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 sale 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. Sheriff 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!