Must the Maiden Die (Seneca Falls Historical Myster)

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As news of the Civil War begins to be heard in Seneca Falls, a young woman tries to hide in wedding preparations for her niece, but the murder of a local businessman makes that impossible. Reprint.

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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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