Mama Rides Shotgun, by Deborah Sharp. Midnight Ink. 324 pages. $14.95.
Deborah Sharp, former reporter for the Fort Myers News-Press and USA Today, is one of those intriguing Florida mystery writers who make us laugh out loud while we’re reading. In Mama Rides Shotgun, the second title in the projected 3-part “Mace Bauer Mystery” series, Sharp enhances her key characters. Mace, the narrator, is an amateur sleuth whom danger will find. Self-reliant to a fault, her love life is troubled by her sense of being patronized, even by well-meaning men. She’d rather do it herself. Her mother – oft-married and gossipy Rosalee – will constantly and loudly offer unwanted advice about this problem, and Mama gets involved in the mystery plot as well. The family quartet that also includes Mace’s sisters – Marty and Maddie – provides hilarious hi-jinks and sublime sibling rivalry.
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