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A Bad Day for Scandal

A Bad Day for Scandal

Third Stella Hardesty Novel

"Stella continues to dazzle with her wit, charm, and ease with firearms."
   —Publishers Weekly

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.

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"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 (read the full review)

"More fun than eating cotton candy on a Ferris wheel."
   —Library Journal (read the full review)

"Stella continues to carry the day, as always, in this sassy mix of comedy and mystery."

"Fans of quirky mysteries need to grab a Littlefield pronto."

"Solid gold—don't miss this gem of a book."
   —Linda Castillo, NYT Best-selling author of SWORN TO SILENCE

"One hell of a kick-ass thrill ride—contemporary crime fiction at its finest."
   —Kate Carlisle, NYT Best-selling author of HOMICIDE IN HARDCOVER

"Littlefield triumphs again in a mystery that blends a killer plot, a fascinating protagonist you can't help loving and laughs as well as thrills."
   —Richmond Times-Dispatch (read the full review)

"Warm, funny...A Bad Day for Scandal is Sophie and Stella at their best."
   —Lesa's Book Critiques (read the full review)

"Indelible characters...This series gets better with each book."
   —In One Eye and Out the Other (read the full review)

"Sophie Littlefield's Stella Hardesty series is quickly becoming a summer staple...just the thing for an afternoon by the pool."
   —Nights and Weekends (read the full review)

Minotaur Books, Hardcover, June 2011, ISBN: 9780312648374
Minotaur Books, Trade Paperback, April 2012, ISBN: 9781250002273
Audible, Inc., Unabridged Audiobook, June 2011, ASIN: B005745H9S