- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 10 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312560478
- ISBN-13: 978-0312560478
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,216,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Bad Day for Pretty: A Crime Novel Paperback – Apr 21 2011
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“The second novel featuring vigilante Stella Hardesty blends humor and southern-fried crime-solving, to delicious effect.” ―People
“No sophomore slump for Littlefield! Her second novel featuring Stella Hardesty, empowered avenger of abused women, is just as compelling and addictive as her debut....You'll race through the pages of this book and then be sorry to leave Stella and her cohorts behind.” ―RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
“Sophie Littlefield's debut novel A Bad Day for Sorry garnered much buzz and every possible award nomination. A Bad Day for Pretty firmly establishes her as a new brand of writer....It's a joy when a new writer holds your attention from beginning to end. It's a treat when she has something so new to say.” ―Crimespree Magazine
“Sophie Littlefield won this reader's heart with her unforgettable debut novel, A Bad Day for Sorry. The only thing I was sorry about was that it had to end. Never fear--Stella Hardesty is back to kicking ass and taking names in A Bad Day for Pretty. She's funny, profane, brave, passionate and honest in this new story of crime and punishment in rural Missouri.” ―Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Hideaway
“Who in the hell do I have to run over to get more Stella? Seriously, people, if you aren't reading about this kick-ass woman and how brilliantly Littlefield portrays her world, her heartbreaks and successes, you're missing out.” ―Toni McGee Causey, author of When a Man Loves a Weapon
About the Author
Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri. Her first novel, 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. Sophie lives near San Francisco, California.
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Stella Hardesty may not look like much upon first glance, but she has a revenge streak something fierce, and she sees her cases all the way to the end, with a mean side of revenge, even if it means she might dangle from the occasional precipice. I’d say that’s more than part of her appeal, and she has an additional side of charm.
With a cast of characters ready to excel on the big stage, including the blonde miscreant with possibly an extra hint of cellulite, the sidekick that doesn’t mind dipping her nipple in the nerd gene pool, and the sheriff who has acquired a few skeletons in his own closet, most of which may have been put there of his own volition, there’s a bit of fun for everyone.
The mystery, though, managed to leave me in dire financial straits, as I wanted a little more bang for my hard-earned buck. This was all about the characters instead of a hard-boiled plot for the ages and times. Not that I minded all that much, but the ending felt a bit forced upon me like a leering side of smashed peas shoved down my gullet, when I would have much preferred a side of sweet candied yams staring up at me with pleading eyes. And not that I mind guessing the ending before it has arrived, but it appeared ready for center stage rather than just a sidelong glance in my side mirror. In that regard, it reminded me of a Lamborghini tooling around in the middle of Arkansas or Mississippi.
This was a solid effort by a solid voice in the hard-boiled mystery genre, but I’d set my expectations a bit higher.
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
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?"
Move aside, Stephanie Plum--make way for Stella!
Toby Neal, author of the Lei Crime Series