Monday, March 28, 2011

Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann B. Ross

Another sign that spring is on its way is a new Miss Julia book! I was a lucky recipient of an advance readers’ copy for review of Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann B. Ross, and once again enjoy my visit with Miss Julia and her patchwork family thoroughly! Miss Julia has promised her husband Sam that she will not get involved in any way in mysteries or murder any more. This is very challenging for the very curious Miss Julia, who despite her best intentions, just asks one or two questions, and she’s off. This time it’s the death of Richard Stroud in a shed in her nephew’s* teacher’s yard. Richard Stroud is a former nemesis of Miss Julia, having taken quite a bit of her money in an investment scheme. Due to an argument with Sam, Miss Julia does do a little investigating, getting caught, yet not totally found out, twice(!). Miss Julia also has the opportunity to assist in the birth of twins during a snowstorm, and learns how to take care of babies, as they start their lives under Miss Julia’s roof. Miss Julia is a little shocked by the whole birthing and nursing processes, as she was a well-protected Southern lady her whole life and she never had children. She can be a trifle old fashioned in many ways, but her good heart usually wins the day. Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle is highly recommended for those who enjoy books with a Southern atmosphere and their mysteries light. Happy Reading! Patti *Miss Julia has a very convoluted family life.

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