Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Book Review: Miss Julia Takes The Wheel

Author: Ann B. Ross
Title: Miss Julia Takes The Wheel
Publisher: Viking
Publish Date: April 2, 2019
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: When Miss Julia's regular doctor goes on vacation with his wife, leaving a replacement in his stead, Miss Julia is immediately concerned. Never one to miss an opportunity to entertain--or size up--a newcomer, she invites the charming Dr. Don Crawford, and his painfully shy wife, Lauren, to dinner. While Miss Julia and Sam both note Lauren's obvious lack of social skills, it's her friends Hazel Marie and Binkie that pick up on some of Dr. Crawford's less palatable qualities.

Meanwhile, Lloyd has gotten his first car, and LuAnne, fresh off her divorce, has started a job at the local funeral home and is in urgent need of an occupation-appropriate makeover--Miss Julia has enough on her plate. Yet there is just something she can't place about the Crawfords, and she won't rest until she gets to the bottom of it.

As always, hijinks ensue as Ann B. Ross delivers this delightful and entertaining installment, Miss Julia Takes the Wheel, in her bestselling Miss Julia series.

Review:Miss Julia Takes The Wheel is the 21st installment of this fun, kind of cozy mystery series. Actually, I'm not sure how to categorize this book. It was easy to jump right in to this series, though I definitely want to go back and read the earlier books.

Its fun and funny and sometimes even frustrating with the octogenarian heroine, Miss Julia. Miss Julia is a wealthy, busybody, that mostly has a heart of gold.

This book reads like a day in the life, a clean soap opera of sorts, with Miss Julia's husband, friends, neighbors, their children and in particular the new fill in doctor and his wife, who the story centers around in a very round about way.

The Crawfords are taking over for the local doctor for the few months he's away in Europe. Miss Julia is unsure of them, especially the wife, from the very start.

We get a lot of snippets about Miss Julia's views on healthcare, on the news she watchs (Fox...dear god!) and on how to keep poor 15 year old Lloyd from becoming girl crazy. (You know, like most 15 year old boys do). Her solution certainly doesn't seem like something the average teenage boy would want to do, but Lloyd doesn't come across as average either.

It was a light, entertaining read, with a small touch of mystery. Julia sort of falls into solving it without any sleuthing.

The book plods along, but that kind of pacing is mostly the norm for a lady in her 80s.

There was only one issue I had and that was with how Mildren's husband Horace's heart attack was dealt with. He was in the hospital an extraordinarily long time without mention of surgery etc and Mildred didn't seem to understand anything in regards to his condition.

I can easily see this series being adapted for television. All of the characters are so vivid fun to get to know. I look forward to reading more of Miss Julia's adventures.

Rating: 4 flowers


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