Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

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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: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544409996
054440999X
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 24 cm

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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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trudat
Dec 29, 2017

Not as good as the second installment, but a satisfying holiday read. If the descriptors: 'well-researched historical fiction,' 'light vacation read,' and 'early gender rights movement' could ever be reasonably applied to the same works, that would well-summarize this series.

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dtbutler
Nov 06, 2017

The story of the Kopp sisters just keeps getting better. The integration of WWI factory work and the laws surrounding young women of the time was so interesting and unexpected. You can tell that Stewart does her homework, and doesn't shy away from a research challenge. As a historian, I really appreciated this. And, as with all of the Kopp Sisters novels, I enjoyed the appendices as much as the book itself. Thankful for another thoughtful work of historical fiction from Stewart.

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