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Girl Waits with Gun

(Kopp Sisters #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  25,133 ratings  ·  4,336 reviews
A 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
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Jennifer Masterson
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars for "Girl Waits With Gun"! This book was so great for me! This is a rarity because I'm not a historical fiction fan. It takes place in the early 1900's in New York and New Jersey.

This is a true story of three sisters living on a farm in NY in 1914 and one incident that spurred this story. I'm afraid to give away too much but what I will say is that there is mystery and secret told in this novel but it is done in a sweet and gentle manner. There are also early 1900's New York City thug
Elyse  Walters
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Update: Just wanted to share that this book is $5.99 on Kindle right now. I just seconds ago finished the next book - "Lady Cop Makes Trouble"- of this trilogy series.
The last time I was interested I enjoyed a series was the Dragon Tattoo Books...( a couple years before they even hit the U. S.) .., so LONG ago....
These stories are Historical Fiction - Sooo enjoyable!! I'm thinking....TV series a some point??? I've no idea. But ...check out reviews - the price is good right now for the first boo
OH. WHAT. FUN. I admit it.....the classy book-cover illustration is what drew me in on this one, and I'm glad it did!

GIRL WAITS WITH GUN really is a fun-time read (with a twist) about the tenacious Kopp sisters, a tough 6' Constance, in particular, who stands firm to protect her kin. "I would stand on the corner all night with a gun if that's what it took to keep those men away from her." ("her" being the youngest spitfire (and beauty) of a sister Fluerette) (view spoiler)

Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I didn't know Girl Waits with Gun was based on a true story until I read the acknowledgements at the end. It read very much like fiction -- good fun fiction. The book tells the story of the three Kopp sisters, who lived on their own in rural New Jersey in the early 20th century. The story is narrated by the oldest sister Constance, who is six feet tall, smart as a whip and determined to deal with an arrogant rich local factory owner who has been terrorizing her and her sisters. The tone of the s ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
"When I allowed myself to think about the brevity of the time ahead of me, and the futility of spending any more of it on cooking and mending and gardening, it frightened me so much that I almost couldn’t breathe."

Constance Kopp is a woman ahead of her time. She may be living rather peacefully with her sisters on a farm in New Jersey just outside of the big city of New York, but that doesn’t mean she’s quite satisfied with her domestic life. Oh, she loves her sisters well enough – the often cant
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Uh, huh! A girl gets her foot in the door...and, by the way, there's something adding a bit of weight to her stylish 1914 fringed handbag.

Once upon a time, there were three sisters. Three Kopp sisters: Constance, Norma, and Fleurette. They lived very dry, day-to-day lives on a small farm outside of Paterson, New Jersey. But fate ran broadside into their horse-driven wagon one day as they approached the outskirts of town. An out of control motor vehicle with a gaggle of loud men slammed mighty st
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Maisie Dobbs Series by Jennifer Winspear, perhaps Phryne Fisher Series by Kerry Greenwood.
The Hook - The cover Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart and title. Little did I know the truth of the latter?

The Line”In my mind, Henry Kaufman existed only in those moments when I had seen him, and the rest of the time he was still and quiet, like a marionette hung backstage by his strings, motionless until someone took him up and sent him skittering back to life.”

The SinkerGirl Waits With Gun is a delightful romp. In the summer of 1914, the sisters Kopp set out in horse and carriage on a mundane trip to purchase must
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart is a 2015 Mariner Books publication (e book- library edition)

Constance Kopp is my kind of heroine!

Based on the real -life adventures of Constance Kopp, this first book in the Kopp Sisters series has Constance doing battle with the owner of a silk factory after his car collides with her horse and buggy.

Determined to force the man into paying restitution for the damage he caused, Constance slowly emerges from the isolated life she’s been living, becoming more em
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, America, early 1900s,
Get down!’ I shouted, but it was too late.
The automobile hit us broadside, its brakes shrieking. The sound of our buggy shattering was like a firecracker going off in our ears. We tumbled over in a mess off splintered wood and bent metal. Our harness mare, Dolley, faltered and went down with us. She let out a high scream, the likes of which I had never heard from a horse.

If I were writing ‘headlines’ for carrier pigeon messages as Norma Kopp does, I’d have title this Kropp Sisters Come a Cr
Althea Ann
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
While en route from their farm to town in their horse-drawn carriage, three sisters are crashed into by a group of men in a motorcar. The men look like a bunch of disreputable toughs, but that doesn't dissuade Constance Kopp from asserting her rights and demanding to be paid damages. Little does she know that the reckless driver is Henry Kaufman, a wealthy but somewhat deranged mill owner, and that his friends are in the Mafia. But even when she finds out, she refuses to back down from demanding ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
What a great start to new series, especially knowing that the story is based in fact and that Constance Kopp really was one of the first female deputy sheriffs.

The three Kopp sisters, Constance, Norma and Fleurette, are all delightful but it is Constance's story and she really must have been a remarkable woman. When the family's home life is threatened she takes on a powerful local business man and defends her sisters and their farm against all kinds of threats and attacks. Eventually she gains
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I remember when this book first came out and everyone was reading it. I let it slip by because I thought it was a feminist western, and, okay, I had it wrong. I enjoyed this story of the Kopp sisters, especially Constance, the woman-turned-detective/police-assistant.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

He looked up and said, in a loud, plain voice, “She’s not a regular lady.”

Indeed, Constance Kopp was quite a woman for her time. Constance Amelie Kopp was born in 1878 and as an adult was recorded as being six feet tall. Yes, Constance Kopp was a real-life woman and is credited as being one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. Little is known of the women but what is known paints a most interesting picture. Amy Stewart gathered as much information as she could
A novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.

The blurb describes the book the best:
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, bul
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, historical, crime
This was such a great read, made even more delightful by finding out that it was based on the real Kopp sisters and their run in with a real underworld character. The eldest sister and main character, Constance Kopp, really was 6 ft tall and went on to be appointed the first female Deputy Sheriff.

Set in the 1914 in Bergen County, New Jersey, the three Kopp sisters, Constance and Norma in their mid thirties and 16 year old Fleurette, live on a fairly isolated farm. Since their brother married and
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

Probably could have been 3-stars were it not for that effing boring ending, the fact the last two hours were about 1 hour and 50 min of padding and it ended with Sheriff Heath offering Constance a deputy job. I MEAN SERIOUSLY, that is one of the most exciting parts of this real life story and it's LITERALLY the last line of the book.

Boring. Padded. Cliched. Nothing extraordinary with the writing - won't be continuing this series and probably not the author's other works either (no
Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
Historical fiction can be tricky. It's tough to pull together something that is historically authentic, in addition to the usual fiction requirements of being plausible and a good story. In Girl Waits With Gun, Amy Stewart seems to have got the historical aspects right, and has given us characters that are realistic and that we care about. It's based on events that actually happened around a hundred years ago.

I just couldn't get excited about this story though. The pacing was too leisurely for m
Connie G
I loved the book cover featuring the self-assured Constance Kopp in her stylish hat. The title of the book comes from an actual newspaper headline from 1914 when Constance took part in a sting operation to help capture the men who were threatening her family.

A collision between a buggy carrying the three Kopp sisters and an automobile driven by the gangster Henry Kaufman was the start of a year of terror. Constance tried to collect money from Henry to pay for the damaged buggy. Henry and his gan
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a wild ride. It's 1914, an era where women are expected to stay home and take care of the family. Already, the Kopp sisters are an anomaly—rather than move in with their brother, Francis, they opt to live on their own on the family farm following their mother's passing. And they do quite well for themselves, thank you very much.

They're skilled at isolation, until an automobile runs into their buggy on the road. A simple request for payment for damages spirals into threatening letter
Paul Bryant
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
This is what you call “light reading”, as in, like a balloon, and as I was lightly reading there was a little voice somewhere inside me, an annoying voice, it comes and goes, I’m sure you know what I mean, and it said “Shouldn’t you be reading THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV or THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO and not this pleasingly pleasant confection, this time-wasting jeu d’esprit, if I may, all about the three Kopp sisters and their troubles with a bunch of louts who threaten kidnap and house burning in the Ne ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! A great read, a novel based on true life character Constance Kopp and her two sisters. This appears to be the first of a series on Constance, as the author has quickly come out with a 2nd book. It is a fun and fast read. I usually have 3 books going at one time and one book always pulls ahead in my reading and this was the one for me as I dashed through the last 200+ pages of this book. Constance and her sisters are under attack by a local silk mill owner and his cronies, and this book do ...more
For a change, a VERY short review... This was recommended to me by a GR friend and I say, Thank you so much! The summary describes the nuts and bolts, the cover is delightful but I needed a push. If someone asked me about this crazy, delightful, endearing novel, I would say:

"It's ANNE OF GREEN GABLES for GROWNUPS!" Mystery, same time period, headstrong women, klutzy and smart, orphans, farms... So, just go read it!!!

He looked up and said, in a loud, plain voice, “She’s not a regular lady.”

This book was delightful and witty and charming and definitely makes my list of favorites for 2015. It's reminiscent of Cinnamon and Gunpowder, but with a tighter, sharper historical context. The characters are based on real people - this is actual historical fiction! - and I'm impressed that Amy Stewart was able to write such a quickly-moving, entertaining story based on real events. This format can force authors into
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I was really looking forward to reading this book based on the reviews I’d read and I was not disappointed. This is one of the most enjoyable reads that I’ve had all summer.

The Kopp sisters live on a farm outside of town in New Jersey, the time is 1914. Ever since the death of their mother, their brother, Francis, has been trying to convince them to move in with him and his family in town but the sisters have done very well living on their own.

Norma is the eldest and she and Constance do most
Jul 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I didn't find this book romping or hilarious, I liked it well enough. If you picked it up because of the cover (if anything, that's Fleurette, not Constance, and she didn't get nearly so much freedom with the gun) or the blurbs you'd likely be disappointed, but we all know that you're not supposed to judge etc. Mostly this made me wonder exactly why, as a society, we find pregnant unmarried ladies to be such hopeless tramps, or why the burden of a child should fall solely on a woman (I ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
When the three Kopp sisters drove into town, they had no idea it would unleash a crazy chain of events and a world of trouble. The combative owner of a local silk factory ran them down with his automobile, flipping and crushing their horse drawn buggy, and then refused to pay for the damages. Constance Kopp kept after Henry Kaufman for restitution, their funds were limited and it was only right that he should compensate the sisters, but she had no idea how aggressive, antagonistic and dangerous ...more

Feisty, fun, and pleasantly readable!!!

Girl Waits with Gun - such a wholesomely unique, cheeky good read. Not to mention, historically relevant and engagingly entertaining.

After visiting the author's web page - - which includes photos and mini bios of real-life people and events within the story - I was even more impressed. Truth based fiction, one of my faves.

And I absolutely LOVE the art-deco book jacket.

More enjoyment came from the diversity of personalities betwee
Susan Johnson
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It's set in 1914 in New Jersey and is about three sisters living on their own and trying to make their way in a world that is not female friendly. Women in America still don't have the right to vote. This is based on the real life of Constance Kopp and her two sisters, Norma and Fleurette.

The story opens with an automobile running into the Kopp sisters' buggy and causing considerable damage. Constance tried to collect from the driver, Henry Kaufma
First Sentence: Our troubles began in the summer of 1914, the year I turned thirty-five.

Constance Kopp and her two sisters live on a farm in New Jersey. While in town, their buggy is rammed by an automobile driven by Henry Kaufman head of the Kaufman Silk Dying Company. The harder Constance tries to collect the money due them for damages, the more intense and violent become the threats and attacks on the sisters, causing Constance to seek help from the police and Sheriff Heath. But refusing to
Jessica Jeffers
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was not at all what I expected it to be. It's not a perfect book, but it was a weirdly pleasant one (and I mean that in a good way!)

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Amy Stewart is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Girl Waits with Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, The Drunken Botanist, and Wicked Plants.

She lives in Portland with her husband Scott Brown, a rare book dealer. They own an independent bookstore called Eureka Books, which is so independent that it lives in California while they live in Oregon.

You can also find her all over

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