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Amy Stewart on history, fiction and crime-fighting women


Amy Stewart, author of the Kopp Sisters crime novels

Author Amy Stewart is an old friend of AbeBooks. We’ve been following her writing career for many years and saw her move from non-fiction to historical crime fiction in 2015. She is also the co-owner of Eureka Books, a used and rare bookshop in Northern California, so she understands the book business better than most authors.

In September, Amy’s latest novel is released. Called Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit, this book is the fourth installment in the Kopp Sisters series. A mystery set in the middle of hotly contested local election in 1916, Constance Kopp, one of the America’s first deputy sheriffs, battles prejudice as a woman is declared insane in peculiar circumstances.

Amy is interviewed in our latest Behind the Bookshelves podcast where she speaks about the real Constance Kopp, her readership, her research methods, and the book she just purchased from Powell’s in Portland, Oregon.

For good measure, here’s a complete list of Amy’s books so far.

From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden. A gardening memoir.

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms. A natural history of this under-rated creature.

Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful. An overview of the global flower business.

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities. An illustrated compendium of poisonous plants.

Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects. An illustrated compendium of poisonous insects.

The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks. Alcohol and plants.

Girl Waits With Gun. Amy’s fiction debut, an historical novel based on the adventures of Constance Kopp and her sisters Norma and Fleurette.

Lady Cop Makes Trouble. Constance Kopp tracks down an escaped prisoner.

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions.  More Kopp sleuthing with young women arrested on morality charges.

Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit. Released in September, this is a mystery set in the middle of hotly contested local election.

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