Mama Does Time (A Mace Bauer Mystery #1) by Deborah SharpCozy Mystery
This is a really good beach read. You can sit in the sun and doze and not worry that anything too exciting or detailed is going to happen in your absence.
The story centers around Mama, and her three daughters: Mace, Marty, and Maddie. Mama is the quintessential Southern polyester-bell, a Bible-thumping, sweet-tea-sweating matriarch of three very different sisters. When Mama gets arrested for murder (cops find a dead body of a gangster in her car), Mace seps in to cleanse her mother's name. Mace won't have an easy time of it. New detective-in-town Martinez seems determined to keep Mama behind bars. While there are definitely some romantic sparks between Mace and Martinez, Mace has to balance that with her feelins for her ex-boyfirend, who seems to be her biggest suspect for the crime.
I tend to steer clear of these types of books becasue they are very light on crime and very heavy on syrupy sweetness, kind of like a literary-twinkie, and this was no exception. It did have some endearing parts. It's funny with some tongue-in-cheek silliness. I did love the setting of southern Florida. And, I like the romance with Martinez. Overall, though, it was just too hokey and some of the characters are unlikeable. I won't be following this series. It's not a bad read but just okay. It does have a couple of plot twists that show promise for future plot developments so if I'm wrong, somebody please let me know!