Staff Review: "Girl Waits With Gun"
Constance Kopp and her two sisters (Norma and Fluerette) live quiet, isolated lives on their small farm in New Jersey. Their peaceful life comes to an abrupt halt when their buggy is struck and overturned by an automobile while on a routine trip into Paterson. Constance, a tall and formidable woman, politely demands the contact information for the driver (Henry Kaufman) before forcing the issue with her considerable presence and mails him a line-item invoice for the damage done to their buggy. Kaufman’s refusal to acknowledge or pay the invoice prompts her to visit his place of business, and she pins him against the wall when he threatens Fleurette. So begins his campaign of threats and intimidation against the sisters, which only fortifies Constance’s determination to bring him to justice despite considerable odds. This story, which takes place in 1915 and 1916 in New Jersey is based on actual people and events. It unites compelling characters, a plot with escalating stakes (threats, family secrets, and scandal!), and an implicit commentary on expectations held by society for women at the time. I found myself intrigued by the feisty and unconventional Kopp sisters. The audiobook is also excellent. Fans of historical fiction and series such as the Phryne Fisher series by Kerry Greenwood, the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Laurie R. King, the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen, and the Gaslight Mysteries by Victoria Thompson are likely to enjoy this book.
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