Miss Julia Paints the Town

Ann B. Ross, Author . Viking $24.95 (326p) ISBN 978-0-670-01864-2

Julia Springer Murdoch has survived widowhood, scandals and her share of delightfully harebrained adventures in eight previous Miss Julia outings; here she tackles a town’s worth of problems. Smarmy New Jersey developer Arthur Kessler plans to tear down the old Abbotsville, N.C., courthouse and replace it with condos, but more pressing is the fact that three of Julia’s friends’ husbands have decamped or gone missing, including Richard Stroud, who may have absconded with a great deal of money. Everyone’s turning to Julia for advice except for Richard’s wife, Helen, who’s getting too cozy for comfort as she cries on the shoulder of Miss Julia’s good-natured second husband, Sam. Julia rallies her friends to convince Kessler that Abbotsville is too full of Southern eccentricities for him, but those eccentricities may be too real for the plan to work. The memorably droll 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. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/07/2008
Release date: 04/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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