Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle (Miss Julia Series #12)

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Pardon our French, but in Miss Julia's newest nonstop adventure, "steel magnolias kick butt" (Kirkus Reviews).

Miss Julia has promised her adoring husband, Sam, to mind her own business. What a relief! Instead of trying to figure out why that dead body was found in Miss Petty's toolshed, Miss Julia can concentrate on taking care of just-in-time newlywed Hazel Marie as she prepares for her impending due date. But then Miss Julia-who has always balanced her checkbook down to the ...

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Overview

Pardon our French, but in Miss Julia's newest nonstop adventure, "steel magnolias kick butt" (Kirkus Reviews).

Miss Julia has promised her adoring husband, Sam, to mind her own business. What a relief! Instead of trying to figure out why that dead body was found in Miss Petty's toolshed, Miss Julia can concentrate on taking care of just-in-time newlywed Hazel Marie as she prepares for her impending due date. But then Miss Julia-who has always balanced her checkbook down to the penny-suddenly finds her checks bouncing all over town. Just this once (as she tells herself), Miss Julia starts investigating and so begin the antics that have made her one of the most beloved and irrepressible ladies-of-a-certain-age in today's fiction.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Ross's slow-moving 12th Miss Julia mystery set in Abbotsville, N.C. (after 2010's Miss Julia Renews Her Vows), Miss Julia's stepson, Lloyd, a student in Miss Petty's social studies class, breathlessly tells Julia, "They found a body in Miss Petty's outhouse" (actually, the teacher's toolshed). Embezzler and ex-con Richard Stroud appears to have died of natural causes while spying on his former business partner, Thurlow Jones. Miss Julia never recovered the money Richard once stole from her, and Richard had again been forging checks on her account. In one exciting development in an otherwise placid plot, Hazel Marie Pickens gives birth to twins during a blizzard attended by, among others, Miss Julia, home health care professional Etta Mae Wiggins, and Lloyd, whose dad was Miss Julia's late two-timing husband, Wesley Lloyd Springer. The sweet down-home humor only partly redeems a thin and far-fetched mystery. 5-city author tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Miss Julia is too busy helping pregnant Hazel Marie get ready for her due date to worry much about the dead body discovered in a neighbor's tool shed—and, anyway, she promised not to get involved. Then again, why is someone obviously innocent being blamed for the crime? Ross has a solid fan base, and her efforts don't seem to be flagging; with a five-city tour.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143120438
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Series: Miss Julia Series , #12
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 150,593
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Ross

Ann B. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    LOVED IT!!!!!

    ust a little history of this series:
    When Hazel Marie Puckett and her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd, show up on Julia Springer's doorstep in Abbotsford, North Carolina, Miss Julia receives the shock of her long and proper life. After 44 years of marriage to pillar-of-church-and-community Wesley Lloyd Springer, she discovers that while she had assumed he was working late at the family bank, he was engaged in other, more carnal, pursuits. For, as Hazel Marie shyly explains, Little Lloyd is Miss Julia's late husband's son.

    In this book (#12) Hazel Marie twins are due at any time, a big snowstorm is headed for Abbottsville, Julia and her husband Sam have a tiff about Miss Julia keeping secrets from him and Miss Julia is hauled to the police station after she starts bouncing checks all over town. If that isn't enough a dead body is found in a shed on the property of one of Lloyd's teachers. Miss Julia has her hands full in this one!


    I have loved this series from the very first book. Ann B. Ross' writes this series in such away that you become part of the family. It really tackled a dicey issue from the start, how many widows would take in their husband's mistress and their son and handle it with such grace? It takes the terms "extended family" to a whole new level and the reader is included every step of the way.

    Each book has a new hurdle and each one is a true joy to read. The mystery part, while the driving force to each new story, is just one part of the puzzle, the development and interaction of the characters are really what makes these stories entertaining. Miss Julia's dry wit can only come from the author herself. All the other characters are true to life, people from any neighborhood with a little bit of southern flair,including the eccentric Mr. Thurlow Jones.

    This series needs to be read in order so if you haven't been drawn into this wonderful series before start with Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. If you are already a fan you will love this book, including the birth of Hazel Marie's twins. You can pre-order yours today.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Viking, A Division of the Penguin Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    Love All These Miss Julia Books

    Just when I think that Miss Julia can't find any more trouble or get into someone else's business, she does. I think each book gets better! Miss Julia and her sidekick Lillian are always into some adventure in the middle of the night. I laughed out loud several times and had to read excerpts to my husband. Ann B. Ross is a master of descriptive words. You feel like you know the characters and you are right there. You will love this book! Keep the Miss Julia books coming Ann!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Miss Julia gives us laughs and tears!

    I have about 3 books to go in the series and I hope there will be more! Miss Julia is always a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2012

    Hurray for Miss Julia!!

    Miss Julia learns a hard lesson as all of us who hsve good marriages with good husbands, never take your other half for granted. Miss Julia is always learning about life, new babies and learning what a blessing others are around you. A very good read for those who have experienced new life and good husbands like Sam.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Reading Miss Julia stories is just plain FUN!

    Miss Julia is in full-crisis mode as Hazel Marie’s due date (to deliver twin babies) approaches. Adding to her anxiety is being interrogated by the local cops about some bounced checks – and learning a body was discovered in Lloyd’s teacher’s tool shed. But it’s the babies’ arrival that has her truly concerned. And as the day approaches, the babies’ father (Mr. Pickens) is off on one of private investigations and Sam Murdoch (Miss Julia’s husband) is away researching his book. A freak North Carolina snowstorm is forecast and … well, things get pretty complicated. But that’s standard fare in one of the Miss Julia novels. But any complication can be handled by Miss Julia and her faithful maid Lillian. In a series of maneuvers reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel at their best, the two manage to save the day in more than one way. I love the characters in this series, and having Miss Julia herself as the first-person narrator allows readers to peer into the workings of her mind, her musings, her sometimes convoluted thought processes, her inconsistencies, her kindness, her love for those in her family circle. It’s a joy to read the Miss Julia novels, knowing she’ll get herself into trouble and out of it with such panache. Reading Miss Julia stories is just plain FUN!

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

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    Love Miss Julia

    I read #13 in the series and liked it so much I went back and started with #1 and spent the summer reading all 13. Now I miss her and the family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    boring and insulting

    This is the 1st (and last) Miss Julia I have read. The chatter of her opinions was tiresome, and invaded the whole book. Lillian, a black cook/housekeeper, has insultingly poor grammar and is portrayed as a "Mammy," which should be something of the past.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Miss Julia Creates Havoc Again!

    Unique and unorthodox but a proper Southern lady, Miss Julia worries constantly and sometimes acts to reduce her anxiety in ways that create more problems. However, she manages to leave readers chuckling at her antics.
    In this, volume twelve about Miss Julia, her late husband's mistress, Hazel Marie (now married) is carrying twins. Will the babies be safely delivered at the hospital? Of course not. At a crucial moment the hired mid-wife admits she's never been present at a birth. Nor has Miss Julia.
    A body is found in Miss Julia's late husband's son's teacher's back shed. Plus someone has written large checks on and drained Miss Julia's bank account. Both her lawyers are too busy to help her resolve this immediately. The bank first assumes she's senile and needs someone to handle her finances, then has her arrested for fraud.
    Miss Julia tries to avoid town gossip while still learning all she can. She cons her cook, Lillian, into a midnight venture with her to gain information about the dead man.
    She also has a disagreement with her new husband, Sam, and he moves out of her house. Miss Julia worries about the dead man's ex-wife whose car she finds parked at Sam's during lunch time. Sam's cook also encourages the separation of Julia and Sam.
    How Julia resolves her problems without getting caught at some possible illegal maneuvers and her relationship difficulties surprises and delights readers.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Well worth reading miss julia

    Miss julia has some laugh out loud moments that are classic, its worth the book to just read about hazel and the twins ! however the story line revolving around sam wraps up a little too suddenly' it left me wondering what i missed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2011

    Enjoyable

    Miss Julie, as always, is entertaining and I wonder how she gets herself into the situations she finds herself in. While not quite up to par with the previous books, it was fun to see how she handled twins coming into her life and Sam's need for alone time. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Song of ice and fire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2011

    FABULOUS!!!

    Ann B. Ross is fantastic! This book is just as terrific as all of the others. I laughed out loud at Miss Julia and the crazy situations she gets herself into. I hope there is another book on the way.

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