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A Bad Day for Sorry (Thorndike Mystery) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Sophie Littlefield
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  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410431541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410431547
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: Whuppin' ass wasn't so hard, Stella Hardesty thought as she took aim with the little Raven .22 she took off a cheating so-of-a-bitch in Kansas City last month.

Stella Hardesty knows what it's like to live with a physically abusive man. After taking care of her own husband, in a permanent way, she has made an off-the-books career out of convincing other women's men to either change their ways or clear out. She has been very effective, in the past, but Roy Dean Shaw isn't getting the point. Instead, he kidnaps his wife Chrissy's baby, of whom he's not even the father. Then, Stella learns that Roy Dean is connected to a crime gang. Still Stella, with Chrissy by her side, is determined to save the baby.

The prologue left me fearing Littlefield's book would be cute and folksy and the vernacular would become tiresome. Instead, it helps establish the sense of place and there is nothing cute about this book except the well placed humor applied with deft hand.

Stella is a wonderful character. She is a survivor in the best sense of the word. Rather than become hardened by her experiences, her empathy for others makes her determined to do for them what they can't do for themselves, even if her methods are not exactly--okay not at all--within the law. She does what the law does not; protects women. She is not your classic heroine; she's over 50, seen hard life and known pain, both physical and emotional. But she's tough and smart.

Chrissy begins as her antithesis; young, cute, big-busted with blond curls. What was refreshing was that Littlefield did not write her as a stereotype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 20 Nov 2010
Funny thing is,
I've never read through a whole book in my entire life, but this was the first book that I managed to get through with no hesitation. It's pretty mindblowing really; a fantastic storyline, realistic characters and lets just say "stella" gets herself into some very serious situations.
A must read!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "They say that kings are made in the image of God. If that's what he looks like, I feel sorry for God." Frederick The Great 27 April 2010
By michael a. draper - Published on Amazon.com
Some men just don't know when to stop. Stella Hardesty had enough abuse from her husband, Ollie. She finally hit him with a wrench and removed the problem. Stella pleaded to self-defense and was set free.

Now, women who are at risk and don't know how to rid themselves from abusive situations, approach her as a problem solver.

Stella is a fifty year old woman whose mood is darkened with the effects of menopause. She owns an assortment of guns and tools that she puts to use, convincing heavy handed men that they had better smarten up and behave.

One woman who asks for her help is named Chrissy. She informs Stella that her husband, Roy Dean, has taken her son, Tucker. Chrissy has been abused in the past by Roy Dean and Stella had to give him a lesson in maners.

Stella attempts to trace Roy Dean's trail and finds that he was involved in illegal activities. In her attempt to learn more, Stella makes a tactical mistake and ends up hospitalized.

Chrissy arrives and becomes more forceful. She demands a more active role in searching for her son and so, the women begin working as a team.

Stella is a fresh voice in women's literature. The author's writing style is unique and persuasive. She must have enjoyed creating this overweight, menopausal, former abused woman as her central figure for the novel. Stella makes this reader think of Daisy Duke, from the Dukes of Hazzard, aged thirty years and gaining considerable weight before beginning her adventures.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good debut 4 Aug 2009
By Cheryl Koch - Published on Amazon.com
Stella Hardesty is just your typical everyday woman...not! She works as sort of a patrol officer/bounty hunter. The only thing that makes her different is that she doesn't work with the law but makes her own rules. Kind of like the great John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.

Her favorite bird is the Raven. When some of her men need more convincing than others to turn their lives around, they end up on the receiving end of the Raven. You don't want to hear this Raven's tune.

When Stella learns that no for good husband Roy Dean has not only beat his wife but vanished with their two year old son, Tucker. Stella is after Roy Dean...like a mouse is after cheese. Stella learns that she is not the only one interested in Roy Dean. He has some very bad men after him as well.

A Bad Day for Sorry is Sophie Littlefield's debut novel. After reading this book, I can guarantee that she will be an instant bestseller. The two things I absolutely love about Stella is that she has a mouth like a truck driver's and she takes no bull from anyone. In fact she calls all the shots and if you don't like it...too bad.

A Bad Day for Sorry is a one sit read. I couldn't read this book fast enough. I almost forgot about doing anything else like eating or sleeping. Mrs. Littlefield has captured my attention. From now on, I will be reading all her books. Now if only I didn't have to wait so long for her next novel.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable jocular frolic 8 Aug 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
In Missouri, after several years of abuse from Ollie Hardesty and not believing in divorce, Stella took care of business. The widow opens up a sewing shop and could wear a T-shirt that says "I survived domestic violence the old fashion way by burying my spouse".

Stella also believes she needs to help battered women like she was as a form of redemption for putting up with Ollie much too long and as an avenging angel dispatching retribution on these bullies. Stella keeps an eye on Roy Dean Shaw, ex mean ass husband of gentle mom Chrissy Shaw. When Roy Dean abducts Chrissy's two years old son Tucker, Stella decides this punk needs a permanent lesson in how to treat a lady. She affirms her feelings about this abusive moron when she learns he is part of the stolen auto parts mob. Chrissy, upset with his taking her infant, has had enough. As Sheriff Goat Jones watches Stella with his dreamy eyes, she hopes it is for her body and not her activity as she leads Chrissy into hell as they team up to take care of Roy Dean and his car ring associates to rescue the baby from the mob.

This is an enjoyable jocular frolic as middle aged Stella takes on the world with no looking back as to whom she runs over when she does. She makes the tale work although the rest of the key cast members are fully drawn especially Chrissy and Roy Dean. The latter will soon learn what the wrath of a lioness is as she and her sidekick kick butt to rescue the infant. A BAD DAY FOR SORRY is a good day or three for readers.

Harriet Klausner
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars somewhat disappointing 25 Feb 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really, really wanted to like this book but I found it terribly disappointing.

The description sounded so promising: A feisty, take no prisoners middle-aged woman runs 2 businesses--a sewing/quilting shop, and an under-the-radar vigilante justice program to reform men who abuse their women. I was expecting a book that I wouldn't want to put down, it should have had it all--humor, action, suspense...

Instead I found myself struggling to finish. The characters were one-dimensional and cliched, and just not that believable. We're supposed to believe this self-made woman overcame her abusive past to become a kick-a** success yet she makes some really ridiculously stupid mistakes on more than one occasion. And the only way she survives her stupidity is that other characters make equally stupid mistakes. The writing was uninspired--some points were labored to death, others were glossed over, and the humor just didn't work for me.

I'm sorry to be such a downer, but I wish I'd waited for the paperback on this one....
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stella levels the playing field! 17 Aug 2009
By M. Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's so much fun to read about feisty Stella Hardesty as she blazes a trail in a new occupation, reversing abusive relationships. A short visit from a woman with the proper tools (and reputation!) is usually all it takes to straighten things out, until a different sort of crime throws a wrench in Stella's plans.

This mystery novel is told with verve, and clearly portrays life in a part of Missouri that seems far away from the nearest Interstate highway.

Littlefield taps into a growing zeitgeist with her unique and entertaining voice. The moments of violence in this book are real, well-crafted, and full of suspense. I didn't guess the ending, and loved every minute of being wrong.

Can't wait for the next Sophie Littlefield book!
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