Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart, 310 pages
In Stewart's second Kopp Sisters novel (after Girl Waits With Gun), newly minted deputy Constance Kopp is struggling to find her place as a woman in a man's job (the books take place in 1915, when many states still had laws against women being police officers), and finds herself in hot water after she accidentally lets a dangerous prisoner escape. As she sets out to track down the fugitive, she must also contend with her demotion to matron of the ladies' jail, and, on the home front, taming the Broadway dreams of her youngest sister Fleurette. Based on real people and incidents, Stewart's books provide a protagonist with plenty of wit and moxie. They're quick reads, a lot of fun, and definitely worth picking up.