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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

Fatal Enquiry
Will Thomas
Progress: 25/304 pages
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 Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %

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.