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Miss Julia Delivers the Goods Paperback – March 30, 2010
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An unplanned pregnancy, a destructive break-in and a nasty gazpacho incident are just a few of the problems facing Julia Murdoch in Ross's diverting 10th cozy to feature the North Carolina matron (after 2008's Miss Julia Paints the Town). When naïve Hazel Marie, the former mistress of Miss Julia's first husband, learns that her flulike symptoms have another cause, it's up to the enterprising Miss Julia to patch things up between Hazel Marie and her estranged PI boyfriend, J.D. Pickens. Meanwhile, a burglary at the house of lawyer Sam Murdoch, Miss Julia's second husband, means trouble. The disappearance of Sam's meticulous files on local court cases suggests there are parties who don't want information on Abbot County's philandering judge and corrupt sheriff to see the light of day. Those who prefer a leisurely pace, a touch of screwball comedy and gentle puzzles in their mysteries will enjoy this paean to smalltown nosiness and steadfast loyalties. 6-city author tour. (Apr.)
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Genteel and proper Miss Julia has had a lot to contend with ever since her husband of 44 years, Wesley Lloyd Springer, died, and his mistress, Hazel Marie, showed up at her front door, son in tow. Since then, Hazel Marie and Little Lloyd have become like family—a family that’s about to get bigger, since Hazel Marie is unexpectedly pregnant with twins. Unfortunately, Hazel Marie’s on-again, off-again relationship with the father, private detective J. D. Pickens, seems to be off again, and J. D. has left town. How to hide the mother-to-be’s condition from the well-meaning but easily scandalized townfolk of Abbotsville, and get the couple to the altar? And what’s behind the theft of some of the records Miss Julia’s new husband, Sam, was using to compile his legal history of Abbot county? Series fans will enjoy finding all the familiar elements in place. --Mary Ellen Quinn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You could argue that nothing much happens in this book ...and I'd pretty much agree with you. The enjoyment for me comes from spending time with these wonderful characters that have begun to feel like old friends after so many years. Miss Julia and Lillian have such witty and fun dialogue; their scenes together just come alive. I love fictional Abbotsville with its Southern small town idiosyncrasies and regional charm. Most of all, I really appreciate the overall "feel" of this book - warm and uplifting. Predictable in the best possible way. Yep, I consider this my literary Zoloft - mood lifting with the added benefit of no unwanted side effects!
To really appreciate the characters in this series I think you need to start at the beginning with "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind". It is a joy to watch these characters grow and evolve from book to book. Highly recommended for those who enjoy Southern fiction (on the lighter side) with just a hint of a cozy-type mystery tossed in.
Swearing? Sexual content? Not on Miss Julia's watch - why, what would the neighbors think?