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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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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
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
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
Now that I've read this one, I want to read the entire series. The covers alone are enough to enchant!
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
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
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.
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
Jann Barber
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
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
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
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,
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
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.

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
Librarian helps sheriff solve murder with Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention as historical background.
Glynis Tryon is librarian.
Janet Whalen-Jones
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
Anita Gorton
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!
Aug 13, 2012 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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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
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!
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.
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.
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.
This is the first in a great series of historical mysteries. Stars a librarian involved in the movement for women's votes and moves on through the civil war. Great characters. The only one I didn't like in the series was Must the Maiden Die (centered around an abuse case). Otherwise I recommend them all!
This author is amazing! She does incredible historical research and entwines that with great characters and mysteries with nice twists to them. Definitely would recommend anything that she writes. The series beginning with Sister's of Cain is definitely for those Civil War buffs out there.
A mystery story set in Seneca Falls NY during the Women's Rights Convention of 1848. The main character is a small town librarian, Elizabeth Cady Stanton makes an appearance as well. A fun read with some women's history thrown in.
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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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