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A new Miss Julia novel from New York Times best-selling author Ann B. Ross is a special treat for her devoted fans as well as those new to the adventures of the titular senior citizen. This time out, the proper Southern lady has a couple doozies on her plate.

It seems that her friend Hazel’s PI husband, J.D,. has gotten himself in some trouble in West Virginia - and he’s one tirade away from landing in a jail cell. Meanwhile, a crew of misfits has followed wealthy Agnes Whitman back to Abbotsville, and they have all the makings of a crazy religious cult!

©2012 Ann B. Ross (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • John S.
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 12-21-12

Just plain bizarre

I spent most of the book consciously suspending disbelief that things could possibly have happened the way they did. As far as structure goes, there are two plot points, with a "spinoff" (subplot) of the second one.
First, Miss Julia and Etta Mae end up "rescuing" J. D. Pickens from police custody in West Virginia; he's in the local hospital doped to the gills, suffering from gunshot wounds. That whole mess would've been easily resolved in real life, by having Coleman ask the WV sheriff for a description of the guy they're holding as John Doe. Did he do that? Of course not! And then, not long after he's back home, Pickens is hosting a dinner party -- they way he was tossed about like a sack of potatoes by Julia and Etta Mae, he should've been in intensive care! The same sheriff who was close-mouthed to the point of being hostile later becomes a complete pussycat. Okay ...
Attention turns to the new "cult" in town ... wherein people are getting tattoos and piercings as part of a "religious" experience. Clearly Ms. Ross highly disapproves of this practice; I recommend she NOT consider any vacations to Seattle in the near future!
Sam, not being needed here for his propensities to utter "Oh, Julia!" and to initiate sexual activity, has been shipped off to the Holy Land with a church group. So, Miss Julia is re-doing the house in his absence, including a dedicated writing room as a surprise. The oh-so-nice evangelical young carpenter she's hired, and taken a liking to, goes missing, so she and Etta Mae have another zany outing to get him out of the clutches of the "cult" (and back to fundamentalist Christianity instead).
I understand that Miss Julia leads a relatively sheltered life, but she does come off here as highly judgmental, petty, and nasty. Frankly, one can probably skip this book altogether in the series, as there aren't any events that should affect future stories. Not particularly recommended, although Cynthia Darlow does her usual good job with the narration.

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  • Michelle
  • Vancleave, ms, United States
  • 05-21-12

Great book - Great Laughs- Couldn't put it down

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

I have not read the print version but I have read other Miss Julia books and I love listening to them

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Always! Miss Julia and her crazy ideas keep you laughing and intrigued

Which character – as performed by Cynthia Darlow – was your favorite?

Miss Julia. I love her in every book. Etta Mae was a close second in this particular book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh absolutely. I listened to it in approx 2 - 5 hours sittings

Any additional comments?

Such a great book for any age. My grandmother, mother, and I all love them!

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Disappointing Miss Julia

What disappointed you about Miss Julia to the Rescue?

I love the series but this one fell way short. It was homophobic and anti- any religion but mainstream. Miss Julia is way better than this story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann B. Ross again?

Yes, I'd try again.

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

Yes, Cynthia Darlow was fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Its always good to catch up with the characters in the story.

Any additional comments?

Give us back our open-minded Miss Julia!

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Funny and creative mystery with fantastic narratio

In <strong>Miss Julia to the Rescue</strong> by Ann B. Ross, Miss Julia is alarmed to receive a strange phone call with a lot of static and asking for her husband, Sam. But Sam is on a tour of the Holy Land with Pastor Ledbetter, so Miss Julia turns to her former boarder, Sgt. Coleman. The police officer finally discovers that J.D. Pickens, the husband of Hazel Marie and father of her twins, has been picked up by a police department in West Virginia after getting shot. But unable to get further information about Mr. Pickens, Miss Julia calls Etta Mae Wiggins, a nurse's aid, and takes off for West Virginia from North Carolina. There the people in the hospital refuse to tell the pair about their John Doe, whom they are certain is Mr. Pickins. Then Sheriff McAfee won't reveal anything about Mr. Pickins's identity, saying the man had no identification papers on his body, so the sheriff can't reveal anything about him. Even though he admits that his John Doe is not under arrest, he won't let them see the man because he is in "protective custody." So they can't even confirm if the hospitalized man is indeed their friend.

It takes lots of crazy planning and conniving between Miss Julia and Etta Mae, but Miss Julia makes her way into the hospital under the guise of a nutritionist assistant. With several adventures with patients as she makes her way towards the forbidden door which might hide Mr. Pickins, Julia finally makes it. But when she gets to the room, she discovers that Mr. Pickins has been overly sedated, and he can't get out of bed because he has been shot in the rear end. So because they could never sneak him out of the hospital, Miss Julia and Etta Mae pull Mr. Pickins out of the window and drag him to the back seat of the car and take off to get home as quickly as possible.

The rest of <strong>Miss Julia to the Rescue</strong> involves plenty of drama related to this escape and to other wild events happening in Julia's community, where a cult has settled in. With lots of excitement and humor throughout, the book makes us cry one minute and laugh the next. There are so many situations that keep us wanting more.

The characters of the book come alive in a clever manner so that they seem to be real people, rather strange ones but real ones. Miss Julia goes through her wild experiences with aplomb and dignity. Etta Mae, while much lower class than Miss Julia, is delightful as Julia's sidekick. The scene where the pair run out of a church when the members get out snakes to handle them "in faith" is one of the funniest scenes of the series so far. Other characters create as much humor as Miss Julia and Etta Mae.

Cynthia Darlow does another outstanding job as performer of the audio edition of this book. She uses highly convincing voices for each character, with plenty of diversity to her range of voices. Further, she uses strong expressions and timing, making the book flow well and strengthen the humor of the incidents.

As with most other books in this series, <strong>Miss Julia to the Rescue</strong> was such a fun experience to listen to. The story had so much humor, and it has just enough curious occurrences to make the book a gentle cozy mystery. I give this book five stars.

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As always, Miss. Julia entertains!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! The Miss Julia series is a great, light hearted, entertaining read!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. Ms. Ross comes up with excellent ways to get Miss Julia off course trying to help or fix others issues.

What does Cynthia Darlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her flawless narration and wonderful ability to channel old school, proper Southern, all the way to from Miss Julia to Lillian and James! She has an amazing ability to produce character changes through her voice that make each character come to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but I use them for entertainment on a long daily commute, to pass the time while I complete household chores and on long drives.

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love this lady

more more more miss julia stories light clean comedy which will brighten your day pure fun

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Exciting

Love that good old southern charm!!! I am not getting bored with her series yet!!!!

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Miss Julia has a special place in my heart.

I first discovered Miss Julia after my Mom passed away in January 2015. I was cleaning out her car several months later and noticed a cassette tape in the radio. It was part of Miss Julia throws a wedding. I found the rest of the tapes in back and decided to listen to what was Mom's last book. I love the Miss Julia series and can't get them fast enough.

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Miss Darlow is fantastic! love Miss Julia series

Miss Darlow is a wonderful narrator! She brings the stories to life; thoroughly enjoyable!

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  • Terri
  • Hartsville, SC, United States
  • 01-15-14

What A Woman

What about Cynthia Darlow’s performance did you like?

The narration is great. The personality of each character is clearly detailed, which makes this such an enjoyable book.

Any additional comments?

Full of fun and intrigue. You just never know what is around the corner with Miss Julia leading the way.