Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
This is a historical fiction mystery novel based off of the true story of the first female detective in the United States. Interested yet?
This book follows the story of Constance Kopp and how her life and that of her family is completely changed by one fateful accident. One day Constance and her two sisters are in their buggy which gets hit by a motorcar. Although no one is majorly injured, the motorcar driver is meant to pay for the damages. However he is a rich factory owner and has no intention of paying for them. Thus we follow Constance’s journey to do what she thinks is a very normal thing and how she and her family has to put up with the terrors of the rich and powerful.
I really appreciated the way this book dealt with the horrible things that happen and are threatened to happen to their family and how they each dealt with them differently. I also really appreciated how this book is ultimately really about family. It’s a strange sometimes broken family but each character is unique and very well fleshed out. I also appreciated that there was no romance in this book. There are moments when I thought this could become something romantic but it didn’t pan out and I found that so refreshing. Very very refreshing.
I was amazed by how much of this story was actually true. Like all the terrible things these women had to go through and what the result was. I’m not sure what else to say without spoilers. Also it’s a rather smart book. There is nothing stupid about the characters or what’s going on. Especially Constantine; she knows lots of stuff.
I wasn’t sure about the random flashbacks we get and for a while I found them rather jarring but eventually I got used to them and I understood how they went with the regular plot line.
This book was just fun. It was technically a mystery but there wasn’t that much of a mystery element (which I appreciated). It was more about a woman standing up to a rich pompous man who is used to getting what he wants, and that was so great to read about. I do recommend this book. It does have some adult content but nothing graphic, just life.
#27 of 2018