Stella Hardesty plunges into trouble again in Sophie Littlefield's A Bad Day for Pretty, second in this series about a fifty-year-old self-made widow who metes out justice to abusive men and force them to follow the straight and narrow. This time, however, Sally is trying to prove Neb Donovan, "the one man she considered to be fully rehabilitated", is innocent of murder.
Neb's wife, Donna, asks for Sally's help when he is arrested after a tornado exposes the mummified body of a woman, who was buried under a concrete slab in a building Neb worked on when he was not the upstanding citizen he is now. Not convinced Neb is blameless - the woman was murdered when Neb was an avid drug user and he can't remember much about what he did back then - Sally nevertheless agrees to look into the matter. To help, she enlists former client Chrissy Shaw, who is becoming an expert hacker and who works in Stella's sewing shop.
As Stella tries to stay one step ahead of the law, she also must deal with unhappy childhood memories and what seems to be a mutual attraction between her and Sheriff Goat Jones. Things get more complicated with the appearance of Brandy, the wife she did not know Goat Jones had, and someone who seems to know all about Stella's not-quite-legal dealings with abusive men.
The characters, especially Stella and Chrissy, are entertaining and the dialogue funny, but the plot is less focused and tight than the first novel in the series, A Bad Day for Sorry. Littlefield spends a bit too much time on Stella's conversations justifying her actions to the "Big Guy". But readers should enjoy Stella, who is still her "badass self" and her observations on life including, "God help a world that handed over the keys to every important organization - the United Nations, NASA, professional sports - and in effect said, `Here, boys, go on ahead and drive.' When would women wake up and start running things?"