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Thursday, March 5, 2020


Title: Lady Cop Makes Trouble: A Kopp Sisters Novel by Amy Stewart

Book Beginnings quote:
Miss Constance Kopp, who once hid behind a tree hear her home in Wycoff, N.J., for five hours waiting to get a shot at a gang of Black Handers who had annoyed her, is now a Deputy Sheriff of Bergen County, N.J., and a terror to evildoers. --New York Press, December 20, 1915
Friday56 quote:
"But you're the ladies' matron. You can't guard a male inmate," he said, in a simpering, singsong voice, the way a little boy delivers taunts. "Sheriff won't like it."
Summary: After besting a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs in Girl Waits With Gun, Constance Kopp becomes the first female deputy in the county. But when a German-speaking prisoner cons her and escapes, she wants to make things right by capturing him, not only for her own reputation but also for Sheriff Heath. Constance takes the advice to follow her instincts and not do exactly what the police are already doing to find and recapture him. Her instincts take her all over New York City. Along the way she makes friends with other women who help her cause.

Review: Lady Cop Makes Trouble is the second book in the Kopp Sisters series, based on actual people and events. The author has taken the bones of the story from newspaper clippings of the day and created a delightful series with quirky, interesting characters. The Book Beginnings quote is an actual quote written and published in 1915. In the Friday56 quote, Constance is fighting with another deputy who doesn't respect her as a fellow officer.

Several years ago I read and recently reread the first book in the series, Girl Waits with Gun. I used it as a book for my Friday Quotes memes here. It and all the books in the series are part of this month's all-county library activity called PierceReads! Evey year one book (author, or series) are highlighted and programs are set up to promote them. I actually liked Lady Cop Makes Trouble better between the two. There was more detective work and less about the home life of the Kopp sisters. Familiarity with the characters allowed for a  focus on the crimes. My husband, who listened to both of the audiobooks with me, commented that it felt like the writing was done in the early 1900s style and it was a bit pretentious. It bothered him. I reminded him of the opposite, how odd it is to read a book set in historical time when a character uses current day slang. Point made, he and I both enjoyed the two books.

There are four more books in the series which I am not sure if I will get to before the author event on March 28th but I do hope to read them some day. The titles of each book are taken from headlines or news stories from the early 1900s. Aren't they clever?

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SOTH Book Club March 2020


  1. Part of the enormous charm for me of True Grit is the author's ability to get the speech of the characters right. It's very rare that I find authors who can do that well in historical fiction.

  2. Those quotes are definitely interesting and make me want to know more! And I agree with Deb's comment too- it can be hard to get the voice right in historical fiction sometimes, but glad to hear this was good!

  3. Now I must check out this series! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  4. I've been delving into old newspaper stories for some research and it is amazing what you can glean about the culture of the times. Glad you and your husband enjoyed them.

  5. I love that this story was taken from real newspaper clippings; I think that grain of truth makes the story believable and captivating.

  6. This sounds like a fantastic series. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

  7. Sounds like a good read!! Happy weekend!

  8. This sounds like a series I would like. Have a great weekend!

  9. Sounds interesting that the stories are inspired by real events.

  10. This sounds really interesting. I might have the same problem as your husband, but the story might be worth the slog.

  11. I love the title for this one and remember seeing the first one around. Ooh, I already don't like whoever is speaking in that 56. Happy Friday!

  12. I'd forgotten about this series. I always meant to give it a try...so thanks for the reminder. :)

  13. Oooh, these are based on actual people? I didn't realize that. I love how fierce this woman sounds. That's so neat that the titles are taken from headlines! Not that surprising, either, since they definitely grab your attention. Good luck getting through the other two books before the event!

  14. We read the first book in BC, and I wasn't a huge fan of it, although I don't remember disliking it. I do like books written in an old-fashioned style, as long as that fits the story.

    1. After my re-read, I figured out why you and others weren't high on the book--too much story about the sisters and not enough interesting action. This book is better since we have met the characters in the last book not as much focus was on the sisters this time.

  15. I read the first, oh, maybe 3 books in the series and then wandered off into other things. I loved the first book the most; it was just a fascinating concept, and made even more interesting being based off real life.


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