Stella Hardesty dispatched her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her fiftieth birthday. A few years later, shes so busy delivering home-style justice on her days off, helpingother women deal with their own abusive husbands and boyfriends, that she barely has time to run hersewing shop in her ruralMissourihometown. Some men need more convincing than others, but its usually nothing a little light bondage or old-fashioned whuppin' cant fix. Since Stella works outside of the law, shes 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. UntilRoyDeandisappears with Chrissys two-year-old son, Tucker. Stella quickly learns that Roy Dean was involved with some very scary men, as she tries to sort out whos hiding information and whos merely trying to kill her. Its going to take a hell of a fight to get the little boy back home to his mama, but if anyone can do it, its Stella Hardesty.
A Bad Day for Sorrywon an Anthony Award for Best First Novel and an RT Book Award for Best First Mystery. It wasalsoshortlisted for Edgar, Barry,Crimespree, and Macavity Awards, and itwas namedto lists of the year's best mystery debutsby the Chicago Sun-Times and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.