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Miss Julia Paints the Town

(Miss Julia #9)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,619 ratings  ·  191 reviews
Development threatens Abbotsville, but not for long when Miss Julia takes on the cause

When developers threaten to bulldoze the old courthouse to make way for condominiums, Miss Julia is dismayed. She enlists the help of Etta Mae Wiggins in a plot to scare off the money by exposing the town's many eccentric characters. Abbotsville has plenty of local color of the kind not
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 27th 2008 by Viking Adult (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I know these are not high literature, but I just love this series of books. The dialogue is wonderful, the characters are so rich and believable. Southern women being strong but also revealing inner fears - friendships and social mores and changing society are all in there.

I appreciate the conciseness of the plot. The way we have rich background and an interesting setting without long sections devoted to building the background. It's just there in the lives and conversations.

My mother is from th
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Miss Julia Paints the Town by Ann B. Ross.

Miss Julia knows how to size every situation up and does it in a hurry when it comes to any changes to her town. That's not all Julia is capable of...she knows how to express her feelings on every idea or insinuation that comes her way. That's what I love about Miss Julia.

The person I must lift up and praise is the narrator for the Miss Julia series...Cynthia Darlow. Cynthia not only narrates the story, she brings each character to life and does it with
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life continues to hold excitement in Abbotsville, NC in Miss Julia Paints the Town by Ann B. Ross. First, her friend's husband disappears with a lot of money that people have invested through him. As her friend mourns the loss of her husband, having given him up for loss, another man in the town disappears and then another. This keeps Sam, Miss Julia's retired lawyer husband, busy trying to represent the wives and find practicing lawyers for them to help the women out.

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Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A visit with Miss Julia is always so much fun. She gets herself into such interesting situations. This is a woman that I would really like to spend some time with. Watching her develop through the series has been such a hoot and I'm anxious to read on to enjoy her next wacky adventure. ...more
Kara Babcock
I picked this up from the library hoping it'd be about a plucky protagonist with a quirky attitude who would stop at nothing to save the day. Well, I was right, but not in the way I was expecting.

I seem to have stumbled upon the ninth novel in a series of novels intended for an audience composed primarily of people who are not me. By which I mean, I didn't like this book all that much, but most of my objections are based on personal taste and not on the book itself. If you've enjoyed previous Mi
Having been a fan of Miss Julila since the beginning of the series, I had become less than enthusiastic with the last book because the author had turned her into a worrisome, fretting, 'fraidy-cat, which was totally out of character with the original book. Well, in this book, she's back! This time, Miss Julia it taking on Arthur Kessler, a developer from New Jersey, who wants to tear down the old courthouse and erect an 8-story condominium complex for retired people, people who will move in from ...more
Apr 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Miss Julia defies type--whether she's skulking around in the middle of the night or putting one in their place with a look, she's always a hoot. The story of a northern (!) developer coming to Abbotsville to tear down the semi-historic courthouse for condos takes a backseat to the unusual absence of many of Miss Julia's friends husbands. The cast of characters has been refined throughout the stories, so not much time is wasted on explaining who people are and we get right into the meat of the st ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Spent a hilarious day yesterday with the inimitable Miss Julia and her goodhearted yet quirky antics. Her indirect approach to stopping the old Abbottsville courthouse from being destroyed & replaced with an eight-story condo and her interactions with Abbottsville's exaggerated cast of friends and characters had me laughing aloud on more than one occasion. When I finish a "Miss Julia" book, it feels a little to quiet, as if I've been visiting family and have to leave them behind in order to retu ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Pretty silly book. I listened to it on tape while traveling with the family. The dialog and details are spot on - shades of Southerners I have known. Will Miss Julia save the courthouse from the evil developer from NEW JERSEY!?!?!?
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love Miss Julia!!!!!
Heidi Burkhart
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy the old style southern influences in the text, such as "bumbershoot," umbrella!

Miss Julia books are entertaining and move along at a gentle pace.

A pleasant reread!
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Miss Julia is a Southern lady of a certain age who likes things done a certain way, except when she doesn't. She likes done the traditional, old way except when she doesn't.

This volume centers around the marital troubles of several couples revolving mainly around one man's Ponzi scheme slick enough to even take in Miss Julia. Her marriage to the ever patient and understanding Sam is fine, except when she mistakenly thinks it isn't.

The other story line centers on an out of town Yankee developer w
Quaker Maid
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
For some reason, I didn't hate this audiobook.
It contained what I despise: archaic double-standards for women concerning sex, the notion that our only goal in life is to have children and get married (not necessarily in that order), we don't want to work after we get married, and paying way too much attention to women's bodily appearances.
I don't know why I didn't want to burn this one.
I think part of it had to do with the narrator's inflection, tone, vocality ~~it's an up-and-coming word, peopl
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Miss Julia Series is tied with The Southern Sisters Mysteries by Anne George and The Cat Who Series by Lilian Jackson Braun for my all time favorite series!! The characters are lovable and once you start reading the first one, you just can’t stop! You are on the edge of your seat dying to know what happens next until you get through every book! I searched for years for another great series like this and I couldn’t be happier to have found this one! A true treasure! There aren’t many great wr ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#9 in the Muss Julia light mystery series set in the small, somewhat rural town of Abbotsville 2 hours or so inland from Raleigh, North Carolina. This was a fun book to read.

Guessing Miss Julia is in her 60's and a real whirlwind along with being a very proper Southern gentlewoman. Filled with interesting characters, humor and rapidly moving plot. The story has a little bit of everything as Miss Julia tries to save the town's old court house: unsavory developer, disappearing husbands, fraud, pos
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read the first of this series through a reading group at work, Miss Julia was quite stiff and unmovable from her limited view of the world. It was black and white, and she had difficulty accepting change of any kind. She was also in a loveless marriage and when she went to her pastor for guidance, he was not sympathetic to her new circumstances in life nor understanding of women in general. Well, the pastor hasn't changed, but Miss Julia sure has! Each tale is more enjoyable from the last ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another jewel in the Miss Julia series. In this one, she tries to save the historic and beautiful, but unusable courthouse from demolition at the hands of a condo developer. Plus there's the business about husbands going missing around town.

I enjoyed this book but detracted a star from my usual five rating because there wasn't enough explanation at the end to suit me. Nothing major, but I still had a few questions.

Check out the audiobook for this one. Cynthia Darlow's impressions of Poochy and B
Julie Trapp
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 The mayor wants to sell the courthouse and build an 8 story condo bldg. and 3 of the town's husbands have gone missing. Miss Julia needs to solve all the problems in her own way. In doing so, a lot of the town's secrets come to light. She tries to discourage the developer by showing him the seamy side of the town. Better than the last book I read in the series (Strikes Back). The mystery of the missing husbands was better than the courthouse problem. Very predictable, not a lot of mystery. ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Miss Julia series of books are always delightful. The Southern attitudes of Miss Julia as she takes small steps away from the out-dated restrictions placed upon her by the Presbyterian Church to which she belongs are hilarious. I find myself cheering her on as she emerges as a individual escaping the unfair beliefs that place her in a position of having to rely on males to see to her needs. Miss Julia Paints the Town continues the journey of self-discovery she started in book one. A very enj ...more
Nancy Cook-senn
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
“A virtuous woman is more precious than rubies, you know, and being virtuous in all my works is what I aim for. Just as long as nobody steals from me like Richard Stroud did or causes an upheaval of the town like Arthur Kessler did or shoots at me like…. Well, there are times when even a decorous and retiring woman has to take on the whole town, if need be, and use all the faculties at her disposal to see that justice does indeed prevail.”
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a little old lady Miss Julia can sure stir up some trouble. She organizes the town to try to stop the courthouse from being torn down thinking it is an historical landmark. The antics she gets involved in to save the build are often scary and funny. Her poor husband!
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just want to read an enjoyable book that isn't dark. I keep the Miss Julia books for just those times. Sassy, funny, nostalgic- in a lovely Southern town. Miss Julia is a kick!

Also, listened to the audiobook this time, and it added to it. Great performance!
David Szatkowski
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving the extra star for the narrator, who did an excellent job. Ross' books are always light-hearted and fun, and this is no different. An easy, enjoyable read for anyone anytime. And a trip to Abbottsville will always leave you laughing. ...more
Cheryl Black
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favourite in the series. Etta Mae has figured prominently in the last 2 books & overshadowed other regular characters that are so entertaining - I missed them! Hope the next book gets back to more of those we know & love.
Harry Addington
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Funny and wacky story set in the south.
Kayrene Smither
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, fiction
This was on audio, and it was world's better than MJ Strikes Back. Cute story, a lot of mystery; tied up nicely at the end. ...more
Tonia Woods
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It just hilarious how Miss Julia goes about accomplishing her plans. How sometimes the plans backfired, but all turns out for the best in the end.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reacquainting myself with Miss Julia and the residents of Abbottsville. A quick read....
Cheryl Armstrong
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lighthearted and funny.
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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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Miss Julia (1 - 10 of 22 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)
  • Miss Julia Meets Her Match (Miss Julia, #5)
  • Miss Julia's School of Beauty (Miss Julia, #6)
  • Miss Julia Stands Her Ground (Miss Julia, #7)
  • Miss Julia Strikes Back (Miss Julia, #8)
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