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As we know from her many trips to the New York Times bestseller list, Miss Julia simply can't abide sitting idle. And with young Lloyd moving out and husband Sam off to the Holy Land, everybody's favorite steel magnolia is feeling restless. Maybe it's time for that long-delayed home makeover. But before Miss Julia can even pick a color swatch, Hazel Marie's new husband, prAs we know from her many trips to the New York Times bestseller list, Miss Julia simply can't abide sitting idle. And with young Lloyd moving out and husband Sam off to the Holy Land, everybody's favorite steel magnolia is feeling restless. Maybe it's time for that long-delayed home makeover. But before Miss Julia can even pick a color swatch, Hazel Marie's new husband, private eye J.D. Pickens, goes missing — and police in West Virginia have detained an injured man fitting his description. Meanwhile, a religious cult is out to convert the locals—and Miss Julia must pick up the pace to free J.D. and get back in time to stop them. "Delightful . . . Those who like smiles with their crimes will be satisfied" by the latest in the popular Miss Julia series (Publishers Weekly) *** Description from Amazon *** ...

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Miss Julia to the Rescue Reviews

  • K
    2018-11-27 17:31

    Proper Southern matron meets modern religious practices in Ann Ross’ thirteenth entry in the Miss Julia series based in Abbotsville, North Carolina. This is one series that has changed and grown over the years. A quick synopsis for those who haven’t followed the series: Miss Julia started off the series as a recent widow who discovered that her now-deceased husband had a child (Lloyd) by a mistress (Hazel Marie). We have followed Miss Julia as she accepted Hazel Marie and Lloyd and took the two into her heart and home. Miss Julia also fell in love with her old lawyer friend Sam and after a few false starts married him. Other main characters are Lillian, the African-American housekeeper/cook for Miss Julia, Lillian’s granddaughter Latisha, and J.D. Pickens, the private-eye that Hazel Marie fell for and married. Our last book had Hazel Marie having twin daughters.The current book finds Hazel Marie and J.D., with twins, living in Sam’s old home just four blocks away. Sam had moved in with Miss Julia after they married so his home was available. Miss Julia is struggling to adjust to Hazel Marie’s absence (but not the twins) and she is also faced with the sad fact that Lloyd will also be leaving to live with his mother once school lets out. Add to that Sam is planning to go to the Holy Land with a two week tour group. Miss Julia is at a loss … but not for long.There are three story arcs in this book and all deal with religion. The first story is it is time to redecorate the house! Miss Julia hires an architect, Tucker Caldwell, to change the upstairs back sun room into Sam’s new study, Hazel Marie’s old PINK room into a more sedate bedroom for their use, and the downstairs master bedroom into an English styled library (including adding a fireplace). She also hires a very religious carpenter named Adam Waite who states he and his five brothers are “all sons of The Carpenter.”The second story arc deals with a former area resident, Agnes Whitman, who has moved into a nearby community. Wealth is no object to her (just as it seems with Miss Julia) so she has built a huge home and is continuously remodeling and building outbuildings. And so there is competition for both Caldwell and Waite’s time. But more important is that there is a rumor that she is into one of “those” religions that deals with piercings and tattoos. And Agnes is setting her sights on more converts to her religion.But the third story arc deals with a slight mystery. Miss Julia receives a phone call from J.D. but it is such a bad connection she barely hears a word. Except for leaving her feeling that J.D. is in trouble somewhere out there she doesn’t know much more. This causes Miss Julia to frantically search for him with the help of Officer Coleman and friend Etta Mae Wiggins. That search leads both Miss Julia and Etta Mae to a small mountain West Virginia hospital where she must scheme to save J.D. from the clutches of a devious but religious Sheriff and save herself from a snake handling religious group.There is less of Miss Julia remunerating to the umpteenth about all the possible problems that may happen as has been in the last few books. And while there isn’t much mystery to any of the stories it is enough to make it interesting. But plan on leaving belief behind — if anyone has ever tried to redecorate several rooms of a house will know nothing is ever done in two weeks like it is in this book. A good summer read for those who are into gentle humor, tea-cozy type mysteries, domestic type fiction, and the Miss Julia series. Also fans of Fannie Flagg, Jan Karon and Susan Wittig Albert type of southern reading and mysteries.

  • Linda
    2018-12-15 12:08

    Book #13 in the series - another hilarious installment in the trials and tribulations of Miss Julia! Again, I was laughing out loud with every situation. Love these easy to read books about a church-going, Southern, elderly women that is just so "full of herself" - maybe I see too much of myself in her and relate!

  • Julia
    2018-12-18 14:23

    From a possible cult on the outskirts of Abbotsville to Miss Julia's stint as one of the buddies in a buddy road trip, Miss Julia to the Rescue was a fun read in what has been become a very long series. With JD missing and Hazel Marie unable to go after him because of the twins, who but Miss Julia (riding shotgun for Etta Mae) would be the one to head to his rescue? It's been amazing to follow Miss Julia's growth, in particular her love for her deceased husband's son, Lloyd. The same woman who was so worried about appearances and how to manage her household on her own has created a wonderful family unit.

  • Heidi
    2018-12-17 13:10

    So I was thinking about this book and decided it had no real ending. No one confronted Agnes for any part in Adam being forcibly pierced. Seems to me that would be a felony. The sheriff from West Virginia went from keeping Mr. Pickens drugged and falsely imprisoned to being his new best friend. Much was made of Miss Julia tripping over the rolled up Oriental rug, but it never had any real bearing on the story. I know these books are fluff, but they used to be fun fluff, and not so much anymore.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-24 16:19

    I love Miss Julia books. I love that's she's feisty while remaining proper. I like that she bucks convention while maintaining her standing in the community. And I absolutely love that she took Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd under her wing and under her roof after her scuzzbucket husband died and they showed up on her doorstep. It is a convoluted family dynamic but I know several families pretty much like them! In this book she does everything in her power to rescue her friends and loved ones. Another great visit with the extended Springer-Murdock family!

  • Deb
    2018-12-14 10:11

    What has happened to Mrs Julia Murdoch Springer? She leaves the criminal religious cult to do their worse at the end of the book. It's not like her to leave malefactors unpunished - is this one of those books that morphs into two?

  • Patricia
    2018-11-27 16:09

    Rollicking and scatterbrained -- Lucille Ball meets Miss Marple, y'all!

  • George Miles
    2018-12-08 12:01

    Quick, easy read. Miss Julia is much less the bumbler she sometimes is - nice to see her more "normal."

  • T
    2018-12-13 12:25

    Enjoyed the humor in the book immensley.

  • Nd
    2018-12-03 16:16

    This was a fun Miss Julia book and served well while spending a week's vacation in the N. Georgia mountains. At the beginning, Miss Julia declined a trip to the Holy Land with Sam and secretly funded a spot for the minister's wife to go along with the group. This left her to her own devices in their small N.C. town, with good intentions of remodeling and rearranging rooms in their house to include a working study for Sam now that Hazel Marie & Mr. Pickens are living in Sam's former house nearby. Needless to say, Miss Julia's good intentions became complicated and nearly went awry. She received a virtually indecipherable phone call from Mr. Pickens asking for Sam and then learned that Mr. Pickens was supposed to have returned from an out-of-state investigation days ago. In addition to tracking him down and enlisting Etta Mae to travel to a tiny backwoods West Virginia town to see if he was the John Doe in their hospital, there was another mystery brewing. A wealthy woman that no one remembered, but who seemed to remember everyone, moved back to Abbottsville. It seemed that she was promoting a strange religious cult that might involve self-mutilation; but perhaps worse than that, she was commanding Miss Julia's architect and contractor to work at her property when they should have been working to finish Miss Julia's renovations. Hilarity ensued as Miss Julia tackled these tangled goings on.

  • Kathleen
    2018-12-02 10:15

    Beyond excellent with good plot, believable characters, and laugh out loud funny scenes! Miss Julia, a Southern Lucille Ball, always provides the reader with an enjoyable story but this may be one of the best of a marvelous series. Miss Julia, with her side-kick Etta Mae, who is her direct opposite, makes an awesome pair when they go to rescue J.D.Pickins in W. Va. After a run-in with snake handlers and other extreme religions, Miss Julia saves the day, all while getting her house renovated to surprise her husband when he returns home.There are subtle commentaries on religions, both tradition and extreme, but they are handled quietly, much as one would suspect of any good Christian woman of a certain age in the South. As Miss Julia says "You'd better have a firm foundation when you go out into the world. There is no telling what you'll run into." This is especially true if you join in Miss Julia's adventures.

  • Maria
    2018-12-05 18:07

    Another rollicking, far-fetched adventure with Miss Julia. I have learned to suspend my aggravation of her total lack of logic, reasoning and self-control, and go with the fact that her emotions will get the better of her and lead her off into an improbable, and possibly dangerous, adventure. It's always entertaining and funny, and keeps the characters moving forward.

  • Sara
    2018-11-22 12:03

    My daughter Julia picked this off the shelf at the library for me because it had her name in the title and I'm glad she did; it was a perfect audiobook to listen to while commuting to and from work. It's light and entertaining, and Miss Julia is quite a character. I wish the author had made some things about some of the characters motivations clearer but overall this was just fun.

  • Rachel Carr
    2018-11-22 11:23

    Another winner! Love Miss Julia. To anyone who hasn't read these books, please read this series in order.

  • Cynthia Repsher
    2018-11-23 14:25

    Miss Julia is an old fashioned lady that can cause havoc just trying to live in today's society.

  • Corinne
    2018-11-27 13:24

    The first and last Miss Julia story for me. Too silly, with unlikeable, stereotyped characters.

  • Ruth Vanderhart
    2018-11-29 10:08

    In spite of all the 3s Ive given these books, I love this series. Pure fun in spite of Julia's outdated rules and mores. Or maybe because of them (-:

  • Rosie
    2018-12-12 17:28

    My favorite book in the series so far. I want to be like Julia and also heal as quickly. Great read!

  • Leslie
    2018-12-10 11:15

    Sam should know better than to take long trips out of the country, leaving Julia to her own devices. He was away in Russia when Julia and Etta Mae had their Palm Beach escapade to retrieve stolen jewelry. In this book, Sam's on a tour led by Pastor Ledbetter to the Holy Land. During his two-week absence she manages — with Etta Mae again as sidekick — to pull off not one but two rescue capers.The first “rescuee” is J.D. Pickens, found with gunshot wounds up in the hills of West Virginia under suspicious circumstances. The wounds aren’t life-threatening but are in a highly uncomfortable part of the anatomy, making rescue and transport home challenging — and very, very funny. The solution the women finally come up with produces the funniest lines in the book (maybe in the entire series so far) at the moment when Hazel Marie peers inside the car with J.D. still inside it. It’s worth the read just to get to that pee-your-pants-laughing scene.The problem is, that rescue's done by the midpoint of the book. What next? Well, there's a second caper -- rescuing a pious young fellow, a carpenter Julia has hired, from the clutches of a weird New-Age "spiritual" community. I don't find this half as entertaining as the first half. Well, there is one exception: another late-night caper featuring that dauntless duo, Julia and Etta Mae, which only comes about because Julia has never once managed to obey these words: “stay here.” Shades of Lucy and Ethel, I swear. I liked this book a lot. But I do have something to say to author Ann B. Ross: get a new proofreader. Among the typos I found in this book were these two: "I...went up to Sam’s new office. There was his large mohagony desk and chair, right where I wanted them....”“Mohagony”? That one's got flashing neon lights around it. How could it have gotten missed? Then, while telling a story about his past, J.D. refers to the time he was on the “Charlotte-Meckleinburg” police force. They Lord, as Julia would say. If nothing else, make sure you get the names of real places right.One more point: This book is the second in the series that features someone either entering or exiting via an open window. As if windows in this part of the country -- especially during warm weather -- lack screens. Granted, readers of Miss Julia books are very often called upon to suspend disbelief. But for some reason this small detail really bugs me.To read more about the book — but beware of more plot spoilers! — visit my Miss Julia blog at

  • Mandolin
    2018-12-12 15:13

    Mr. Pickens, on another dangerous case, has stumbled upon a nasty group and gotten hurt in the process. Left stripped of all identification and out of his mind with pain, he's being held by the local sheriff under suspicion of involvement in illegal activities. Luckily for him, Miss Julia has an abundance of time on her hands now that Sam is on a trip to the Holy Land and "little" Lloyd is preparing to move out. Dropping her spur-of-the-moment redecorating plans, she rushes to the rescue, along with her sidekick Etta Mae, and remains relatively unfazed despite meeting with snake-handling worshippers and rigid nurses. The rescue attempt ends just in time for Miss Julia to rush to the rescue again, this time to save the carpenter she hired from the influence of a local woman whose religion convinces Miss Julia that she's more than happy to be a Presbyterian (and she's willing to tell you why in no uncertain terms!) Nothing will stop her from rushing in to save him from their grip and restore him to his rightful place: her half-way decorated home! This boisterous ride with Miss Julia and the other residents of Abbotsville was a delight to read! Miss Julia's pointed views, Southern manners and strong personality (in her own words to an overbearing sheriff, "You're not the boss of me!") never fail to make me laugh and I can't recommend this series enough. This book is one of the better installments, as it has not only a hearty dose of humor but also a big helping of heart. Seeing Miss Julia cope with Lloyd's imminent departure and the fact that her little "family" is shrinking once again reminds the reader of how precious a family - blood or adopted - can be. Lovely read.

  • Linda Buhman
    2018-12-19 12:05

    This book started out promising, but there were way too many plot holes and dropped threads. Why didn't they just describe Mr. Pickens to the W.Va. county sheriff to see if he was their "John Doe?" And the religious cult subplot was just too bizarre.

  • Audrey Dailey
    2018-12-12 18:15

    I do love Miss Julia. In this installment, Sam takes a trip to the Holy Land and while he's gone, Miss Julia decides to remodel their house. (Sam's house is now the Pickens' residence.) While all that is going on--and you can imagine how well Miss Julia handles the upheaval of construction in her house--she and Etta Mae are called to West Virginia to rescue Mr Pickens from trouble. In WV, they encounter unhelpful law enforcement agents and snake handlers, and their rescue of Mr Pickens from the hospital late at night had me laughing out loud. Once they are back home and that's settled, Miss Julia becomes disturbed by a new resident to Abbotsville and her spiritual influence on one of her contractors. So Miss Julia decides to rescue him, too! The ending was not quite as satisfying as usual--I felt like the wrap-up still left a few things hanging, but maybe this is a story line that we will pick up again in later books. Miss Julia and Etta Mae driving that golf cart into the swimming pool almost makes up for it!The relationship between Miss Julia and Etta Mae has been one of my favorite developments in this series. These two characters started out really disliking each other but now, in spite of their differences, they've become good friends. I like that Etta Mae has become part of Miss Julia's unique adopted "family" and I've liked seeing both of these characters grow and develop. It's one of my favorite on-going story lines!

  • Cindy Crawford
    2018-11-27 15:27

    The Miss Julia books all follow the same pattern, giving the books a familiar feel, like visiting with old friends or slipping into an old shirt. Sometimes that genial familiarity coupled with gentle southern humor is just what I'm in the mood for. Miss Julia herself is a stock Southern character with a twist--she's the feisty older woman whose appearance and upbringing hide an adventurous spirit who may be old-fashioned but is willing to change her view when she gets to know people who are different from her.In this book, the people who are different are the sheriff of a rural town where J.D. Pickens has gone missing. Miss Julia and Etta Mae set off to rescue Mr. Pickens, and the adventure begins. Meanwhile, Miss Julia is remodeling the house while Sam is off visiting the Holy Land, and she discovers that her carpenter and her architect both seem to have fallen under the influence of a a woman Miss Julia dislikes. As usual, Miss Julia figures out what is going on, rescues everyone who needs rescuing, and shares her thoughts and opinions with the reader as she deals with a snake-handling church, a pagan minister who worships body alteration, tattoos, and piercings, and Lloyd's impending move out of her house. If you liked the previous books, you'll like this one. If you haven't read the books before, you might want to start with the first in the series, where we are introduced to most of the characters.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2018-11-30 17:07

    I do love the gentleness but proactive journey that each novel in this marvelous series takes me on. This time Miss Julia has to rescue men from dangerous situations.A strange telephone call comes to Miss Julia, it is from J.D. Pickens and he sounds like he is in dire trouble. As Sam is off visiting the Holy Lands, it is up to Miss Julia and her beloved family/friends to come to J.D.'s aid. He is somewhere in West Virginia and may be hurt...that is if he is the "John Doe" named. Etta Mae Wiggins comes to Miss Julia's call for aid.Meanwhile, Miss Julia is remodeling again. The carpenter that was referred to her, is an amazingly gifted man with a solid faith. He is being torn between Miss Julia's work and a Minister who has an unusual sense of what it takes to 'convert' a person. Again...a strange telephone call in the middle of the night has Miss Julia and Etta Mae Wiggins off to the rescue.A strikingly attractive Sheriff enters the picture and we have to try and figure out if he is friend or foe.That is all I'm saying because the journey to saving these men was just too funny, clever, and thought provoking to spoil it for other readers.Now to await the next novel...I'm waiting!

  • Carole
    2018-12-13 15:19

    Miss Julia is a middle-aged Southern woman married for the second time; her first husband of forty-something years had an affair which resulted in a baby. Then he died and Miss Julia took in the woman and her baby. Lloyd now an eighth-grader is moving out because his mother has married and moved out after having twins with her new husband, a private eye. Miss Julia is very torn with the idea of Lloyd moving out. Hazel Marie's husband takes a job looking for a young man and fails to call or come back as scheduled. Then Miss Julia receives a myterious and confusing call from a very odd-sounding J. D. The call abruptly ends and she can't get him back on the phone; but when she calls the number back it is answered at an unidentified police station. Miss Julia calls her friend at the local police station to find out what town the call came from. He is told that they are holding a John Doe in a hospital and won't give any details to Miss Julia's friend. Miss Julia's husband is away on a trip, her police friend is not available, so Miss Julia and a friend go to find out if the John Doe is J. D.

  • Donna LaValley
    2018-12-03 11:29

    The last of this series I rated only a 2 (!) so here is a leap into more respectable territory. Here Miss Julia takes off with Etta Mae into the lesser-civilized wilds of West Virginia to rescue Mr. Pickens, a grown man and a P.I., but he's a friend with 2 baby girls at home, and he made a strange call for help. With Sam away touring the Holy Land, she is totally justified, you see, in tearing off into probable danger -- or, at the very least, some major discomfort. I liked the changing locales (from hospital to fishing cabin to garden party) and the plot. It wasn't as predictable here. Other distractions were the remodeling of 3 rooms in her house, young Lloyd's looming change of address, and the pure effrontery of a tattooed, pierced, socially-ambitious young "minister" of something dark and hardly religious. What made this fun to read were the many situations offered for Ms. Julia to expound on her views and to give advice to others. Her inner voice of doubt and justification continue to amuse. This volume was well put together and gave fans a good dose of favorite characters plus some interesting new ones.

  • Karen Hufman
    2018-12-08 18:14

    I'm used to my mystery books having a corpse in them- this reminds me of the Aunt Dimity series. It's kind of cute- the main character is a woman, Julia, who I think is in her 60's. She lives with her 2nd husband, Sam (he leaves on trip for this entire book) and her dead husband's son, Lloyd (whose mother was Julia's husband's mistress- nope, I'm not making that up). She's very southern and very prim and proper. She dresses in Ferragamo pumps and doesn't understand anyone who has more that 1 earring hole in each ear. In this story, she goes about trying to save Lloyd's step-dad from the claws of a West Virginia sheriff. Once she comes home, she's dealing with some remodeling being done in her house and what appears to be a cult that relies heavily on body modification. It was easy to read. Julie is a bit set in her ways and somewhat old fashioned, she's also a gossip but that being said, I wouldn't mind trying some of the other ones in the series. It was very light-hearted.

  • Christi
    2018-12-11 12:21

    Boy, is that Miss Julia bossy! Her encounters with a small town sheriff and some alternate church members covered in piercings and tattoos are going to really blow her mind. Add a major remodel of the house and her husband Sam travelling to the Holy Land with a church group and she's got her hands full. Good thing she has a great support system - and a housekeeper!! Sometimes I forget that she's probably in her 70s. She has a lot of spunk and energy. I think I read the first of these books years ago. When I saw this latest installment on the new book shelf at the library, I picked it up.As with most serial books, the author does a good job of sharing background information to keep a new reader up to speed on what happened to these characters in the past. Very lighthearted and easy reads. If you like Southern lit, you'll probably like Miss Julia and her hodgepodge crew.

  • Terri
    2018-11-21 11:04

    Oh, come on now, Ann Ross, did you really need to rely on West Virginia stereotypes to create this latest Miss Julia escapade? Granted, there is an element of hillbilly culture in this state, but I think you will find that in most of the Appalachian states, including yours...You do us an injustice with your one-sided portrayal of West Virginia and her people.Having said that, Miss Julia is true to form in this most recent story - barging into all kinds of situations with little regard for her own personal safety. There are a couple of plotlines running concurrently, but both seem to end rather abruptly after a dramatic build-up, leaving the reader feeling somewhat shortchanged at the conclusion.Not my favorite Miss Julia by a long shot - hopefully, she will visit another state in the next book!

  • Carol
    2018-11-22 14:20

    With Miss Julia's husband, Sam, away on a trip to the Holy Land, it falls to Miss Julia & Etta Mae to rescue J. D. Pickens when he disappears on a case--at the same time a mysterious John Doe turns up in a West Virginia hospital. Not only does she have that chore to worry about, but she's also trying to do some remodeling in her house, and becomes interested in a young carpenter of a religious bent. Then she tangles with an imperious heiress who has returned to the area with a new religious group. I really enjoy the Miss Julia Books. I think this is the 4th I've read...I found myself laughing right out loud about half way thru, then it got quite depressing later in the book. Overall okay book, but perhaps not my favorite.