Girl Waits With Gun

Girl Waits With Gun

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From the New York Times best-selling author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the US's first female deputy sheriffs. Constance Kopp doesn't quite fit the mould. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters from the city to the country fifteen years before. When a powerful, ruthless factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their farm. The sheriff enlists her help, and it turns out that Constance has a knack for outwitting (and disarming) the criminal element, which might just take her back out into the world and onto a new path in life. Through Amy Stewart's exuberant storytelling, Constance Kopp catapults from a forgotten historical anecdote to an unforgettable historical-fiction heroine - an outsized woman not only ahead of her time, but sometimes even a head of ours. ' A marvellous romp.' The Guardian 'The Kopps are the stars of Stewart's new zippy, winsome novel, Girl Waits With Gun . Filled with historical detail without being weighed down by it, the novel is a cinematic story of the women, the siege instigated by their powerful enemy, and their brave efforts in the face of real violence.' Los Angeles Times 'Hardened criminals are no match for pistol-packing spinster Constance Kopp and her redoubtable sisters in this hilarious and exciting period drama by bestseller Stewart ( The Drunken Botanist ). This is an elegant tale of suspense, mystery, and wry humour . . . A surprising Kopp family secret, a kidnapped baby, and other twists consistently ratchet up the stakes throughout, resulting in an exhilarating yarn.' Publishers Weekly, starred
Publisher: Australia : 2016 Scribe,
ISBN: 9781925321326
Branch Call Number: AF STEW


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LoganLib_Phoebe Apr 06, 2017

Based on a true story, this novel offers strong female characters, and an evocative historical setting. You'll be keen to find out what happens to the Kopp sisters next with the sequel...

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GCPL_Angela Oct 30, 2017

A breezy, fun read -- a solid start to the series, which now includes three books, with more in the works. It's pretty predictable, but the predictability didn't detract much from my enjoyment of it. You have to admire the Kopp sisters in their determination to make it on their own, and I enjoyed the bond between them. Overall everything was a bit tidy and tame, but I will be checking out the next installment in the series and hope that I am correct that it will have a bit more in the way of adventure. (I think this one, as the first, necessarily has to do a lot of "laying the groundwork" type stuff, which hurts the pace a bit.)

Overall, a diverting and quick read -- not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Check it out!

Oct 04, 2017

What a fun read!
Part fiction, part history, part suspense, part comedy. This book has it all.
Can't wait to read the sequel.

Jul 31, 2017

It's easy to say that I enjoyed this book, and I appreciated the comfortable tone and mood of the story in general.

Good things:
1) I liked the humor. There are many smile-worthy moments, and it helps lighten up the story.

2) The easy-to-read tone. The tone is very laid back and intriguing.

3) The characters and the relationships between them. This was both a bad and a good thing. I was really into Kopps' sisterly connections, but it certainly overshadowed the mystery aspect of Girl Waits with Gun. The emotional parts definitely got to me.

4) Constance can be pretty tough at times.

5) I liked the link between the title and the story.

Bad things:
1) Not enough mystery, in my opinion.

2) I wasn't that interested near the ending, and the story felt like it was dragging on.

3) The antagonist didn't appear in the story enough. There were too little appearances made by the bad guy that I couldn't really hate him or even know him. A lot of the things he did seemed to make no sense whatsoever, and I wasn't exactly convinced that he performed all of those crimes for no reason. Some parts were predictable and didn't make much sense.

Anyway, I liked the book, and it was good. It's an enjoyable read and written for a great audience.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 27, 2017

A (literal) run-in with a wealthy factory owner sets the Kopp sisters on a path that will include threats, bricks, and even guns after the driver refuses to pay for damages.

FindingJane Jul 07, 2017

This fictionalized account of a true historical figure rings with verve, danger, solid characterization. The author has fleshed out and teased forth this story and padded it with well-imagined dialogue. It is also a fine microscope on early 20th-century living in America. This is a novel of immigrants, vagrants, criminals, workers, fallen women, lost children, city life and farm existence.

The sisters Kopp are formidable women, even the seemingly flighty Fleurette. When they band together, you see the fierce love that lies between them as well as the arguments that manage to reveal the close ties binding them. When they get embroiled with the vicious and amoral Henry Kaufmann, their bonds are tested but ultimately hold firm.

Henry is that kind of villain you truly despise. Having attempted to kill his own brother when he was only five, he’s only worsened with time and age. He’s grown more cunning but holds petty grudges and cannot bear slights. He keeps the worse kind of company and has let the mechanisms of his father’s business slide because he prefers foolish and hair-brained schemes to actual industry. There’s nothing appealing about him and you yearn for him to meet his just desserts. Because this basic indecency makes him a one-dimensional character, the author wisely spends little time on him and his cronies, choosing instead to show us the mundane workings of the Kopp sisters.

In a time when single women must marry, catch a husband or remain dependent on male relatives, Constance Kopp chooses differently. She mightily resists her brother’s constant urgings for her to live in his household, where she and her sisters would wind up becoming nothing more than shriveled aunts performing minor household chores and becoming little more than beggars at the table. Yet Constance yearns for more than the hardscrabble existence of the dwindling farm on which she and her sisters reside.

Ms. Stewart takes us deep into Constance’s thoughts so that we understand the powerful drives she has to be independent, hard working and yet longing for the comfort of big-city life. The gap between her wishes and her life holds no problem for Constance. This novel is a thrilling detective story and a feminist tract set before women received the vote. Constance Kopp is a female protagonist of unusual strength, depth and (dare I say it?) height and you cheer for her all the way.

Jun 18, 2017

Like a previous reviewer, I'd agree this book is 'moderately entertaining.' Fascinating subject - I stayed more interested because I knew it was a true story - just not riveting writing. What should have been a thrilling read became predictable at times because the delivery was too slow.

LPL_KateG Jun 13, 2017

A fun and fast summer read. LPL has this in Book Club in a Bag if your group would like to try it out! Historical mystery based on a true detective, Girl Waits With Gun is entertaining and great for multiple age groups. No sex, gruesome violence, or harsh language.

Jun 07, 2017

I didn't like the book nearly as much as I had expected, but perhaps my expectations were too high.

LoganLib_Phoebe Apr 06, 2017

Based on a true story, this novel offers strong female characters, and an evocative historical setting. You'll be keen to find out what happens to the Kopp sisters next with the sequel...

SquamishLibraryStaff Feb 07, 2017

Superb storytelling, interesting characters and lots of intrigue. ‘Girl waits with gun’ is a historical fiction novel based on the real life Kopp sisters, one of whom (Constance Kopp) became one of the first female sheriffs in the United States. The audio version is available through OneClick Digital and is read by Christina Moore, whose rendition transports the reader to 1900s New Jersey and makes for a very pleasant listening experience.

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Jul 31, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Jul 31, 2017

After their buggy collides with a silk man's automobile, the Kopp sisters face threats and harassment from the party at fault.


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Jul 31, 2017

Violence: Shooting and threats against the Kopp sisters


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Jul 31, 2017

"'My sisters and I have no one but each other,' I said at last, 'and if anyone should take up a handgun in their defense, I will be the one to do it.'"

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