Monday, June 24, 2013

Cozy Monday Review: Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp

Title: Mama Does Time
Author: Deborah Sharp
Series: A Mace Bauer Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: October 2008
Personal Rating: 4 Stars

About the Book:
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.

My Review:
This was a free Kindle download from quite a while ago. I found it while scrolling through my available Kindle titles and decided to read it for a cozy review. I am very glad I read this book. A great start to a series.

I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters who are a group of three sisters and their mother. That’s Mama. I enjoyed the sister aspect, as I have four sisters myself. These three sisters are about as different from one another as all of us and definitely add to the humor of the story. Mace is the main sleuth, but does receive help and support from her two loving sisters. I loved the insight as to why their names and nicknames. And let’s not leave mama out. She’s got quite the outfits going on and knows everyone.

The remaining characters in town were also a lot of fun. The women at the salon, the congregation at the church, the pastor and his wife, the new detective in town, the old boyfriend/officer. Lots of fun characters and the small town setting molded the story. Mace’s occupation was very interesting and only got to read a little bit about it. Very interesting and added entertainment as well.

This was a humorous, quick cozy read. Definitely recommend to cozy readers of all ages. Can’t wait to read more!



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