Amy Stewart – Girl Waits With Gun (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Boston, 2015)
Go look this one up at your local library or the nearest bookstore. Amy Stewart’s Girl Waits With Gun. I’ll be here until you get back.
Okay, do you have a copy in your hands? This is why you have to read it NOW: Stewart takes the true story of historical figure of Constance Kopp, one of America’s first female crime fighters, and runs with it, producing a brilliantly creative, fun, and beautifully written (fictionalized) tale of a woman who doesn’t quite fit into the time she lives in, yet makes the best of her situation to get herself and her sisters out of a serious muddle, as well as help others less fortunate. In this first book of the series (yay! It’s a series!), Constance and her sisters inadvertently attract the sinister attention of Henry Kaufman, a powerful factory owner – and things are complicated when it is discovered that Kaufman is involved in many more criminal acts. Terrified for her family’s safety, Constance reluctantly seeks the help of the police, and together with kindly, overworked Sheriff Heath, this fierce, driven woman goes to war. Some books you savour, some you devour – this definitely fit into the latter category for me. I could barely get anything else done while I was reading it, I was so invested in Constance’s story. Perfect pacing, careful research, and just the right amount of heartwarming humour further solidified it for me – I can’t recommend Girl Waits With Gun enough.