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Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle

(Miss Julia #12)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,099 ratings  ·  201 reviews
In the latest installment of this bestselling series Miss Julia vows to mind her own business-but can she succeed?
Miss Julia has promised her husband, Sam, to mind her own business. What a relief! She doesn't have to spring into action when a dead body is found in a toolshed six blocks from her house. Instead, she can concentrate on what's really important-like figuring
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Viking (first published January 1st 2011)
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FangirlNation
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle by Ann B. Ross, Lloyd comes home from school full of news that they have found a dead body in the tool shed that belongs to his social studies teacher. The police came to school and took away the teacher to question her. Miss Julia has decided to stay out of things, so she doesn’t join the throng following the police in curiosity. But soon she finds something much more personal to focus on. Her housekeeper, Lillian, tells her that the grocery store manager sent a m ...more
Carol
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second Read: It's been over four years since I've read this book, and I found it delightful to read yet again. Miss Julia has many a challenge confronting her as she tries to maintain her status as an upright lady in her small Southern town. After all, it's not easy to keep your head high when you've got the illegitimate son of your late husband living with you - even if you do adore him - not to mention his mama who is now pregnant with twins and married to a private investigator who you wish w ...more
LORI CASWELL
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
ust a little history of this series:
When Hazel Marie Puckett and her nine-year-old son, Little Lloyd, show up on Julia Springer's doorstep in Abbotsford, North Carolina, Miss Julia receives the shock of her long and proper life. After 44 years of marriage to pillar-of-church-and-community Wesley Lloyd Springer, she discovers that while she had assumed he was working late at the family bank, he was engaged in other, more carnal, pursuits. For, as Hazel Marie shyly explains, Little Lloyd is Miss
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Donna LaValley
Even though I like the Miss Julia series quite a bit, as evidenced by the prior reviews of 1-11 of this series, this one gets the lowest rating. There was a laugh-out-loud moment, and I liked her “queenly” bit as she lied to the young sheriff who saw her a few hours earlier as a tattered crazy old lady, but the flaws outweighed the highlights. An unresolved “loose end” was the banking problem and umbrage not properly smoothed and resolved. As in other volumes, unbelievable actions contrary to la ...more
Heidi Burkhart
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading these Miss Julia books. They make me laugh. Miss Julia is as hilarious as ever as Hazel Marie discovers that she is expecting.

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Just did a reread. The Miss Julia books are wonderful when one is under the weather. The storyline is uncomplicated and amusing, while the characters are very endearing.
Beverly
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Julie
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I so love these characters! This was a mystery that kind of keeps you guessing, but easy enough to figure out. My favorite kind! I laughed right out loud at certain parts. So fun!
Rosemary
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm enjoying the Miss Julia series, but I wouldn't call them mysteries as many people seem to do. This one does have an actual dead body in it, which is mysterious for a few hours when Lloyd comes home from school to say his teacher found one (dead body, that is) in her wood shed. However, identity and cause of death are established in no time. Still, Miss Julia has good reason to snoop around wood sheds and catch Thurlow Jones up to something. And meanwhile, somebody has been forging her signat ...more
Mandolin
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
The feisty senior citizen is back again, this time determined to mind her own business and learn to focus on her own problems rather than those of her friends and neighbors. Her resolution is immediately challenged, however, when Lloyd announces the discovery of a body in his schoolteacher's shed and raises a slew of questions about the possible identity and activities of the dead person. To complicate matters, Miss Julia is faced with check fraud and with a husband who refuses to believe in her ...more
Donna
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good but not quite as good as previous Miss Julia books. The books put me in the mind of Murder She Wrote, not gory and graphic but just good clean books. Enjoy all the antics that she gets into.
Nancy Haddock
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awww, the babies came! This series is a delight, and I'll be sad when I actually catch up on all the books. Hope the next one won't be long in coming!
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Jimmy Lee
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Miss Julia has many a challenge confronting her as she tries to maintain her status as an upright lady in her small Southern town. After all, it's not easy to keep your head high when you've got the illegitimate son of your late husband living with you - even if you do adore him - not to mention his mama who is now pregnant with twins and married to a private investigator who you wish was just a wee bit more focused on putting reputable bread on the table in a regular way. Fortunately you have a ...more
Russell J. Sanders
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
When last we saw Hazel Marie, she was pregnant with twins and Miss Julia was her usual lovably meddling self. Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle picks up there, and half the joy, half the book, is about the impending and subsequent birth of the babies. After that, not a whole lot happens. But that’s one thing that makes Ann B. Ross’s Miss Julia series enjoyable. We are treated to life in a tiny North Carolina town where the crimes often are not big ones and mostly Miss Julia, who seems to get involved ...more
Linda
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this volume of the Miss Julia series, our favorite Southern lady of a certain age answers for a lot of past sins. And mostly they're sins of omission for things she's kept from her tolerant and patient second husband, Sam. He leaves her temporarily which sets up the funniest scene in the book when Miss Julia unwittingly spends the night in bed with Ronnie, a gentlemanly Great Dane owned by a disreputable neighbor who figures in the flimsy mystery that sets up the other capers.

The arrival of H
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Marilyn Upright
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
After this series caught my eye in my local library several times, I decided to read one. Miss Julia is an older woman from North Carolina who just cant stand to not know what is going on.
Her new 2nd husband Sam is feeling neglected because her previous husbands mistress and her husband and son live in their house. The Mistress Hazel Marie is expecting twins. There is also a housekeeper and her grandaughter and a nurses aid to help with the babies when they arrive.
After there is a murder in the
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La
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A sweet little mystery in this cozy series but not the best I've read of hers. I picked it because it seemed Christmas-y but ended up being just after the season. While I enjoyed indulging in a novel placed in my geographic area, I did get a little uncomfortable with her use of vernacular speech for the housekeeper. I didn't remember that part of the books, and found myself struggling between disappointment and trying to figure out how I would make the distinction in the character without using ...more
Kristin Hart
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
Maria
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Typical Miss Julia. Progress is made in the lives of the regular characters, Miss Julia concocts an unbelievable scenario to move the story forward (in this case, it's Sam getting upset at Julia "keeping things from him," when in the past he absolutely adores her and doesn't get upset by anything, at least not to this degree). But the antics continue and she never learns. And I love the audio version better than the print version because the voice in my head isn't as good as the woman who reads ...more
Julie Trapp
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
Can't wait to finish this series. I started it and will finish it regardless of how ridiculous the books are.
Hazel Marie finally has her twin girls. She is staying at Miss Julia's with a nurse to care for them all. Along the way, a body is found in Miss Petty's shed (she is Little Lloyd's teacher), Miss Julia is accused of passing bad checks and Mildred's ex husband is out of prison. My main problems with this book:
1. Preemies weighing less than 5# go to the NICU and do not go home within a week
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Debbie Thomas
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Picked this up for vacation as all I wanted were easy, light-hearted books. It will be endearing, especially to older readers, as the quintessential Southern LADY gets into mischief. Even younger readers can probably relate to mothers grandmothers who still embrace the old manners and protocols for women. To say it’s an unenlightened book is an understatement. But…it was a sweet story and easy read with a little drama…which is exactly what I wanted. So…all in all not bad, but won’t be shouting f ...more
Adrien Fisher
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
If this hadn't been for the Mystery Book Club I wouldn't have finished it. Miss Julia is a Southern American version of Hyacinth Bucket from Keeping Up Appearances, obsessed with how she appears to others and judgy of everyone in her community. She did become more likable through the book, mainly in her interactions with the people closest to her. ...more
Laurel
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A dead body is found in a shed down the street! Hazel Marie and Mr. Pickens' twin girls are keeping everyone awake and somehow Julia has deeply hurt Sam's feelings. Plus someone is passing bad checks on Julia's account. How will she straighten out everything? ...more
Ann
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was my first venture into this series. Maybe if I had actually read the book instead of listening to it on CDs I would have liked it better. Miss Julia seems to be a small town busy-body with a keen sense of social hierarchy. But I'm just not sure I'd even like her if we should meet. ...more
Rachel Carr
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great Miss Julia story. Love her and everyone in Abbottsville!
Cynthia Repsher
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Miss Julia tries to mind her own business but this proves harder than it seemed.
Susan
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-fiction
Miss Julia never disappoints. Her crazy antics crack me up!
Janet
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love Miss Julia
Cheryl Armstrong
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
What trouble will she get into next?
Nancy
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a wonderful series. Entertaining, funny, and so old school deep South. Cynthia Darlow's narration is perfection. I wish this series would never end. ...more
Julie
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the Miss Julia series. Highly recommend.
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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.

Other books in the series

Miss Julia (1 - 10 of 23 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)
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