Sometimes I like to shut out all the terrible things that are happening in the world, and curl up with a good book. The "Miss Julia" series by Ann B. Ross is the perfect antidote for the stress, anxiety, and discouragement of modern day life.
There are sixteen books in the series, and counting. I've collected twelve of them, so far. Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind sets the stage, so I recommend you read it first.
Miss Julia is a true southern lady, an older woman who has always done exactly what her father, her husband, her church, and her town expected of her. Then her husband dies, and she discovers he was one of the biggest hypocrites who ever lived. Fortunately, she also discovers he was rich.
Now, for the first time in her life, Miss Julia is free to make up her own mind about people, and do exactly as she pleases. These novels are a coming-of-age story about an older woman finally learning who she is, what she wants in life, and how to handle her considerable resources.
Much to her surprise, Miss Julia is also making lots of new and unexpected friends, including her late husband's mistress Hazel Marie, and their young son!
Before you know it, Miss Julia is off on one adventure after another. Although these books aren't billed as mysteries, there is usually a crime or mystery to be solved in each book, with the help of Mr. Pickens, a handsome private detective who is sweet on Hazel Marie, and the local deputy, who rents a room from Miss Julia.
There is even a touch of romance in Miss Julia's life, in the form of a longtime friend who would like to marry her.
Dear Readers, these books are addictive. Once you enter Miss Julia's world, you won't want to leave it.
You can find the books listed in order of publication on Ann B. Ross's website: