Stella Hardesty

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 174 ratings

A Bad Day for Sorry Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel!

Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her 50th 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 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

©2009 Sophie Littlefield (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • A Bad Day for Sorry

    • A Crime Novel
    • By: Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated by: Kym Dakin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her 50th 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 2 ½ stars. I don’t recommend it.

    • By Jane on 03-21-14

    Regular price: $22.67

  • Book 2

    • A Bad Day for Pretty

    • A Crime Novel
    • By: Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated by: Kym Dakin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    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 for the dumping is Neb Donovan. Years ago, Neb’s wife asked Stella for help getting him sober.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • LOVE THAT STELLA HARDESTY!!!

    • By Judy Ford on 03-19-12

    Regular price: $19.83

  • Book 3

    • A Bad Day for Scandal

    • A Crime Novel
    • By: Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    When Prosper homegirl turned big-city businesswoman Priss Porter returns to town with a body in her trunk, she calls Stella Hardesty to dispose of it. Her uppity ways dont convince Stella to take the job, and Priss attempts to blackmail her with a snapshot of Stella doing what she does best: curing woman-beaters by the use of force. Stella refuses to cooperate and goes home, only to hear later that Priss and her brother, Liman, have gone missing after calling in a disturbance.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Even Barbara Rosenblat couldn't save this one

    • By Kathy on 03-19-12

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • A Bad Day for Mercy

    • A Crime Novel
    • By: Sophie Littlefield
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    A call from Stella’s little sister brings the news that Stella’s step-nephew, Chip, has been threatened with serious bodily harm if he doesn’t settle his unpaid gambling debts. Stella makes the drive to Chip’s home in Wisconsin, only to walk in on a wee-hours dismemberment.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't Finish.

    • By MelissaS on 11-17-12

    Regular price: $19.95