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  • ISBN13:9781410485120
  • ISBN10:1410485129
  • Publisher:Thorndike Press
  • Language:English
  • Author:Amy Stewart
  • Binding:Hardback
  • SUPC: SDL252725942

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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 nation's first female deputy sheriffs"--

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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 nation s first female deputy sheriffs.
Constance Kopp doesn t quite fit the mold. 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 into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk 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 family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness. Elizabeth Gilbert"

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1. "A sheer delight to read and based on actual events, this debut historical mystery packs the unexpected, the unconventional, and a serendipitous humor into every chapter. Details from the historical record are accurately portrayed by villains and good guys alike, and readers will cross their fingers for the further adventures of Constance and Sheriff Heath. For fans of the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood, and the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Laurie R. King." Booklist, "starred"
"Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events though they're unusual enough to seem invented. Stewart deftly tangles and then unwinds a complicated plot with nice period detail...More adventures involving gutsy Constance, quietly determined Sheriff Heath, and a lively cast of supporting characters would be most welcome." "Kirkus," starred
"In her engaging first novel, Stewart ("The Drunken Botanist") draws from the true story of the Kopp sisters (Constance became one of the country s first female deputy sheriffs) and creates a welcome addition to the genre of the unconventional female sleuth. Colorful, well-drawn characters come to life on the page, and historical details are woven tightly into the narrative. The satisfying conclusion sets up an opening for future Constance Kopp novels. VERDICT: Historical fiction fans and followers of Rhys Bowen s 'Molly Murphy' mysteries and Victoria Thompson s 'Gaslight Mystery' series will delight in the eccentric and feisty Kopp women." "Library Journal," starred
A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness." Elizabeth Gilbert
"How could you not fall in love with a book about one of the first female deputy sheriffs and her sisters--especially when it s written by the enthralling Amy Stewart? Full of long-held secrets, kicked-up dust, simmering danger, and oh yes, that gun this gritty romp illuminates one of history s strongest women with a hold-your-breath panache." Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Is This Tomorrow" and" Pictures of You"
"Girl Waits With Gun" makes excellent use of history to put a fresh spin on classic cop-and-crook types. Amy Stewart's true-life protagonist is a rough and tumble version of the early 20th century's New Woman. She is witty, sharply-drawn, and suffers no fools! Suzanne Rindell, author of "The Other Typist"
Yowza! Amy Stewart s debut boasts pomaded gangsters, pistol-packin dames, kidnappings, shots in the dark, and everything from Girls Gone Wrong to carrier pigeons finding their way home. You might want to stay up all night reading, you might want to lie down on your fainting couch with a cool cloth on your forehead. Either way, you ll have the time of your life. Robert Goolrick, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Reliable Wife"
""Girl Waits with Gun" is fresh, funny and utterly compelling-- and Constance Kopp and her sisters are not just great investigators, but completely original women. It was a blast from start to finish and I can t wait to see what Deputy Kopp gets up to next." Lisa Lutz, author of "The Spellman Files, How to Start a Fire," and others
Amy Stewarthas craftedthe best kind of historical novel; she uncovers an intriguing, all-but-forgotten historical nugget and spins it into a wildly entertaining tale with an engaging, tough-minded heroine. "Girl Waits With Gun "hits the bulls-eye. Daniel Stashower, author of"The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War"
Amy Stewart s debut novel"Girl Waits With Gun"is an irresistible and thoroughly enjoyable book, a suspenseful historical mystery spiced with marvelouscharacters, wit, and humor. Is it too soon to beg for a sequel? Jennifer Chiaverini, author of"Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule"
Engaging, lively, and substantive, "Girl Waits with Gun" is a perfect mystery, and the Kopp sisters are my new best friends. Amy Stewart writes about crime as well as she writes about plants and poisons. I loved this book, and will be first in line for the next installment. Sara Gran, author of "Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway""

2. A September 2015 Indie Next Pick
A Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book of 2015, Fall/Winter
"Constance Kopp, the feisty heroine of Amy Stewart s charming novel Girl Waits With Gun, sounds like the creation of a master crime writer. At nearly 6feet tall, Constance is a formidable character who can pack heat, deliver a zinger and catch a criminal without missing a beat. Based on the little-known story ofthe real Constance Kopp, one of America s first female deputy sheriffs, the novel is an entertaining and enlightening story of how far one woman will go to protect her family." "Washington Post"
Stewart has spun a fine, historically astute novel...The sisters personalities flower under Stewart s pen, contributing happy notes of comedy to a terrifying situation...And then there is Constance: Sequestered for years in the country and cowed by life, she develops believably into a woman who comes into herself, discovering powers long smothered under shame and resignation. I, for one, would like to see her return to wield them again in further installments. "New York Times Book Review"
This historical novel by the bestselling author of "The Drunken Botanist" stars an unforgettable, not-to-be-messed-with heroine one of the nation s first female deputy sheriffs. It all begins circa 1910 when an earnest request entangles a family with the town thug. The rest is kickass history. " Marie Claire"
"Through painstaking attention to detail, Stewart has created an elegant, moving narrative of an unusual real-life woman who dared defy the odds to ensure the safety of her family."" BookPage"
"It's set in 1914, but its heroine, Constance Kopp, feels about 100 years more modern as she boldly takes on a gang hellbent on destroying her family." "Glamour"
100 years ago, Constance Kopp was well on her way to becoming the baddest chick in the West "Cosmopolitan"
"Laugh out loud [funny]." "Good Housekeeping"
"A sheer delight to read and based on actual events, this debut historical mystery packs the unexpected, the unconventional, and a serendipitous humor into every chapter. Details from the historical record are accurately portrayed by villains and good guys alike, and readers will cross their fingers for the further adventures of Constance and Sheriff Heath. For fans of the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood, and the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Laurie R. King." Booklist, "starred"
"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 humor...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
"Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events though they're unusual enough to seem invented. Stewart deftly tangles and then unwinds a complicated plot with nice period detail...More adventures involving gutsy Constance, quietly determined Sheriff Heath, and a lively cast of supporting characters would be most welcome." "Kirkus," starred
"In her engaging first novel, Stewart ("The Drunken Botanist") draws from the true story of the Kopp sisters (Constance became one of the country s first female deputy sheriffs) and creates a welcome addition to the genre of the unconventional female sleuth. Colorful, well-drawn characters come to life on the page, and historical details are woven tightly into the narrative. The satisfying conclusion sets up an opening for future Constance Kopp novels. VERDICT: Historical fiction fans and followers of Rhys Bowen s 'Molly Murphy' mysteries and Victoria Thompson s 'Gaslight Mystery' series will delight in the eccentric and feisty Kopp women." "Library Journal," starred
"A period thriller that rivals any other historical-based suspense novel. Stewart weaves an amazingly delightful tale, one I was hard pressed to put down. This novel should be listed for debut novel awards." "Suspense Magazine"
A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness." Elizabeth Gilbert
"How could you not fall in love with a book about one of the first female deputy sheriffs and her sisters--especially when it s written by the enthralling Amy Stewart? Full of long-held secrets, kicked-up dust, simmering danger, and oh yes, that gun this gritty romp illuminates one of history s strongest women with a hold-your-breath panache." Caroline Leavitt, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Is This Tomorrow" and" Pictures of You"
"Girl Waits With Gun" makes excellent use of history to put a fresh spin on classic cop-and-crook types. Amy Stewart's true-life protagonist is a rough and tumble version of the early 20th century's New Woman. She is witty, sharply-drawn, and suffers no fools! Suzanne Rindell, author of "The Other Typist"
Yowza! Amy Stewart s debut boasts pomaded gangsters, pistol-packin dames, kidnappings, shots in the dark, and everything from Girls Gone Wrong to carrier pigeons finding their way home. You might want to stay up all night reading, you might want to lie down on your fainting couch with a cool cloth on your forehead. Either way, you ll have the time of your life. Robert Goolrick, "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Reliable Wife"
""Girl Waits with Gun" is fresh, funny and utterly compelling-- and Constance Kopp and her sisters are not just great investigators, but completely original women. It was a blast from start to finish and I can t wait to see what Deputy Kopp gets up to next." Lisa Lutz, author of "The Spellman Files, How to Start a Fire," and others
Amy Stewarthas craftedthe best kind of historical novel; she uncovers an intriguing, all-but-forgotten historical nugget and spins it into a wildly entertaining tale with an engaging, tough-minded heroine. "Girl Waits With Gun "hits the bulls-eye. Daniel Stashower, author of"The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War"
Amy Stewart s debut novel"Girl Waits With Gun"is an irresistible and thoroughly enjoyable book, a suspenseful historical mystery spiced with marvelouscharacters, wit, and humor. Is it too soon to beg for a sequel? Jennifer Chiaverini, author of"Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule"
Engaging, lively, and substantive, "Girl Waits with Gun" is a perfect mystery, and the Kopp sisters are my new best friends. Amy Stewart writes about crime as well as she writes about plants and poisons. I loved this book, and will be first in line for the next installment. Sara Gran, author of "Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway""

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