Lady Cop Makes Trouble: Book summary and reviews of Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

Lady Cop Makes Trouble

Girl Waits with Gun #2

by Amy Stewart

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Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2016
    320 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun returns with another adventure featuring the fascinating, feisty, and unforgettable Kopp sisters.

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 female 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. 

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"Starred Review. 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

"Smart, atmospheric fun, with enough loose ends left dangling to assure fans there will be more entries in this enjoyable series." - Kirkus

"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." - Booklist

"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

"Amy Stewart serves up another rip-roaring historical adventure in her second novel featuring Constance Kopp, pioneering female deputy sheriff. The fast-paced action, wry dialogue and Constance's reflections on her chosen career combine to make Lady Cop Makes Trouble a highly satisfying adventure." - Shelf Awareness

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Cloggie Downunder

Excellent historical crime fiction.
Lady Cop Makes Trouble is the second book in the Kopp Sisters series by NYT best-selling American author, Amy Stewart. While she has been a very active Deputy for Sheriff Robert Heath at Hackensack for two months, Constance Kopp learns that her job is not as secure as she had hoped. Two months later, Constance is filling the role of jail matron for the female prisoners while she waits for her badge: as an elected official, Heath has found obtaining approval for employing the first female deputy is challenging.

One of her charges perplexingly admits to murder despite evidence to the contrary. Then a prisoner escapes under Constance’s watch, putting both her job and the Sheriff’s freedom in jeopardy. As her sisters keep themselves busy with their preferred pursuits (carrier pigeons, dressmaking and acting), Constance decides she must track down the escapee herself.

Constance does some excellent detective work and, being a well-built lady, does not eschew chase and tackle when required. In this instalment, Constance and Sheriff Heath prove that they make a very capable team, holding matching ideas about law enforcement and criminal detention, and affording each other respect for their intelligence and abilities.

Stewart’s Historical Notes and Sources are interesting and informative, revealing that Constance Kopp and her sisters were real people, much as described, as are quite a few of the other characters. Many of the events that form the plot also occurred, if not always when stated. Stewart takes the known historical facts and fleshes them out into a marvellous tale.

Stewart effortlessly portrays the characteristics of everyday life of the early twentieth century and clearly demonstrates how different life was over a hundred years ago. The (often humorous) print column headlines to which, in the first book, the sisters continuously drew each other’s attention, or occasionally invented to suit their particular situation, are noticeably absent in this book, but there is still humour in their dialogue. Excellent historical crime fiction that will have readers seeking out the third book, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions.

Nikki M. (Fort Wayne, IN)

Love these characters!
I sure hope that Amy Stewart is busy writing away with more Constance Kopp adventures. What a fun, interesting book that is a fantastic follow-up to the first book, "Girl Waits With Gun". The characters are all so interesting and fleshed-out. I look forward to her next in the (hopeful!) series... (No pressure, Ms. Stewart!)

Kathryn B. (Bronx, NY)

Lady Cop Makes Trouble
I found this book a delightful read. Being transported back to pre-woman's lib time added to the flavor of the story. Constance Kopp was certainly "ahead of her time" aspiring to work in a man's world of the early 1900's.

The characters are well-developed and the core of the story is based on actual events. Constance shows dedication to the job, ambition and independence. She exudes confidence but knows when to seek the advice of those wiser than she.

I am inspired to read Amy Stewart's first book in this series, Girl Wants Gun.

Mary B. (St Paul, MN)

Lady Cop Makes Trouble
I enjoyed Girl Waits With Gun and was excited to read Lady Cop. I was not disappointed. Ms Stewart weaves together a very interesting story based on historical events. In the continuation of Constance's story her character continues to develop, as well as those of the other characters. I especially find the author's notes interesting as she writes about some of the actual events that took place in the story. I look forward to the next installment. Great read!!

Maggie P. (Mount Airy, MD)

Constance Returns
Constance Kopp is back in the second installment of Amy Stewart's continuing saga of the Kopp sisters. Once again the reader accompanies Constance as she takes to finding a prisoner who escaped during her watch. Filled with action and adventure, this book is perfect for someone who loves crime novels. Fans of Amy Stewart and Constance Kopp can only hope that this time period in Bergen County afforded Constance lots of opportunities for adventure.

Sarah M. (Kirksville, MO)

A delightful sequel to Gir Waits With Gun
This is a wonderful, character-driven mystery. While new readers can jump right into the adventures of this first (would-be) lady deputy sheriff in turn-of-the-century New Jersey, readers familiar with Girl Waits With Gun will enjoy the glimpses they get of Constance's sisters, the stolid, acerbic Norma and the lovely Fleurette, as well as revel in the growing mutual regard Constance and Sheriff Heath have for each other. As was true for Girl Waits With Gun, part of the fascination of Lady Cop Makes Trouble is the meticulous research the author did into the lives of the real Kopp sisters when writing these books. Lady Cop Makes Trouble would appeal to readers of mysteries and historical fiction and would be an excellent pick for book club discussion. Because of its strong heroines, it would also appeal to YA readers.

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Amy Stewart Author Biography

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Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of seven books, including her acclaimed Miss Kopp series and the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband own a bookstore called Eureka Books in Eureka, California. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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