Ann B.  Ross

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law | Saturday, May 16, 10:40 - 11:30, Richland Meeting Room A&B
Genre(s) Fiction

Ann B. 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 in Asheville. She is the author of fifteen previous novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia. In August 2014, Viking published Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day, a novel that Ann wrote from the point of view of one of Abbotsville’s most outspoken residents: Etta Mae Wiggins. Ann Ross lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Book Title: Miss Julia Lays Down The Law

Connie Clayborn has recently taken up residence with her wealthy husband in a gated community on the outskirts of Abbotsville, and invites Miss Julia and other A-list ladies over for coffee. Their eagerness to make a new friend is quickly snuffed out when the snobby woman begins spouting insensitive ideas on how to improve Abbotsville, including the town park with the statue of Lady Justice which Miss Julia and her friends personally helped create. Everyone leaves shaken, especially Emma Sue the pastor’s wife, who afterwards will barely leave the house. Pastor Ledbetter confides in Miss Julia and asks her to go talk to Connie to persuade her to change her ways — but when she arrives at the sprawling home, she finds Connie lifeless and bloody on the floor. Miss Julia needs to find out who the murderer is and fast, now that her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene. Luckily Miss Julia has two excellent lawyers at her disposal: her husband and Binkie.