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What did you think of the author's writing style?

Created: 05/16/16

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bestmartin

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What did you think of the author's writing style?

I loved it. It was fast paced and I thought the description "a rollicking good time" fit. I was so when I finished the book.


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I loved it! Amy Stewart didn't waste a single word, and the story just zipped along. She captured a tone of quirky, low-key irony that was perfect for the character of Constance, as a real-life no-nonsense woman of fortitude. Impressive!


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I loved the book. It started a little slow, but once it got going I was totally hooked.


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caroleb

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Good, but no comparison with some other writers I really like. For example, Louis Penny and Tana French. Both are mystery writers who develop characters with much more depth. Perhaps if the author continues this series, the characters will exhibit more nuanced parts of their personalities. Henry was too much just a "bad guy." I like characters who readers learn more about motivation and personality traits that result from a more in depth treatment.


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Lois Irene

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I was immediately taken with this writing. It reminds me of Alan Bradley of Flavia De Luce fame. The quirkiness of the characters and the straightforward, unapologetic way that they are portrayed invited me to dig right in and enjoy the novel.


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sweeney

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It was a fun book. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much if it hadn't been based on a true story...probably wouldn't have believed it.


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judithj

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I enjoyed the author's style of writing as she developed the story line and characters. The fact that the book is based on real-life people, made it a little more interesting.


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katherinep

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I hardly thought it was a romping good time and initially found it slow and not terribly interesting. I felt the whole secondary plot of Lucy and her child to be superfluous and used as filler because the original true story would not have required so many pages. I actually found the account of the true story on the Amazon page for the book, with pictures of the Kopps, more interesting than this treatment. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy the book but only that there are others I've preferred. The Mary Handley Mysteries by Lawrence Levy are more enjoyable to me. I reviewed Girl Waiting on Goodreads at

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1617021567

if any are interested.


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joyces

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I enjoyed it very much, It felt so sort of no nonsense, true to life for the time period. The characters were developed well enough to be able to see their motivations and accept their quite different view points with out belaboring us with all their personal thoughts and problems. It was a rather brutal but probably very accurate portrayal of life in those times.


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barbm

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I enjoyed the writing style, which moved the story forward at a quick pace. Many times I laughed at loud at the antics! The lack of background and depth kept it moving and fit the story. It was a perfect book for rainy day. I'll read the next in the series for sure.


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I liked her writing style once I got used to it. I thought the writing style was appropriate to the setting and that it brought a distinctive quality to the characters. Each voice fit the characters.


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Marcia S

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I liked the way she revealed the story, a bit at a time. However, I thought the book was too long and could have been edited to be more concise so it didn't drag as much.


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sandral

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I thought her writing style was refreshing. Loved the comical observations along with the historical aspects depicted.


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PiperUp

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I loved it! It's extremely well written. The characters are well developed & the settings are easily imagined due to the details provided. It was such a fun read & I'm really looking forward to the second book in the series.


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arielf

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This was the first book that I read by the author. I very much liked her writing style. I especially like that it was historical fiction. Having lived in Ramsey. NJ I could relate to Wycoff and Patterson. Characters were well developed and believable. I could hardly put the book down.


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I found her style very engaging and perfectly paced. Her descriptions were thorough, yet not overwhelming. The characters were quirky, engaging and smart - everything I look for in a book I am reading for pleasure.


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rosemaryc

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I also found the writing style engaging. The author is sparse but not sparing in creating vivid descriptions of the characters and the actions.


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nancyh

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I liked her style. I was not sure when I started the book if I would like it or not, but when I got into it, I could put it down. I would definitely read other books by her.


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joycew

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I thought her style was very sparse; where she excels is in dialogue, she should try writing screen plays.


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edie

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LOVED IT! From the headline-style title to the fast-paced dialogue and action packed scenes, Ms. Stewart had me holding my breath and reading into the wee small hours of morning. I couldn't put it down! Now I'm recommending it as the perfect summer read for everyone and watching for the publication of the next installment in Constance Kopp's adventure.


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amberb

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I LOVED this book! It took a bit of time for me to get into it, but once I did, I finished it in less than a day.
I really enjoy historical fiction, but have been reading too many World War II books lately (All the Light We Cannot See, Nightingale - amazing reads, but SO heavy) so this was a refreshing change.
At first I was annoyed by the title "Girl" Waits With Gun - C'mon publishers - do we REALLY have to call women girls in 2016 - but it helped to know that was an actual headline from history.
I can't wait for the rest of this series!


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lesleyf

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RE: What did you think of the author's writing style?

The slow start was just a little annoying. And the switch back in time was a little too abrupt although not unexpected - we needed to be filled in. But then,....... I was caught up in the story and delighted to know that it was based on a real person(persons). The style will remind some of the current Murdoch Mysteries (The Artful Detective) from Canada (television series). I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series because it will take off from the original and true story and go off into fiction and more detecting which I love. Not competitive with LOUISE Penny because it's very different. I'll be recommending it to my book groups. Can't have enough female detectives!


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RE: What did you think of the author's writing style?

I actually enjoyed this author's writing style, the characters seemed really true to the period. I simply read it as a darn good story and did not really spend a lot of time wondering about motivations and such. I liked the way the author dribbled little "tempting nuggets" about the youngest sister maybe not being what she seemed. I have not had time to research for the "real" story, but it is something I do intend to do just to see how closely the book aligns with it.


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Dax

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RE: What did you think of the author's writing style?

While the author's style of writing moved the book along at a decent pace, I think that the genre of Historical Novel requires that the author's imagination be used to supplement where facts are either thin or missing entirely. One of the reasons I enjoy Historical Novels is because the author brings the past alive through his or her creativity and writing skills. If I wanted a dry recitation of just the facts I would've selected a biography or straight up historical book. But broadening the story by embellishing where there are holes or gaps is expected in this type of story. That said I felt that the story lacked more fleshed-out characters such as Henry Kaufman. I kept expecting a chapter describing "his side" of the events or at the least a paragraph or two telling us more about him to make him seem more real or human instead of so flat and one-dimensional. I agree with the other readers that there are definitely more talented mystery writers, whose books I regularly reach for, and that this author could improve upon character development, pacing and building suspense / tension. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book!


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I enjoyed the author's writing style--it seemed she captured the feeling and tone of the early 20th century. I would consider Mrs. Stewart's writing style "easy reading". The book was quickly read.


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Having read 7 books since I read this was one, I kind of miss reading this story. It just was escapist fun with characters I cared (care) about and I look forward to continuing the saga.


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Peggy H

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I found it easy to read once I got into it. It was more plot driven than character driven and the sisters did appear to be stereotypical. However, this find not take away from the enjoyment of reading the story. I look or ward to reading the sequel.


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