Disclaimer: Other than receiving a really cool hardback book, I've received no compensation for this review. Also, my TST, as it ties in with the book, is found at the end of the review.
In May, Tony from Minotaur Books offered me the chance to review Sophie Littlefield's new book, A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY. This is the second in a series of crime novels featuring Stella Hardesty, a sewing shop owner who has an interesting side job "rehabitilitating" men who don't treat their women so nice.
Tony had advised me that it was a quick read that wouldn't interrupt my reading schedule too much and he didn't lie. I finished this book in a mere 2 1/2 hours and loved it! Usually when I burn through a book that quickly, I have to go back and re-read it for all of the little things I missed, because I always miss something. Unfortunately, that re-read will have to wait, as Ashinator has taken the book with her on her trip to see her dad in Arizona.
I truly enjoyed this book, but I can't decide which I enjoyed more: the fact that Stella is a "real" woman badass with real body flaws and insecurities or the dialogue.
I love that Stella is not a young woman, she's got some years behind her, which equates to experience. You know the saying, "Old age and treachery will always trump youth and skill"? Stella exemplefies the saying. I also love that she's not a perfect size zero and that she has aches and pains like the rest of us, but works through them.
As for the dialogue, it took me back to when my great-grandma was alive. Grandma Wheeler talked just like the characters in the book do, so it was very comforting for me to read and just the dialogue alone brought back some warm childhood memories.
I also enjoyed the little bit of sizzle between Stella and the Sheriff, who may professionally at odds, but are otherwise pretty darn compatible. Stella's side-kick, Chrissy, is a little spit-fire who makes no apologies for who she is and knows how to work the boys to get her way.
There are a couple of things that I would have liked such as a little more backstory on why the Sheriff calls Stella "Dusty" and how it is that Stella and Chrissy became so close. Both of those questions were answered when I read the first book of the series, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY.
I've been playing around with a ranking system for when I get to do reviews, you know something gun related, like a 21-gun salute, but I haven't figured it out yet, so I'll go with the standard 5-star thingie.
I'd give A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY four out of five stars. It's a great sit by the pool and have an umbrella drink afternoon read.
Sophie was kind enough to indulge in a little Q & A, which I'll post tomorrow.