Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Mama Rides Shotgun - 2nd in the Mace Bauer Mystery series
Author: Deborah Sharp
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Florida
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Deborah's Website: www.deborahsharp.com
Mace Bauer would rather be almost anywhere other than her present location. Somehow, her mama talked her into going on the Florida Cracker Trail. Mama’s about to marry husband #5 and wanted some bonding with her daughters before she gets married. Somehow, Mace is the only one who makes it on the trail and now she’s saddle sore and wondering what the big deal is about reliving the cattle trail.
When Lawton Bramble dies eating some of his Cow Hunter Chili, it turns a little more dangerous. Did the wealthy rancher die of natural causes or did someone cause his demise? His bad heart was a known fact, but the fact that he has more enemies than friends doesn’t pass by Mace.
Once her sisters and her ex-boyfriend Detective Martinez get involved, Mace becomes determined to find and stop the killer. Will she live long enough to see justice done? Or will the killer turn on Mace?
I’m finding that Deborah Sharp has not only a knack for storytelling, but also the gift of humor. She manages to put some really fun and funny scenes and situations into her stories. This book is no exception. It is the second book in the Mace Bauer Mystery Series, but there is enough back-story given that a first time reader wouldn’t have any trouble catching up on the previous book. As much as I love Mace, I really love watching her try to keep her mother, Rosalee, under control. Stopping Rosalee is something akin to stopping a bullet with your bare hands. Just not possible without a lot of pain and injury.
Carlos Martinez is back, and not looking too happy that Lawton Bramble’s son is mooning over Mace. Mace finds herself between the attention of two men—and not certain she’s interested in either one. Carlos seems to think there could be foul play, even when nobody else thinks so. Mace, her mama and her sisters keep eyes and ears open trying to get to the bottom of a list of possible suspects. With danger lurking around every corner, you never know who might wind up dead.
With the humor put into the story, it keeps it from becoming too dark. It makes the book a relaxing and funny read. I enjoyed taking a trip on the Cracker Trail and hope you will, too.
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