Monday, June 15, 2009

Oh, and a review from Kirkus!

From Kirkus Reviews:

Renegade justice takes a turn when a domestic-violence case becomes a kidnapping.

Stella Hardesty is no lady. She owns a small sewing shop in the depths of Missouri, but she’s also got a side job delivering her own special brand of justice to dealers of domestic violence. It’s her way of giving back after a life with Ollie, her own death-do-us-part abuser. Having disposed of him years ago, she’s managed to keep this little domestic secret and her side job from the watchful eyes of Sheriff Goat Jones. Too bad, too, because she wouldn’t mind spending a little more time in the gaze of those eyes. Stella’s got a routine down pat: five days a week peddling sewing goods to old ladies, the other two for extracurriculars. When she spots poor Chrissy Shaw, who suffers regularly at the hands of her loser husband Roy Dean, Stella makes a quick visit to Roy Dean and thinks she’s taken care of the situation. But then Chrissy’s two-year-old son Tucker disappears, with Roy Dean the obvious suspect. Preliminary investigations suggest that the story is far more complex than Stella ever imagined. In addition, Chrissy’s quite a bit tougher than Stella figured. Will the two be able to team up and figure out where Tucker’s stashed while staying under Goat’s radar?

First-timer Littlefield creates characters with just the right quirks who charm even in the face of unrealistic plot turns.


Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Your week's off to a great start. Congrats on both reviews (though I haven't read the PW review yet...but it has to be a good one).

Martha Flynn said...

Woohoo!!!!!!! Although now I'm seeing what you mean re: the Pens Fatales posting on names... :)

Chris said...

Not too shabby, that! And to think I can say I knew you when. You know I'm gonna hand-sell like a hundred of these puppies, right?



Why am I not surprised you got a terrific review?

Way to go!

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Of course you got good reviews. How could you not?

Dana Fredsti said...

This looks like a lot of fun, Sophie! Although it's hard for me to imagine a romantic relationship with someone named 'Goat.'

Mags said...

Goat? Goat! You are jam-packed with awesome, Sophie. Aw, damn.

"Stella Hardesty is no lady."

Kirkus gets a star for that one (plus all the other things that come after).