Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mama Does Time

Is Southern humor, dysfunctional but loving families, and light romance on your reading list for 2013? Then give Mama Does Time, by Deborah Sharp, a try.

When middle daughter, Mace Bauer, gets the call that Mama, adorned in her sherbert-colored pants suit with matching scarf and shoes, has been locked up in jail suspected of murdering the man found in trunk of her turquoise blue convertible, she rushes to the rescue.  Joined by sisters, Marty and Maddie, a mixed bag of personalities at best, Mace is faced with a less then congenial big city, turned rural, cop who is convinced of Mama's guilt.

Soon in the lineup of suspects and complications are Mama's dubious boyfriend with a mysterious past, an hysterical police dispatcher who just happened to be engaged to the deceased, and a shady cowboy who's also Mace's ex-lover. Throw in a little illegal lending, blackmail, mob connections, and a preacher with a roving eye and you've got the makings of fun read. 

The plot is complicated enough to keep you guessing.  The characters sharp and delightful. This book is one of a series of Mace Bauer Mysteries written by  Sharp, a former USA Today reporter, who sets her books in the 'sweet tea and barbeque' part of her native state of Florida.

Oh, did I mention the alligator?

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