Miss Kopps’ Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

I first read Amy Stewart’s nonfiction and let me just say, this woman has a gift. She could make the back of a cereal box interesting. Luckily, in the newest Deputy Sheriff Constance Kopp mystery, she’s dealing with a much more interesting subject. Back in the bad old day, about 100 years or so ago, women didn’t have many rights. A woman with an opinion who was willing to voice it was considered a troublemaker or insane and dealt with harshly, imprisoned or locked up in a mental hospital. Women who had no money or influence were treated like so much garbage and dealt with accordingly. Constance doesn’t like what she sees happening to women in Hackensack and she does what she can to help, but even with her authority, she’s still a woman in a man’s world. Set against the backdrop of World War I, this is indeed at times, a grim reminder of the world American women lived in 100 years ago, but Stewart’s prose sparkles and her determined heroine cannot be stopped. Another winner for this talented author

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