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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (881 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sophie Littlefield Narrator: Kym Dakin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stella Hardesty Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781427215642
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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 on her days off, helping other women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run her sewing shop in her rural Missouri hometown. Some men need more convincing than others, but it's usually nothing a little light bondage or old-fashioned whuppin' can't fix. Since Stella works outside of the law, she's free to do whatever it takes to get the job done---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 an easy case. Until Roy Dean disappears with Chrissy's two-year-old son, Tucker. Stella quickly learns that Roy Dean was involved with some very scary men, as she tries to sort out who's hiding information and who's merely trying to kill her. It's going to take a hell of a fight to get the little boy back home to his mama, but if anyone can do it, it's Stella Hardesty.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Crime fiction hasn’t seen a character as scrappy, mean, and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An abundance of violence is leavened with humor and heart in this debut novel in what I hope is the start of a new series.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Markedly original…The story’s compelling, the dialogue perfect—and Stella is one of the most memorable characters of this summer or any other.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • A Bad Day for Sorry is another of the year’s best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice. We don’t get many characters like Stella in mystery fiction, but we should. She’s fresh and sassy and an awful lot of fun to read about.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • A Bad Day for Sorry is another of the year's best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice. We don't get many characters like Stella in mystery fiction, but we should. She's fresh and sassy and an awful lot of fun to read about. David J. Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times

  • In her debut novel, Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader.….Littlefield keeps the plot churning with realistic action that doesn't let up. She also allows the moral ambiguity of vigilante justice to enhance this story….Littlefield's exciting debut should be the start of an even more exciting series. South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Ass-whuppin' 50-year-old Stella is nothing if not inventive….Littlefield puts a new spin on middle-age sleuths in this rollicking, rip-roaring debut. Booklist
  • Expect the unexpected with Stella Hardesty, who's quite the intriguing character....From Stella's opening remark...the reader can't help but be drawn into her world and wonder where it all will lead. Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 Stars)

  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • Winner of the 2010 Anthony Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2010 Macavity Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • Nominated for Macavity Award - Nominee, 2010
  • Nominated for Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2010
  • Winner of Anthony Awards - Winner, 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/26/2014

    " GO READ THIS BOOK. It is awesome. A battered wife who turned the tables on her husband now runs a sewing store and helps keep other abused women safe. One of the women she has helped reports that her abuser has disappeared with her baby, so Stella starts investigating. You don't want to get on Stella's bad side, because she doesn't take any crap off ANYONE. I enjoyed the strong women, both young and old in A Bad Day for Sorry, as well as the sparks flying between Stella and Goat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/18/2014

    " A really fun book. I can't wait to work my through all of her books.A Bad Day for Sorry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 1/15/2014

    " Nice, tough ladies getting even book. good voice. Protag. does do a few stupid things, but overall a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Cosentino | 1/15/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book, but I'm actually glad that it's due back at the library today without having finished it. The whole time I was reading it I felt that the author was just trying too hard. I think it might be a good book for some, but it wasn't my style and I just never got into it. And I really wanted to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa Eger | 1/13/2014

    " Still not sure about this book, even though finished. The protagonist is likable but crude and prone to violence and breaking the law. Yes, in a good cause, but still, I don't think torture is ever ok. And it makes Missouri look kinda bad, and that's not ok, either, ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dena | 1/9/2014

    " what a good book! loved the ending and cant wait to start the others in the series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 8/26/2013

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did, such a great title and all. But in the end Stella just made me angry, putting so many in danger by not letting 'the authorities' handle things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 8/4/2013

    " good fast read. good heroine "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 7/14/2013

    " Not as good as I was expecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moondance | 3/9/2013

    " A former abused woman helps other women with their abusive partners. Stella gets in a little over her head when a 2 year old is kidnapped. A kick ass heroine with a few years on her. Not your usual vigilante. 3.5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet McQuaid | 12/25/2012

    " Enjoyed it. Entertaining. I will read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/12/2012

    " An interesting new female main character who is a likable vigilante. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelasher | 7/31/2012

    " I couldn't put this one down - read it in one sitting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Klr | 6/30/2012

    " great heroines... fun mystery. Light and enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 6/27/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely read the others in this series. I especially like the covers of all of her books. Kudos to Ms. Littlefield for injecting some very funny moments into some very serious subject matter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kiki | 6/14/2012

    " I struggled through it, it just wasn't for me. I wish I could say more, but really.... it just wasn't for me. "

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About the Author
Author Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield is an Anthony and RT Book Award winner. She lives with her family near San Francisco.