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Miss Julia Strikes Back (Miss Julia #8)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  2,156 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
America's favorite "Woman of a Certain Age" takes the law into her own hands when a band of jewel thieves targets her town

It's lonely and boring in Miss Julia's normally boisterous town, what with husband Sam off on a long-planned tour of Russia and Hazel Marie vacationing in Mexico with Mr. Pickens. After inviting twenty-five of her closest friends to a party in her hom

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 5th 2007 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2007)
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Oct 22, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
"Miss Julia Strikes Back" by Ann B. Ross.

Miss Julia has her friends over for a dinner party. The party is over as soon as Miss Julia discovers she's been robbed. All of her most treasured keepsakes are missing. She learns that she isn't the only one in town who has been robbed either.
Well Miss Julia's mind is made up. She isn't going to take this lying down and soon enlists the aide of an investigator of sorts. This finally ends up with her rag tag gang of friends along with the P.I. on a stake
Donna LaValley
Dec 03, 2011 Donna LaValley rated it really liked it
This one was a “page turner.” Despite Miss Julia, Lloyd, and Etta Mae going after sophisticated jewel thieves in Florida, it’s still a light and pleasant tale. She manages to parse little sermons while handling crises such as a stinking, vomiting drunk on her bed, or a lamentable need to wear green polyester pants with some spandex in them. All these circumstances are beneath her, but she does what she has to do. Reality takes it in the shins here, but I enjoyed it. A great culmination scene in ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
This is the funniest Miss Julia book yet.
Susan Kosel
Dec 08, 2016 Susan Kosel rated it really liked it
Hilarious. Omg I listened to this on CD while I was wrapping Christmas presents. My family kept asking why are you giggling so loud. Miss Julia is a true character. I will need to find some more of these on CD. Enjoy!
Dec 31, 2016 Beth rated it liked it
All of the familiar characters from the "Miss Julia" series are again at work and play in this amusing episode.
Sep 29, 2016 Judym rated it liked it
What can you say about Miss Julia? She is feisty, proper and entertaining.
Julie Failla Earhart
Mar 11, 2010 Julie Failla Earhart rated it really liked it
Humor/chick lit
4 stars
Already released
Miss Julia Strikes Back
Ann B. Ross
Reviewed by Julie Failla Earhart
After a less than stellar seventh outing with Miss Julia Strikes Back, Ann B. Ross continues the tales of the tales of Mrs. Julia Springer, known around Abbottsville simply as Miss Julia, with Miss Julia Strikes Back. This southern magnolia is anything but quiet and demur; she quite feisty for a woman “of a certain age.”

Almost all of Miss Julia’s family has gone out of
3.5 Stars

Miss Julia’s new husband and friend are each away on their own dream vacations, so she decides to throw a party to occupy her time. Unfortunately for Miss Julia, the day after the party, she discovers her prize engagement ring missing. Someone has stolen several of her friends’ jewelry too. Miss Julia is determined to get her possessions back, before her loved ones return. The search takes Miss Julia, Little Lloyd and Miss Wiggins on a wild adventure down to Florida in hopes of catching
Sep 12, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
The situations Miss Julia get's into are hilarious. This was one of the best, a little far fetched but so funny. The books are fast reads and lighthearted and so fun to read. I loved how she had to buy the trendy clothes so she would fit in with Florida fashion. All's well that ends well and she got her jewelry back and reformed Mr Tuttle.
Elle Lothlorien
Nov 17, 2012 Elle Lothlorien rated it really liked it
It's no wonder that Ann Ross's 'Miss Julia' series has taken the South by storm. Rarely does a protagonist of Miss Julia's caliber come along to delight readers. A middle-aged widow who dominates a small Southern town, Miss Julia is the most delightful contradiction of a character since M.C. Beaton's Agatha Raisin.

I love, love, love it when a character has an internal 'war' going on, and Miss Julia never disappoints. Whether its deciding what to do when her late husband's paramour shows up on he
I have been listening to this book at bed time. I have found a lot of fun and humor in this series of books. Miss Julia Strikes Back is not a favorite book of mine in this series. I like the books that take place in Miss Julia's home town.

Miss Julia's husband has gone on a tour, that he paid for before he met and married Miss Julia. Hazel Marie and Mr. Petite are both out of town. Miss Julia holds a party for her friends, and afterwards discovers her engagement ring and wedding band have been s
Marji Morris
May 20, 2016 Marji Morris rated it really liked it
Miss Julia is an old fashioned elderly small-town North Carolina Presbyterian lady, who , despite her high morals, finds herself in the darndest situations. Lonely with her new husband out of town and her "ward" on vacation in Mexico, Miss Juia hosts a tea for the ladies in town. Jewel thieves take advantage and steal her rings as well as Hazel Marie's jewelry and that of several other ladies whose homes are easy pickings during the tea. Appalled, Miss Julia takes off to Florida to try to locate ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Miss Julia, her pricy engagement ring stolen by jewelry thieves, once again takes matters into her own hands to retrieve it. She and Little Lloyd head to Palm Beach, where the perpetrators may or may not have ended up, to bring them to justice.

In the absence of J.D. Pickens, Julia must turn to another investigator, Frank Tuttle. If we thought her initial encounter with Mr. Pickens was a hoot, the one with Mr. Tuttle is funnier many times over.

Tuttle turns out to be quite a handful, literally,
Oct 09, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Second Read: October 9, 2014

I didn't remember I'd already read this one, so read again. It has second meaning to it, as last month we had burglars come into our home and stole all my jewelry. Maybe it was meant to be that I read it again. I really like those stories. Feel good, old fashioned Southern read!

First Read: Feb. 15. 2013Miss Julia is back and better than ever. She comes home one day to find that hers and Hazel Marie's jewelry has been stolen, and of course, she is not in the least cont
Jul 23, 2014 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Love the Miss Julia series and this one is a particular favorite. Sam is in Russia and Hazel Marie won a trip to the Caribbean so Miss Julia has very little to do. She has some friends over and when they are gone, she realizes that her wedding set and Hazel Marie's jewelry have been stolen. Determined to retrieve her custom made engagement ring before Sam finds out, she buys a big car, picks up Lloyd from school, and they head to Florida to engage a friend of Mr. Pickens, also a private detectiv ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Julia Strikes Back
Ann B. Ross
Audio Book
copyright: 2007
isbn: 978-1-4281-4779-9

The irresistible, indefatigable Miss Julia is back, turning the tables on a thief who chose the wrong belle to burgle

Having earned a devoted following for her rollicking antics and unshakable poise, Miss Julia's eighth outing begins with an unfortunate discovery. Her cherished engagement ring-an exact replica of Princess Di's-turns up missing after a party, making her the latest target of a Florida- based g
Apr 05, 2010 Patty rated it really liked it
Okay, this book I enjoyed. I've been swinging back and forth on Miss Julia. I like the characters but get a little tired of the TSTL things that Miss Julia sometimes does, for no known reason. I also don't know why she insists that everything she does doesn't need to be shared with anyone except Lilian.

In this book only Miss Julia and Lloyd are center stage, although they take along Etta Mae Wiggins. They are off to search for the crooks who broke into houses all over town stealing jewelry, incl
Apr 06, 2015 Patty rated it liked it
I already had read, but not reviewed apparently, this #8 book in the series, but I enjoyed reading it again. I should probably give it 4 stars because it's one of the most fun. There are some quite vivid caper scenes which make me think they could turn it into a fun tv shows. In this one, we get to know Etta Mae better, and like her a lot, and we get a good dose of Lloyd - this is the one in which he stops being "Little Lloyd" - and he's my favorite character.

The more I read the Miss Julia books
Miss Julia is back and better than ever. She comes home one day to find that her jewelry and Hazel Marie's jewelry has been burgled, and of course, she is not in the least content to wait for the police to go and find the stuff. Together with Little Lloyd and Etta Mae, she finds a private investigator (her usual go-to man, JD Pickens, is vacationing with Hazel Marie in Mexico) and goes after the jewel thieves herself.

The book is typical Miss Julia madcap hilarity, her proper Southern ladylike wa
Mar 14, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
Well...what to say. By the end of the book I enjoyed it. It took awhile to really get into it. This is the first of this series I have read. The protagonist, Miss Julia, seems to have joined the ranks of such canny "women sleuths of a certain age"...such as Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. But if I had to pick a favorite "woman sleuth of a certain age", I'd have to go with Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur, who is just a whole lot more fun.

That being said, Miss Julia is a no-nonsense Southern Lady
Dawn Branch
Aug 29, 2012 Dawn Branch rated it really liked it
The adventures of Miss Julia is captured by Ann B. Ross in this popular series. While this is not high literature, I thoroughly enjoy the situations that Miss Julia finds herself in. She is like a madcap Angela Lansbury careening through her small southern town trying to please everyone while dealing with her many personal crazy friends and relations. These are hilarious and often you can't put them down. I don't know why they never made this into a comedy series.

I would recommend that you read
Apr 10, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it
Shelves: 1900-present
Years ago I liked the Miss Julia books, they were funny and good light reads. Miss Julia Strikes Back was a little disappointing. This story seemed a little more serious. Jewel thieves had struck Miss Julia's home town. They stole some jewelry from her house while she was away. Then the story gets almost ridiculous. The sheriff said their hideout might be in West Palm Beach Florida. She drives from North Carolina to Florida, determined to get her wedding ring back. She hires a private investigat ...more
Russell Sanders
Dec 13, 2013 Russell Sanders rated it it was amazing
This edition of Miss Julia's saga is as entertaining as the previous seven books. What makes this one unique is that Miss Julia ventures out of her tiny community on a road trip to recover stolen goods. Most of author Ross's regular characters are virtually absent from the story, giving us readers the chance to bond with characters Little Lloyd (now just called Lloyd,) Etta Mae Wiggins, a new character Mr. Tuttle, and, of course, the irrepressible Miss Julia. It's light, it's quick, and it's fun ...more
I loved this book. I could not remember the name or author. I had checked it out on audio from the library. I tried to ask for help on the group on here that helps figure out books you cannot recall and have got nothing. Then I just saw it to day and the name stood out. "That's it."
The book is one of the most hilarious cozy ever. Light hearted, but never a boring moment. The main character is a cut up. Loved it. I would read again and there are not many cozys I would do that with except Agatha C
Jun 12, 2008 Shana rated it liked it
In the latest of the Miss Julia series, Julia's jewelry is stolen and she decides to go fetch it - even if it is in Florida! Typical of this series, Julia knows her mind and gets her way. I enjoy the characters, particularly Lillian, Miss Julia's longtime maid. This book had a couple key characters from other books on vacation, so a new character and one not usually features both play big roles. Lloyd is, as usual, an entertaining character. Start from the first book, Miss Julia Takes Over. Thes ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
Apr 30, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it really liked it
This book was a lot like a previous book in the series when Miss Julia meets Mr. Pickens. A jewelry ring of thieves has stolen from Miss Julia, Hazel Marie and a number of Julia's friends. With Sam gone to Russia and Mr. Pickens and Heather Marie gone on a cruise, Miss Julia, Lloyd and Etta May have gone to Florida to search out Mr. Pickens' detective friend, Frank Tuttle, to help them. When Tuttle turns out to be an alcoholic and in need of rescue himself, the trio manage him as well as the thi ...more
Nov 02, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
When Sam goes on a tour of Russia and Hazel Marie leaves town with Mr. Pickens for a trip to Mexico, Miss Julia has nothing to do but look forward to weeks of loneliness and boredom, at least until she realizes that she has been the target of a ring of jewel thieves. She takes to the road with Lloyd, Etta Mae, and the totally sloshed Florida detective Mr. Tuttle to recover her rings and catch some theives! Miss Julia is always a light, fun read!
Jan 25, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Once again, Miss Julia finds herself in a pickle when Hazel Marie, Mr. Pickens and Sam are all away at the same time and she is robbed. Of course, she can't just sit around waiting for the authorities to find her precious engagement ring (the one modeled after Princess Diana's). So, she grabs Lloyd and takes off for Florida to get her possessions back. She even has to call on Etta Mae Wiggins to help.

As always, this was truly enjoyable.
Jan 15, 2011 Maam rated it it was ok
My least favorite of all the Miss Julia books. She's always getting herself into scrapes and is funny that she's clueless that she's doing anything wrong but chasing jewel thieves and the situations she's in in this one, were just too outlandish to me. Maybe I'm just tired of the series..I do tend to get tired of them when there are too many books about the same characters. I've read all in the series and had missed this one and I did like the following ones better though.
Apr 04, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
"I couldn't help marvel at how far people will go when something valuable is at stake. It was enough to make you despair for the human race, if you thought about it." Says the woman who decides to take it into her own hands, drive to Florida, hire a private detective, and get her precious engagement ring back because the police weren't working to her liking. (insert eye roll here)

I'm liking these books, absolutely loving Miss Julia's clear hypocrisy.
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Ann B. Ross, who taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is the author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, one of the most popular Southern debut novels in years, Miss Julia Takes Over, Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, and Miss Julia Hits the Road. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
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Other Books in the Series

Miss Julia (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia, #1)
  • Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, #2)
  • Miss Julia Throws a Wedding (Miss Julia, #3)
  • Miss Julia Hits the Road (Miss Julia, #4)
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  • Miss Julia's School of Beauty (Miss Julia, #6)
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