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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christina Dodd, Sophie Littlefield Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Kym Dakin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Stella Hardesty Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781427215659
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A New York Times Notable Book!

Stella Hardesty, avenger of wronged women, is getting cozy with Sheriff "Goat" Jones when a tornado blows none other than Goat's scheming ex-wife, Brandy, through the front door. Adding to the chaos, the tornado destroys the snack shack at the demolition derby track, pulling up the concrete foundation and unearthing a woman's body. The main suspect in the woman's murder is Neb Donovan---he laid the foundation, and there's some pretty hard evidence pointing to his guilt. Years ago, Neb's wife asked Stella for help getting him sober. Stella doesn't believe the gentle man could kill anyone, and she promises his frantic wife she'll look into it.

Former client Chrissy Shaw is now employed at Stella's sewing shop and she helps with the snooping as Stella negotiates the unpredictable Brandy and the dangerously magnetic sheriff.

This is the thrilling sequel to Sophie Littlefield's critically-acclaimed debut, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won an Anthony Award and an RT Book Award, was an Edgar Award Finalist, and was shortlisted for Barry, Crimespree, and Macavity Awards. Stella Hardesty is a heroine to watch---join her on this next adventure for as fiercely funny and riveting a story as there is to be found in crime fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie Reeves | 2/17/2014

    " Different kind of crime novel. The author did a good job of staying in character when writing the book, but as a reader it sometimes drove me nuts. The book is set in "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/16/2014

    " God I just love these books! What a fun and realistic heroine! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/11/2014

    " When a tornado hits the little town of Prosper, MO, it upends the snack shop on the fairgrounds, and a buried body is found beneath them. Neb Donovan helped build the snack shop, and is the main suspect in the burial. Stella Hardesty, whose main business is helping abused wives (she was one herself), had helped Neb's wife Donna free him from a fundamentalist cult, and promises that she'll help again. True, Stella'd rather get some abuser to see the light, using a variety of tools, but she can certainly help the attractive sheriff solve this crime. Unfortunately for her other plans about the sheriff, his trashy almost ex-wife has ust arrived in town, and doesn't want Stella's interference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/1/2014

    " I read book 1 , then 3, then this one (2). Don't want to miss any books in this series. Yay for Stella!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/27/2014

    " I do not read many crime novels. It just isn't my genre. But I did find this book to be a fun, summer read. The heroine is a white trash widow who helps abused women exact revenge. I enjoyed the humor woven throughout the story and the amusing cast of characters. This is the second in a series, but reading the first book isn't a prerequisite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Hughes | 1/26/2014

    " Same reasons as before. Will I stop here in the series--probably. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loree Mathews | 1/20/2014

    " Fun relaxing read. Amusing, but gets bogged down at times with Stella's thought processes. Ok plot and some interesting characters - not Evanovich, but still funny and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Heath | 1/18/2014

    " The second book in the "Bad Day" series introduces the Sheriff's ex wife,Brandy who seems to be after a reconciliation. How that ties in to the discovery of a "mummy" and Stella's attempts to help an innocent man makes for a satisfying sequel to the original book A Bad Day for Sorry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magpie67 | 12/10/2013

    " Love this series! Looking forward to finishing and finding out if Stella and Goat actually have some real bedroom fun! Three Cheers to Stella for fighting for women's rights! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 12/1/2013

    " It was OK, but I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 11/28/2013

    " I read this book before I read the first in the series, and I enjoyed it. I'm going to get the other two books to catch up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 8/22/2013

    " A bad day for mystery fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan Aldergate | 8/11/2013

    " I really liked the first book in this series. I liked this one too, but felt it was a little weaker than the first one. Seemed to skip around a little bit. But I will still try to read the new one, I like the heroine. About time that women over the age of 50 got to kick some guys butt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 7/25/2013

    " Sophie has this character nailed! She's avoided the dreaded second book in a series retelling the first one disease and jumped into a new story, skillfully weaving in the necessary back story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly {Artist Mother Teacher} | 11/4/2012

    " This was a good one. Can't wait to give away a copy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 8/29/2012

    " I couldn't put this book down. You have to get to the end and know who did what! I love this series such entertaining characters, and a story that keeps you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kriscrowe | 8/7/2012

    " These books are on the line of Evanovich but maybe a little more serious--she is a self appointed mentor/vigilante for abused women, but lots of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/6/2012

    " Sophie and Stella do it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 4/5/2012

    " I really liked the first one in the series, this one not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 2/2/2012

    " I love this series. Fun, easy to read. Great female characters. I can almost picture it a great addictive tv show about redemption and revenge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/29/2011

    " Not as much fun as the first book, but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 10/28/2011

    " Fast and entertaining read ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/15/2011

    " I liked this mystery/crime novel - just wish I would have read the first book, before I read the 2nd!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/4/2011

    " Not as much fun as the first book, but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 8/3/2011

    " I really liked the first book in this series. I liked this one too, but felt it was a little weaker than the first one. Seemed to skip around a little bit. But I will still try to read the new one, I like the heroine. About time that women over the age of 50 got to kick some guys butt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicola | 7/19/2011

    " BAD!!! Not even worth taking to Goodwill! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 6/28/2011

    " Different kind of crime novel. The author did a good job of staying in character when writing the book, but as a reader it sometimes drove me nuts. The book is set in "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 3/31/2011

    " Stella has created such a strong, close-knit family for herself- you just want to jump in and join them. Her sense of gratitude really resonated with me as I was reading this one as well. Good-2/Evil-0. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/18/2011

    " Sophie has this character nailed! She's avoided the dreaded second book in a series retelling the first one disease and jumped into a new story, skillfully weaving in the necessary back story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/14/2011

    " Didn't keep my interest. I didn't care about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 11/24/2010

    " Same reasons as before. Will I stop here in the series--probably. "

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About the Author
Author Christina Dodd

Christina Dodd is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty books. She builds worlds filled with romance and adventure and creates the most distinctive characters in fiction today. Her numerous novels—paranormals, historicals, and romantic suspense—have been translated into twenty-five languages, been featured by Doubleday Book Club, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards, and been called the year’s best by Library Journal. Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Her legions of fans know that when they pick up one of her books, they’ve found a story “for the wild at heart.”

About the Narrator

Rebecca Soler is a New York-based actress who voices numerous principal characters for the CW’s Saturday morning cartoon lineup, including Viva Piñata, Huntik, The Winx Club, and Chaotic. Her audiobook credits include Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen and After by Amy Efaw, for which she was awarded an AudioFile Earphones Award.