When Miss Julia burst on the scene in her fictional debut, "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, " this proper lady found her orderly world turned upside down when Hazel Marie Puckett appeared with her nine-year-old son--who looked disturbingly similar to Miss Julia's late husband. Now Miss Julia and Little Lloyd take a zany race through the South when ...Read MoreWhen Miss Julia burst on the scene in her fictional debut, "Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, " this proper lady found her orderly world turned upside down when Hazel Marie Puckett appeared with her nine-year-old son--who looked disturbingly similar to Miss Julia's late husband. Now Miss Julia and Little Lloyd take a zany race through the South when Hazel Marie mysteriously disappears.Read Less
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Dec 6, 2007
Another great Miss Julia adventure
The second Miss Julia book was just as entertaining as the first. Since I live in North Carolina, it's fun to read about the area and to recognize so many places that are referenced in the book. Miss Julia, as a "woman of age", certainly knows how to have a good time and gets things accomplished while doing it!
Apr 3, 2007
Funniest Miss Julia book!
I laughed out loud at the descriptions of the incredible situations Miss Julia is involved in to help Little Lloyd find his mother and solve the mystery . Her take on the situation is hysterical! Private investigator, race car drivers, love interest, jealousy, and getting around the local law enforcement.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-16 Imagine Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show with a lot more backbone and confidence, and drop her smack in the middle of a humorous, rollicking plot akin to that of the movie Smokey and the Bandit and you have the tone and pace of Ross's entertaining second novel (after Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind) starring the feisty Southern heroine. When the sheriff won't help Miss Julia find Hazel Marie, her deceased husband's former girlfriend who now lives with Miss Julia along with Hazel Marie's illegitimate son, Little Lloyd, she takes over, determined to rescue Hazel Marie from danger. Miss Julia quickly finds herself embroiled in scandals involving Brother Vernon Puckett, "a ranting and raving television and tent-revivalist," and Pastor Larry Ledbetter, a "silky smooth pulpiteer of the biggest church in town." A handsome private investigator and a famous NASCAR driver add to the exploits. Gallivanting all over North Carolina, Miss Julia "takes a hand in her own life" as she searches for Hazel Marie, running into unexpected trouble, car chases and illegal activities. At times, this teetotaling dowager full of ironic self-righteousness seems a bit contrived, and the scenes in which she helps Hazel Marie escape from the bad guys are far-fetched. Despite the simplistic spin, Miss Julia will continue to appeal to the many readers who enjoyed the first book, as well as fans of fiction by Southern writers like Bailey White, Anne George and Fannie Flagg. (July 23) Forecast: In the short term, national publicity and a 10-city author tour will help to get the word out. The film version of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, starring Shirley MacLaine and Dolly Parton, is in the works, which bodes well for the long term. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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