Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Mama Gets Hitched - 3rd in the Mace Bauer Mystery series
Author: Deborah Sharp
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Himmarshee Florida
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Deborah's Website/Blog: www.deborahsharp.com
The latest installment of the Mace Bauer series opens with Mace and her sisters caught up in a bad remake of Gone With the Wind. Turns out, the Scarlet O’Hara outfits are for Mama’s wedding. She’s getting hitched for the fifth time to Salvatore Provenza and hoping to finally have a happily ever after. Mace is trying to help her figure out the menu for the reception when she makes a chilling discovery. Mace finds the caterer, Ronnie, dead in the kitchen of the VFW. Now there’s another murder in the previously sleepy Himmarshee and Mace is being told to stay out of the investigation. Detective Carlos Martinez is the lead investigator and the on-again, off-again boyfriend to Mace.
She’s got her own ideas but Carlos seems determined to keep her off the case and safe. Now if they could decide what they wanted to do with their relationship. Mama would love to see Mace settled down, but so far, Mace has avoided that noose around her neck.
With only a few days until the wedding, time is of the essence to find another caterer and keep Ronnie’s killer from striking again. Who will the next victim be? Could it be Mace?
This was a different twist on the Mace Bauer series. This time, Mama has a fairly large role being the bridezilla in charge. It gives us the chance to see some of the other dynamics of the family members and a deeper understanding of Mace’s sisters. Seeing the family interactions from a new angle was a fun way to be a voyeur into their family.
Mace and Carlos continue to run hot and cold throughout the story. This was a bit distracting because by this book, I’m getting fed up with Mace playing the push-me/pull-me game with Carlos. It was getting a bit old and I was ready for her to make a decision or lose him forever. I was starting to like Carlos more and that’s an odd situation to be in as a reader. To start to really dislike the heroine made it tough to root for her to win. When she finally starts to make concrete decisions about her life and her relationship with Carlos, I started liking her again.
Overall, it was a real hum-dinger of a mystery to solve. I fell for some red herrings and had trouble getting it right. The mystery aspect of the story was top notch and will keep you guessing from the first to the last page. And I’m happy to note that Mace will be back in a new story sometime in the future.
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