book rockets to the top of my list of favorites.
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This book was a lot of fun! The usual crew is on board - Mace and Mama, sisters Maddie and Marty, and Mace's on again/off again love interest, Carlos. In addition to the "usual suspects", there's the Hollywood contingent: a drugged out starlet, a gorgeous actress, an aging leading man and assorted other eccentric characters. There are plenty of suspects to go around; more than enough to keep an armchair sleuth on their toes. But the real fun is all the bickering/bantering going on between Mama and "her girls" - I enjoy the way the author keeps the dialog fresh, funny and engaging. There's also a great sense of place - small town Himmarshee comes to life in all its humid glory.
This is the fourth book in the series and I've enjoyed them all very much. I do have one small gripe though...enough with Mace and Carlos already! Jeez, these two act like they're in 9th grade and their "on again/off again" relationship is getting stale. Reading about those two and their complete inability to communicate like adults was the one sour note in the book for me. I sure as heck hope they gain some maturity by book five!
Very little (if any) strong language and no explicit sexual content. This is book four in the series and while it does work as a standalone novel I'd strongly recommend that you start the series at book one.
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)
Although Mama is so self absorbed that she is oblivious to the small storm she generally creates, the three daughters are the ones doing clean up, and the mysteries always abound as they solve all the adventure that follows their Mama around. You can always count on the Mama series for good, clean, fun and a mystery to solve.