A Bad Day for Sorry

A Bad Day for Sorry

Book - 2009
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"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."--Inside jacket.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780312559205
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,22 cm.


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After many years of abuse, Stella does her husband in with a wrench. Stella is a feisty fifty year old who feels strongly that women should not be treated badly, and she confronts ex-partners of other abused women with gusto. The situations she finds herself in are fraught with danger involving annoyed ex-partners, drugs, and the Mob. I love how Stella approaches life without whining, she just gets on with it! (submitted by WC)

Nov 23, 2015

Yes, it was far fetched but totally enjoyable. Nice to see a middle age woman go for it. Come on people, it is classified as fiction.

Oct 23, 2015

Mildly entertaining-- but I could not get past the unbelievable scenario of a missing child that was being handled by the local sheriff, the mother of the missing child, and an unlicensed private detective. That was a pretty far fetched scenario and made me question the plausibility of everything else in the story.

JCLHelenH May 30, 2013

I wanted to like this so much more than I did. The contradictions between what the reader is told about Stella and the way she is put me off. Is she an over-weight, older lady who drinks Johnnie Walker every night, or is she a strong runner? She's been putting the hurt on men for years, yet she doesn't act like she knows how to protect herself at all. But that's not really it either...I can't quite put my finger on why it's not much, much better.

Apr 27, 2013

I really wanted to like this book because I liked the premise. However, I felt like I never really got into the characters, maybe because they were caricatures rather than characters. Also, there is too much time spent spinning the mystery in weird directions, and the ending felt rushed and not fully developed. There were unnecessarily long pointless conversations and development and descriptions of events, relationships and characters that don't progress anything. I didn't totally hate it, hence the two star rating. But, all in all, wouldn't recommend it unless you have nothing else to read.

Mar 05, 2011

Stella Hardesty is not your typical widow. First off, her husband was an abuser who regularly beat her. Second, Stella killed her husband with a wrench one day when she couldn't take his fists on her face anymore. She has never been tried for that murder. Third, since her husbands death, Stella has had a side business of helping battered women deal with their abusive partners. And by deal, we don't mean escape. No, Stella has little chats with the husbands, chats involving kidnapping and violence. Some of the men shape up. Some ship out, never to be seen again. It is those latter that have lead to the rumours that she kills them.

Her latest client, Chrissy has a different problem, her abusive ex, Roy Dean has disappeared and so has Chrissy'a 18 month-old son, Tucker. Now Stella has to find the boy before it's too late, while dodging the inquiring of the local sherrif, who seems to know that something is up.

A very good revenge fantasy/mystery, with just enough grit to make it interesting.

Apr 06, 2010


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