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Life after the war takes an unexpected turn for the Kopp sisters, but soon enough, they are putting their unique detective skills to use in new and daring ways.  Winter 1919: Norma is summoned home from France, Constance is called back from Washington, and Fleurette puts her own plans on hold as the sisters rally around their recently widowed sister-in-law and her children. Life after the war takes an unexpected turn for the Kopp sisters, but soon enough, they are putting their unique detective skills to use in new and daring ways.  Winter 1919: Norma is summoned home from France, Constance is called back from Washington, and Fleurette puts her own plans on hold as the sisters rally around their recently widowed sister-in-law and her children. How are four women going to support themselves?  A chance encounter offers Fleurette a solution: clandestine legal work for a former colleague of Constance’s. She becomes a “professional co-respondent,” posing as the “other woman” in divorce cases so that photographs can be entered as evidence to procure a divorce. While her late-night assignments are both exciting and lucrative, they put her on a collision course with her own family, who would never approve of such disreputable work. One client’s suspicious behavior leads Fleurette to uncover a much larger crime, putting her in the unlikely position of amateur detective.   In Miss Kopp Investigates, Amy Stewart once again brilliantly captures the women of this era—their ambitions for the future as well as the ties that bind—at the start of a promising new decade.    


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Life after the war takes an unexpected turn for the Kopp sisters, but soon enough, they are putting their unique detective skills to use in new and daring ways.  Winter 1919: Norma is summoned home from France, Constance is called back from Washington, and Fleurette puts her own plans on hold as the sisters rally around their recently widowed sister-in-law and her children. Life after the war takes an unexpected turn for the Kopp sisters, but soon enough, they are putting their unique detective skills to use in new and daring ways.  Winter 1919: Norma is summoned home from France, Constance is called back from Washington, and Fleurette puts her own plans on hold as the sisters rally around their recently widowed sister-in-law and her children. How are four women going to support themselves?  A chance encounter offers Fleurette a solution: clandestine legal work for a former colleague of Constance’s. She becomes a “professional co-respondent,” posing as the “other woman” in divorce cases so that photographs can be entered as evidence to procure a divorce. While her late-night assignments are both exciting and lucrative, they put her on a collision course with her own family, who would never approve of such disreputable work. One client’s suspicious behavior leads Fleurette to uncover a much larger crime, putting her in the unlikely position of amateur detective.   In Miss Kopp Investigates, Amy Stewart once again brilliantly captures the women of this era—their ambitions for the future as well as the ties that bind—at the start of a promising new decade.    

30 review for Miss Kopp Investigates

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    At the end of the previous book I wondered how the author was going to bring the three sisters back together since their lives were going in very separate directions at that point. Well she managed it! Miss Kopp Investigates begins in 1919 and the war is over. Norma is still overseas and is not planning to come back yet. Constance and Fleurette have plans to follow their careers and move away. All looks good for the sisters and then their brother suddenly dies leaving sister-in-law Bessie alone a At the end of the previous book I wondered how the author was going to bring the three sisters back together since their lives were going in very separate directions at that point. Well she managed it! Miss Kopp Investigates begins in 1919 and the war is over. Norma is still overseas and is not planning to come back yet. Constance and Fleurette have plans to follow their careers and move away. All looks good for the sisters and then their brother suddenly dies leaving sister-in-law Bessie alone and penniless, with two children to raise. Of course they all put their plans aside and return home. Going from the title I expected this book to be about Constance but it is actually Fleurette who takes the main role. She is a smart girl and she finds ways to make the cash they so desperately need. She also cares about people so when she befriends someone who gets into difficulties she turns detective. It obviously runs in the family! One of the best things about this series is reading the author's notes at the end. These characters are all real people who actually lived and did the things described in the books. Stewart lets us know which parts are fact and which she has changed or added to herself. I love knowing that Norma, Constance, Fleurette and even the pet parrot really lived and breathed these lives. The ending is clever and has great promise for the next book in the series. I am looking forward to it already. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    In the winter of 1919, with the war in Europe over, the Kopp sisters are finally back together again. However, it is the death of their brother Francis from a sudden heart attack that has summoned Norma reluctantly back from France and brought Constance home from Washington, where she was to work for the Bureau of Investigation training female agents. The three sisters rally around their sister-in-law Bessie and her children and try to work out how on earth they are going to manage to support th In the winter of 1919, with the war in Europe over, the Kopp sisters are finally back together again. However, it is the death of their brother Francis from a sudden heart attack that has summoned Norma reluctantly back from France and brought Constance home from Washington, where she was to work for the Bureau of Investigation training female agents. The three sisters rally around their sister-in-law Bessie and her children and try to work out how on earth they are going to manage to support themselves and the children without Francis. Not only do any of them currently have a job, but Francis has also surprising left behind large debts and, unknown to Bessie, borrowed against the house. Norma immediately decides they need to sell the farm left to them by their parents and all move in with Bessie until they have the funds to buy a house in Hawthorne near Bessie. In her usual pragmatic way, Norma sets about fixing up the house and subdividing the land for sale as building sites. Constance finds a part-time job as a store detective which brings in a little money, but it’s their sister Fleurette who finds a lucrative job. Having lost her singing voice after an illness, Fleurette and her Amazonian parrot Laura are unable to return to their stage act. However, Fleurette is always resourceful and finds unusual employment posing as ‘the other woman’ in photographs for a somewhat unscrupulous lawyer. Needless to say, with her love of dressing up and her acting skills it’s a job she performs splendidly, but one she knows her sisters must never find out about. As with the earlier books in this series, Amy Stewart brings us a wonderful sense of the place and the time in which the sisters live. Particularly what it was like for unmarried women and widows having to have to support themselves in a time when it was difficult for woman to work or be financially independent. Fortunately, the Kopp women are made of sterner stuff and Bessie is in good hands. It is Fleurette, the youngest of the three sisters who really shines in this episode as she stands up to Norma bossing her around and asserts her independence. Her work with the lawyer inadvertently draws her into uncovering a scam taking place against vulnerable women and for once it’s Fleurette, and not her more famous sister Constance, who is the amateur detective investigating a crime. I love that Amy Stewart has blended historical facts with fiction in this series of books based on the lives of the real Kopp sisters. In her afternotes she mentions that Francis did die of a heart attack (although a few years later) and the sisters did sell the farm and move to a house near Bessie. Constance did work in a department store for a time and Fleurette did indeed have an Amazonian parrot and lose her singing voice, later acting as ‘the other woman’ for photos needed by men who wanted to make divorce easy for their wives. It’s this successful blending of facts about these interesting sisters with fiction that makes these books so delightful and such a joy to read. With thanks to Mariner Books and Netgalley for a copy to read. Expected publication 7th September 2021. Original review first published in Mystery and Suspense magazine https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/mi...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Ya can't cry over spilled milk. It's happened. So.....where's the mop? Amy Stewart takes our famous Kopp Sisters into the aftermath years of World War I. America and the world are making adjustments on the homefront to the chaos and uncertainty of the troops being shipped home and the position of families readjusting to roles being realigned. Constance is mulling over a new job prospect with the Bureau of Investigations in Washington, D.C.. Norma has found a niche of potential in Paris, France aft Ya can't cry over spilled milk. It's happened. So.....where's the mop? Amy Stewart takes our famous Kopp Sisters into the aftermath years of World War I. America and the world are making adjustments on the homefront to the chaos and uncertainty of the troops being shipped home and the position of families readjusting to roles being realigned. Constance is mulling over a new job prospect with the Bureau of Investigations in Washington, D.C.. Norma has found a niche of potential in Paris, France after the war. Fleurette is in a quandry as to where her stage career will take her after a severe bout with strep throat and the potential loss of her singing voice. But all of that will be hit with a tidal wave of emotions..... Their beloved brother, Francis, died of a heart attack at his office desk. The shock riveted through them with disbelief. But no one was hit more profoundly than Bess, his widow, and their two children, Lorraine and Frankie. Women of the time period were usually kept in the dark about family financial matters. And things couldn't get any darker for Bess without a candle in sight. Francis failed to tell her that debts were owed all around town, including a second mortgage on their home. It's here that the Kopp Sisters circle the wagons in order to provide stability for Bess and the children. Any career plans were put on hold. Amy Stewart gives an elbow nudge to Fleurette, the youngest sister, to step it up. Spoiled and often impulsive, Fleurette knows that she has to place family first. What shakes out is an unexpected career move. There's a wave of divorces happening after the war. Paterson, New Jersey is in the mix of it. By chance, Fleurette finds herself in photo shoots of men needing proof of "the other woman". Her stage presence helps with disguises and the back of her head in the photos. Fleurette has money that's jingling in her pocket......until Constance finds out. And she and Constance will have it out. And that's just the beginning...... I applaud Amy Stewart for the parallels she creates to the real-life sisters. If you read the Acknowledgements at the end, you'll find some fascinating facts. Stewart has quite the following in her Kopp Sisters Series and for good reason. The novels are thoughtful, well-designed, true to the era, and often hilarious with sharp-witted dialogue and situations. As this novel concludes, we'll find that an exceptionally wide door has been opened to Adventure Land in the next. And we're all packed and ready to gallop in that direction with them. I received a copy of this novel through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and to the talented Amy Stewart for the opportunity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    fleurette

    I hadn't read the previous books in this series, so this was my first meeting with the Kopp sisters. I didn't quite know what to expect. But since the title of this book is Miss Kopp Investigates, I was expecting a historical mystery. The blurb also suggested that. And I didn't quite get it. The beginning of this book is rather slow. The mystery only begins well after half the book. It doesn't mean that the first half of the book is boring, but due to the lack of some distinguished storyline, I w I hadn't read the previous books in this series, so this was my first meeting with the Kopp sisters. I didn't quite know what to expect. But since the title of this book is Miss Kopp Investigates, I was expecting a historical mystery. The blurb also suggested that. And I didn't quite get it. The beginning of this book is rather slow. The mystery only begins well after half the book. It doesn't mean that the first half of the book is boring, but due to the lack of some distinguished storyline, I wasn't that interested in it and kept waiting for mystery to begin. If you've read the previous books and are already familiar with the Kopp sisters, you'll be much more interested in their lives in the first half of this book. Somewhere around the middle of the book, I stopped expecting that there would be any more elaborate suspense plot at all. And while suspense did appear in the end, it is hard to say that it is the dominant part of this book. I didn't mind watching the Kopp sisters solve their little problems, it was also interesting. But I didn't expect it to be the main part of this book. The main character of this book is the youngest of the Kopp sisters - Fleurette. I like her as the main character, she is interesting and complicated. Just like her sisters and sister-in-law. Although I'm not sure if I like her sisters. They were depicted in quite a bad light, especially Norma. But I think they are characters that you can easily build the whole series around. This is a book more for those who have read the previous books in this series and are already familiar with the Kopp sisters. You will then be more interested in their daily lives, problems, and relationships that make up a large part of this book. And although I admit that I read this part quite easily and with some interest, I think that if I had already had an emotional attachment to the sisters, it would be even better. You can read this book as an introduction to this series, but I think you will have more fun if you start with the first book. Thanks to NetGalley and Mariner Books for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    WWI is over, but tragedy has struck the family. Their brother, Francis, has died suddenly leaving his wife Bessie and two children. The three sisters have had to alter their plans drastically. Norma has had to rush back from France; Constance is supposed to start a job with the FBI in Washington but has had to give it up and Fleurette has lost her singing voice after a bout of streptococci so no more theatre work for her. It is with some shock that they discover that Frances has left Bessie in ser WWI is over, but tragedy has struck the family. Their brother, Francis, has died suddenly leaving his wife Bessie and two children. The three sisters have had to alter their plans drastically. Norma has had to rush back from France; Constance is supposed to start a job with the FBI in Washington but has had to give it up and Fleurette has lost her singing voice after a bout of streptococci so no more theatre work for her. It is with some shock that they discover that Frances has left Bessie in serious debt. He owes money all over town and he has mortgaged his house. The sisters have to find a way out of this fix. The title “Miss Kopp Investigates” is only a teaser when we find out which Miss Kopp is doing the investigating. A fun read as usual. Being #7 in a series I would strongly suggest reading the earlier books first otherwise this one won’t be as entertaining if you don’t know the Kopp sister’s history.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    “Her family looked, to Norma, like the inside of a train station, with everyone rushing off in a different direction on separate timetables. Even with a hammer in hand and a mouthful of nails, she couldn’t fix them into place.” Miss Kopp Investigates is the seventh book in the Kopp Sisters series by NYT best-selling American author, Amy Stewart. It’s early 1919, and each of the Kopp sisters has plans: Norma intends to join her friend Aggie Bell to act as interpreter and do relief work for refugee “Her family looked, to Norma, like the inside of a train station, with everyone rushing off in a different direction on separate timetables. Even with a hammer in hand and a mouthful of nails, she couldn’t fix them into place.” Miss Kopp Investigates is the seventh book in the Kopp Sisters series by NYT best-selling American author, Amy Stewart. It’s early 1919, and each of the Kopp sisters has plans: Norma intends to join her friend Aggie Bell to act as interpreter and do relief work for refugees in Belgium; Constance will be in Washington, training female recruits for the Bureau of Investigation; and Fleurette has a lucrative singing contract for herself and her green Amazonian parrot with Freeman Bernstein. But those grand plans have to be put on hold, indefinitely, when their brother, Francis dies suddenly, leaving a wife, two young children and, it turns out, another on the way. And, apparently, a string of debts around the town of Hawthorne. Norma immediately takes charge, coordinating the sale of their farm, the purchase of a house and the running of two households. Constance takes a position as a store detective. Under the cover of seamstressing jobs, Fleurette, without compromising her virtue or revealing her identity, regularly poses for photographs in the arms of men seeking a divorce, for a Paterson law firm. If they knew, her sisters would not approve. Her earnings, Fleurette unobtrusively and efficiently applies to those debts her brother has accrued with the town’s retailers. During the course of this scheme, Fleurette encounters a client she believes is the victim of a scam, and she can’t resist investigating. In this instalment, Norma and Constance are very much in the background although, together with their sister-in-aw, Bessie, they do manage to uncover the source of the massive debt with which Francis has unintentionally saddled his family. It’s very much a team effort: where Norma’s forcefulness fails, Constance’s flattery or Bessie’s quiet tenacity win out. But Fleurette is undeniably the star of this book, having blossomed from the self-centred teenager we met in 1914 to a resourceful, considerate and much more mature, if still occasionally wilful, young woman. She flexes her independence muscles by quitting the family home; her investigations see her consulting a fortune teller, parting with an emerald pendant and ultimately, lead to her arrest. Era and plot give Stewart plenty of opportunities to remind us of just how powerless women were then: “The police won’t take her complaint unless Mr. Martin comes in as well. If she went to them by herself, the first thing they’d do is go around and talk to the husband and make sure the missus isn’t just hysterical. They’re not going to go running off to chase after an imaginary swindler on her word alone.” Stewart’s Historical Notes are interesting and informative, revealing that Constance Kopp and her sisters were real people, much as described, as are quite a few of the other characters. Many of the events that form the plot also occurred, if not always when stated. Stewart takes the known historical facts and fleshes them out into a marvellous tale. Fans will be pleased to read that Stewart has plenty more up her literary sleeve for the Kopp sisters. Delightful!! This unbiased review is from a copy provided by NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Miss Kopp Investigates is the seventh instalment in the Kopp Sisters Mystery Novels set in 1919 Paterson, New Jersey. The three Kopp sisters - Constance, Norma and Fleurette - have returned home to Paterson to attend the funeral of their brother, Francis, who had tragically passed away suddenly and without prior warning in January 1919. He is survived by his pregnant wife, Bessie, and two children, but he has also, unfortunately, left his family with a tonne of unpaid debt putting Bessie in quit Miss Kopp Investigates is the seventh instalment in the Kopp Sisters Mystery Novels set in 1919 Paterson, New Jersey. The three Kopp sisters - Constance, Norma and Fleurette - have returned home to Paterson to attend the funeral of their brother, Francis, who had tragically passed away suddenly and without prior warning in January 1919. He is survived by his pregnant wife, Bessie, and two children, but he has also, unfortunately, left his family with a tonne of unpaid debt putting Bessie in quite the situation. The sisters, helpful as ever, resolve to help Bessie out financially in whatever way they can. However, they fully comprehend that to earn the same salary as a man, the income previously coming in from Francis’ employment, they will need to work tirelessly and find a way to scrape together as much as humanly possible to rescue a mother in need. Putting their heads together they decide to use Fleurette’s womanly charm as the youngest and prettiest of the group to become a professional co-respondent in which she earns her money by posing for compromising photographs alongside married men which would then be used as evidence of their adulterous and improper relationships with other young women when it came to divorce proceedings in court. But getting in a little too deep with one particular client leads to Fleurette ending up behind bars. This is a compelling and captivating addition to this series of fine historical mysteries set at the beginning of the twentieth century. Stewart evokes the sense of time and place quite magnificently, and it's always a pleasure to reacquaint myself with the Kopp family. It's an absorbing, richly atmospheric and perfectly plotted mystery novel that depicts beautifully and accurately the zeitgeist of the time including the treatment of women and gender equality in particular. One of the strongest entries of the series to date. I look forward to numero ocho. Highly recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Life looks much different for all three Kopp sisters after the war. Fleurette’s plans to return to the stage are placed on hold, Constance returns from Washington, and Norma returns from Europe when their brother Francis unexpectedly dies in Paterson. The shock soon turns to dismay when they learn he left his wife and two children in a troubling amount of debt… and a third baby is on the way. The youngest Miss Kopp, Fleurette, has always been a bit spoiled but she steps up for her family; unfortu Life looks much different for all three Kopp sisters after the war. Fleurette’s plans to return to the stage are placed on hold, Constance returns from Washington, and Norma returns from Europe when their brother Francis unexpectedly dies in Paterson. The shock soon turns to dismay when they learn he left his wife and two children in a troubling amount of debt… and a third baby is on the way. The youngest Miss Kopp, Fleurette, has always been a bit spoiled but she steps up for her family; unfortunately, her career choice wouldn’t be met with approval from her older sisters. With a huge influx of divorce post-WWI, Fleurette is posing as “the other woman” in staged photographs for a lawyer to take to the judge for divorces to be granted. When a client seeking a divorce from her husband is scammed by a phony lawyer, Fleurette follows in Constance’s footsteps and conducts an investigation of her own. Meanwhile, the sisters learn the reason Francis was in debt and step up to help his widow and children. With employment hard to find for women, the Kopp sisters take their futures into their own hands and decide to open their own detective agency. I love this series. The atmosphere of the era, the characters, and the investigations within each story following their lives - it’s all just entertaining and cozy! I’m thrilled the Kopp series will finally have their own agency and cannot wait to see where their adventures lead next! Thanks to Mariner Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Miss Kopp Investigates is scheduled for release on September 7, 2021. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    Amy Stewart, after her first book (IMO) has been a consistent 4 star read for me in her series, which is not something that normally happens to me in series books especially when there is no incredible narrator reading this to help even things out (the first was a 3 star like, which for the debut of the series is not a bad rating from me.) I just loved where Fleurette, now 21, is heading in this installment, but all three sisters are still fabulous. I can say no more without any spoilers. What's Amy Stewart, after her first book (IMO) has been a consistent 4 star read for me in her series, which is not something that normally happens to me in series books especially when there is no incredible narrator reading this to help even things out (the first was a 3 star like, which for the debut of the series is not a bad rating from me.) I just loved where Fleurette, now 21, is heading in this installment, but all three sisters are still fabulous. I can say no more without any spoilers. What's more, I enjoyed starting to get to know their newly widowed sister-in-law. True, Stewart has, as she points out in her notes, moved their brothers death 4 years earlier, but this is fiction based on real life people and I am okay with that in this series. The blurb will tell you more, of course, but I am in a bit of a rush today and might not remember to come back and write more. All I will say now is that I am only sorry that I have to wait until next year to read the next installment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    RATING: 4.5 STARS I really enjoyed Miss Kopp Investigates! Miss Kopp in this case refers more to Florette, the youngest of the sisters. Returning home after the war ends, Francis has died leaving his widow, two children and another on the way. The Kopp sisters move in to help Bessie and the kids. Constance gets a job as a security guard for a store. Nora is missing France, but takes over the farm and how to make money. Florette, has lost her singing voice, movies are moving to California, and tai RATING: 4.5 STARS I really enjoyed Miss Kopp Investigates! Miss Kopp in this case refers more to Florette, the youngest of the sisters. Returning home after the war ends, Francis has died leaving his widow, two children and another on the way. The Kopp sisters move in to help Bessie and the kids. Constance gets a job as a security guard for a store. Nora is missing France, but takes over the farm and how to make money. Florette, has lost her singing voice, movies are moving to California, and tailoring is more of luxury. She decides to take a job her sisters would not approve of, and when they find out she leave the homestead to make it on her own. She soon finds herself involved in a case. I loved the way the book ended and am looking forward to more books. Amy Stewart does a great job weaving fact and fiction, and providing you information on what is actually true.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Long

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I always look forward to the next book in this series. I think it's the only series I have ever stuck with and thoroughly enjoyed. This book was every bit as good as the previous ones. Each book have such different storylines that weave all the familiar characters together so they flow from one to the next. This is definitely my favorite historical fiction author I've read and I am super excited tha Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I always look forward to the next book in this series. I think it's the only series I have ever stuck with and thoroughly enjoyed. This book was every bit as good as the previous ones. Each book have such different storylines that weave all the familiar characters together so they flow from one to the next. This is definitely my favorite historical fiction author I've read and I am super excited that she said there will be more books in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Griffith Buckley

    Many mystery authors choose to write series because doing so gives a longer story arc over which to develop plot and characters. Often books in a series also function as stand-alone novels, and the reader is free to start where she likes. Two fall 2021 titles are series books that unfortunately don't stand alone: Amy Stewart's Miss Kopp Investigates, a historical mystery, and Andrew Mayne's Mastermind, a contemporary FBI thriller featuring agent of the weird Jessica Blackwood. I had not read eit Many mystery authors choose to write series because doing so gives a longer story arc over which to develop plot and characters. Often books in a series also function as stand-alone novels, and the reader is free to start where she likes. Two fall 2021 titles are series books that unfortunately don't stand alone: Amy Stewart's Miss Kopp Investigates, a historical mystery, and Andrew Mayne's Mastermind, a contemporary FBI thriller featuring agent of the weird Jessica Blackwood. I had not read either series before, and don't recommend that anyone else start either of these series with either of these two books. There is simply too much backstory in the previous books in the series for these two titles to be easily read as one's first introduction to the characters. That is not to say the Miss Kopp Investigates and Mastermind are not worth reading. Both are , in fact, fine books. Those who have read and enjoyed other books in these two series will definitely want to catch up with the sisters (Miss Kopp,) and Jessica and her supporting cast of unusual characters (Mastermind.). Miss Kopp Investigates moves a bit slowly at first, but fans of historical fiction will appreciate Stewart's treatment of women's issues in post-World War I America. Mastermind, on the other hand, starts with a bang, and the suspense continues to build throughout the book. Highly recommended for fans of each series. Not recommended for readers who haven't read either series--these readers should start with an earlier book in each series. Thanks to Amy Stewart, Andrews Mayne, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for the ARCs of these books. The opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    MISS KOPP INVESTIGATES takes place nearly a decade after the first in the series. While the Great War has ended, the sisters have all returned home to mourn the sudden death of their brother and find themselves saddled with responsibilities. Their brother left a mountain of debt, two young children and a pregnant wife, all of which the ever-responsible Kopp sisters feel they must shelter and support. Their individual dreams suddenly evaporate in the face of their collective needs, especially sin MISS KOPP INVESTIGATES takes place nearly a decade after the first in the series. While the Great War has ended, the sisters have all returned home to mourn the sudden death of their brother and find themselves saddled with responsibilities. Their brother left a mountain of debt, two young children and a pregnant wife, all of which the ever-responsible Kopp sisters feel they must shelter and support. Their individual dreams suddenly evaporate in the face of their collective needs, especially since none of them can find especially well compensated employment. Author Amy Stewart does such an excellent job of establishing time and place for this series. The remarkable coincidences of the early 20th and 21st Centuries are overwhelming: the Flu/Covid Pandemics, the technological changes and the role of foreign wars, all make for fascinating reading. The plot itself is slow moving in comparison and readers looking for more action may be disappointed. The book is built around real people and I find that quite engaging. For lovers of character and world building, the book is a true delight. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Thanks to Amy Stewart and Mariner Books via NetGalley for a digital advance reader copy. All comments and opinions are my own. This was an entertaining read - if you're just starting out with the Kopp Sisters, after reading this one you'll now want to go back and read the rest, in order if you can. And if this is your 7th, you're in for a treat - as always. I thoroughly enjoyed this Kopp Sisters adventure, which features the youngest sister, Fleurette. Amy Stewart skillfully combines real-life pe Thanks to Amy Stewart and Mariner Books via NetGalley for a digital advance reader copy. All comments and opinions are my own. This was an entertaining read - if you're just starting out with the Kopp Sisters, after reading this one you'll now want to go back and read the rest, in order if you can. And if this is your 7th, you're in for a treat - as always. I thoroughly enjoyed this Kopp Sisters adventure, which features the youngest sister, Fleurette. Amy Stewart skillfully combines real-life people and places with imagined activities and a well-crafted plot to produce an engaging story of strong women struggling to be independent in the years just after World War I. The dialogue is humorously realistic, with each sister's personality clashing as each one thinks she is correct and can provide the solution to their family's financial difficulties. I loved the way the Fleurette solves the main mystery, and how ultimately the sisters discover they can pool their skills to work together successfully in a cleverly designed conclusion. The novel ends with promises for another compelling and delightful episode.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    WWI is over, and the Kopp sisters have plans. Constance has a job opportunity in Washington D.C. Norma misses her dear friend, still in Europe as a nurse, and thinks about returning to join her. Fleurette is recovering from an illness that has left her voice in ruins, so her plans for going back on stage is on hold. But she has arranged for an room rental and an independent life. Their plans come to a halt with the death of their brother, Francis; his wife Bessie is pregnant with their third chil WWI is over, and the Kopp sisters have plans. Constance has a job opportunity in Washington D.C. Norma misses her dear friend, still in Europe as a nurse, and thinks about returning to join her. Fleurette is recovering from an illness that has left her voice in ruins, so her plans for going back on stage is on hold. But she has arranged for an room rental and an independent life. Their plans come to a halt with the death of their brother, Francis; his wife Bessie is pregnant with their third child. Norma takes leadership and decides the sisters will sell the farm, buy the house next door to Bessie, and support her family. The sisters find drudge work, but Fleurette discovers her brother owed money all over town. And, it appears he took out a mortgage on the house and they don’t know where the money went. In 1919, there were few choices for women on their own. Fleurette accepts work for a lawyer, posing in photographs with men seeking divorces. The pay is good, but it puts her in peril. In Miss Kopp Investigates, Fleurette get top billing. The girl is grown up and longs to be out from under the control of her elder sisters. She has a flare for disguises, but more than that, she has an inquisitive mind and a good heart. She follows a hunch and unearths a scam and, yes, saves the day! Hooray for Fleurette! Amy Stewart has gifted her readers another fun historical fiction mystery based on the lives of the real Kopp sisters and their world. I love these characters. And I enjoy how Stewart uses their stories to bring us into the lives of women a hundred years ago. I received a free egalley from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    The War is over, things are beginning to settle back in America but all of that changes when their only brother dies. Now the Kopp sisters have a pregnant sister-in-law and children to care for. Fleurette, whose recent illness has left her unable to sing; thus forcing her from the stage is forced to return to her seamstress work, until a chance encounter and a secret her sister-in-law shares with her sends her into clandestine work for a local attorney. Although the job doesn't work out and puts The War is over, things are beginning to settle back in America but all of that changes when their only brother dies. Now the Kopp sisters have a pregnant sister-in-law and children to care for. Fleurette, whose recent illness has left her unable to sing; thus forcing her from the stage is forced to return to her seamstress work, until a chance encounter and a secret her sister-in-law shares with her sends her into clandestine work for a local attorney. Although the job doesn't work out and puts Fleurette on the outs with her family, she meets a woman in trouble. Fleurette's instincts are right on the mark and since the woman refuses to go to the police, Fleurette is determined to bring the man down on her own. When Fleurette winds up in jail for brawling, she calls on Constance's old boss proving that her investigation has bared fruit. Now, the sister's have decided to start their own .....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy Warren

    This series is truly one of my very favorites! The series is based on the real life and adventures of three sisters that lived in New Jersey in the early 1900s. I just finished DEAR MISS KOPP and went right into this one, #7 in the series, which picks up after World War I I has ended, and centers mostly on the youngest Kopp sister Fleurette. Her brother has died suddenly, sending all threes sisters lives, as well as his widow's, into upheaval. The women are shocked to learn their brother was kee This series is truly one of my very favorites! The series is based on the real life and adventures of three sisters that lived in New Jersey in the early 1900s. I just finished DEAR MISS KOPP and went right into this one, #7 in the series, which picks up after World War I I has ended, and centers mostly on the youngest Kopp sister Fleurette. Her brother has died suddenly, sending all threes sisters lives, as well as his widow's, into upheaval. The women are shocked to learn their brother was keeping a pretty big secret, thus creating a mess they have to clean up--putting all their personal plans for the future on hold to do so. Fleurette has always been portrayed as a silly, flighty girl, the baby of the family. However, in this book, we get to see how much she has matured and grown up since the start of the first book. My hat is off to the author, who keeps churning out fascinating and engaging stories about these very lovable characters. Highly recommend!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is the 7th book in the series. I hadn't read any of the others first. I think this would probably be better read in order as part of the series, and is less successful (feels less fleshed out) as a standalone novel, but it was interesting and kept my interest. In 1919, Fleurette Kopp - the youngest of the Kopp sisters - gets a job as "the other woman" in divorce cases and agrees to pose and be photographed with men seeking divorces. She uses the money she earns to help her brother's widow ( This is the 7th book in the series. I hadn't read any of the others first. I think this would probably be better read in order as part of the series, and is less successful (feels less fleshed out) as a standalone novel, but it was interesting and kept my interest. In 1919, Fleurette Kopp - the youngest of the Kopp sisters - gets a job as "the other woman" in divorce cases and agrees to pose and be photographed with men seeking divorces. She uses the money she earns to help her brother's widow (who has 2 children and is pregnant with a third) to pay off his debts. She also gets involved in investigating a case of a woman who has been defrauded. Her strong-willed sisters, Constance and Norma, have law-enforcement experience and Fleurette demonstrates that she possesses some of the same skills. Reportedly these books are based around a real-life family. I may seek out other books in the series. They offer a unique perspective on the WWI era.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Having never read any of the previous books in this series, I was unsure of what to expect. Started well, and I found that though I’d not read any of the previous books in the series I wasn’t lost or hampered by not knowing the backstory. My interest was peaked immediately by the setting (USA between the World Wars) and the characters (a family of strong, if mildly eccentric, women). But it seemed to take forever to get into the actual mystery, and while I found the Kopp sisters intriguing, I ne Having never read any of the previous books in this series, I was unsure of what to expect. Started well, and I found that though I’d not read any of the previous books in the series I wasn’t lost or hampered by not knowing the backstory. My interest was peaked immediately by the setting (USA between the World Wars) and the characters (a family of strong, if mildly eccentric, women). But it seemed to take forever to get into the actual mystery, and while I found the Kopp sisters intriguing, I never developed any connection with them, or cared about their circumstances. Ultimately, neither their story nor the mystery were able to grab my attention. A mildly diverting read, but not one that I would recommend. Source: Review copy (Houghton Mifflin Hardcourt/Mariner Books via NetGalley)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Miss Kopp Investigates. I love this series so when my request was approved, I dropped the book I was already reading to read this instead. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** Taking place after the first World War, the sisters are, for the first time, gathered in one location to mourn the death of their only brother. As they deal with their grief in their individual ways and assist their sister-in-law, each sister find themselves at a loss as to what to do. Their dr Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Miss Kopp Investigates. I love this series so when my request was approved, I dropped the book I was already reading to read this instead. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** Taking place after the first World War, the sisters are, for the first time, gathered in one location to mourn the death of their only brother. As they deal with their grief in their individual ways and assist their sister-in-law, each sister find themselves at a loss as to what to do. Their dreams for the future have been diminished in the wake of their brother's death and their current circumstances. Constance is toiling as a store detective in a department store, Norma is doing what she does best, caring for her sister-in-law, niece and nephew and overseeing financial affairs, and Fleurette, who once dreamt of a career on the stage, unwittingly follows in her family's footsteps, tracking a con man and bringing him to justice. Miss Kopp Investigates is less a mystery and more about the trajectories of the sisters' lives, how they are adapting to their lives after the war and the events from the previous book and how they will forge ahead as a family. I love the Kopps and their sisterly bond; they're so lucky to have each other. Their individual personalities and behavior never fail to shine and the author's writing style is always enjoyable to read. I also love how the author weaves historical facts about the Kopps into fiction, mingling truth with creative writing that is just right. The setting also serves to remind readers how women had few opportunities for employment, and a means for personal and financial freedom. The Kopps know the only way they can remain independent and free is to control their work and their finances. Fleurette was always my least favorite character of the Kopps; she's vain and bratty (she's the youngest, I get it) but in this book, she grows up. She matures. She discovers a talent for detection and using the skills she honed on the stage for good use. She realizes she is very much like her sisters, and that's not such a bad thing. The book ends on a high note and I can't wait to read about the Kopps next adventure!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michele Dancer

    Another charming entry in an altogether charming series. In this one Fleurette, the youngest Kopp sister, takes center stage. Still recovering from illness, unable to sing, and grieving a terrible loss, she struggles to find a place for herself in her family and in the world. This search leads her to an unexpected and exciting path which is both brand new yet startlingly familiar. As with the other books in this series, this was a fun and engrossing read. I did miss the older sisters a little as Another charming entry in an altogether charming series. In this one Fleurette, the youngest Kopp sister, takes center stage. Still recovering from illness, unable to sing, and grieving a terrible loss, she struggles to find a place for herself in her family and in the world. This search leads her to an unexpected and exciting path which is both brand new yet startlingly familiar. As with the other books in this series, this was a fun and engrossing read. I did miss the older sisters a little as they are consigned to the background here, but it was nice to have Heath back, however brief his appearance.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Katsion vadbunker

    I don’t know what it is about this series that I love so much but I find it absolutely delightful. It’s not flashy or deep or a thrill ride but from the first book I fell in love with the Kopp sisters and their shenanigans. I also love that it’s based on real people. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a group of sisters taking on the world together. I happen to have a few of those myself. Lol

  23. 4 out of 5

    KarenK2

    I received this from Netgalley.com. Seventh in series. I loved Fleurette in this book, she is now all grown up and tired of being bossed around by Constance. As she helps a woman who is being scammed, she discovers new confidence in herself. 4☆

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    Entertaining, but it makes me a little uneasy how casually Stewart plays with the lives of real people, changing things around to fit her plot lines.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I do like this series, and this book took a turn I was not expecting, and so now I'm really looking forward to future ones. I do like this series, and this book took a turn I was not expecting, and so now I'm really looking forward to future ones.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    What a delight. Fleurette is the star of this episode in the Kopp sisters series. There is a set up for future books that really has me hooked.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Another great installment in the Kopp Sisters series! I hope they make these books into a mini series or TV show.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JaNel

    Ch. 8 “ how many women would it take to replace one man’s salary?“

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cerqueira

    Each time I think "this will be the book where it gets predictable, just like every other book series," and somehow Amy Stewart finds ways to surprise me and keep me engaged with these characters. An excellent addition to the series and a good read. Each time I think "this will be the book where it gets predictable, just like every other book series," and somehow Amy Stewart finds ways to surprise me and keep me engaged with these characters. An excellent addition to the series and a good read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Liesl

    Very strong; I love how this series continues to evolve with each successive book. Stewart easily could have used the basic procedural template present in the first three books through many more to produce a very accessible yet somewhat bland series, but she's chosen the more interesting path of shaking up the formula to constantly surprise her readers. I appreciated getting the story here from the perspective of Fleurette, a character that I wasn't wild about at the beginning of the series but Very strong; I love how this series continues to evolve with each successive book. Stewart easily could have used the basic procedural template present in the first three books through many more to produce a very accessible yet somewhat bland series, but she's chosen the more interesting path of shaking up the formula to constantly surprise her readers. I appreciated getting the story here from the perspective of Fleurette, a character that I wasn't wild about at the beginning of the series but has undergone a vast amount of development to become every bit as essential as Constance, and I'd love a similar exploration of Norma in a future installment. The events of this book set up yet another exciting new chapter for the Kopp sisters, and I can't wait to read what happens next. Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this title.

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