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Click book covers to read excerpts from all the Mace Bauer Mysteries, from Midnight INK Books:

Mama Sees Stars... Mama
Gets Trashed


Book #5
Mama Sees Stars... Mama
Sees Stars


Book #4
Mama Gets Hitched... Mama
Gets Hitched


Book #3
Mama Rides Shotgun... Mama
Rides Shotgun


Book #2
Mama Does Time... Mama
Does Time


Book #1

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I hope you have the chance to read one of my funny,
Southern-flavored mysteries. You can order the latest,
MAMA GETS TRASHED (Sept. 2013, Midnight Ink Books). It's
Book #5 in the Mace Bauer Mystery series. Find details
below about TRASHED, and the other Mace Bauer Mysteries,
Books 1-4.

Been missing the Himmarshee gang since Book 5? Catch up
with two Mace & Mama short mysteries published in 2016 in
two multi-author anthologies, Happy Homicides 3:
Summertime Crime; and Happy Homicides 4: Fall into Crime.
Both are available on Amazon Kindle.

Do you Skype? I do! If you have a book club, contact me
to set up a video chat.
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ORDER NOW!! Mama Gets Trashed: A Mace Bauer Mystery...

#5 in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series: ISBN 978-07387-36150
Release Date: Sept. 2013 (Midnight Ink Books)
Lots of good buzz on TRASHED:

Publishers Weekly says: Readers will eagerly turn the pages
. . .

A tightly plotted mystery with a great puzzle, plenty of
tempting red herrings, and snappy dialogue -- More Than A
Review

Deborah Sharp makes the humorous mystery look easy -- Noted
mystery critic, Oline Cogdill

Booklist says .... ''Sharp again gives us vivid characters
and humorous plot twists ...''

When a tipsy Mama tosses out her wedding ring with the
trash, she drags daughter Mace to the city dump to search
for the missing treasure. While Mama fans herself in the
Florida heat, Mace picks through reeking refuse until she
finds something she wishes she hadn't: The scandalously clad
corpse of an upstanding librarian.

Clues to the woman's murder unmask marital betrayal and
a secret circle of sexual swingers. With velvet handcuffs
and leather whips, the ring ensnares someone shockingly
close to Mace and her family. Bondage and boinking in little
ol' Himmarshee? Good Gravy! Mama's blushing pinker than her
favorite sweet wine.
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ORDER NOW!! Mama Sees Stars: A Mace Bauer Mystery...

#4 in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series: ISBN 978-07387-26984
Released: 2011 (Midnight Ink Books)

The Critics Rave:
In a STARRED review, Library Journal says:
''This zany fourth entry in Sharp's series is a feature
worthy of the big screen . . . The mystery aisles can always
use more humor, and Sharp delivers.''

A thumbs-up from Kirkus: ''Sparks fly when Hollywood comes
to Himmarshee . . . An amusing tale of life and love in the
kind of Florida town tourists rarely see.''

''Energetic plots and laugh-out loud humor are staples of
Sharp's series, and the author's skills are at their
finest,'' says noted reviewer Oline Cogdill.

''Mama Sees Stars is 'The Golden Girls' meet 'Entourage,'''
according to the Florida Book Review.

Don't miss the latest funny, Southern-fried mystery in this
popular series from author Deborah Sharp. When a Hollywood
movie crew comes to call, will Mama's closeup end in murder?

When a film crew comes a'callin on little Himmarshee, Mace
snags a job as animal wrangler. Mama is sure this cowboy
flick will be her own ticket to Hollywood. The Left Coasters
are out of their element: No vanilla lattes or yoga studios.
Hotter outside than a Santa Ana. Mosquitoes as big as
Gulfstream jets.

The locals think the film folk are nuttier than squirrels at
a peanut festival. But make-believe turns to murder when
Mace finds the movie's producer shot and strung up at the
horse corral. Who in blue blazes DIDN'T want to kill the
much-hated executive? Mama's role might be miniscule, but
her head swells to superstar proportions. When evil starts
stalking the cast, Mama might just become one dead diva.
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Mama Gets Hitched: A Mace Bauer Mystery...

#3 in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series: ISBN 978-07387-19221
Released 2010 (Midnight Ink Books)

Great Buzz . . . .

Fresh Fiction raves: ''Delightfully off-beat Southern charm
. . . fast-paced, full of suspense, and funny to boot!''

Publishers Weekly loves HITCHED: ''Sibling rivalry, steamy
romance, a surprising killer, and plenty of catfish and hush
puppies make this Southern cozy a winner . . .''

''Delightul,'' says noted reviewer Oline Cogdill: ''A solid
marriage of realistic characters, humor and a view of old
Florida.''


Kirkus is keen on the offbeat setting: ''Bound to give
tourists a look at a Florida that is fast being paved out of
existence.''

It may be Mama's fifth try at tying the sacred knot, but
that's no reason to tastefully scale back. She's planning
the Wedding of the Century in little Himmarshee, Fla. -
complete with a "Gone With the Wind" theme, her daughters in
Scarlett O'Hara dresses, and a ring-bearing Pomeranian
sporting a satin vest and top hat.

But what's a bridezilla to do when her caterer is
fatally stabbed in the VFW kitchen? With a suspect list as
long as the bride's gift registry, daughter Mace must find
the real killer before Mama's Special Day turns especially
deadly.
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In the third book in the series, Mama and Sal tie the knot. Or do they? Ready for a fun read? Mama loves book clubs, and I do too. Contact me! I may visit your club, via Skype or in real life.

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Mama Rides Shotgun: A Mace Bauer Mystery...

#2 in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series: ISBN 978-07387-13304
Released 2009 (Midnight Ink Books)

Fab reviews!

Booklist says: ''Sharp writes a funny mystery . . . descriptions of a part of Florida most of us know little about add to the appeal of this entertaining mystery.''

''Stephanie Plum goes into the backwoods in an amusingly wild ride. . .'' Kirkus Reviews

Noted mystery reviewer Oline H. Cogdill: ''Mama Rides Shotgun entertains as it showcases a part of Florida that quickly is disappearing.''

Natalie Morales and Deborah chat about MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN

MP3 audio clip

Before Mama ties the sacred knot of matrimony for the 5th time, she coerces daughter Mace to saddle up for some country-gal bonding on the Florida Cracker Trail. The six-day trek gets off to a good start. At least until the wealthy rancher hosting the riders keels over in his Cow Hunter Chili.

A one-time beau of Mama's (and, really, who isn't?) Lawton Bramble had a bad ticker and a ton of enemies who might have "spiced" the cattleman's chili. Was it son Trey, as flawed as he is handsome? The young widow, whose grief seems well-rehearsed? Or maybe the childhood friend, wronged by Lawton in love and business?

Mace's worried sisters join the ride, and sexy Detective Carlos Martinez returns to complicate matters. But Mace's miserable love life pales as a problem next to a planted rattlesnake, a tent sliced to shreds, and a spooked horse named Shotgun. When Mama gallops into danger, Mace is determined to corral the killer stalking the Florida trail.
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Book 2 in the series, in which Mama and Mace saddle up for a week long trail ride across Florida. I did the same, to research the setting. Contact me, and I'll tell you what the heck I was thinking. Do you Skype? I do, and it's a great way for authors and Book Clubs to chat.

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Mama Does Time: A Mace Bauer Mystery...

#1 in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series: ISBN 978-07387-13298
Released 2008 (Midnight Ink Books)


''Native Floridian Deborah Sharp's acute comic timing and detailed perceptions of old Florida sparkle in her lively debut... engaging storytelling makes Mama Does Time highly entertaining." Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


''Colorful characters and a segment of Florida seldom seen by tourists evoke a Southern Sisters feeling in this very well written Southern fried epic.'' BookBitch.com


''The mystery and its plucky narrator will draw you in faster than a raccoon to a trash can.'' Miami ArtZine

''. . . a humorous, touching reflection on familial love and politics.'' Mystery Scene Magazine

''. . . characters crackle off the page.'' Cozy Library

MP3 audio clip

Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-hued pantsuits, and four prior husbands, able to serve sweet tea and sidestep alligator attacks with equal aplomb. Mama's antics - especially her penchant for finding trouble - drive her daughters Mace, Maddie and Marty to distraction.

One night, while settling in to look for ex-beaus on COPS, Mace gets a frantic call from her mother. This time, the trouble's for real: Mama found a body in the trunk of her vintage convertible, and the police think she's the killer. It doesn't help that the handsome detective assigned to the case seems determined to prove Mama's guilt, or that the cowboy who broke Mace's heart shows up at the local Booze 'n' Breeze in the midst of the investigation. Before their mama lands in prison - just like an embarrassing lyric from a country-western song - Mace and her sisters must find the real culprit.

MAMA DOES TIME is a traditional mystery with a comedic edge: Agatha Christie meets "My Name is Earl.''

Penned by a native Floridian, set in cattle-and-citrus country, the story reveals an authentic slice of the state. Everyone knows Disney World and sexy South Beach. But how many know Florida's ranches, rodeo, and Southern-fried flavor, just fifty miles from the coast?

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Book 1 starts the series, and introduces the characters and fictional setting of tiny Himmarshee, Fla. I hope you love them as much as I do. Do you Skype? I do, and I can ''visit'' your Book Club for a video chat.

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