A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Stella Hardesty is an unlikely heroine. She’s 50 years old, she runs a sewing shop, and she drinks whiskey almost every night. True, she’s in the best shape of her life because of all the running and weight lifting, but by no means does she have super powers. What she does have is a righteous anger at men who abuse their wives, and she uses that anger to fuel her side business: serving as an enforcer for the women who need her help.
In her small Missouri town word has spread that she’s someone who can help when the law can’t. That law, by the way, is represented by Sheriff Goat Jones who Stella can’t stop thinking about. But because her operation isn’t quite legal, that’s a complication that she just doesn’t need. Even with all of this, Stella’s life is pretty well under control until the son of one of her clients goes missing and the lowlife ex-boyfriend is the prime suspect. Now she’s got to roll with the punches, literally, as she tries to find the little boy before anything bad can happen to him.
This is the first book in three (so far) of Sophie Littlefield's Stella Hardesty series.
Visit Littlefield's web site here.
If you're looking for something with a similarly take-charge main character try A Secret Rage by Charlaine Harris, written before she started her more famous Sookie Stackhouse series.
Review by Danny Hanbery