14 July 2011

A BAD DAY FOR SORRY - Sophie Littlefield

From the back of the book:
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, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she's barely got time to run her sewing shop. Since Stella works outside of the law, she's free to do whatever it takes to be convincing—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 just another standard job. But then Chrissy's two-year-old son is taken, and Stella finds herself up against a much more formidable enemy.
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.

I know vigilante-ism is wrong, but I cheered for Stella the whole time. She took matters into her own hands by killing her abusive husband. She kept their sewing shop open, but has found that lately her off time is getting less and less off and more and more about her other job. She helps other women who want out of abusive relationships.

Stella is my favorite type of woman and character. She is full of piss and vinegar (to use a favorite phrase of my mother), she gets the job done no matter the task or jackass she has to fix.

A BAD DAY FOR SORRY is such a fantastically strong debut. I cannot recommend it enough. I enjoyed my time with it so much, A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY, second in the series, is already on its way and A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL, third in Stella's story, is on the WWBL to get as soon as it's out in TPB.

Five piss & vinegar git'r'done sparkly diamonds.....


WonderBunny said...

Great review!

Vickie said...

WonderBunny: Thank you!