This historical novel was a freebie given to me by the author at the 2018 Bouchercon Literary Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. The protagonist is based on New Jersey’s first female deputy sheriff in the early ninetieth century. The Kopp sisters, Constance, Norma, and Fleurette, were real people. Constance developed a probationary system for women and fought for equal justice for women in a time when men could put their wives in a mental institutions on a whim. Sheriff Heath was a brave man who valued fairness above public sentiment and championed Constance’s causes.
Rarely, do I read a book where the author gets it right about what it like to be a female officer. No matter what the century, women are still breaking down barriers and providing vital law enforcement services to their communities. Please read more about the amazing strides women in law enforcement are making at International Association of Women Police. https://iawppublic.wildapricot.org.
For more information about the Kopp Sister Series go to amystewart.com.