FICTION

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions

Houghton Harcourt. (Kopp Sisters, Bk. 3). Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780544409996. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544409637. F
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In this third installment featuring the Kopp sisters (Girl Waits with Gun; Lady Cop Makes Trouble), it is 1916, and Constance Kopp, a deputy sheriff in Hackensack, NJ, fields cases related to morality charges against women. Quick to accumulate and tough to disprove, these charges fill the jails with women who lack the resources to defend themselves. The first woman suspected of waywardness is Edna Heustis, whom Deputy Kopp cleverly advocates for. Her second case involves Minnie Davis, whose morality charges aren't as easy to investigate, or dismiss. As Constance works these cases, her home life is disrupted when sister Fleurette auditions for May Ward's touring dance troupe, which regularly faces its own morality scandals. Newspaper reporter Carrie Hart, a friend of the Kopp sisters, chronicles these adventures with sympathetic wit and humor. The cases here are based on the experiences of real women, a technique that Stewart has employed in previous volumes. Collectively, the story lines intersect to create an intriguing window into women's rights and the social mores that women challenged on the eve of World War I.
VERDICT A lovely addition for series fans and aficionados of historical fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]

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