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Girl Waits with Gun

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I'm ready for more of the Kopp girls historical fiction. Who would have guessed that a spunky single woman in 1914 could take on a crook and Bing him to justice? Constance Kopp really did and landed a job as a sheriff's deputy. This is s fun, very engaging story. Among the traits I like in stories are well-developed characters, and nearly every character in this book has depth.
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First sentence: Our troubles began in the summer of 1914, the year I turned thirty-five. The Archduke of Austria had just been assassinated, the Mexicans were revolting, and absolutely nothing was happening at our house, which explains why all three of us were riding to Paterson on the most trivial of errands.

Premise/plot: The world may be heading towards war—the war to end all wars—but Constance and her two sisters, Norma and Fleurette, are heading for a war of their own. To say the book begins with a crash, boom, bang would not be an exaggeration. The sisters carriage is hit by an automobile filled with hooligans. Henry Kaufman may come from a well-to-do family, but he is a number one jerk. Soon after she sends him a civil letter asking that he pay for damages, the threats start. Will she be able to keep her sisters safe on the family farm?! Should she go to the police? Get a lawyer? Should she shut up or speak up?!

My thoughts: I absolutely loved loved loved this one! It had me hooked from the first page. It kept me turning pages. One thing I could never have guessed is that it is based on a true story or sequence of events. Though some elements are pure fiction. I wouldn’t change a thing about this lovely historical suspense.
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Girl Waits With Gun is a book in need of editing.  I got 70 pages into it before I finally gave up.  The characters are wonderful but the plot drags and meanders which proved too much for this reader.  I know this is now a popular series - but this first installment was not for me.
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It's an interesting idea--I love that the Kopp sisters are independent and make things happen for themselves. Fleurette was way too obnoxious and I found myself wishing she'd actually be kidnapped so she' could learn a lesson about life. Does this count as a cozy mystery, I wonder, because I think it would be right up the alley for people who like those.
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I love the Kopp sisters and the characters that Stewart introduces. I can't wait for the rest of the series!
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I found this to be a difficult read and hard to get into.
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