Saturday, July 9, 2016

Miss Julia Inherits A Mess by Ann B. Ross

◊ Series: A Miss Julia Novel (Book #17)
◊ Narrator: Cynthia Darlow
Discs: 8
◊ Listening Length: 10 hours
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Women Sleuths
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Recorded Books
◊ Release Date: April 5 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN:13 978-1490649696


In the latest in Ann B. Ross' New York Times best-selling series, Miss Julia finds herself an executrix on a desperate hunt for a valuable collectible amid a jumble of the estate's antiques, and if she finds a prize she can honor Miss Mattie's last wishes.
When Miss Julia hears that Miss Mattie Freeman has taken a fall and is in the hospital, she wishes she'd spent more time getting to know the woman - and not just because she's last to hear about the accident! So when the tumble proves fatal, the last thing Miss Julia expects is a phone call from Ernest Sitton, Attorney at Law. Suddenly, Miss Julia finds herself the executrix of Miss Mattie's estate, and from what Ernest has to say, Miss Mattie's coffers weren't exactly full.
Determined to find something of value for Miss Mattie's beneficiaries, Miss Julia is faced with a room full of clutter that's now hers to disperse. With the lovelorn caretaker Etta Mae Wiggins working overtime, her good friend Mildred Allen on bed rest, and Helen Stroud cataloging Miss Mattie's furniture, Miss Julia soon realizes she's got a million things to do to honor her friend's last wishes. Thank goodness for Miss Mattie's handsome young neighbor, Nate Wheeler, who's ever ready to help out, and of course for Sam, who's always willing to lend an ear. But when a young man claiming to be Miss Mattie's great-nephew turns up, demanding to live in her apartment while he writes a family history, Miss Julia will find herself closer to Mattie Freeman and her mysterious family than ever before.
In this 17th installment in the Miss Julia series, Ann B. Ross delivers another hilarious and bighearted novel celebrating the South's favorite steel magnolia and the unforgettable residents of Abottsville.

Miss Julia is a prim and proper Southern lady you may be tempted to dislike a bit for her so-called uppity attitude, but you’ll wind up laughing out loud at some of her antics and loving her.

Narrator Cynthia Darlow is spot on in her vocals of Miss Julia. Darlow’s accent and mannerisms intensifies this already delightful story. She enhances the story even more by giving each character their own unique sound.

Author Ann B. Ross has captured the small town feel in her descriptions of Abbotsville and its residents. Her characters are well-developed, likable and larger than life when it comes to their friendships and the measures they will take to help each other.

The story moves at a fast pace holding your attention from beginning to end. With a few surprises along the way, a dash of mystery and lots of good-old Southern humor this is a mesmerizing tale.

MISS JULIA INHERITS A MESS is the 17th installment in the Miss Julia series, but can be read/listened to on its own. For an entertaining story that will make you laugh and wish the characters were real, this fits the bill. Ross brings good friends, family and fun together for a charming story you don’t want to miss.

Miss Julia Inherits A Mess by Ann B. Ross, A Miss Julia Novel (Book #17), Narrated by Cynthia Darlow, Recorded Books, @2016, ISBN: 978-1490649696, Unabridged, CDs: 8, Run Time: 10 Hours

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today, I do so appreciate it. I’ve been absent these past couple of weeks, but I’ll be back around this coming week. Do you enjoy protagonist that have an attitude (but with a kind heart)? Have you ever read or listened to any of the Miss Julia books?


  1. I have read a couple of the Miss Julia books and agree. She is easy to warm to. Difficult sometimes, and demanding but with a heart of gold. And she doesn't demand more of anyone than she does of herself.

  2. It sounds as though this series has a solid sense of place and culture, Mason. I like a novel that has some wit in it, too. We can all use a laugh. Thanks for sharing.

  3. The way some people hoard, I can imagine Julia's nightmare of sorting it out.

  4. This gave me a chuckle, sounds like a fun read, lol.

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  5. Wonderful review, thanks, I never read her books and will add this one to my pile.


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