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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Girl Waits with Gun

Girl Waits with Gun - Amy Stewart

Girl Waits with Gun looks at roughly a year in the life of the Capp sisters, Constance, Norma, and Fleurette, three "spinsters" of rural Bergen County, New Jersey.  Constance, 35, handles the heavy work of the farm (she is six feet tall and very strong); Norma, 31, is obsessed with carrier pigeons, who deliver newspaper headlines she's clipped (like "girl waits with gun," all actual headlines from this period); and Fleurette, 16, is, along with being resident seamstress, incorrigible and a would-be movie star.


In the summer of 1914, however, the Capp sisters have an encounter with a rich slimeball, a local silk factory owner, whose automobile slams into their horse-and-buggy, destroying it.  Replacing it would cost $50 dollars.


He refuses to pay, in favor of setting a gang of goons on them.  (Hey, it worked against the labor unions.)  Bricks through windows are followed by more dangerous threats, and Constance goes to the local sheriff.  But arresting him will not be so easy.


I enjoyed this thoroughly.  Though I originally had it pegged as a historical mystery, it really isn't; there is no mystery as to who the villain is.  It is, however, a good straight historical novel, with a main character, Constance, who is willing to do whatever it takes to defend her family, even if it takes breaking family rules, or, indeed, polite society's rules.


The Capp sisters were real, by the way.  Constance Capp would become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in the United States.