A Bad Day for Pretty (Bad Day #2)
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 and unearthing a woman’s body. The main suspect fo
There is never a dull moment when Stella is involved. She and Sheriff Goat Jones are finally getting to spend some quality time together. Unfortunately, this was wishful thinking on Stella and Goat’s part. Goat receives a visitor in the form of his ex-wife, Brandy.
As if things couldn’t get any crazier, Donna Donovan calls Stella. She needs her help. Donna’s husband, Ned has just been named the number one suspect in a murder case. Neb works at a const...more
The 2nd book in the Stella Hardesty series has two intersecting plots: a love triangle between Stella, Sheriff "Goat" Jones, and his almost ex-wife Brandy and a plea from a friend, Donna, to help her husband Neb Donovan beat a murder rap. The "pretty" in the title is Stella's nickname for Brandy. Seems Brandy never got around to finalizing the divorce paperwork, and after being separated from Goat and living with another man for several years, Brandy suddenly shows up and thinks she's go...more
So when Stella gets a call from an old client because her husband is now the number one subject in a cold case murder investigation, she rides to the rescue, pledging to help out. This brings her in conflict with Goat who wants her to stay away from the investiga...more
Stella Hardesty knows a thing or two about bad relationships. Her marriage ended when she'd been knocked down one too many times by her husband. Now she gets paid to remind abusive men of their manners. It ain't legal and it certainly could get her into trouble with the new man in her life, Sheriff "Goat" Jones. Just when the two are finally taking a stab at a date his ex-wife, Brandy, drops in like a tornado. Of course, a real tornado tears through town right about then to...more
This one rips the snack shack at the local fair...more
Stella, the main character in this series, is a 50 year old widow who likes drinking Jack Daniels before she goes to bed and owns a sewing notions shop in a small rural Missour...more
As the story opens, she's having dinner with Sheriff "Goat" Jones. The two of them have been building up to a more fulfilling romance and the Sheriff has Stella at his home where he's cooked a special mean. As things are promising to develop, the Sheriff's scheming ex-wife, Brandy, arrives.
Brandy hasn't seen Goat fo...more
Stella has feelings for the local sheriff, "Goat" Jones, but as the two are having a romantic dinner, there is a knock on the door and it's no other than Goat's estranged (and trashy), soon to be ex-wife, Brandy. T...more
I think the publisher description calls Stella "tough as nails". I'm...more
I would have given this book 5 stars but it was missing two things for me: 1. I want some Stella & Goat action!!! & 2. I would like to read about S...more
The very best I have read so far in this series is the first, but this one is a winner as well, and you should beat a path to a bookstore--or...more
Following a dreadful storm which unearths just as much as Stella's early childhood memories as it does...more
There's a lot more romance in this one. I'd say it veers towards Janet Evanovich, and sometimes even towards Stephenie Meyer.
Also, I appreciate that Littlefield keeps Stella's violent actions offscreen - she talks a lot about having had to hurt people (justifiably), but it never happens in the course of the book, and the descriptions are always vague. But Littlefield spends a lot of time in this book musing on the nature of men and Stella's relationship to them....more
A Bad Day for Pretty by Sophie Littlefield held my attention like no other mystery novel. Not only did I want to learn the conclusion of the murder mystery, but I also want...more
Sophie is also the author of:
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
A BAD D...more