Lady Cop Makes Trouble
After besting (and arresting) a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs in Girl Waits with Gun, Constance Kopp became one of the nation's first deputy sheriffs. She's proven that she can't be deterred, evaded, or outrun. But when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life, and endanger the honorable Sheriff Heath, Constance may not be able to make things right. Lady Cop Makes Trouble sets Constance loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey--tracking down victims, trailing leads, and making friends with girl reporters and lawyers at a hotel for women. Cheering her on, and goading her, are her sisters Norma and Fleurette--that is, when they aren't training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage. Based on a true story, Girl Waits with Gun introduced Constance Kopp and her charming and steadfast sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. Those readers will be thrilled by this second installment--also ripped from the headlines--in the romping, wildly readable life of a woman forging her own path, tackling crime and nefarious criminals along the way.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 163 x 234 x 28mm | 499g
- 06 Sep 2016
- HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
- United States
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05 Sep 2017
Constance Kopp is six feet tall, lives on a quiet farm with her two sisters, and yearns for fulfilling work. The Kopp sisters, though, aren t going to be living the quiet life anymore. They made the news fighting back against a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs. And after Bergen County s Sheriff Heath sees Constance in action, he appoints her as one of the nation s first female deputies. He knows she s a powerful addition to his force, and she knows she can do the job, but when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life and risk the honorable sheriff being thrown in his own jail Constance is forced to prove herself again.
Lady Cop Makes Trouble sets Constance loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey. Even as she tracks her fugitive, she s also tested by other cases helping runaway girls taken in by unscrupulous men and sorting out why an old woman is taking the fall for a murder she couldn t have committed. Cheering her on are her sisters Norma and Fleurette that is, when they aren t, respectively, training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage.
Based on the Kopp sisters real-life adventures, Girl Waits with Gun introduced the sensational lives of Constance Kopp and her unconventional sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. This second installment, also ripped from the headlines, takes us further into the romping, riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime and nefarious criminals! along the way.
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Praise for the Kopp Sisters Novels
An entertaining and enlightening story of how far one woman will go to protect her family.
A fine, historically astute novel . . . The sisters personalities flower under Stewart s pen.
New York Times Book Review
Zippy, winsome . . . [A] cinematic story of the [Kopps], the siege instigated by their powerful enemy, and their brave efforts in the face of real violence.
Los Angeles Times
An unforgettable, not-to-be-messed-with heroine . . . The rest is kickass history.
Stewart gives us three sisters whose bond scratchy and well-worn but stronger for it is unspoken but effortless.
Fans of strong female characters will find their new favorite heroine in Constance Kopp.
A highly willful protagonist penned with the utmost historical accuracy.
San Francisco Magazine
A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I ve seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.
"Whether Constance is tackling a criminal 'in what had to be the most undignified position a woman had ever been seen in on the streets of Brooklyn' or pouring punch in a theater lobby for Fleurette's Christmas pageant, her days and nights come vividly to life. And although the real crimes are solved by the end of the novel, Stewart leaves the reader wondering about one mystery still developing unsolved: the relationship between Constance and her married boss, Heath...Readers will just have to wait -- impatiently, no doubt -- for book No. 3." - Boston Globe
"Constance and her sisters are every bit as enjoyable in this outing as their first. Stewart deftly combines the rough-and-tumble atmosphere of early 20th-century New York City with the story of three women who want to live life on their own terms. The addition of supporting female characters who are also pushing societal boundaries is a welcome touch to the series." - Library Journal, starred review
"In the long-awaited sequel to Girl Waits With Gun, Constance has to take matters into her own hands. Lady Cop Makes Trouble, based on actual events, is another irresistible madcap adventure featuring the Kopp sisters." - PopSugar
"Amy Stewart (Girl Waits with Gun) continues the fictional adventures of Miss Constance Kopp in LADY COP MAKES TROUBLE. Constance is based on a real woman who, just prior to World War I, became a deputy sheriff in New Jersey, one of the first of her kind in the country. And yes, she does make trouble. Escaped convicts don't stand a chance against this adventurous woman, as Stewart crafts a heady brew of mystery and action in a fast-moving, craftily written novel that's fueled by actual news headlines of the day." - BookPage
"It's 'True Grit, ' New York style. Stewart ("Girl Waits With Gun") delivers the second novel in her series based on the real-life antics of Constance Kopp, one of the few female deputy sheriffs who lived 100 years ago. With encouragement from her two sisters, Constance tracks a German con man through the streets of the Big Apple. The book's title is inspired by several actual newspaper headlines of the time about the small number of women who worked in law enforcement." - New York Post
"Constance Kopp is one of the most fascinating characters in recent mystery fiction. The fact that Stewart bases her on a real person and uses real events in her plots make Constance even more fascinating....Lady Cop Makes Trouble is one of the best mystery novels of the year: wonderful and very entertaining characters based on meticulous research, understated humor, and an accurate snapshot of the times just prior to America's entry in WWI. One could hunt for a downside to Amy Stewart's series, but it would be a vain search. Kudos to Amy Stewart and Constance Kopp. May there be many more sequels to follow." - New York Journal of Books
"The second entry in Amy Stewart's historical mystery series based on the real-life Kopp sisters is as compulsively readable and effortlessly enjoyable as the first....Stewart expertly plays imagination and research off of one another in a way that is a pleasure in itself...So bring on more of the Kopp sisters! I can't wait to see what they get up to next." - Emerald City Book Review
"Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart was one of the most enjoyable literary surprises of 2015, and the sequel, Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), pursues its clever premise. Based on the real-life Kopp sisters of Bergen County, New Jersey - and the career of Constance Kopp, one of America's first female deputy sheriffs, in particular - this adventure finds Constance's deputy sheriff status at stake when she tricked by a nefarious con man. The multiple crimes that Stewart weaves into her tale are one thing, but equally compelling are the lovingly rendered characters, including a shining cameo by William Carlos Williams." - Seattle Review of Books
"Constance Kopp's real-life adventures as "New Jersey's first lady deputy sheriff" again make savory grist for Stewart's fictional mill (Girl Waits with Gun, 2015, etc.)....Smart, atmospheric fun, with enough loose ends left dangling to assure fans there will be more entries in this enjoyable series." - Kirkus Reviews
"The multiple players in the story provide wry situational humor and a backdrop for Kopp's unique, forceful character, while Sheriff Heath's surprisingly supportive regard lends a hopeful relational perspective. Stewart adeptly introduces details of early twentieth-century life in Hackensack, New Jersey, a burgeoning city on the outskirts of New York, and timely concerns such as jail reform and women's rights, rounding out this immensely satisfying mystery." - Booklist
"In this comic mystery set in 1915 and based on actual events, Constance Kopp, the first female deputy sheriff in Bergen County, N.J., is still packing a pistol and an attitude after her first crime-fighting adventures in Girl Waits with Gun. Stewart's second volume in her Kopp Sisters Series is a clever, suspenseful, and funny tale of a formidable woman facing crime, politics, social stigma, all while nailing evildoers....Fans of the first Kopp Sisters novel will find another treat in this follow-up. " - Publishers Weekly