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Seneca Falls Inheritance (Glynis Tryon #1)

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In the small town of Seneca Falls, New York, history was in the making. And so was murder... Amidst the bustle of the Women's Rights Convention of 1848, the independent, free-thinking town librarian Glynis Tryon is called on by Elizabeth Cady Stanton to help organize the historic event. But when a body turns up in the canal, Glynis puts her natural curiosity and her talent ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Berkley (first published 1992)
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Jann Barber
Jul 26, 2011 Jann Barber rated it really liked it
This month, members of the mystery book club at the library were to read a book by an author who was not well known/had not won awards. I found this author in my online search, as none of the authors on the provided list wrote anything that gripped me when I read the descriptions.

Monfredo has created the beginning of a good series. Her protagonist is librarian Glynis Tryon, a female librarian in a time when this occupation was held mainly by men. The year is 1848 and Elizabeth Cady Stanton has G
Set in Seneca Falls in 1848, this book is a light mystery, with the Women's Rights Convention that was held there that year also integrated into the story. Glynis Tryon is the town librarian, and a spinster, at about 30 years of age. Glynis is a strong believer in women's rights, and throughout the book she observes women who are in powerless positions due to the laws of the time, and the submissive role they play in their families. Glynis becomes involved in investigating the murders of two wom ...more
Apr 24, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
What a charm of a mystery! Although you can't characterize this book as anything but light reading, it was fascinating because of its feminist historical perspective. The "detective" is a small town librarian in the mid-1800's who has a fiercely independent streak (I guess all gal-detectives in mass market mysteries are portrayed as "fiercely independent" aren't they?!) For me, the mystery was not as critical to the book's success as the gentle education the reader is given on the Women's Rights ...more
Nov 07, 2010 Alisonpaddock rated it really liked it
This story is a murder mystery set in Seneca Falls in 1848 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton is organizing the first convention of the women's movement. I have visited the town and could easily visualize the beautiful countryside in the Finger Lakes. The suspense was not very strong but more of a puzzle. Good strong characters with plenty of internal conflict plus exposure to many of the social problems of the day made it an interesting book. I had never heard of a group of young women who pledged never ...more
Amelia Seiler
Mar 17, 2014 Amelia Seiler rated it it was amazing
Now that I've read this one, I want to read the entire series. The covers alone are enough to enchant!
Aug 30, 2009 Phair rated it it was amazing
Reread for mystery f2f discussion. I had forgotten much of the detail of this but remember how much I loved it on first read. It was just as good 2d time around. So much background on Women's Congress, as well as general history both political & cultural in 1848. I liked the way she presented examples of the many types of women and their problems in a subtle way that never seemed forced or didactic. And it's a plus that Glynis is a librarian!
Jun 03, 2009 Eunira rated it really liked it
Set in 1848 in Seneca Falls, NY, this historically correct novel is also a mystery. Glynis Tryon is a 40ish spinister librarian in Seneca Falls at the beginning of the Suffragette movement. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton make appearances in the book. This is the first in a series that carries through the Civil War. Well written and entertaining with a good eye opener to what life for women was like during these times.
This mystery takes place at the beginning of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's push for women's rights. Glynis, a librarian in the small upstate New York town of Seneca Falls, is drawn into the movement as well as into helping solve a suspicious murder. Historical characters mingle with fictional ones, and the overall effect is a tiny history lesson in a delightful package.
Lynn Demsky
Aug 09, 2014 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a most engaging, interesting cleverly designed read! I enjoyed finding out about life in 1848 and how much women have gained and yet at the same time lost at the same time! It never dawned on me that golf had been invented by then and that women were playing the game but in their full blown Victorian dresses. There was also tads of bits of information like that as the story went along. I particularly enjoyed the authors comments on various people and how they helped make histo ...more
Sandy H
Feb 03, 2014 Sandy H rated it it was ok
Given that this is the author's first novel, I'm not marking her off my list completely. Much of what I found to feel awkward in her writing may well have worked itself out in later novels in her series. I was very interested to see how she linked major historical events and figures with a "cozy mystery" plot--she did, but it didn't always feel smooth or even make a whole lot of sense in the long run. And there are often jumps in the narrative where we get from point A to point C without a clear ...more
Kate  K. F.
May 03, 2015 Kate K. F. rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I wanted to like this book more than I did as I found the set up intriguing. Glynis is the librarian in Seneca Falls and a friend of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and trying to balance being in an independent woman and someone who wants to see change happen. Most of Glynis' narration is about this difficult place she's in and I did find it well written but I was expecting a mystery. The mystery didn't hold my attention and while I found the historic setting interesting, I would have happily read a stra ...more
This is the first mystery I've read by Miriam Grace Monfredo and I don't think I'll be reading another. I know I am a hard reader to please. But part of my disappointment with the novel was that it really had very little to do with the women's right's convention in Seneca Falls, NY and I felt cheated that it played such a minimal part of the story.

I didn't think the writing was particularly good, I didn't think the mystery was especially good and the characters and their relationships weren't p
Aug 16, 2011 Rita rated it liked it
Shelves: american-fiction
1992. Thanks to Rosemary happening to find this book.
Just what I like: a pleasant read with a nicely packaged dose of history! A gentle education, as one reader notes.

Through the main character's eyes, we see the down sides of the lives of a wide variety of women and how little power they have to change their circumstances [alcoholic husband, poverty]. An indirect argument for the need of legal changes [the vote!] such as Stanton fought for. I learned that most women at that time felt demanding
Karen Thompson
Sep 11, 2015 Karen Thompson rated it really liked it
After visiting the Women's Rights Museum in Seneca Falls this summer, this was the book to read. It takes place in Seneca Falls during the days of the first Women's Rights Convention and it incorporates real women heroes into the story. Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a big part in this book and I could visualize her and her surroundings written about in this murder mystery. It is light reading but gives the reader a good feeling of the climate toward women in this period of time.
Eileen Daly-Boas
May 07, 2012 Eileen Daly-Boas rated it really liked it
No spoilers.
Blurb: A great historical/home-town mystery, especially good if you're interested in the beginning of the women's campaign for the vote. Interesting characters, a good mystery, and fun to read.

Longer version: This was suggested to me by a friend as, "It's a first novel, and you can tell, but it's a really good book." That really sums it up. The main character is a librarian in the town of Seneca Falls, and her natural curiosity makes her a natural in the role of sleuth. She's smart,
Mar 10, 2016 BeParticular rated it really liked it
The story is set in 1848 at the very beginning of the woman's rights movement. The history is interesting and so are the characters. The mystery aspect was good too, but it was not central to my enjoyment of the book. I'm glad to be a woman in the 21st century and not a woman of the 19th century! I recommend this book for the characters and historical information alone. The mystery is an added bonus.
Mar 09, 2013 Libtechgurugoddess rated it really liked it
I liked the way that Miriam Grace Monfredo wove actual historical people into the lives of her fictional characters in the 1848 setting of this mystery in Seneca Falls, New York. The heroine of the book is Glynis Tryon, a female librarian at a time when librarianship was still an occupation dominated by men. Glynis has chosen a life of spinsterhood because of the injustices to women she feels are prevalent in marriage. She is certainly an appealing character with a sharp mind. I found the explor ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Jody rated it it was ok
This is a fairly typical murder mystery, set around the events of the 1848 Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. I enjoyed this mostly because of my familiarity with the Seneca Falls area. The characterizations seemed skin deep, I wanted to know more about the citizens of Seneca Falls and found the mystery aspect of the story less engaging. Historical figures such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton do wander through the action of the book, but I would have liked the Convention to be more central ...more
Chris Hitchcock
An enjoyable mystery novel set during a historical time in women's history.

It was a good read. The allusions to women's history were interesting, but not intrusive.

One error I caught: the author has Elizabeth Cady Stanton swearing on a bible in court; Quakers do not swear, but rather affirm.

Jul 17, 2014 Carolyn rated it liked it
Nice book. Author, as I understand it, wrote this to help explain and educate readers about the early days of the women's rights movement. Worth a read
Mar 16, 2014 Pat rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, librarian
Librarian helps sheriff solve murder with Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention as historical background.
Glynis Tryon is librarian.
Anne Marie
Oct 20, 2015 Anne Marie rated it liked it
Good story. Lots of interesting characters. Light read- especially for a murder mystery! Liked the historical references and the follow up historical documentation at the end. It was the foundation for a good book discussion although we all agreed the writing style was a bit more young adult than adult fiction.
Janet Whalen-Jones
Jan 05, 2012 Janet Whalen-Jones rated it liked it
set in 1848 in Seneca Falls New York and encompassing the first Woman's Right's Convention held that July, this detective story features a sleuthing Librarian. She has a close relationship with the local constable, and together the solve a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. Some of the period details make me question authenticity, as Glynis and Cullen seem to be quite close in a way that Im not certain would have been acceptable at that time. The Authour alludes quite frequently to domestic ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Marjorie rated it did not like it
The story and premise weren't too bad though simplistic. The writing itself is not elegant; it plods.
Anita Gorton
Jul 10, 2015 Anita Gorton rated it liked it
This book was very interesting from the perspective of history. The mystery part was intriguing as well and while I generally don't enjoy mysteries, this was a good one and I would recommend. A good, quick read!
Anne Fildes Brown
Jun 13, 2016 Anne Fildes Brown rated it really liked it
I mostly liked Glynis as a character, but at times it seemed like her emotions and importance were only determined by men, which is exactly what she (and the other women of the movement) were trying to change. I loved the setting and there were many colorful characters, but the "big" twist is something that I was able to guess from very early on. Still, it was cool to read about that area/time with the Convention as a background element, rather than the strict subject of an academic study.

Aug 13, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Joanne F
This is the second time I read this book. The setting is Seneca Falls, New York at the time of the historic Women's Rights Convention. Elisabeth Cady Stanton is a friend of the fictional main cahracter, Glynis Tryon. Although attractive, bright, and feminine, Glynis has decided to remain single in order to maintain her freedom. I enjoy the fact that the setting is so close to home. The author mixes historic details and people into an intriguing murder mystery. After reading this first book I gob ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Roberta rated it really liked it
First in a series of light murder mysteries, set during the 1848 Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. The main character is a small-town librarian, Glynis Tryon. The social problems, sexism and racism of 19th century America all all reflect the times in which the story is set. The main characters are fictional but real places are used and real people mentioned enough to lend verisimilitude. I enjoyed this book and intend to search out the rest in the series and look for other books by ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like intelligent, full-bodied mysteries. This story is set in 1848 against the backdrop of the start of the woman's suffrage movement. The period details were interesting and I liked trying to read the subtleties to figure out the characters' relationships to one another. The murders almost seemed incidental and I appreciated the lack of gore. A good story with a complex, intelligent, and interesting protagonist.
Nov 03, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
A cozy mystery featuring Glynis Tryon, a 30-something, unmarried librarian in Seneca Falls, New York. In this series debut, Glynis is involved in the first Woman's Rights Convention of 1848 and solves the murder of a young woman. Nicely embedded historical detail blended with an entertaining read and a plucky but believable heroine in Glynis.
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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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