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A Bad Day for Sorry: A Crime Novel (Stella Hardesty Crime Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Littlefield
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel!

Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her fiftieth birthday. A few years later, she’s so busy delivering home-style justice on her days off, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run her sewing shop in her rural Missouri hometown. Some men need more convincing than others, but it’s usually nothing a little light bondage or old-fashioned whuppin' can’t fix. Since Stella works outside of the law, she’s free to do whatever it takes to get the job done---as long as she keeps her distance from the handsome devil of a local sheriff, Goat Jones.

When young mother Chrissy Shaw asks Stella for help with her no-good husband, Roy Dean, it looks like an easy case. Until Roy Dean disappears with Chrissy’s two-year-old son, Tucker. Stella quickly learns that Roy Dean was involved with some very scary men, as she tries to sort out who’s hiding information and who’s merely trying to kill her. It’s going to take a hell of a fight to get the little boy back home to his mama, but if anyone can do it, it’s Stella Hardesty.

A Bad Day for Sorry won an Anthony Award for Best First Novel and an RT Book Award for Best First Mystery. It was also shortlisted for Edgar, Barry, Crimespree, and Macavity Awards, and it was named to lists of the year's best mystery debuts by the Chicago Sun-Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Littlefield's amusing, sassy debut introduces Stella Hardesty, a widow and survivor of domestic violence, who owns a sewing shop in a sleepy Missouri town. On the side, Stella solves problems and metes out justice on behalf of battered women, like Chrissy Shaw, whose abusive bully of an ex-husband, Roy Dean Shaw, Stella keeps tabs on. After Roy Dean absconds with Chrissy's baby, Stella learns he's involved with local mobsters in a stolen auto parts ring. Chrissy sheds her victimhood to team up with Stella and do battle. After girding up their weaponry, the unlikely crime-fighting duo trick their way into the home of Roy Dean's mob boss, who they suspect has Chrissy's son. Stella discovers that no amount of preparation and righteous anger can prevail over pure evil, at least not without loads of trouble. Spunky, unapologetically middle-aged and a tad cantankerous, Stella barges bravely and often unwisely into danger. (Aug.)
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A Bad Day for Sorry is another of the year’s best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice. We don’t get many characters like Stella in mystery fiction, but we should. She’s fresh and sassy and an awful lot of fun to read about.”--David J. Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times

“In her debut novel, Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader.….Littlefield keeps the plot churning with realistic action that doesn't let up. She also allows the moral ambiguity of vigilante justice to enhance this story….Littlefield's exciting debut should be the start of an even more exciting series.”—South Florida Sun Sentinel

“Ass-whuppin’ 50-year-old Stella is nothing if not inventive….Littlefield puts a new spin on middle-age sleuths in this rollicking, rip-roaring debut.”--Booklist

"Expect the unexpected with Stella Hardesty, who's quite the intriguing character....From Stella's opening remark...the reader can't help but be drawn into her world and wonder where it all will lead."--Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 Stars)

Product Details

  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005X4BD40
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA09Q2
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Some men just don't know when to stop. Stella Hardesty had enough abuse from her husband, Ollie. She finally hit him with a wrench and removed the problem. Stella pleaded to self-defense and was set free.

Now, women who are at risk and don't know how to rid themselves from abusive situations, approach her as a problem solver.

Stella is a fifty year old woman whose mood is darkened with the effects of menopause. She owns an assortment of guns and tools that she puts to use, convincing heavy handed men that they had better smarten up and behave.

One woman who asks for her help is named Chrissy. She informs Stella that her husband, Roy Dean, has taken her son, Tucker. Chrissy has been abused in the past by Roy Dean and Stella had to give him a lesson in maners.

Stella attempts to trace Roy Dean's trail and finds that he was involved in illegal activities. In her attempt to learn more, Stella makes a tactical mistake and ends up hospitalized.

Chrissy arrives and becomes more forceful. She demands a more active role in searching for her son and so, the women begin working as a team.

Stella is a fresh voice in women's literature. The author's writing style is unique and persuasive. She must have enjoyed creating this overweight, menopausal, former abused woman as her central figure for the novel. Stella makes this reader think of Daisy Duke, from the Dukes of Hazzard, aged thirty years and gaining considerable weight before beginning her adventures.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good debut August 4, 2009
Stella Hardesty is just your typical everyday woman...not! She works as sort of a patrol officer/bounty hunter. The only thing that makes her different is that she doesn't work with the law but makes her own rules. Kind of like the great John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.

Her favorite bird is the Raven. When some of her men need more convincing than others to turn their lives around, they end up on the receiving end of the Raven. You don't want to hear this Raven's tune.

When Stella learns that no for good husband Roy Dean has not only beat his wife but vanished with their two year old son, Tucker. Stella is after Roy a mouse is after cheese. Stella learns that she is not the only one interested in Roy Dean. He has some very bad men after him as well.

A Bad Day for Sorry is Sophie Littlefield's debut novel. After reading this book, I can guarantee that she will be an instant bestseller. The two things I absolutely love about Stella is that she has a mouth like a truck driver's and she takes no bull from anyone. In fact she calls all the shots and if you don't like it...too bad.

A Bad Day for Sorry is a one sit read. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I almost forgot about doing anything else like eating or sleeping. Mrs. Littlefield has captured my attention. From now on, I will be reading all her books. Now if only I didn't have to wait so long for her next novel.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable jocular frolic August 8, 2009
In Missouri, after several years of abuse from Ollie Hardesty and not believing in divorce, Stella took care of business. The widow opens up a sewing shop and could wear a T-shirt that says "I survived domestic violence the old fashion way by burying my spouse".

Stella also believes she needs to help battered women like she was as a form of redemption for putting up with Ollie much too long and as an avenging angel dispatching retribution on these bullies. Stella keeps an eye on Roy Dean Shaw, ex mean ass husband of gentle mom Chrissy Shaw. When Roy Dean abducts Chrissy's two years old son Tucker, Stella decides this punk needs a permanent lesson in how to treat a lady. She affirms her feelings about this abusive moron when she learns he is part of the stolen auto parts mob. Chrissy, upset with his taking her infant, has had enough. As Sheriff Goat Jones watches Stella with his dreamy eyes, she hopes it is for her body and not her activity as she leads Chrissy into hell as they team up to take care of Roy Dean and his car ring associates to rescue the baby from the mob.

This is an enjoyable jocular frolic as middle aged Stella takes on the world with no looking back as to whom she runs over when she does. She makes the tale work although the rest of the key cast members are fully drawn especially Chrissy and Roy Dean. The latter will soon learn what the wrath of a lioness is as she and her sidekick kick butt to rescue the infant. A BAD DAY FOR SORRY is a good day or three for readers.

Harriet Klausner
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars somewhat disappointing February 25, 2010
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I really, really wanted to like this book but I found it terribly disappointing.

The description sounded so promising: A feisty, take no prisoners middle-aged woman runs 2 businesses--a sewing/quilting shop, and an under-the-radar vigilante justice program to reform men who abuse their women. I was expecting a book that I wouldn't want to put down, it should have had it all--humor, action, suspense...

Instead I found myself struggling to finish. The characters were one-dimensional and cliched, and just not that believable. We're supposed to believe this self-made woman overcame her abusive past to become a kick-a** success yet she makes some really ridiculously stupid mistakes on more than one occasion. And the only way she survives her stupidity is that other characters make equally stupid mistakes. The writing was uninspired--some points were labored to death, others were glossed over, and the humor just didn't work for me.

I'm sorry to be such a downer, but I wish I'd waited for the paperback on this one....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book..
Lots of action..with a good twist..on to book two..
This book is well written,I felt like I was with her on her journey.
Published 1 month ago by Judith Rutherford
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Book, But Not A Great Book
A Bad Day for Sorry is a fun, pulp style detective story that’s an easy read, but doesn’t feel dumbed down. The writing was solid and flowed well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Foss
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginning
I wasn't sure what would be humorous about the premise of an abused woman knocking off her abusive husband and then helping out other women in the same sort of relationships. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 ½ stars. I don’t recommend it. She gets in trouble when she does...
I loved the concept. Stella goes after men who abuse their wives. She beats them and tortures them so they will stop hurting women (spouses and ex-spouses). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Superb! The main character, Stella, will sweep you into the book and won't let you go. I got the first book by accident and then purchased the rest of the series. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Reecia Thompson Stoglin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job
This author addresses a serious problem with humor. Her premise will attract many women who enjoy seeing her protagonist level the playing field.
Published 12 months ago by Callie Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars justice seeker
Stella Hardesty is already over fifty and she is a widow. Stella killed her husband, once struck him on the head. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ray Garraty
4.0 out of 5 stars "Justified" with a sense of humor, told from Mags' point of view
A Bad Day for Sorry rides on the wings of two main features: a fresh, original voice, and a unique protagonist in Stella Hardesty. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lance Charnes
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to Love this book
I liked the character, Stella Hardesty. I liked the premise of a middle-aged woman taking the law into her own hands to stop men from beating and abusing their wives or... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rose Gonsoulin
2.0 out of 5 stars not good enough
First of a series. I was really looking for to reading the book, but am not in love with it. will not read the rest. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Susan P. Dillon
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More About the Author

Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY, has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award. GARDEN OF STONES was the Target Book Club selection for March, 2013.

Sophie is the author of:
A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Minotaur, 2009)
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL (Minotaur, 2011)
A BAD DAY FOR MERCY (Minotaur, June 2012)
A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE (Pocket, September 2013)
BANISHED (Delacorte, 2010)
UNFORSAKEN (Delacorte, 2011)
HANGING BY A THREAD (Delacorte, October, 2012)
AFTERTIME (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
REBIRTH (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
HORIZON (Harlequin Luna, 2012)
BLOOD BOND (Pocket, November 2012)
SHATTERED BOND (Pocket, November 2013)
GARDEN OF STONES (Harlequin MIRA, March 2013)
HOUSE OF GLASS (Harlequin MIRA, March 2014)

Upcoming titles include:
THE MISSING PLACE (Gallery, October 2014)
INFECTED (Delacorte, January, 2015)

Sophie grew up in Missouri, attended Indiana University, and worked in technology before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Northern California.

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