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Last Updated onReading the Miss Julia books in order by Ann B. Ross will bring much joy to any cozy mystery fans. Miss Julia is often funny, and her character develops naturally from book to book. She is a member of the local church, proper Presbyterian lady, and she takes her religious quite seriously.
So when, in Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (the first book in the series) her deceased husband, Wesley Lloyd, turned out to not only have a mistress but also a child, she realizes that the right thing to do is take the two in when they appear at her doorsteps. And so a new family is born.
Here is the Miss Julia series in order by cozy mystery writer Ann B. Ross.
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Publication Order of Miss Julia Books
- Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (Miss Julia #1), 1999
- Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia #2), 2001
- Miss Julia Throws a Wedding (Miss Julia #3), 2002
- Miss Julia Hits the Road (Miss Julia #4), 2003
- Miss Julia Meets Her Match (Miss Julia #5), 2004
- Miss Julia’s School of Beauty (Miss Julia #6), 2005
- Miss Julia Stands Her Ground (Miss Julia #7), 2006
- Miss Julia Strikes Back (Miss Julia #8), 2007
- Miss Julia Paints the Town (Miss Julia #9), 2008
- Miss Julia Delivers the Goods (Miss Julia #10), 2009
- Miss Julia Renews Her Vows (Miss Julia #11), 2010
- Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle (Miss Julia #12), 2011
- Miss Julia to the Rescue (Miss Julia #13), 2012
- Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble (Miss Julia #14), 2013
- Miss Julia’s Gift (Miss Julia #14.5), 2013
- Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover (Miss Julia #15), 2014
- Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day (Miss Julia #16), 2014
- Miss Julia Lays Down the Law (Miss Julia #17), 2015
- Miss Julia Inherits a Mess (Miss Julia #18), 2016
- Miss Julia Weathers the Storm (Miss Julia #19), 2017
- Miss Julia Raises the Roof (Miss Julia #20), 2018
- Miss Julia Takes the Wheel (Miss Julia #21), 2019
- Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two (Miss Julia #22), 2020
About Miss Julia Books by Ann B. Ross
Miss Julia is an elderly widow who is living in Abbotsville, North Carolina. She is one of the few widows who not only learned to live with her no longer having a husband but also accepted and even embraced her widowhood.
So much, in fact, that she is constantly telling other characters that it’s ok to be a widow, while also showing them the many benefits from having such a status (money, for example).
The first book in the series for the Ann B. Roos books, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, starts a wonderful journey into the world of this lovely and quirky Southern lady with lots of friends and fun adventures.
One of my favorite of the earlier Miss Julia books is Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, where the main character wants to help throw a real wedding for Deputy Coleman Bates and attorney Binkie Enloe, even if it means taking things into her own hands and restoring the order when things go a bit sideways.
In book five by Ann B. Ross, Miss Julia Meets Her Match, she does get married once again (not many women at her age are so lucky) to Sam Murdoch, an admirer who is the sweetest person on Earth.
She has a strong wit about herself and when it comes to solving the cases she comes across, she is always in the thick of it. She has a spunky and determined personality and is much tougher than she looks. Being a product of the South, she is a typical sweet Southern lady, a true sharp-tongued southern belle. Her character is one that many people around her love. She is quite popular with her neighbors, characters who often come to her for advice on all sorts of things. Also, she knows how to keep other people’s secrets, something that she has the chance to prove in several of Ann B. Ross’s books.
However, she is not afraid to speak her mind when the occasion calls for it (see the title of the first book for a good example). After all, freedom of speech is still well and alive in America. She is also fearless and often gets into all sorts of crazy adventures that could even become dangerous to her. Yet, in a few of the books, it is clear that Miss Julia is also rather naive and this weakness often brings her great problems. This naivety shows from the very first book, where a part of the mystery is, indeed, her gullibility.
In Miss Julia Weathers the Storm, she once again gets her nose into other people’s businesses and gets herself in the craziest of situations. Miss Julia now feels she needs a vacation, so she grabs her family and goes to the beach for two weeks after Sam renting a huge beach house for all of them. Of course, she won’t be spending all her two weeks on the beach because there are things she needs to take care of, especially since several mysterious $100 bills wash up the shore, followed by a hurricane that doesn’t want to leave them to enjoy their holidays in peace. So once the family is home again, they notice a black SUV that is seemingly following them. This fun Miss Julia story is, once again, hilarious to boot, and fun entertainment.
The Miss Julia books by Ann B. Ross are an enjoyable light, cozy mystery series. The author often mentioned that, to her, Miss Julia is like a dear friend. While none of the Mis Julia books reached the status of a bestseller #1, several in the book series have been on the New York Times Extended Bestseller’s List over the years. Ann B. Ross says that for her, knowing that the books reach all her fans over and over again, is satisfaction enough.
As to the mystery in the book, it is very light. I mean very, very light. There is hardly any suspense and you won’t have edge-of-your-seat moments while reading it. Often you figure out what is going on before Miss Julia. Sometimes she keeps reminding me of Angela Lansbury but in a much lighter and humorous setting. I actually see Angela’s face in front of my eyes when I read one of the Miss Julia books.
What I enjoy most about the Ann B. Ross Miss Julia book series in order is that over the years and over the course of the books, she has managed to create a real home for herself and managed to surround herself with friends who became her real, true family. There is much love in these books and lots of warm, fuzzy feelings when reading the Miss Julia series.
So if you are into serious mysteries, this series of books by Ann B. Ross might not be for you. But if you want to have a fun few hours where you can heartily laugh, solve the cases along with Miss Julia while sipping on your favorite beverage, I recommend picking up the Miss Julia book series with all my heart because the Ann B. Ross books are truly wonderful, and reading the books in order is really a must for any fan.
Standalone Ann B Ross Books
- The Murder Cure, 1978
- The Murder Stroke, 1981
- Pilgrimage, 1987
Ann B Ross Biography
Ann B. Ross grew up in a small town in the United States. She wanted to write books from a very young age. She wrote articles for the high school newspaper, however, after finishing high school, she decided to become a nurse. She earned her credentials from S.C. Baptist Hospital in Columbia.
Next, she attended the Armstrong College in Savannah, GA, where she got an Associate of Arts degree. However, soon after, she had to stop her studies and focus on her family and raising her three children.
In the 1960s she moved to Hendersonville, where she’s been living ever since. She never finished university, so after her children all grew up and she sent them to college, she went back to school as well. She enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she earned herself a degree in literature.
Next, she continued her studies and enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she got her masters degree, as well as a doctorate degree in English and Philosophy, majoring in Medieval Studies. After finishing her Ph.D. studies, she returned to Asheville at the University of North Carolina, where she began teaching literature and humanities.
In the early 1980s she wrote three books, although they never became as popular as her Miss Julia series. Currently, the three standalone Ann B Ross books are out of print. You can still find them in paperback editions on Amazon or second-hand bookstores, but they are no longer actively being published. As she wanted to write books, Ann decided to take additional classes in writing to learn about techniques that could help craft better books than her first three novels she had written several years before. And her courses paid her the reward.
Her real breakthrough came in 1999,long after she got her Ph.D., when her first Miss Julia book was published under the title Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind. This is when she knew she would make it as a writer and dedicated her full time to writing the series. The first book got reprinted no less than six times within one year and earned the author many accolades and positive critiques, landing the book on top lists in the country. Her books have been so far translated in several languages including German, Japanese, Polish, Croatian, and Italian.
Ann B. Ross writes every day (preferably 3-4 hours in the morning), dedicating her time in the morning to actively writing. With publishing one book every year, she is quite an active writer, with often adding to her manuscript seven days a week. This way, she can finish a book manuscript in little over half a year, following which it goes through a revising and editing process.
Often she is asked whether she is Miss Julia, and, although she is also living in a small Southern town just like Miss Julia does, Ann B. Ross always confesses that she is not her.
In several interviews, the author admitted that she is not planning out her books in advance. She rather is a ‘seat of the pants’ type of writer, who has an idea how the story will go and what the ending will be but finds her inspiration for the plot details while writing.
Praise for Miss Julia Series
Ross has a gift for elevating such everyday matters as marital strife and the hazards of middle age to high comedy, while painting her beautifully drawn characters with wit and sympathy. (Publisher Weekly)
Miss Julia is one of the most delightful characters to come along in years. Ann B. Ross has created what is sure to become a classic Southern comic novel. Hooray for Miss Julia, I could not have liked it more. (Fannie Flagg)
Yes, Miss Julia is back, and I, for one, am one happy camper. (J.A. Jance)
A charming, fun adventure with new relatives, old secrets and a will putting Miss Julia and the Abbotsville regulars in a true Southern mess. I loved it! (Duffy Brown)