Mama Rides Shotgun by Deborah Sharp is the second book in the “Mace Bauer” mystery series.  Publisher: Midnight Ink, July 2009

Trouble on the trail
Mama’s fixin’ to get hitched to Husband #5. But first, she coerces her daughter, Mace (Mason Elizabeth B auer), to saddle up for some country-gal bonding on the Florida Cracker Trail. The trek takes a deadly turn when Lawton Bramble—wealthy rancher and one-time beau of Mama’s—keels over in his Cow Hunter Chili.

Lawton had a horde of enemies and a famously bad ticker. Could a grudge-wielding rival have “spiced” the cattleman’s chow? With (or maybe despite) the help of her sisters and her sexy ex-beau, Detective Martinez, Mace sets out to corral a low-down varmint who’s determined to kill again.

What a fun ride this story has become.  It was a joy to see Mace, Mama, Maddie, Marty, Sally and Carlos again and I look forward to the next book in this series.  My rating: 4 stars

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