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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

Deborah's Blogs and Favorite Links
  • New in 2016! Catch up on Himmarshee Happenings with Happy Homicides Box Set (2 online anthologies of short mysteries by a dozen authors)
    Includes Happy Homicides 3 and 4. Two Mace & Mama Short Mysteries (Bubba Trouble and Haunting in Himmarshee) included in online, multi-author anthologies for Kindle
  • New in 2016!! Online Anthology includes BUBBA TROUBLE, a Mace & Mama Short Story
    I'm happy to be part of Happy Homicides 3, an e-book collection of short works by a dozen authors. Plus, it's a BARGAIN!
  • Deborah's Year of Short Fiction: Adventures of Himmarshee Hal
    One year of short stories (short! 500 words each!), published in 2015 by my hometown magazine, GO RIVERWALK. Click to read about Himmarshee Hal, the world's worst private eye
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    Contact Me for a Book Club Chat
  • Mama Dishes out Advice
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    Click to contact the folks at Murder on the Beach, Florida's top mystery bookstore, for a personalized copy of any of my Mace Bauer Mysteries
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  • Carlton Ward Photographs MY Florida
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    A former USA Today reporter, I ditched the news biz to write
    funny fiction. MAMA GETS TRASHED, the most recent book, is
    No.5 in my Mace Bauer Mystery series. Foul play and fetish
    gear in little Himmarshee, Fla? Mama's blushing 50 shades of
    pink! It's widely available at the usual spots, but you can
    also order here (click on big cover below).
    In reverse order, Book No. 4 is MAMA SEES STARS (Midnight
    Ink, 2011). When a Hollywood film crew comes a'calling, Mama
    gets her close-up . . . with murder! Things are just as
    dicey in No. 3, MAMA GETS HITCHED (July 2010), when Mama
    ties the sacred knot of matrimony -- for the fifth time.
    What's a Bridezilla to do when the caterer winds up dead at
    the VFW, even before the first pig-in-a-blanket is passed?

    Doing research for the last couple of books was easier on my
    hindquarters than saddling up for 2009'S MAMA RIDES SHOTGUN.
    I did a six-day, cross-Florida, camping and horseback trek
    to study up on the setting for that one, Book No. 2. At my
    age? What was I thinking??

    I hope you'll have a chance to read my books, including the
    debut, Book No. 1, MAMA DOES TIME (2008). They're
    traditional, with a Southern-fried edge: Think Agatha
    Christie, if she had a couple of cousins named Bubba.

    I'm a Florida native, just like my main character, Mace.
    And, my mama, like hers, can be a handful. But so far, I've
    never had to haul her butt out of jail or rescue her from a
    gator. She's only 101, so maybe there's still time . . .
    ...view full bio >>>
    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

    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 ...''

    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?

    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

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

    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

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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.''

    ''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

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