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Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ann B. Ross
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Book Description

The perfect next course in the New York Times–bestselling series—plus dozens of recipes from Abbotsville’s best cooks

Autumn’s crisp bite is in the air, but Miss Julia soon discovers that, alas, leaves aren’t the only things falling. James, Hazel Marie’s housekeeper, has taken a nasty tumble down some stairs. How can Hazel Marie feed and take care of him—not to mention a husband, son, and twin baby girls—when she barely knows how to boil water? Miss Julia promptly organizes the ladies of Abbotsville to give Hazel Marie cooking lessons. But before she can relax, Hazel Marie’s shady preacher-uncle turns up—just as Miss Julia learns that James has roped young Lloyd into an Internet scam!

Filled with mayhem, delicious recipes, and plenty of steel-magnolia-style action, Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble is a feast from cover to cover.

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Miss Julia’s house is awfully quiet now that Hazel Marie and her family have finally moved out. But over in the new Puckett-Pickens household, it’s chaos. What with the twins, housekeeper James lying upstairs with a broken foot, and no-good Uncle Vern showing up again, Hazel Marie is at her wit’s end. Added to that, her husband, J. D., has been seen riding around town with a series of other women. Miss Julia, never one to avoid interfering, springs into action. Believing that the best way to help is to teach the kitchen-challenged Hazel Marie how to put a decent meal on the table, she enlists all her friends to provide an easy recipe, then come by and show Hazel Marie how to prepare it. Order is finally restored, but not before Miss Julia gets herself mixed up in an undercover police operation. As an extra bonus, all the recipes provided for Hazel Marie are included. Fans of the series will eat this one up. --Mary Ellen Quinn

About the Author

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 at Asheville. She is the author of thirteen previous novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670026107
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Story and a Cookbook Rolled into One April 9, 2013
This is the 14th book in Ann B. Ross' delightful Miss Julia Series. Just as Miss Julia is taking a moment to pause and count her blessings, all manner of chaos breaks loose in the Pickens' household. James, housekeeper and cook, falls breaking his arm and spraining his ankle. Hazel Marie's Uncle Vern shows up, claiming poor health and begging a place to stay from his only relatives; and J. D. is spotted around town with different women in his car. Hazel Marie, already busy with twin baby girls, is struggling with the full household. Of course, Miss Julia takes it upon herself to remedy the situation in her usual comic manner. With James unable to cook, Miss Julia worries that the Pickens family will starve, so she gathers recipes from friends to share with struggling cook Hazel Marie. Recipes are shared at the end of each chapter.

I enjoyed this installment in Ross' humorous Southern fiction series, set in North Carolina. I read the first 13 books straight through, finishing late last year, and opening this book was like a chance to sit back down with good friends I haven't seen in a while. I laughed out loud while reading! Personally, I would have enjoyed more Miss Julia & Co. and fewer recipes, but the story was great, and Miss Julia's comments at the end of each recipe are quite entertaining. While this would be a good story and good cookbook read alone, reading this series in order (Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind is first) would be my recommendation, as the characters develop and change so much throughout.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment April 11, 2013
Having read all of the previous Miss Julia books, I was counting the days until the release of this latest book. As hard as it is to say, I am very disappointed in Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble. There seemed to be very little plot to the story and what little plot there was, it was interrupted by all the recipes. I enjoyed seeing the recipes and will, in fact, try a few, but I would rather they had been collected at the end of the book and replaced with a more developed story. I hope this book does not foreshadow a decline in the quality of future Miss Julia books. Please bring back Miss Julia's hilarious adventures.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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With a house full of people that need to be taken care of - not to mention twin babies! - Hazel Marie is about at the end of her rope. Miss Julia decides that compiling a cookbook featuring easy to prepare recipes from those closest to Hazel Marie would make a useful gift. But even as the project gets underway, Miss Julia fears that there's something very wrong going on at the Pickens house. Naturally, she wouldn't dream of interfering, but sometimes you just have to do a little judicious snooping in order to lend a hand. Miss Julia would be quick to inform you that, under certain circumstances, this is quite necessary and is not at all the same thing as prying into someone else's personal affairs. Well, not really.

As much as this is one of my all-time favorite series, I wasn't too enthusiastic about this installment. The first half of the book is taken up with various series regulars demonstrating recipes, followed by the actual recipe itself. It's not until about the 50% mark that the storyline actually kicks in, and the book started to feel like a "real" Miss Julia installment instead of a between-the-books novella.

Now I know that these books have never been particularly plot-driven; they are character studies (and excellent ones, I might add), but usually we're introduced to a bit of a mystery or "purpose" that gives these wonderful characters something to do. I felt this was lacking in this installment.

Was I sorry I read this? Of course not! It had its entertaining moments, with the usual fine characterization and Miss Julia's witty and insightful narrative. There were some very humorous moments and some trademark "Julia-isms" (as I've come to call Miss Julia's various words of wisdom).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A short story with recipes April 11, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Way to many recipes in this book! The story itself is very good, what there is of it. If I wanted a community cookbook I would purchase one. I was disappointed that the author chose to pad the book with recipes rather than add more to the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed August 2, 2013
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I have read all of the Miss Julia books so I am a big fan but this one disappointed. While I loved reading about the characters again, I really missed the "whodunit" aspect of the other books. And I really don't want another book with more recipes in it. That is really just not the appeal for me in Miss Julia. I hope that the next one returns to the usual format or that Miss Julia retires to Florida!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 11, 2013
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Way too many recipes spread throughout the story. I found them to be distracting. She should have saved all of them for the end. Miss Julia always gets herself into trouble but in this novel it was almost too rediculous. I wait for these stories to be released every year, but they seem to be going downhill. I will continue to buy them because I have come to enjoy the characters way too much to stop now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble April 25, 2013
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I was delighted with the recipes included in this novel. The story of Miss Julia and her family are a pleasure. Even though they have their troubles, the reader is fairly certain the resolution of those troubles will be acceptable and come out the way we want. It is easy to picture in our minds Miss Julia and her escapades, often feeling we are right there in the room with them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Miss Julia!
I always like to read one of Miss Julia's books after several murders and mayhem! Love the characters and their were a lot of good recipes!
Published 5 days ago by not so gentle reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series as usual I can count on easy fun read and look fore ward to more.
Published 13 days ago by Joanne Grisham
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read
Lots of adventure for the indomitable busy body. She succeeds again to cause trouble in her quest to help her family.
Published 1 month ago by Gary P. Sitcer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read. Never disappointed in Ann B. Ross
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
I have enjoyed most of the books in this series, but I found myself ready for a break from it so I hadn't read this next installment until now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Not Great!
Enjoyed it but not as much as her other books.
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love miss julia
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Published 2 months ago by Brenda Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
I love all of the Miss Julia books. Ann B Ross is a talented writer who makes each of her characters come to life.
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Great book I love her books the is excellent I am a fan of Miss Julia !!
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More About the Author

Ann is the mother of two daughters and one son, and the grandmother of four grandsons (including twin boys) and two granddaughters, both of whom are her namesakes. When her children were in college, she decided to complete her own education, enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Literature. Reluctant to return to an empty nest, she continued her education by enrolling in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned both the Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Afterwards, she taught Literature and the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Ann's writing career began in the early eighties when two mysteries were published as original paperbacks: THE MURDER CURE and THE MURDER STROKE. A few years later, her first hardcover book was published: THE PILGRIMAGE, an adventure story set in the nineteenth century. All three books are now out of print, but occasionally a used copy of THE PILGRIMAGE appears on for sale.

The publication of the first Miss Julia book, MISS JULIA SPEAKS HER MIND in 1999, set Ann on a full-time writing career. This book went through six reprintings in less than a year, and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers' seventy-six most highly recommended books for 1999. In addition, the book was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list. The paperback edition of the same book was listed in The Best Books of the First Five Years by BookSense, as one of the titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling. The book was also published by Readers Digest Condensed Books, appearing in twelve foreign languages.

MISS JULIA TAKES OVER was one of seven nominees for the Book of the Year Award (2001) by the Southeastern Booksellers Association.

All of the books in the series are available on audiotape and in large-print editions, and are also available through The Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club. All of the books, except the newest one each year, can be found in paperback editions.


All of the books in the series will be published in German, Japanese, and Croatian editions, as well as on audiotape (in English) and in large print editions.

Inspiration for the escapades of Ann's much-loved character, Miss Julia, comes in all manner of ways -- a chance remark by a friend or family member, an incident she happens to see, in a dream, or by being reminded of something in her past experiences. It is always deeply satisfying to her when scenes in the book she is working on suddenly seem to fit together to make a good story. She does not outline or make detailed plans before starting a story. She does, however, have a general plot in mind before beginning to write, but this usually entails only the conflict and the final resolution, with few ideas of how they will be worked out. So, with just the beginning and the end of a book decided on, Ann relies on the characters themselves to fill in the middle with first one subplot after another. This, she says, is the joy of writing -- when a character suddenly does or says something unexpectedly, leading her to funny and surprising 'mini-scenes' that seem to delight readers.

Ann was once asked by an interviewer how she knew when something she'd written was good. She replied, "I know it's good when I fall off my chair laughing." From that response, we can be sure that she enjoys writing about her characters as much as we enjoy reading about them.

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