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Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble (Miss Julia #14)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,369 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
Bestselling author Ann B. Ross cooks up a batch of fun in this latest novel in her popular series
With a crisp bite in the air, Miss Julia is enjoying a well-earned respite by her new fireplace. But autumn leaves aren't the only things falling: James, Hazel Marie's housekeeper, has had a nasty tumble down some stairs. How can Hazel Marie feed and take care of him--not to m
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ebook, 320 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Viking Books (first published April 5th 2013)
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Connie They really should be read in order, since there are things happening that are difficult to follow if you haven't. I started with one of the later…moreThey really should be read in order, since there are things happening that are difficult to follow if you haven't. I started with one of the later ones, then went back and have tried to read them in order since then. (less)
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Ellen
"Miss Julia Stirs up Trouble" by Ann B. Ross.

Miss Julia is on the ball trying her best to help Hazel Marie with the twins and assisting with James who is barely able to walk after a nasty fall. Unfortunately, that's just the beginning of trouble. Trouble walks through the door in the person of Brother Vern Puckett, Hazel Marie's Uncle. He's just one more burden on Hazel Marie that she doesn't need.

This was one of the best in the Miss Julia series. The action never slowed down and just when I tho
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Terri
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only Miss Julia could get into so much trouble by "minding her own business," lol!
Sharon Chance
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever come upon a book series that you've heard of forever but have never had a chance to read, and then think to yourself - "why didn't I read these books sooner??"

Well ... that's me and the "Miss Julia" series by Ann B. Ross. It's one of those series I always meant to check out, and ... well ... now I have! Fourteen books into the series and I have finally jumped on the "Miss Julia" bandwagon with the latest book, "Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble."

I really enjoyed this charming, fun stor
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Susan Snodgrass
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved Miss Julia and I was not disappointed in this 14th outing. I'm a little peeved at those who have reviewed and complained about the recipes taking up space. The book was thicker than the others so the recipes were just gravy, so to speak. No pun intended. I really enjoyed getting the recipes and think they definitely added to the story. After all, THAT was what the book is about!! It is the very premise of the book!

James, Hazel Marie and Mr. Pickens's house guy, fell and broke
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Audrey Dailey
This Miss Julia book was cute but not as good as the last one. The plot didn't seem quite as cohesive as some of the better ones. But there were, of course, funny little things that Miss Julia said and did, and even though I don't always agree with the way she handles things (open communication goes a long way!) I have to know what happens to her blended family!
Mason
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Julia…a prime, proper southern lady with a strong well, a stern exterior and a force to be reckoned with. But underneath, a heart of gold who would do anything (and has) for the people she loves.

What starts out as a seemingly calm autumn day in Abbottsville, NC, with Miss Julia enjoying her yard and newly remodeled house (well, three rooms at least), quickly turns to chaos. Her friend Hazel Marie’s housekeeper falls down the stairs and winds up bedridden. This leaves Hazel Marie to tend to
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Mandolin
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-inventory
Although "everybody knows that it's not [her] custom to meddle in other people's business," Miss Julia just can't stand idly by and watch as Hazel Marie tries unsuccessfully to balance two new babies, an invalid cook and an unsavory uncle who has dropped in for what seems destined to be a permanent visit. Unfortunately, Hazel Marie has never been a successful cook or housewife and her bursting household gradually slides into a state of utter chaos as she does her best to cope. Miss Julia becomes ...more
Yvann S
"That was what I call starting off on the wrong foot - the one he always started with and the one he pretty much stayed on."

Miss Julia, southern lady with a soft spot for a little sleuthing, dashes to help her friend Hazel Marie when the household help sprains his ankle. Hazel Marie's cooking skills being totally non-existent, Miss Julia rings around her friends to compile a simple cookbook, complete with tutorials, for Miss Hazel. But when Mr Pickins' eye seems to be wandering, James is sending
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Debbie
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Miss Julia is a small town busybody with her own cook and way too much time on her hands. She knows just enough about everything to make a creative mess of a whole lot. Though her heart is in the right place, her actions often go awry. If you like your summer reads to be as light as a sky high meringue, this book is for you!

The story focuses on a family that are neighbors/nearly family to Miss Julia. The woman of the house, Hazel Marie (only in the South could that name be plausible!), has twin
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Effie
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ann-b-ross
I have enjoyed the series of Miss Julia; however, this book was not what I considered up to par. I liked it, but felt that the more trouble Miss Julia gets into and the ways she has to get herself back out of it makes the book more entertaining. This one was basically one major problem and a couple of small dilemma's in my estimation. I read the recipe's and believe I will try a few of them. Usually when Miss Julia has something going on with Mr. Picken's it is more 'dramatic' (for lack of a bet ...more
Donna LaValley
Four stars for this one - it was like the Christmas present that it was to read it! What appealed to me is that all the action took place right there in Abbotsville - Miss Julia didn't have to go traipsing off to Florida or some sketchy little mountain town. Nor did Miss Julia need to climb to a roof on a rickety ladder or encounter big time criminals.

This book offers a cozy romp with old characters bestirred by their own foibles plus the complications created by Miss Julia's desire to "help."
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Ricki
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love these books! This is the 14th Miss Julia book, and if you are new to the series you don't want to start here! The first book is -Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind . There is no strong language and no sexual content (as IF Miss Julia would allow such goings on in her book!). This is a delightful book for light reading. It's a breath of fresh air and a perfect book for a day at the beach - or a rainy day. I found myself smiling or laughing through much of the narrative. There was a little bit ...more
Marty
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Miss Julia books. They take me back to my childhood when I knew several women like Miss Julia. I volunteer in a library bookstore and recommend this series for women who don't like overt sex and violence in their books. This is the 14th in the series. I recommend starting at the beginning, although you can jump in anywhere, you will simply not know the back story to the people.

Here, Miss Julia, the spunky 50ish lady is again trying to help her friends. This time she tries to teach Ha
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Karen
The latest in the Miss Julia series, in this one she is helping Hazel Marie learn to cook after James, Hazel Marie's cook, broke his wrist and sprained his ankle. Of course Uncle Vern Puckett, Hazel Marie's not-much-good freeloading uncle decides he is also feeling poorly and moves in. Of course, Hazel Marie also has Lloyd and the twins to take care of. Things are craze at both houses, so Miss Julia thinks that instead of asking women in town to bring over a dish for dinner, they should bring th ...more
Sue
This was my least favorite of the Miss Julia books so far. I really enjoy chilling out with her and envisioning her telling everyone off, but she was low-key in this novel and rather dense, so I was disappointed in the story. It doesn't really have a mystery like the others, except for her concerns about Mr. Pickens and James and what they are up to, although both instances were completely obvious to the reader and should have been to Miss Julia, who is supposed to have more than just a lick of ...more
Julia
With over a dozen books in the series, I am glad I can still enjoy Miss Julia so much. Hazel Marie and her family have moved into Sam's old house, with James residing housekeeper. After James falls down the stairs and breaks his hand, Miss Julia comes up with the idea of having her friends fill a cookbook of easy recipes for Hazel Marie, complete with some cooking lessons. It's a great way to get to see the best (and many) of characters, without having to create long story lines for everyone. Ha ...more
Val
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Julia is at it again, jumping to conclusions faster than Olympic athletes can finish a race. These are books that must be read in order, otherwise they won't make a lick of sense, to use a phrase that Miss Julia would. In this latest installment, Hazel Marie, Mr Pickens, their twin baby girls and Lloyd are settling nicely into Sam's old house with James as chief cook, when James takes a tumble and breaks an arm and sprains an ankle, incapacitating himself and throwing Miss Julia's pleasant ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Miss Julia continues to grow on me. I did not like the first Miss Julia book I listened to but with each additional book my opinion has changed. Miss Julia just cannot let well enough alone. It is such fun listening to her talk about what the people around her do never realizing she is just as bad if not worse about interfering. This time she is going to save Hazel Marie's marriage. Of course she is the only one who thinks it is in danger. Along the way she does indeed stir up a lot of trouble. ...more
Mary
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this book at all. I like a good cozy, love anything to do with food, cooking, recipes. This just didn't do it for me. I had a hard time keeping track of the many characters, didn't enjoy the story line, and while it may make me sound like a food snob...dumping cans of stuff into a pot and calling it dinner doesn't really make it a recipe. No second helping of Miss Julia for me, thanks.
Katherine
Nov 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
i am so surprised with all the good rating for this book. i saw the book at the library and borrowed it based on the rating in goodreads.

at first i thought this book takes place in the '50s or even Gone with the wind era. then when cell phone was mentioned, I realized it was modern day. who cannot handle running a household with a husband and 2 babies and she is not working these days? I was so annoyed with the book by chapter 4, I stopped.
Frances Johnson
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another funny and exciting book about the adventures and misadventures of Miss Julia, Hazel Marie and her twins, and the colorful cast of characters. James breaks a bone and can't cook so Hazel Marie must learn how to cook and all the recipes are included in the book. Miss Julia gets mistaken for a ghost, Hazel Marie's uncle opens a soup kitchen, and Miss Julia steps into a stake out. What more could happen?
Cheryl
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 14rh in the series. It is a pleasant story and enjoyable reading. In this book Julia trys to help a lady learn to cook by having different people come up with simple recipes and showing the lady how to cook them. Added to the story are the ladies twins infants, 10 year old son, a lazy uncle who moves in and the regular cook who is hurt and has to be waited on.
Alice
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nc-author, re-read
pg 4 It just goes to show that when you have a few minutes to glory in everything going right in the world, you'd better enjoy them while you can. It's never long before something comes along to turn your world inside out and upside down again.
Rebecca
Kind of like a who's who in Abbotsville. Fun for Miss Julia fans.



Squeaky Clean? - Some swear words.
Linda Nichols
A fluff book -- enjoyable to listen to while knitting. I'm not sure I'll read any more in the series, but I might find myself needing something light one day.
Pat
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story about Miss Julia and how she tries to fix everybody and everything, even if she doesn't quite understand the situation!!
Virma
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love- " I Love Lucy" then Miss Julia Books are for you! Hilarious hi-jinks!
Angela
Bless her heart, Miss Julia has done it again! Trying to help Hazel Marie out with the twins after James, Hazel Marie's live in help, falls down the stairs and injures himself Miss Julia decides it is time to teach Hazel Marie how to cook. If you are a fan of Miss Julia you know where it is going. Witches in windstorms, strange women riding in cars with Mr Pickens, African lotteries and a whirlwind of a Granny. Hold onto to your plates because you are in for a wild ride in Miss Julia Stirs Up Tr ...more
Maria
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another installment in the Miss Julia series. Once again, Miss Julia lets her imagination run rampant, and her worry gene runs full-throttle as she is sure that the worst is going to happen unless she intervenes. Uncle Verne shows up, James falls down the stairs, and help is needed to keep Hazel Marie sane and Mr. Pickins on the straight and narrow. Part of Miss Julia's campaign involves the collection of recipes so simple that even the kitchen-impaired Hazel Marie can manage, so come prepared t ...more
Carol
This was a fun read, although I was mighty frustrated with Uncle Vern!
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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 20 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)
  • Miss Julia Paints the Town (Miss Julia, #9)
  • Miss Julia Delivers the Goods (Miss Julia, #10)

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