Friday, September 28, 2018

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart

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Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit
by Amy Stewart

ISBN-13: 9781328736512
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

Source: ARC review copy from the publisher through Amazon Vine.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
With wit and verve, Amy Stewart brilliantly conjures the life and times of the real Constance Kopp. After a year on the job, New Jersey's first female deputy sheriff has collared criminals, demanded justice for wronged women, and gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits. But on one stormy night, everything falls apart.

While transporting a woman to an insane asylum, Deputy Kopp discovers something deeply troubling about her story. Before she can investigate, another inmate bound for the asylum breaks free and tries to escape.

In both cases, Constance runs instinctively toward justice. But the fall of 1916 is a high-stakes election year, and any move she makes could jeopardize Sheriff Heath's future--and her own. Although Constance is not on the ballot, her controversial career makes her the target of political attacks.

My Review:
Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit is a historical novel set in 1916 in New Jersey. It's the fourth book in a series, but it works as a stand-alone. The Kopp sisters were real people, and Constance Kopp was New Jersey's first female deputy sheriff. Most of the events involving Norma and Fleurette were fictional, but the author worked true historical events involving Constance, the elections, and inmates at the jail into the story. The story provided a taste of what it was like to be a female deputy sheriff at that time.

The author worked interesting historical details into the story and portrayed the difficulties faced by women. The characters were interesting and acted realistically. There was some suspense about the upcoming elections (and a question if Constance will still have a job afterward) and a mystery to solve involving why a sane woman was sent to an asylum when she clearly wasn't insane.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable story.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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