Miss Julia Raises the Roof
by Ross, Ann B.

Learning that a nosy local gossip has teamed up with a new pastor to set up a secret home for wayward teens in the lot beside Hazel Marie's home, Miss Julia is shocked to discover that the venture has a sinister underlying agenda with the power to permanently disrupt their quiet and peaceful community. By the best-selling author of Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day.

Ann B. Ross is the author of more than a dozen novels featuring the popular Southern heroine Miss Julia, as well as Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day, a novel about one of Abbotsville's other most outspoken residents: Etta Mae Wiggins. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina

If septuagenarian Miss Julia aged in real time since the first installment in Ross' best-selling series, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind (1999), she'd be practically a nonagenarian by now. In her nineteenth adventure, she faces down a challenge from do-gooder Madge Taylor, who, with the help of the new pastor, plans to set up a group home for at-risk teenage boys. All well and good, except that the plan flouts local zoning ordinances, and, what's worse, the house intended to shelter the boys will disrupt and degrade the neighborhood. In particular, it will disrupt the lives of Hazel Marie and the rest of Miss Julia's beloved surrogate family. As she works to overturn Madge's plans, Miss Julia finds herself straddling a fine line between NIMBY and Christian values. On another front, her inveterate meddling almost costs her a friend. Competitive party-giving and a Great Dane in need of a home add touches of humor. Readers familiar with Miss Julia's previous outings will feel right at home. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Do-gooders who are smugly pleased with their newest plan roil the waters in a quiet Southern town.Miss Julia is feeling her age. With her husband, Sam, away in Europe, she's bored until her friend Hazel Marie calls in a state of shock because she's learned that someone's bought the house next door and plans to use it as a group home for troubled boys. The house, rather small and located in a historic residential neighborhood, is entirely unsuitable for that purpose, but Madge Taylor has influenced the new pastor and many members of the local church to help. Outraged that the whole plan has been conceived in secrecy for an area that isn't even zoned for such a project, Miss Julia decides to rally a few friends to stop it. As a woman who's done many good works in her life, she's furious to be verbally attacked as an un-Christian NIMBY Scrooge by newcomers who live in gated communities that forbid group homes. With the help of a few close friends and an excellent lawyer who help s her investigate, Miss Julia learns that the anonymous group that bought the house is using it as a wedge to lower the value of nearby houses they want to buy up at bargain prices. Realizing there's a lot more to this story than the sanctimonious drivel Madge Taylor's promoting, Miss Julia resolves to find the truth. The hunt for the troublemakers is surprisingly captivating for so slight a mystery. And of course fans of Ross' long-running series (Miss Julia Inherits a Mess, 2016, etc.) will be eager to learn the latest about many of their favorite characters. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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