Miss Julia Strikes Back (Miss Julia, Bk 8)
Miss Julia Strikes Back - Miss Julia, Bk 8 Author:Ann B. Ross America's favorite Woman of a Certain Age takes the law into her own hands when a band of jewel thieves targets her town. It's lonely and boring in Miss Julia's normally boisterous town, what with husband Sam off on a long-planned tour of Russia and Hazel Marie vacationing in Mexico with Mr. Pickens. After inviting twenty-five of her closest fri... more »ends to a party in her home, Miss Julia discovers that she's been robbed of her jewelry, including her engagement ring (a perfect replica of Princess Diana's)!
According to the police, this is not the first time the town has been the target of thieves, but Miss Julia is determined to make it the last. Packing Little Lloyd into the car, Miss Julia heads to Palm Beach for sun, sand, and a stakeout. With Etta Mae Wiggins along for the ride and a positively sodden PI on retainer, it's only a matter of time before they get their man.« less
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Miss Julia Strikes Back
Ann B. Ross
Miss Julia, no. 8
4 out of 5
Ask anyone south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and theyll tell you: irrepressible Miss Julia is a paragon of propriety. So when some of her jewelry turns up missing after a party, it stands to reason that she reacts with no small amount of indignation. After hearing from Sergeant Bates that a Florida-based jewel thief has been fleecing homes clear across the South, theres nothing to do but to pack Little Lloyd into the car and head for Palm Beach. Now all she has to do is find a disguise, locate the perpetrators hideout, and perform a little righteous repossessionunless the feds get there first
Ms. Ross has revamped this series by using some new characters as the main co-conspirators. The old ones are conveniently out of the country. She has also given it a new setting, Florida instead of North Carolina. Good read. There is already a ninth book in the series out so Ill probably have to acquire it soon.
I wasn't prepared to be impressed by this book, but I was quickly swept into the world of Miss Julia. The author writes with convincing detail, but not so much that the story gets lost in the description. This mystery unfolded quickly, with clarity, and moved along delightfully. I was so pleasantly surprised!!
I loved the heroine, Miss Julia, and her entourage in this story---young underling Lloyd, curvy and bold Miss Wiggens, and the reforming drunk PI Mr. Tuttle. They all interacted so convincingly. The story unfolded completely naturally and believably, all under Author Ross's skilled style.
This wasn't as good as the first several Miss Julia books, but it was still a fun read. This book focuses on Miss Julia and Little Lloyd. It also features Eta Mae Wiggins and a new character, Mr. Tuttle. It has very few appearances of Hazel Marie, Mr. Pickens, and Sam.