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A Bad Day for Pretty: A Crime Novel (Stella Hardesty Crime Novels) Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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Still, I would give this book a solid 3.5 stars, maybe even 4 just because I loved this character so much! Stella Hardesty is a middle aged woman looking out for all the women out there who are abused and taken advantage of. She's a Robin Hood in rubber clogs and the author does a great job of giving her an authentic voice filled with homespun wisdom and humor. She's a character I would love to have a drink with, and along with her partner Chrissy Shaw, they provided enough humor and charm to keep the so-so story humming along.Read more ›
Stella and her new side-kick Chrissy Shaw are survivors of domestic violence. A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY opens with a PTSD flashback to the day a tornado took out Stella's beloved uncle. Stella and Chrissy are still recovering from the wounds sustained in a tussle with the Mob at the end of A BAD DAY FOR SORRY.
The pair, however, find themselves lusting after new men. Stella has the hots for Sheriff Goat Jones, and Chrissy charms the pants off a computer geek named Larry Klipsinger. He teaches her how to become a computer hacker.
Goat's estranged wife Brandy Truax blows back into his life like the tornado that's brewing outside, and she creates the same level of chaos and destruction.
The tornado uproots the snack shack on the county fairgrounds revealing the mummified body of a blond. Neb Donovan, a husband rehabilitated from his wife-beating ways by Stella, is the prime suspect. He was addicted to OxyContin, a hillbilly's heroin.
There are so many whacky plot twists loaded with humor and romance that I forgot the book is a who-done-it until the identity of the killer is revealed at the end. The clue was so subtle that I missed it entirely ~ my favorite kind of mystery.
The mystery within the mystery is which woman in the trio making eyes at Goat will capture his heart. He and Stella are the "yin and yang of holistic justice." He thought he was divorced from Brandy. And, ambitious co-worker Daphne Simmons is sexually harassing him.
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY is laugh-out-loud funny as well as thought-provoking. A great read.
She had been abused by her husband for years and ended the abuse and Ollie's life. Now, she helps other women get out of abusive situations.
She's having dinner at Sheriff "Goat" Jones' home. They have been building up to a more physical relationship and just as things are getting warm, the Sheriff's scheming, ex-wife, Brandy, arrives.
Brandy hasn't seen Goat for three years and each claims that the other never got around to signing the divorce papers so they're still legally married.
As this is transpiring, a tornado rips through town and blows over the snack shop at the demolition derby track at the fair grounds. Under the rubble is a mumified body of a woman.
Neb Donovan had been in charge of the construction and he becomes the leading suspect. His wife, Donna, hires Stella to look into clearing Neb's name. Donna had asked Stella to intervene in the past when Neb had been addicted to Oxycontin. It appeared that his recovery had gone well, until now.
This is another entertaining novel from the author. There are some laugh out loud moments and the author keeps the reader's attention as layers of the puzzle are peeled away and a possible solution is arrived at.
It is refreshing to see a female protagonist who won't be pushed around and Sara along with her new associate, Chrissy, show that they have the strength to take matters into their own hands.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am amazed by the main character in this series! Start with Bad Day for Sorry and read every Stella story. She is a straight up Badass that I wouldn't mind growing up to be! Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Rayball
Kept my attention from the first to the last page. It is funny and has plenty of twists and turns. It was a good read.jPublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Why can I not get a bad day for mercy on my iPad? I have tried and it just says order it or get a sample.Published 16 months ago by Tammy P. Brower
I enjoyed A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY. It was a quick read, and funny. I dont think it was as good as her first novel, but its been a while since I read that one for what its worth. Read morePublished on May 30, 2014 by Debbie
While I enjoy Janet Evanovich's number series when I just want some laugh-outloud hijinks to entertain me, Sophie Littlefield is a great backup plan. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium
Wasn't sure what to expect when I got it, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fun read. I will buy more of her books.Published on April 17, 2014 by Donna Key