Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

Kopp Sisters Series, Book 3

eBook - 2017
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The best-selling author of Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble continues her extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters. Deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong-willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn't belong behind bars. And sixteen-year-old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn't be publicly shamed and packed off to a state-run reformatory. But such were the laws—and morals—of 1916. Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it's her sister Fleurette who puts Constance's beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn't behave. Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page-turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780544409637
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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hadlock
Aug 20, 2020

The Kopp sisters are in disarray. Fleurette auditioned for a spot on the Dresden Dolls, didn't get it, but persuaded the star to take her along as an unpaid seamstress, expecting soon to be in the spotlight, making friends among the other Dolls and spreading her 18-year-old wings. But she neglected to tell her sisters before she left, taking Constance's stashed pin money with her. Norma, who continues to beat the carrier pigeon drum for the troops in France, and spends most of her time disgruntled that the world doesn't just do everything her way, decides that Fleurette could be at the mercy of white slavers and goes on a one-woman campaign to drag her home. Constance seems to have begun a cottage industry trying to keep "wayward" girls out of the reformatory while trying without much success to rein Norma in, although she has given up on injecting any kind of rational thought regarding the whole pigeon project. She's beginning to recognize that she and Norma will be stuck with each other for life--they are sisters but they certainly don't think alike. Though she does appreciate the letters Norma writes on her behalf regarding all the offers of marriage she receives in the mail. And although she has a gun and a badge, she has found out that Sheriff Heath will not be able to run for re-election in November, which means the niche she carved for herself with his approval could evaporate.

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mammothhawk229e
Oct 23, 2018

Police procedural book flowed like Murdoch Mysteries (timeline & sensibility), Perry Mason (Antagonist acting like Hamilton Burger on protagonist injecting logic? Priceless.) & Night Court.
So it not Judge Dee in that protagonist used empathy & logic to tamp down hysterical charges & draconian punishment.

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1_Great_Book
Aug 24, 2018

Amy Stewart is new on my favourite authors list. I had missed reading the first book when it came out because of too many books on my pile, and when I read this one I immediately read the first two as well.

What makes this story so believable is that it is grounded in reality. There really was a Constance Kopp who was a deputy in New Jersey. I love how Amy Stewart builds the story around historic events, and pores through rolls of microfilm for authentic newspaper headlines and bits of real news to sprinkle throughout her stories.

I hope that she has many more boxes of information to be able to write a few more Constance Kopp mysteries!

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ABCDot
Jun 06, 2018

Light hearted and fun! I loved this book set in New Jersey during WW1. It's the third in the Kopp sisters novels, but you can read it without having read the others.

LoganLib_Phoebe Apr 26, 2018

Don't miss the latest installment of the Kopp Sisters! Immensely readable, you'll be surprised at how much is based on real historical events, people and places.

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Roundcat
Mar 01, 2018

Amy Stewart has done it again. Each of the sisters has their separate view of Fleurette's efforts to spread her wings. The songs used in the performances are real, including a link to a Miss Piggy rendition. The newspaper articles are getting more letters to Constance proposing marriages in which no woman in her right mind would be interested. Norma's replies are marvelously appropriate put downs. Best of all, Constance finally gets a badge, acknowledging that she is actually an Under Sheriff. Besides the sisters' adventures, Constance's efforts to help young women threatened with incarceration for trying to escape stultifying futures reveals working conditions in factories and social attitudes toward women's place in society. We also are taken aback that young women wanting to help with the war effort in France had to be willing to pay their own way. By the end of the book, we see the possibility of another book with more interesting developments for several of the characters. I can hardly wait.

ArapahoePamelaH Feb 17, 2018

Third book in a fun series, based on the real life story of Constance Kopp, the first deputy sheriff in Paterson, New Jersey, in the very early 1900's. Constance refuses to back down from bullying men and the unfair social mores of the day. Read this and admire another strong woman, nearly forgotten before Amy Stewart discovered her story.

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pamelah1
Feb 17, 2018

Third book in a fun series, based on the real life story of Constance Kopp, the first deputy sheriff in Paterson, New Jersey, in the very early 1900's. Constance refuses to back down from bullying men and the unfair social mores of the day. Read this and admire another strong woman, nearly forgotten before Amy Stewart discovered her story.

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ApollosRaven
Jan 19, 2018

Another fine addition to this series. Some disturbing parallels to today.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 03, 2018

The third installment in the Kopp Sisters series is my favorite so far - funny, smart, quick-moving, and feminist from start to finish. You can absolutely read this without reading the prior books, but they're great fun, too.

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