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A Bad Day for Scandal

A Bad Day for Scandal

A Crime Novel

Stella Hardesty Crime Novels (Volume 3)

Sophie Littlefield

Minotaur Books


Trade Paperback

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 don't 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. Stella is implicated when Sheriff "Goat" Jones discovers the scarf she left behind at the house. He warns her to stay local but Stella and her partner, Chrissy Shaw, go looking for Priss in Kansas City, where they discover that she runs an unusual business. When Priss herself—along with two other bodies—turns up in a pond belonging to one of Stella's ex-clients, Stella must investigate a host of suspects, including a crooked but libidinous female judge, a coterie of jealous male escorts, and a Marxist ex-professor.

A Bad Day for Scandal is the third in Sophie Littlefield's award-winning, critically acclaimed series. Written with passion, humor, and guts, this is a mystery to be savored.


Praise for A Bad Day for Scandal

“This is the author's third comic novel starring brassy Stella Hardesty....You have to root for a gal who can hunt down murder suspects--and lust after local sheriff Goat Jones--without rumpling her Spanx Hide & Sleek Hi-Rise Panty.” —AARP: The Magazine

“This caper is more fun than eating cotton candy on a Ferris wheel. Littlefield's zesty dialog and astute observations make this irreverent third series entry (after A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty) fly by. The zaniness evokes Janet Evanovich or Harley Jane Kozak; the story itself, Ben Rehder, who writes so well about good old boys behaving badly.” —Library Journal

“If we all had mothers like Stella, this would be a better world. Fans of quirky mysteries straddling the line between tough and funny need to grab a Littlefield pronto.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Littlefield's eccentric cast of characters grows richer with each book, and Stella continues to dazzle with her wit, charm, and ease with firearms.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fiftyish Stella...continues to carry the day, as always, in this sassy mix of comedy and mystery.” —Booklist

“It's great to visit with vigilante Stella Hardesty and her friends and foes once again. As usual Littlefield tucks themes of empowerment and sisterhood in between the chase scenes and small-town shenanigans. She also tells a darned good comic adventure story.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“Sophie Littlefield hits solid gold with A Bad Day for Scandal. Stella Hardesty is a funny and endearing heroine--with just a hint of Dirty Harry thrown in. The true-to-life dialogue moves at a quick clip and the mystery will keep you turning the pages way past bedtime. Bottom line: Don't mess with Stella Hardesty--and don't miss this gem of a book.” —Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author of Pray for Silence

“Sophie Littlefield is a major talent whose complex characters, brilliant dialogue and captivating style make for an engrossing--and at times fabulously irreverent--series that gets better with every book! This is contemporary crime fiction at its finest.” —New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle

“Hooray for Sophie Littlefield for creating such a real, funny, and complex protagonist in Stella Hardesty. I can't wait for the next BAD DAY, and Stella's newest quest for off-brand justice.” —New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL . A pair of female crime-stoppers mete out vigilante justice. - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Sophie Littlefield

Sophie Littlefield grew up in rural Missouri. Her first novel, 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. The second in the series, A Bad Day for Pretty, was named a New York Times Notable Book. Sophie lives near San Francisco, California.

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