Monday, January 9, 2017

Girl Waits With Gun / Amy Stewart / 408 pages

   I like cozy mysteries and great writing and sometimes it is difficult to get both at the same time. In this novel you get both in spades. Constance Kopp and her two sisters are going to town in their horse drawn buggy when a car collides with them. All survive with bumps and bruises but the buggy is destroyed. Constance gets the name of the driver Henry Kaufman and promptly sends an invoice for a new buggy. This encounter begins their adventures in a world outside of their farm and finding their voice in it.
   The character of Constance is different than most. She is strong-minded, independent, taller than most men and wants to make her own way in the world. The appearance of the county sheriff Robert Heath gives her courage to face the most challenging of obstacles. The two of them working together gives the reader an eye into what it was like for a woman living on her own, without a husband as society dictated and how she was to persist in life. Great historical detail complete with newspaper headlines help round out this wonderful tale. I am looking forward to the next installment.
  I am not giving the secret away but you MUST read the author notes in the afterward - what a wonderful surprise! I heartily recommend this book for mystery readers as well as romance readers.

6 degrees of reading: The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay, Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal, Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.

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