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A Bad Day for Scandal: A Crime Novel (Stella Hardesty Crime Novels) Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
"If we all had mothers like Stella, this would be a better world. Fans of quirky mysteries straddling the line between tough and funny need to grab a Littlefield pronto."--Kirkus Reviews
"Littlefield's eccentric cast of characters grows richer with each book, and Stella continues to dazzle with her wit, charm, and ease with firearms."--Publishers Weekly
"It's great to visit with vigilante Stella Hardesty and her friends and foes once again. As usual Littlefield tucks themes of empowerment and sisterhood in between the chase scenes and small-town shenanigans. She also tells a darned good comic adventure story."--RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Sophie Littlefield hits solid gold with A Bad Day for Scandal. Stella Hardesty is a funny and endearing heroine—with just a hint of Dirty Harry thrown in. The true-to-life dialogue moves at a quick clip and the mystery will keep you turning the pages way past bedtime. Bottom line: Don’t mess with Stella Hardesty—and don’t miss this gem of a book.”— Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author of Pray for Silence
"Hooray for Sophie Littlefield for creating such a real, funny, and complex protagonist in Stella Hardesty. I can’t wait for the next BAD DAY, and Stella’s newest quest for off-brand justice."--New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan
In Edgar-finalist Littlefield's lively third crime novel featuring feisty Stella Hardesty (after 2010's A Bad Day for Pretty), Priscilla "Priss" Porter asks Stella to get rid of a corpse. When Stella, who specializes in solving problems of the abusive husband variety in her small Missouri town, refuses to help, Priss threatens to go public with some very damning photos that could not only damage Stella's budding relationship with Sheriff Goat Jones but maybe even land her in jail. After Priss; her brother, Liman; and the photos vanish, Stella becomes the prime suspect. Stella and her assistant, Chrissy Shaw, decide to get the photos back themselves, but that's easier said than done when they run up against an oversexed female judge with ties to Priss and Priss's new business venture. Littlefield's eccentric cast of characters grows richer with each book, and Stella continues to dazzle with her wit, charm, and ease with firearms. (Publishers Weekly)
With things heating up between self-styled vigilante Stella Hardesty and sexy sheriff Goat Jones, Stella finds both her relationship and her livelihood at risk by the possibility of blackmail. Priss Porter, generally disliked for turning her back on Prosper, Missouri, returns to the small town and demands Stella's help in disposing of a body. If Stella refuses, Priss threatens to tell all how Stella's "covert benevolent aid society" for abused women actually operates. When Priss and her brother disappear, Stella becomes a person of interest, forcing her to do her own sleuthing, all the while worrying about how her spirit-of-the-law tactics conflict with letter-of-the-law Goat. This third in this series (after A Bad Day for Pretty, 2010) is livened up with Stella's daughter Noelle's concerns about her sexuality, the development of Chrissy Shaw as Stella's assistant, and plans to celebrate Easter in grand style. But it's fiftyish Stella, healthy and toned after her recent injuries, who c (Booklist)
Top Customer Reviews
Therefore, it really isn't that unusual when Stella's phone rings in the middle of a social gathering. Like so many professionals, she's on call 24/7. Priss Porter's timing couldn't be much worse, though. Stella was entertaining, among others, the one man she should be keeping her distance from, Sheriff "Goat" Jones, and for once, things seem to be moving forward between the two of them. But Priss is over at her brother's, in town from Kansas City, insisting that she needs to see Stella immediately.
It has been said that friends will help you move, and that really good friends will help you move bodies. Well, rest assured, Stella and Priss aren't THAT close. Stella wants nothing to do with the little problem decomposing in Priss's trunk. When Stella proves to be unbuyable, Priss moves on to blackmail to elicit her help. That doesn't work either. Unfortunately, before Stella can get a feel for how to handle Priss, both she and her brother turn up missing. The Sheriff is looking at Stella askance. And Stella and her associates again find themselves following a convoluted path in search of answers.
What I described above are the opening scenes of an enjoyable enough mystery, but unusually for the genre, it's not the plots that make this series.Read more ›
Highly recommend A Bad Day for Scandal as well as Ms. Littlefield's two earlier Stella adventures in the Bad Day series.
When Priss, her brother Liman, the dead guy and the flash drive containing the photos disappear; Stella knows she will soon be the prime suspect. Stella and her assistant Chrissy Shaw try to retrieve the damaging pictures, but run into a judicial problem and a Kansas City male escort service that may need their infiltration.
The eccentric cast makes for a wonderful amateur sleuth tale as Stella knows that any day is A Bad Day for Scandal. The story line is fast-paced from the opening pie and rolls sequence to the final denouement. Readers will relish this super regional thriller and seek Stella's previous Bad day capers (see A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty) as she and her assistant try to clean up the mess that Priss the tornado brought to town.
Even so, I was a bit worried about Stella in this book. She seemed to go off the rails and I found myself questioning her intelligence. I don’t want to feel that way. Stella was a fresh voice, a fresh approach, someone I would have for a friend and definitely not stupid. Please don’t take here there. The ending redeemed Stella somewhat, and while villains popped up out of nowhere at the eleventh hour, I felt things were tied up at the end in a satisfying way.
Like some of the other reviewers, I would also urge the author NOT to go the Janet Evanovich route and do an interminable Joe/Ranger type of thing. Stella deserves a good man in her life for real, even if they do have to hit a few road bumps along the way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book and it was an entertaining and easy read. I hope that with 2 more books to go we eventually will find out what was on those flash drives and what the escort's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by E
Sophie has away of taking you on a journey that is funny and complete . I can't wait to read the next one!Published 18 months ago by Judith Rutherford
I have read this series in order but I really feel you could pick it up anyplace and get caught up in Stella's life quickly. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium
This series is like eating potato chips. It's impossible to stop after just one. The author definitely knows her stuff.Published on September 21, 2013 by Callie Reader
Poor Stella Hardesty. She burst out on the mystery world in 2009's A Bad Day for Sorry and won a passel of awards from a bunch of city slickers who were taken (as was I) by her... Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Lance Charnes
This is the second book I have read by this arthur and both were good story lines with a lot of humorPublished on December 19, 2012 by Linda Davidson
Loved it. Crime and a smug of romance. Ms little field needs to write more and soon. I have read all 3 I could getPublished on November 26, 2012 by Carolyn Blackwood, P