Genre: Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction
Format: Trade Paperpack and ebook
Series: #1 in the Kopp Sisters series
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2015
Source: Copy provided by the publisher
From the publisher:
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, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared.
Oh, this was just fun. Stewart based this on some real people and events but it is historical fiction. In the author’s note she explains which people and events are real and which she made up. I was surprised at how much was true.
I loved the setting and time frame. The early 1900’s in New Jersey and New York was an eventful time and place.
Told by Constance this story is entertaining and full of humor despite the threats and violence the sisters endured. All three sisters are great characters and their personalities are very different yet complimentary.
The local sheriff soon realizes that Constance isn’t going to back down in the face of the threats and violence from Henry Kaufman’s thugs. He helps the sisters as much as he can but Constance’s skills as an investigator are what drives the criminal case.
I definitely plan to read the sequel and hope you decide to check this one out if you haven’t read it yet.