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Publishers Weekly
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Largely invented troubles that could be solved with any two characters having honest conversations serve as the skimpy framework for the plot of Ross's 14th Miss Julia novel (after 2012's Miss Julia to the Rescue). Miss Julia Murdoch, the Gladys Kravitz of Abbotsville, N.C., spends her October collecting recipes and arranging unsolicited cooking lessons for extended family member and recent mother of twins Hazel Marie, after the latter's housekeeper, James, is injured in a fall. James's mysterious mail, Hazel Marie's PI husband's potential philandering, and the intrusive presence of Hazel Marie's uncle all provide fodder for Miss Julia's meddling. A collection of four dozen recipes and household hints with diverting commentary brightens the otherwise contrived story. Readers seeking a mystery with quirky Southern characters would be better served by the works of Donna Andrews or Carolyn Haines. 8-city author tour. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Publishers Weekly
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Largely invented troubles that could be solved with any two characters having honest conversations serve as the skimpy framework for the plot of Ross's 14th Miss Julia novel (after 2012's Miss Julia to the Rescue). Miss Julia Murdoch, the Gladys Kravitz of Abbotsville, N.C., spends her October collecting recipes and arranging unsolicited cooking lessons for extended family member and recent mother of twins Hazel Marie, after the latter's housekeeper, James, is injured in a fall. James's mysterious mail, Hazel Marie's PI husband's potential philandering, and the intrusive presence of Hazel Marie's uncle all provide fodder for Miss Julia's meddling. A collection of four dozen recipes and household hints with diverting commentary brightens the otherwise contrived story. Readers seeking a mystery with quirky Southern characters would be better served by the works of Donna Andrews or Carolyn Haines. 8-city author tour. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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Miss Julia's house is awfully quiet now that Hazel Marie and her family have finally moved out. But over in the new Puckett-Pickens household, it's chaos. What with the twins, housekeeper James lying upstairs with a broken foot, and no-good Uncle Vern showing up again, Hazel Marie is at her wit's end. Added to that, her husband, J. D., has been seen riding around town with a series of other women. Miss Julia, never one to avoid interfering, springs into action. Believing that the best way to help is to teach the kitchen-challenged Hazel Marie how to put a decent meal on the table, she enlists all her friends to provide an easy recipe, then come by and show Hazel Marie how to prepare it. Order is finally restored, but not before Miss Julia gets herself mixed up in an undercover police operation. As an extra bonus, all the recipes provided for Hazel Marie are included. Fans of the series will eat this one up.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2014 Booklist