Miss Julia Paints The Town Hardcover – Apr 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Julia Springer Murdoch has survived widowhood, scandals and her share of delightfully harebrained adventures in eight previous Miss Julia outings; here she tackles a town's worth of problems. Smarmy New Jersey developer Arthur Kessler plans to tear down the old Abbotsville, N.C., courthouse and replace it with condos, but more pressing is the fact that three of Julia's friends' husbands have decamped or gone missing, including Richard Stroud, who may have absconded with a great deal of money. Everyone's turning to Julia for advice except for Richard's wife, Helen, who's getting too cozy for comfort as she cries on the shoulder of Miss Julia's good-natured second husband, Sam. Julia rallies her friends to convince Kessler that Abbotsville is too full of Southern eccentricities for him, but those eccentricities may be too real for the plan to work. The memorably droll Ross has a gift for elevating such everyday matters as marital strife and the hazards of middle age to high comedy, while painting her beautifully drawn characters with wit and sympathy. (Mar.)
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"Yes, Miss Julia is back, and I, for one, am one happy camper."
- J.A. Jance
"Ross has a gift for elevating such everyday matters as marital strife and the hazards of middle age to high comedy, while painting her beautifully drawn characters with wit and sympathy."
-Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Fans of the series will love catching up with these characters again. Newbies should be warned: they'll want to go back and read the previous eight episodes. Miss Julia's adventures are always entertaining and are worth sharing with a friend.
The story is set in Abbotsville with all of the town folk providing wonderful adventures (and misadventures) for Miss Julia to get mixed up in. The story is engaging and funny with Miss Julia providing her own opinion and assistance in all that happens throughout. The names of the characters alone are good for a chuckle. If anyone else was disappointed in "Miss Julia Strikes Back" and is considering not reading this lastest installment ..... all I can say is give it another chance. The book was all that I hoped it would be !
Miss Julia again enlists the aid of Etta Mae Wiggins and a new character, Poochie Dunn, to help her outwit the developer, but with hilarious results. We see Thurlow Jones again in this book and he hasn't changed a bit from his old lecherous self. And, something is going on with Pastor Ledbetter and his longsuffering wife Emma Sue, too.
If you are a fan of Ann Ross's Miss Julia series, run, don't walk, to your nearest book store and pick up a copy. You will adore her latest offering. It was so good, I wanted to read it hurriedly cause it was so delicious, but at the same time, I wanted to slow down to make it last longer.