Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 11 Oct 2018

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I just love these books. Miss Kopp is a totally individual heroine. The fact that she was a real person and the novels are based on actual events is astounding to me. I have read all of the previous novels and am tremendously grateful to Netgalley and the publishers for the chance to read and review the latest installment. These books are beautifully written, full of incredible detail and colorful characters and a gem for history buffs.
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First Sentence:  On the day I took Anna Kayser to the insane asylum, I was first obliged to catch a thief.
	
Deputy Constance Kopp is a target of politicians who don't believe women belong in on the police force.  With her boss, Sheriff Heath, running for higher office, she is in a precarious position.  Jumping into a river at night to save a prisoner who escaped from another officer is bad but becoming personally involved in the case of a wife whose husband repeatedly commits her to the local mental asylum puts her at risk of losing her job.
	
What a wonderful character is Constance Kopp.  At one moment she's chasing down a thief, saving a man from a raging river, making the female prisoners as comfortable as she can, and worried about a woman being taken against her choice, to an insane alyssum for the fourth or fifth time.  However, the most important thing one must know about Constance Kopp is that she was a real person, 6-feet-tall, and believed that--"A woman should have the right to do any sort of work she wants to, provided she can do it.” Many other characters in the book were also real people.  [https://www.amystewart.com/characters/]  One may find that this, and that the newspaper stories, too, are real, makes the book even more fascinating.  They are a true look at both life during this period, and a woman's life during this time.
	
How nice to have an opening which makes one smile.  Even better is how distinct is Stewart's voice.  Not every author can give the impression that the story is being told just to one personally, and with such clarity that perfect visual images are created—"…there I happened to be, in my uniform, equipped with a gun, handcuffs, and a badge.  I did what any officer of the law would do:  I tucked my handbag under my arm, gathered my skirts in my hands, and ran him down."  That wonderful combination is further topped by a touch of humor'—"The boy was too engrossed or slow-witted to step out of the way.  I'm sorry to say I shoved him down to the ground, rather roughly.  I hated to do it, but children are sturdy and quick to heal."
	
One doesn't often think about the women who would be in jail and the various reasons why there would be there.  This was a time of unions and workers' strikes, but it was also a time when a man could have his wife committed for long periods of time, for "nervous hysteria," with only his words and the substantiation of a friendly doctor.    Stewart so captures the sexism and pomposity of some of her characters, it's difficult for one not to be incensed.  This was also the period leading up to World War I with anti-European sentiment, particularly against Germans, Poles and Austrians, and Constance's sister Norma designing a traveling cart for homing pigeons, and Fleurette wanting to entertain the those learning to be soldiers.
	
Stewart is very good at weaving together the numerous threads of the story.  They mesh beautifully, yet each is distinct, and the finished cloth only adds to the reality of the story. The twist may be have been anticipated, but it was nonetheless effective when it came.  It does lead to a very interesting turn of events that is even relevant today.  The use of actual newspaper stories is both interesting to see for the journalist style of the time, and for the reality it brings to the story.
	 
There really are some brilliant lines—"I wish I could say that we left Mr. Courter speechless, but an incompetent man is never with another terrible idea."  The secondary characters of Constance's family add both veracity and richness to the story.  One can't help but like Bessie, the blunt and pragmatic sister-in-law.
	
"Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit" is another wonderful book within a fascinating series.  The ending and the promise of the next phase of life for the Kopp sisters is perfect and enticing.  Don't forget to read the Historical Notes and Sources.  

MISS KOPP JUST WON'T QUIT (HistMys-Constance Kopp-New Jersey-1969) – VG+
	Stewart, Amy
	Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Sept 2018
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How come I never heard of The Kopp Sisters?  Of all the years of browsing the bookstores, I still haven't heard of these books until my request was approved to read this.  I'm mighty glad I read this book.  I intend to read the previous 3 books before this one.  

Even though, it's a 4th book in the Kopp Sisters series, I was able to get the hang of everyday going on in this story with Constance Kopp. It can be a stand alone book in my opinion.

This story starts out in 1916 where she's a deputy sheriff in a town in New Jersey.  By the way, Constance happened to be the very first female for that position.  However, the election is coming up where her position is on the line thanks to Sherriff and Congress.  

This story isn't really a mystery because there are several plots and threads happening at the same time.  

I truly enjoy this novel very much.  Very entertaining and amusing strong willed woman who can take anything in stride and come out as an underdog champion.  I was rooting for her all the way!

I'm going to give this a 4 stars and I WILL most definitely read the previous 3 books.



I received this awesome ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through Net Galley in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.  Thank you!
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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.com and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in exchange for my honest review,

Again, Ms. Stewart doesn't disappoint with the newest installment of the Kopp Sisters novels.  An amazing story of one of the most colorful female characters of history.

A definite must read.
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The fourth novel in the Miss Kopp series by Amy Stewart is a strange story. It is promoted as a mystery (all the series is), but it is hardly one. I mean, there is a mystery – not a very mysterious one – but that’s not the main plot. In fact there are a few threads running alongside each other and in the end they do all come together, but so late in the story that for the most part I kept wondering what was this story I was being told all about.

This is not to say I didn’t enjoy it. It’s a good one, with a great pace, a fantastic historical reconstruction (in the acknowledgements at the end, Stewart tells about the actual history behind these events. I was very impressed). The characters are nice and relatable. There’s everything that a story should have, but that separate threads gave me a sense of “unfocusness”, if this makes any sense.
This is the only novel I’ve read in this series, but my impression is that this is a story of passage from one stage of Constance’s life to another, and so it seems to serve the overarching structure of the series rather than the single novel. As a first time reader, this baffled me, but I’m sure if I had followed the story from the start, it would make a lot more sense.

I really really like the historical setting. It is clear that the author is completely at ease in it. There are so many details about Constance’s everyday life that help the setting come to life in a way not many historical writers ever achieve.
I’m also quite impressed with how Stewart uses the historical characters and events. It is apparent that most which is in these stories is true, and the author strived to put as little fiction as possible in it. Basically all the main characters are people who really lived in that time and place, their lives and sometimes their dialogue reconstructed through speeches, newspaper articles, official documents and all a host of primary sources – which is fascinated in itself, if you ask me. The secondary characters and their arcs are based on true events when the facts of the lives of true people are not available. It’s a huge historical undertaking.
But it’s also a good story. Stewart manages to morph the historical facts that she has into a compelling tale, something we do want to read because we care for the characters and because the plot is good.

It’s a truly enjoyable read.
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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an eARC of this book. 

This is book #4 in the Kopp Sisters series. I found books 2 and 3 to be less interesting than book 1 but this book blows all of the others out of the water. It has several interesting storylines, the ongoing story is moved along rapidly, and the Kopp sisters remain their charming, quirky selves. 
These are not standalone books. Each is dependent on the ones before and book 4 serves to continue the backstory more than it has a storyline unique to this book. 
I love them. A true story set in the early 1900 that features strong women who make their way through a world that does not appreciate strong women. A really good and entertaining series.
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Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit by Amy Stewart

Dear Fellow Reader, 
Another series! I had not read any of the Miss Kopp books but I had heard a lot about them because the author, Amy Stewart came to my town on her book tour for the fourth book in her series, Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit by Amy Stewart. I had received a copy of an advanced reader copy of the book in exchange for my unbiased review. 
As can occasionally happen, I was able to buy a copy of the second book in the series, Lady Cop Makes Trouble at about the same time as I received the fourth book. I had them when I was traveling recently. As things go, I found myself with one book downloaded on my phone and the other on my kindle. (and no internet) So, I read both books at the same time. Which was interesting. 

The books take place in 1915 and 1916. Having ladies working for the police or sheriff’s office was not usual. In some states it was legal but not in all states. Constance Kopp lives on a farm with her two sisters. Her parents have died and her brother is married and lives in town. He would like the sisters to sell the farm and move into town but they don’t really want to do that. After they have a problem with some thugs, Constance comes to the attention of Sherriff Heath. Constance is tall and is not afraid to do what needs to be done to apprehend a criminal. 
In the fourth book of the series, we find Constance mostly taking care of the woman’s section of the jail. She has also instituted a program to check up on women who have given indications that they could get into trouble. She makes monthly visits to the women in an effort to keep them on the right side of the law. Sherriff Heath asks her to accompany another deputy in transporting two people to the insane asylum. They have to pick up a woman at her home as a judge has ordered that she be returned to the insane asylum. When the woman talks, Constance feels there is something wrong with her story. She doesn’t feel that she can leave it alone without investigating. 
But at the same time, it is election time in the town and Sherriff Heath is running for Congressman. The District Attorney is running for sheriff but he seems to be spending all his time just talking about how Sherriff Heath is unfit even though he isn’t running against him. And Constance is one of the things that the District Attorney finds fault with under Sherriff Heath’s direction. Constance has her doubts but Sherriff Heath tells her he is sure that people won’t believe the District Attorney and that he will win. What will happen if he loses? 
I found the books very interesting. Probably the most interesting to me was that they are based on a real person and while it is not biographical, many of the characters and actions are based in reality. There is enough background given in the books to understand them without reading the series in order. Although, I think that it is a good idea. I was never really clear as to what happened to start the stories off. I just know there was a problem that Constance and her sisters were having with some thugs but now why they were having the problem or why the sheriff’s office was not paying much attention to it. It didn’t impact the books I read but it was mentioned. 
Thanks for reading!
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A while ago my book club read Girl waits With Gun.  This was my first introduction to the Kopp sisters which is based on real life people and events.  I love a good historical fiction read and Miss Kopp just won’t Quit doesn’t disappoint.  Of particular interest to me is the author’s note at the conclusion providing  references for the real life documented news stories of these women and events.
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Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC! 

This is the 4th book in the series - and yes, you must read the previous ones in order to fully understand the story. In my opinion, this one is almost as good as the first one! I love these sisters and it's very inspiring to see how brave they are.
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This has become one of my favorite series.  Constance Kopp returns as a Deputy Sheriff in Hackensack shortly before WWI.  It is election year, and her champion, Sheriff Heath, is running for Congress, so she knows her job is threatened no matter who wins for Sheriff.  Even though she has been requested to not rock the boat, Constance takes up the cause of a woman who has been committed to the state mental hospital for the umpteenth time by her husband.  She draws in the talents of her friend Geraldine, a divorce lawyer, to help investigate and speak on the woman's behalf.  Once again based on actual events, the rights of women at the time are illuminated in new and frustrating ways.  
The three Kopp sisters are such distinct and fascinating characters.  Women with all the concerns of their time (and not modern women dropped into the past), they still manage to break out of societal norms.  Stewart weaves such a complex multi-faceted story touching on all aspects of life at the time; it is truly amazing what she can do with limited news stories and headlines.  And don't read it just for the historical touches.  The mystery aspects are fascinating, the characters vivid and often surprising and the action unexpected.  I highly recommend it.
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This is an intriguing little book based on the life of a real person, Constance Kopp, who lived in the late 1800s-early 1900’s.  It paints a picture of a woman who didn’t quite fit in with the mores of the day, and who tried to help care for her sister and niece while doing a job that was unheard of for a woman - a deputy sheriff.  She worked hard at her job while trying to better the conditions of the women she oversaw.  Of course, most of the men resented her presence, and the book reflected her real life struggles.  She was an interesting character, and I understand there are several previous books about her adventures.  I enjoyed this quick read.
Thanks to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an advance copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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The plot is a little too meandering for my taste, but the characters and bits about life in the early 20th century are interesting. I hope there will be another book in the series because I want to know what life brings next for Constance.
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I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. 

In book 4 of the series, Deputy Kopp has gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits and her controversial career makes her the target of political attacks.

My newest favorite author. Love this series.
4☆
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In MISS KOPP JUST WON'T QUIT (September 11th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Constance Kopp's job as a deputy is on the line as she is dragged through the wringer during the campaign for the new sheriff. The political infighting is fierce, and Constance finds herself to be the target of a lot of the mudslinging. The one man who is running for the sheriff has made it clear that he doesn't like Constance and that he does not want her as a deputy if he is elected. The other man seems to understand the usefulness of a matron for the female prisoners, but he doesn't seem to like the idea of a female deputy. While fighting for her job, Constance is also fighting for justice for a woman named Anna. One of Constance's job as a deputy is to help transport prisoners to other jails, mental institutions, or anywhere else the judge sees fit to send people. Her latest transfer is Anna - a women whose husband is having her sent to the Morris Plains Mental Institute for the fourth time. Anna seems like a perfectly sane woman, and this prompts Constance to take a closer look at what is going on with Anna's husband and why he might want to have his wife sent away.

After a deviation to third person from multiple points of view in MISS KOPP'S MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS, MISS KOPP JUST WON'T QUIT returns to Constance's first person perspective. Norma also gets to show more of herself in this novel as she takes it upon herself to help the Army in an area where I'm not sure the Army realized they needed help - in using pigeons to transport messages on the front lines in Europe. Norma's passion for her pigeons has intrigued me from the start, but it really comes to the forefront in this novel. As for Fleurette, she continues her acting and seamstress pursuits while she is forced to grow up and help out more with the upkeep of the home.

I am a huge fan of the Miss Kopp series. The three Kopp sisters are all highly entertaining characters as well as strong women. The historical accuracy of the novels is also outstanding. Not only does Amy Stewart focus on the fashions, foods, and headlines of the time period, she also brings to life the beliefs and morals of the era. The novels are a bit light on mysteries - so far Constance has not investigated any murders or serious crimes - but the cases that she does get involved in are all solid stories that follow real cases that the real-life Constance Kopp was a part of. I highly suggest the Kopp Sisters series to anyone who is interested in historical fiction about strong women trying to rise above the male-dominated world that they live in.
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Hot diggity dog, this series is back on track!  After the second and third books dipped a bit in quality, this fourth installment is as strong as the first and the many seeds that have been planted along the way come to fruition to shake up the status quo.  There is a lot happening within the plot, but all of it ties to an important election and what effect Constance has on it while working within her position as deputy sheriff.  Upon finishing, I was left hungry for more and excited to find out where the Kopp sisters' story goes from here.
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"Trailblazing Constance’s hard-won job as deputy sheriff is on the line in Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit, the fourth installment of Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series.

After a year on the job, New Jersey’s first female deputy sheriff has collared criminals, demanded justice for wronged women, and gained notoriety nationwide for her exploits. But on one stormy night, everything falls apart.

While transporting a woman to an insane asylum, Deputy Kopp discovers something deeply troubling about her story. Before she can investigate, another inmate bound for the asylum breaks free and tries to escape.

In both cases, Constance runs instinctively toward justice. But the fall of 1916 is a high-stakes election year, and any move she makes could jeopardize Sheriff Heath’s future—and her own. Although Constance is not on the ballot, her controversial career makes her the target of political attacks.

With wit and verve, book-club favorite Amy Stewart brilliantly conjures the life and times of the real Constance Kopp to give us this “unforgettable, not-to-be messed-with heroine” (Marie Claire) under fire in Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit."

If you watched the "Siblings" episode of Drunk History and thought those Kopp sisters sure seemed interesting, you're in luck, Amy Stewart has just released the forth book in her series about them!
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I have eagerly awaited this third Kopp Sisters novel, and was super excited to get an advanced copy. Constance Kopp was the first female deputy police officer in New Jersey, and Miss Kopp Won’t Quit was a real headline in the papers at the time.

I had a harder time getting into this - lots of action, but the election and potential of Sheriff Heath and Constance losing their jobs made me dread reading. At about 50% it really picked up and I had a hard time putting it down.

I love that these books are based on real people, actual cases and newspaper stories from the early 20th century. I love seeing modern issues like post-partum depression and dishonest + misogynistic politicians through the lens of history. I love these characters, and look forward to what the Miss Kopps will do as war looms ever closer to their world.

Many thanks to Netgalley for saving me from the long Library hold line and giving me an advanced copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book, can’t wait for the next.
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The newest addition to The Kopp Sisters historical fiction series, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit by Amy Stewart (book 4 of the series) is delight to read and a must have for fans of the ballsy character Constance Kopp and her independently minded sisters.  I have read all four of the books in the series and enjoyed each one. I would recommend reading the first book in the series, Girl Waits With Gun, to learn more about the characters, the background story behind Constance becoming one of the first female deputy sheriffs in the USA and her family dynamics. You can read each book separately, but I feel you will get more out of each book if you read at least the first one. Plus, it is a damn good yarn!

Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit is based in the New Jersey area around 1916. In this installment, Constance is still running the female ward of the prison, working as a deputy sheriff and catching the bad guys in her own way. She is worried about the upcoming political climate and elections because she may have a new boss and lose the wonderful Sheriff Heath, or worse, lose her much loved and fought for job. She has a life goal of keeping woman out of prison and bettering their lives. Complicating matters, she is fighting for a woman who comes under her care briefly to get the woman out of the 'insane asylum' her husband and doctor put her in.

Remembering this takes place in 1916, it is clear the poor woman doesn't belong in the nut house and is suffering from probable menopause and a philandering husband. As a modern reader, I was appalled at the lack of power women had over their own lives at that time and how men had the power to lock their wives up if they were inconvenient. Constance does too and won't quit until she has justice done. As the books winds up, World Was I looms in the background.

The books have catchy covers and titles. The titles are actual headlines from the newspapers of the time about the real Miss Kopp.  Ms. Stewart based the Kopp sister books on the true life stories of the Kopp sisters and has used her research to ground the girls in the events of their day. The writing is lively and the characters develop in each book. I am looking forward to reading more about the Kopp sisters.

Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this book. 

I rate this book 5 stars
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I was really sad when this book was over because I really wanted to know what is going to happen next to the Kopp sisters, Constance, Norma and Fleurette.  They were at such an interesting turning point in their lives and I can't wait to see what happens next. What makes this such an interesting series is that it is based on a real life character who was the first female deputy sheriff in New Jersey in 1916 before women had the right to vote.

  They were raised by their reclusive mother in the country with little contact with the outside world. The older girls, Constance and Norma, have troubles interacting with society niceties. Fleurette, budding actress, singer and dressmaker, more than makes up for their short comings. Still, it's Constance who is the deputy sheriff who makes a difference.

  She saves an escaping prisoner from drowning, sets up a woman's parole system, and rescues a woman whose husband has send her to the mental institution. Apparently postpartum depression and menopause are good reasons to lock up women for 20 years and give them truly terrible treatments including lobotomies.  Still her job is on the line as it's election time. The law only allows the sheriff to only serve one term and then must leave office.  One of the candidates has taken a violent dislike to Miss Kopp, mostly because she's a woman. 

  This is such a depiction of the times and really spells out the terrible things women endured. It reminds us how far we've come in a hundred years thanks to real life pioneers like Miss Kopp. It's not just a great history lesson but tells a rollicking good story. 

  Even though it's number 4 in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone and, frankly, I think it's the best one so far. I can barely wait for the next one. Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book. It was a delight.
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Seeing 'Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit' pop up on my NetGalley suggestions reminded me how much I absolutely loved 'Girl Waits With Gun', the first in the 'Kopp Sisters' series of novels. So I couldn't resist requesting it, even though I have not yet read books two and three in the series (me bad!), but having read this, I will definitely have to go back and catch up! Although, to be clear, you don't need to have read the others in order to enjoy this one.

In book four, Deputy Kopp has now been in her role for a year with the New Jersey Police. She is still struggling to overcome the inherent misogyny directed at her from the general public and her colleagues, as well as manage her friendship with Sheriff Heath whose wife is not happy about Constance's presence at the station. Especially as it's election time, and there are a lot of people who don't like Deputy Kopp...

With several sub-plots about the various guilty (and not-so-guilty) female inmates of the jail, this book takes you on a rollercoaster journey where you are rooting for Miss Kopp at every high and low of her exciting yet challenging life.
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