Book Review : Lady Cop Makes Trouble
A Kopp Sisters Novel
By Amy Stewart
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. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
I’ve enjoyed this series because the author uses many facts and actual people. Stewart also reveals in the afterward which pieces of the story are fact and which are fiction. I find Constance fascinating because she does not fit into the era she was born to and struggles with her identity. Her internal struggles are germane for many women today. I think because Constance is an historical character, her character flaws are genuine, and I have more sympathy for her plight than if she was a figment of the author’s imagination.
I missed how Lady Cop Makes Trouble does not use newspaper headlines in the same way at Girl Waits With Gun. Stewart was still inspired by headlines from the era. The writing isn’t overly descriptive the majority of the time. However, here a couple of quotes that I found charming or even laughed over.
“The older women didn’t let their lies and treachery deprive them of sleep. They took their secrets to bed like hot-water bottles and snored on top of them all night long.” (p.162)
“‘In Italy we say strega for witch.’
How did she know what I was thinking?
‘You look at me and think I look like witch,’ she said.’I know you.’
I’d had a lot of strange conversations under this roof, but this had to be the strangest.
I know you,’ she said again. ‘They put you in jail just like me. What did you do?'” (p.170)
“Three mannequins stood near the window like guests at a party, their costumes pinned carefully together.” (p.192)
“‘Deputies follow the orders given to them by the sheriff. That is the sole purpose of a deputy. People who don’t follow the sheriff’s orders are more commonly referred to as…’ He paused here as we navigated a tricky intersection along Twenty-Third, and Reinhold offered a suggested.
Sheriff Heath fought back a smile as he pulled us down the street. ‘Thank you, Mr. Dietz. Outlaw is exactly right.'” (p. 240)
There is a theme of friction through out the novel. We see more of an estranged relationship between Constance and Fleurette in this edition as the young teen develops her talents as a seamstress and strives for independence. Constance and Mrs. Heath are at odds, but in her defense Mrs. Heath has a very difficult situation having to raise her children as the jail. Sheriff Heath also is on the outs with Constance while still trying to protect her. Norma is always cantankerous, unless you want to talk about her pigeons.
Constance was a very interesting woman; while others see her as nothing but trouble. I’m glad that I’ve been introduced to her through Stewart’s novels.
3.5 out of 5 stars
If you liked this one you might like The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly and West With The Night by Beryl Markham and Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.