From the back of the book: It all started with a phone call. I was just about to plop down with my leftover fried chicken, wanting to see if I could spot any of my ex-boyfriends on COPS, when it rang...What do you say when your mother announces she's got one foot behind bars for murder?
With impeccable manners and sherbet-colored pant suits, Mama is a true Southern woman. Who would ever suspect her of cold-blooded murder? But when a dead body is found in the trunk of her turquoise convertible, that's exactly what Detective Martinez sets out to prove. Now, to save their mama from the slammer (just like a tacky lyric from a country-western song), Mace and her sisters must wrangle the truth out of their small town neighbors and track down the real culprit.
People, people, people!! If you dig a supremely funny and well thought out mystery, get this book! I laughed myself pee-less throughout my time. It was my bedside book, so I went to sleep each night with a big grin on my face.
I was pleased with how the main character became an amateur sleuth. Mace knows Mama did not murder the man found in her trunk and, so, is drawn into the investigation to protect her mama from the big bad big city police detective newly arrived from Miami.
Mace and her sisters know everyone in their small town and set about asking questions, much to the possible endangerment of Mace and her sisters.
I kept thinking I knew who the bad guy was and I totally dug it that I was wrong and did a 'What the...??!" at the big reveal.
I am Southern by proxy (DH is from Virginia/Tennessee border) and I lived in Louisiana and Texas and Florida at varying times in my life and this may explain why I adore the Southern humor in the books I read...or it may just be that they, along with this gem, are just wonderfully written.
My favorite character, besides Mace and Mama, would be Ollie the one-eyed gator in the park where Mace works. He has an interesting charisma about him. Read the book and find out...
Five watch out for the gator, baby sparkly diamonds......