Must The Maiden Die (Seneca Falls Historical Mysteries)

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9780425166994: Must The Maiden Die (Seneca Falls Historical Mysteries)

The brilliant new novel in the prestigious mystery series that combines fascinating American history, the early women's rights movement...and murder.

Basing her Seneca Falls mystery series on actual historical events, Miriam Grace Monfredo has received critical acclaim for her vivid depiction of nineteenth-century America, when women, abolitionists, and other social reformers fought to reshape the nation...

In the spring of 1861, only whispers of the Civil War are heard in New York state, until Seneca Falls's librarian Glynis Tryon tries to save an indentured servant girl from a murder charge--and gets tangled in a tapestry of lust, high treason, and legal treachery that brings the stark reality of the growing Civil War close to home...

* The last Seneca Falls mystery, The Stalking-Horse, was named One of 1998's Best Adult Mysteries for Young Adults by the Voice of Youth Advocacy, and received a "Best" Review in Library Journal's Young Adult Section

* Sixth in the highly acclaimed and successful series

"Written beautifully, richly satisfying both to the head and to the heart." --Anne Perry

"The genius of Monfredo is to teach 'herstory' while absorbing the reader in a good old-fashioned mystery."--Newsday

"A marvelous eye to historical detail...If you have not read this author, then you are missing out."--The Merchant of Menace

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Miriam Grace Monfredo, a former librarian and a historian, lives in Rochester, New York. This is the seventh Seneca Falls Mystery. A previous Seneca Falls Mystery, The Stalking-Horse, was chosen by the Voice of Youth Advocacy as one of 1998’s best adult mysteries for young adults and received a “best” review in Library Journal’s young adult section.

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Feminist Glynis Tryon (The Stalking Horse, etc.), is back in a new addition to the Seneca Falls historical series. As beautiful as the typical Victorian heroine, she's also a great deal more independent and effective. In the spring of 1861, while the rest of the country is wrapped up in the Civil War's opening volleys, the residents of the small city in upstate New York are more worked up over a local murder. Wealthy businessman Roland Brant has been found dead in his home. Thinking a woman's touch would be helpful in interviewing the family, the police constable, long besotted with Tryon, asks for her help. She finds plenty of possibilities, including an invalid wife and two problematic sonsAone hostile and the other drunk. But what intrigues her most is the kitchen maidAyoung, pretty and muteAwho vanished the day of the murder. Could she have had something to do with the crime? Monfredo spins a clever, suspenseful tale that involves gun-smuggling and sexual abuse. She's at her best pulling plot twists out of actual events. Her research is evident on every page. She falters, however, when it comes to characterization: some of her players seem to exist only to make a historical point. Others have unlikely 20th-century attitudes (one conversation about gun control is absurdly anachronistic) that keep the period from snapping to life. (Sept.)
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