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Deborah Sharp

Deborah Sharp
Photo by Charles Trainor, Jr.

Like the main character in her “Mace Bauer Mysteries,’’ her family roots were set in Florida long before Disney or Miami Vice. As a native and former reporter for USA Today, she knows the spots not found on maps: Molasses Junction. Muse, and now, Himmarshee, her own tiny slice of “Authentic Florida.’’

To create Himmarshee, Deborah borrowed from the present-day ranching town of Okeechobee, and from the south Florida of her family’s past.

Not far from Ft. Lauderdale, her dad used to walk to town, leading the family cow. A generation later, Deborah rode her horse over the same citrus- and ranch-dotted terrain. Now, it’s all interstates and strip malls.

The difference between Mace’s hometown and hers: Deborah will never let Himmarshee be spoiled by sprawl.

The News-Press in Fort Myers gave Deborah her first job, in 1982. Her favorite assignment: getting cast as a zombie when Day of the Dead filmed on Sanibel Island.  Her fellow extras raved about her lurching.

A News-Press bonus: she met TV reporter Kerry Sanders in Immokalee, both of them shivering at dawn to see whether a winter freeze would ruin the green pepper crop. They’ve been married since 1989. No kids; no pets, but had goldfish once. Turned out badly—not a good omen for higher life forms.

When they moved back to Deborah’s hometown in 1991, the occasional stories she’d been writing for USA Today became a flood. Miami’s loony nature gives it a lock on headlines.

And then, 9/11, and everything changed.  One of her last assignments before she left the paper was profiling soldiers killed in war. Grieving parents; spouses; kids. She couldn’t absorb all that sadness anymore. 

So, at age fifty, fiction-writing beckoned. She’d get to determine the endings. Punish the bad and reward the good. And, she’d throw in some romance, too.

She likes writing about Mama because the character makes her laugh. And doesn’t everyone need a smile now and then?

TV APPEARANCES

◊ NBC's Today Show from November 4, 2008

◊ "Mayor's Book Talk" from January 14, 2009

◊ NBC6 "South Florida Today." from July 17, 2009

◊ NBC's Today Show from August 4, 2009

WJXT-TV from November 17, 2009

◊ NBC's Today Show from August 24, 2010

◊ NBC's Today Show from December 28, 2011





TITLES BY Deborah Sharp

Mama Does Time Mama Does Time
A Mace Bauer Mystery #1
By: Deborah Sharp
EAN: 9780738713298
Pub Date: October 2008
Price: $13.95
In stock? Yes, ready to ship



Meet Mama: a true Southern woman with impeccable manners, sherbet-colored pantsuits, and four prior husbands, able to serve sweet tea and sidestep alligator attacks with equal aplomb. Mama's antics ...
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Mama Gets Hitched Mama Gets Hitched
A Mace Bauer Mystery #3
By: Deborah Sharp
EAN: 9780738719221
Pub Date: July 2010
Price: $14.95
In stock? Yes, ready to ship



According to Mama, a Gone with the Wind-themed wedding—complete with Scarlett O' Hara bridesmaid gowns and a ring-bearing Pomeranian—is fine and dandy for her fifth trip down the aisle. ...
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Mama Gets Trashed Mama Gets Trashed
A Mace Bauer Mystery #5
By: Deborah Sharp
EAN: 9780738736150
Pub Date: September 2013
Price: $14.99
In stock? Yes, ready to ship



Trash Talk Spreads Fast Digging around the dump for Mama’s prized wedding ring, Mace Bauer suddenly stumbles upon the dead body of librarian Camilla Law. The strait-laced town of Himmarshee is ...
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Mama Rides Shotgun Mama Rides Shotgun
A Mace Bauer Mystery #2
By: Deborah Sharp
EAN: 9780738713304
Pub Date: July 2009
Price: $14.95
In stock? Yes, ready to ship



Mama's fixin' to get hitched to Husband #5. But first, she coerces her daughter, Mace, to saddle up for some country-gal bonding on the Florida Cracker Trail. The trek takes a deadly turn when Lawton ...
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Mama Sees Stars Mama Sees Stars
A Mace Bauer Mystery #4
By: Deborah Sharp
EAN: 9780738726984
Pub Date: September 2011
Price: $14.95
In stock? Yes, ready to ship



My stars and garters—Hollywood has descended on little ol' Himmarshee, Florida. As animal wrangler for a cowboy film, Mace is on the set when she discovers the arrogant executive producer shot ...
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