Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Library Journal on SCANDAL: "more fun than cotton candy"
Thanks for the nice review, LIBRARY JOURNAL!!
Littlefield, Sophie. A Bad Day for Scandal. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2011. c.290p. ISBN 9780312648374. $24.99. M
Priss Porter has another thing coming if she thinks Stella Hardesty, locally renowned vigilante against wife beaters, is available to be a cleaner for someone’s murder. Confronted with the dead guy in Priss’s car trunk, Stella then realizes that Priss, a desperate bully, will blackmail her with compromising photos of Stella on her flash drive. Now on a mission to retrieve the flash drive, Stella comes up short when Priss, Priss’s brother, and the dead guy totally disappear. Stella and her colorful ensemble of family and friends unearth (among other things) a dysfunctional male escort service in Kansas City, which helps explain Priss’s desperation. VERDICT This caper is more fun than eating cotton candy on a Ferris wheel. Littlefield’s zesty dialog and astute observations make this irreverent third series entry (after A Bad Day for Sorry and A Bad Day for Pretty) fly by. The zaniness evokes Janet Evanovich or Harley Jane Kozak; the story itself, Ben Rehder, who writes so well about good old boys behaving badly. [Library marketing.]