With a crisp bite in the air, Miss Julia is enjoying a well-earned respite by her new fireplace. But autumn leaves aren't the only things falling: James, Hazel Marie's housekeeper, has had a nasty tumble down some stairs. Read more...
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With a crisp bite in the air, Miss Julia is enjoying a well-earned respite by her new fireplace. But autumn leaves aren't the only things falling: James, Hazel Marie's housekeeper, has had a nasty tumble down some stairs. How can Hazel Marie feed and take care of him--not to mention a husband and two babies--when she barely knows how to boil water?
Miss Julia jumps in to help by convincing the ladies of Abbotsville to put on their aprons and give cooking lessons. With success so close she can taste it, Miss Julia isn't thrilled when an unexpected visitor shows up. Brother Vern Puckett, Hazel Marie's no-good uncle, started life on the wrong foot and stayed there. What could he possibly want from his frazzled niece this time?
With a delightful helping of madcap antics, "Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble" is a perfect next course in this charming series.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-18
- Reviewer: Staff
Largely invented troubles that could be solved with any two characters having honest conversations serve as the skimpy framework for the plot of Ross’s 14th Miss Julia novel (after 2012’s Miss Julia to the Rescue). Miss Julia Murdoch, the Gladys Kravitz of Abbotsville, N.C., spends her October collecting recipes and arranging unsolicited cooking lessons for extended family member and recent mother of twins Hazel Marie, after the latter’s housekeeper, James, is injured in a fall. James’s mysterious mail, Hazel Marie’s PI husband’s potential philandering, and the intrusive presence of Hazel Marie’s uncle all provide fodder for Miss Julia’s meddling. A collection of four dozen recipes and household hints with diverting commentary brightens the otherwise contrived story. Readers seeking a mystery with quirky Southern characters would be better served by the works of Donna Andrews or Carolyn Haines. 8-city author tour. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Apr.)