Tina Jordan
August 07, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Bad Day for Sorry

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Sophie Littlefield
publisher
St. Martin's Minotaur
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

The Story
She owns a sewing shop, but what fiftysomething badass Stella Hardesty really does is dispense justice to abusive husbands and boyfriends, having discovered that ”whuppin’ ass wasn’t so hard.”

TV Pitch
Put Cagney or Lacey in rural Missouri.

Lowdown
Crime fiction hasn’t seen a character as scrappy, mean, and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time. A-

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