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Miss Julia has promised her husband, Sam, to mind her own business. What a relief! She doesn't have to spring into action when a dead body is found in a toolshed six blocks from her house. Instead, she can concentrate on what's really important-like figuring out who's been passing bad checks in her name and, most important, preparing for Hazel Marie's impending due date. Then again, who else can figure out why that awful Thurlow Jones is trying to cast suspicion on someone Miss Julia feels certain is innocent? And, after all, what Sam doesn't know won't hurt him, right?

Miss Julia's investigative work on the possible murders-of her financial reputation and of the person in the toolshed-keeps her buzzing. But the sudden arrival of Hazel Marie's twins during a fierce blizzard brings a whole new set of challenges and a double helping of trouble for Ann B. Ross's indomitable southern heroine.

©2011 Ann B. Ross (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Always a entertaining series

What you have come to expect from Miss Julia series. Very enjoyable. I didn't start the series with the first book - but have had no issues starting several books into the series. This one does not disappoint.

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I’m hooked on the Miss Julia book series!

So much fun! I love the characters and the silly troubles they get themselves into!

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As always, it's a hit!

Miss Julia and her shenanigans are always a hit. Sure to keep you entertained, even laughing out loud! Cynthia Darlow does an excellent job capturing the many characters so well. It's as if I am part of the group watching all the happenings in person!

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I love Miss Julia!

What's not to love about Miss Julia?! She's my absolute favorite!! I've heard and/or listened to every story. Miss Julia on audio is a family favorite to take on a road trip. Darlow is an excellent reader!!

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Great books

Where does Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

These books are all so funny and entertaining - a great way to pass the time when you are driving back and forth to work or even exercising. I find myself laughing out loud as I am driving down the interstate.

What did you like best about this story?

All these stories are great about keeping your interest - just waiting to see what happens next.

What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?

She does a great job with these books - you can just see the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I love all the interaction between Miss Julia and Lloyd.

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  • audry
  • redlands, CA, United States
  • 06-11-12

Miss Julis is a hoot

Would you consider the audio edition of Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle?

I just love all Miss Julia books . The speaker is excellent the stories make me laugh and live through them

Have you listened to any of Cynthia Darlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and she is great

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It made me do both

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  • Donna
  • Laurel, MD, United States
  • 11-13-11

A Must Read!

This series is an incredible book with good down to earth characters. Miss Julia never ceases to amaze me with the way she jumps right in other peoples business, as well as her own, in order to catch "whoever did it" and to right some wrongs.

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Funny

Ann B Ross does it again . This book was funny from the first page to the last.

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A delightful book with an amazing narrator

In <strong>Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle</strong> by Ann B. Ross, Lloyd comes home from school full of news that they have found a dead body in the tool shed that belongs to his social studies teacher. The police came to school and took away the teacher to question her. Miss Julia has decided to stay out of things, so she doesn't join the throng following the police in curiosity. But soon she finds something much more personal to focus on. Her housekeeper, Lillian, tells her that the grocery store manager sent a message that her check bounced. But Julia never wrote a check to the grocery store. As she looks further into the situation, she learns that someone has drained her bank account and written more checks on her behalf.

There is no time to deal with the checks yet because a severe snowstorm arrives, taking out the electricity, and Hazel Marie goes into labor with her twins. So Julia; Lillian; and their nurse assistant friend, Edda May, deliver the babies on the floor of the living room in the dark in front of the fireplace. The secrets Julia has been keeping from Sam, her husband, come to haunt her relationship with Sam, but they are all kept so busy caring for the colicky twins that they don't have time to deal with their own relationship issues, except, sometimes, in the middle of the night.

I have liked most books in the Miss Julia series, finding that they seem to run either hot or cold, but usually hot. <strong>Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle</strong> clearly runs hot, being a truly delightful, clever book that kept my interest closely. The books in this series do not usually contain a murder mystery, so this book offers an alternative to the usual pattern without putting too much emphasis on the death. Instead, the mystery involves the checks that have been forged in Miss Julia's name and the drama of Julia's trying to figure out what Sam is up to and what is going on with her marriage. In addition, the book contains so many extra details of life of the many characters whom we have come to appreciate a lot over the course of the series. Books 2-5 are not available on audio, so there is potential for us to get to know them even better if they produce those four books as well.

This series is especially brought to life by its vivid and well- round characters. Miss Julia, who narrates the books, shows her strong sense of social propriety while also trying to be human and empathetic as well. Just the fact that she takes in her first husband's mistress and child shows a remarkable personality. The housekeeper, Lillian, has such a strong nature, taking control when everyone else is running frantic. Yet she also lets herself get dragged around by Julia in the middle of the night to investigate the tool shed where the dead man was found. The other characters exhibit just as much personality as these two.

I thoroughly love the narration of Cynthia Darlow, who performs this book. She has a unique low voice that suits the nature of Miss Julia, and she does unique voices for each character that fits each one perfectly. Darlow makes this book come alive in such a way as to make listening to this book seem ever so much better than reading the text would ever be.

I had a lot of fun listening to <strong>Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle</strong>. This book proved to be delightful and a real joy to listen to. I appreciated the personal interactions of all the characters and the fun plot. I give this clever and highly enjoyable book five stars!

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