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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.

Sophie Littlefield's 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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
May 25
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Ga game gal ,

Unlikely heroine

An exciting and unique story. It's nice to read a story with a main character that you can relate to. A few wrinkles. A few extra pounds. Not the perfect love life. An enjoyable read.

Sharon Faith ,


I purchased this book because I'd read all of the wonderful reviews about it...and it won an Anthony Award. I was disappointed with the vigilante-like Stella and her eagerness to use her weapons more than brains. I won't read another book by this author...just wasn't impressed. A waste of time and money.

Debit pro ,

A Bad Day for Sorry

The ethics of this book are not sound but I found it to be a good read. The author's portrayal of abuse was eye opening, especially for someone not familiar with it personally. In that sense the book was profitable. I enjoyed reading about a lady of 50 who used her years of pain to help others out of similar pain. I definitely will read more about Stella.

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