Many of the characters in bookseller and author Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble are based on real people, including the indomitable Constance Kopp, the first female deputy sheriff in Bergen County, New Jersey, in 1915, and her siblings. Publishers Weekly notes, “Stewart’s second volume in her Kopp Sisters Series is a clever, suspenseful, and funny tale of a formidable woman facing crime, politics, social stigma, all while nailing evildoers.” Amy is also the author of a half dozen works of non-fiction, including Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, its companion coloring book, and The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks.
In 1915, lady cops were not expected to chase down fugitives on the streets of New York City. But Constance Kopp never did what anyone expected. Constance Kopp is six feet tall, lives on a quiet farm with her two sisters, and yearns for fulfilling work. The Kopp sisters, though, aren t going to be living the quiet life anymore. They made the news fighting back against a ruthless silk factory owner and his gang of thugs. And after Bergen County s Sheriff Heath sees Constance in action, he appoints her as one of the nation s first female deputies. He knows she s a powerful addition to his force, and she knows she can do the job, but when the wiles of a German-speaking con man threaten her position and her hopes for this new life and risk the honorable sheriff being thrown in his own jail Constance is forced to prove herself again."Lady Cop Makes Trouble" sets Constance loose on the streets of New York City and New Jersey. Even as she tracks her fugitive, she s also tested by other cases helping runaway girls taken in by unscrupulous men and sorting out why an old woman is taking the fall for a murder she couldn t have committed. Cheering her on are her sisters Norma and Fleurette that is, when they aren t, respectively, training pigeons for the war effort or fanning dreams of a life on the stage. Based on the Kopp sisters real-life adventures, "Girl Waits with Gun" introduced the sensational lives of Constance Kopp and her unconventional sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. This second installment, also ripped from the headlines, takes us further into the romping, riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime and nefarious criminals! along the way.
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 from city to country fifteen years ago. When a powerful, ruthless factory owner runs down their buggy, a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their farm. The sheriff enlists her help, and it turns out Constance has knack for outwitting (and disarming) the criminal element that might just take her back out into the world and onto a new path in life. Quick-witted and full of madcap escapades, "Girl Waits with Gun" is a story about one woman rallying the courage to stand up for and grow into herself with a little help from sisters and sheriffs along the way. Through Amy Stewart s exuberant storytelling, Constance Kopp catapults from forgotten historical anecdote to unforgettable historical fiction heroine an outsized woman not only ahead of her time but sometimes, even, ahead of ours.
In this delightfully devilish coloring book, Amy Stewart and Briony Morrow-Cribbs bring coloring enthusiasts the forty most menacing botanical atrocities from their New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants. Morrow-Cribbs’s exquisite etchings are now finely rendered coloring-book art and are paired with details from the original book. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend--and written with Stewart’s trademark wit--each wonderfully creepy spread offers a fascinating portrait of the evildoers of the plant world, from the vine that ate the South (kudzu) to the weed that killed Lincoln’s mother (white snakeroot), to the world’s deadliest seed (rosary pea).