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Seneca Falls Inheritance

(Glynis Tryon #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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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Alicia Geromel Yes. But it's a little over the top regarding feminism etc. Not by a big margin, but really, my great grandmothers all had a reasonably happy life, wh…moreYes. But it's a little over the top regarding feminism etc. Not by a big margin, but really, my great grandmothers all had a reasonably happy life, which you would never guess was possible, as she ends up highlighting every bad situation a woman could get into in those days. But the mystery is good, the characterization is good and I am waiting for her next series. (less)

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Glynis Tryon is the librarian of a private library in the sleepy village of Seneca Falls, New York. Her work has brought her into contact with Elizabeth Cady Stanton who is trying to organize a meeting for women's rights. When Glynis's kind benefactor Freidrich Steicher and his wife die in a tragic accident, Glynis is devastated. She fears his son Karl will remove her from her position and as an unmarried woman, what else can she do? A mysterious woman comes to town searching for Mrs. Stanton an ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, 18tbr
Working as a librarian in the small town of Seneca Falls located on the Erie Canal, Glynis Tyron has both witnessed and experienced the challenges faced by women in 1848. When a body is discovered in the canal, Glynis works with her friend Constable Cullen to find the culprit. I enjoyed the clever twists, meticulously described historic setting, and an inside view of the famous Seneca Falls women’s conference, but perhaps there was a bit too much historic detail at the expense of the flow of the ...more
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
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical mysteries featuring well-known persons usually fall a bit flat with me. I enjoyed this one a bit more than some of those. In it Elizabeth Cady Stanton, acquaintance of the murder victim and her mother, testifies in the case. While local officers are investigating the murder, librarian Glynis Tryon plays an important role in the solution. Set during a time women are struggling to earn the right to own property and vote, the mystery's biggest flaw lies in gaps in evidence collection. Th ...more
Jann Barber
Jul 26, 2011 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
Apr 24, 2008 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 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
Jun 03, 2009 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.
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! ...more
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.
Mar 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Round up to 3.5 stars. An interesting premise for a first book. Definitely plan on reading more in the series.
Amelia Seiler
Mar 16, 2014 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!
So mediocre it's hard to even muster the energy to write a review of what I read. The blurb on the back of the book leads the reader to believe that the 1848 Women's Convention in Seneca Falls will play a vital role in the storyline. Instead, it's just weirdly grafted onto a standard mystery plot. You could leave out all references to that convention and early suffragettes and not lose a single thing from the story. It's almost like a bait and switch. I kept waiting to find out how Elizabeth Cad ...more
Lucy Takeda
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I’d actually give this 3.5. The characters are fairly well developed, but just a trifle lacking. The plot is logical, and provides several complications. The connection with the suffrage movement are interesting.
Glynis works as a librarian in a small town. Her job may exist under false pretenses: a well-to-do ex-boyfriend promised her a position. A woman appears, evidently believing she is related to the rich man that recently died—and is then murdered. Then her husband appears, contesting the w
Annalinda Ragazzo
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I came upon Book 2 in the "series" ( The North Star Conspiracy) by chance and loved. This Christmas I asked for the entire series and my children came through.
I can't help it, I loved this one too. What's not to love? A smart female lead character, a librarian/ amateur detective, set geographically in western NY, set historically in the late 1840s when all sorts of ideas (religious, political , cultural , social) are colliding. Although at heart a detective story, using the historical backdrop
Dennis Fischman
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I really enjoyed this book for the heroine, who is clearly a 19th century feminist and not a 21st century woman in costume. The historical setting rings true, and although the Constable respects Glynis and allows her more latitude than I think wholly believable, she clearly deserves it.

There are one or two threads hanging loose, which is one of the classic weaknesses of a first book, and the courtroom scene at the end is a little Perry Mason for my taste. All in all, this book makes me eager to
Diane Wachter
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Glynis Tryon Series, Bk 1, EBk-M, Kindle, @ 1992, read 1/2/20. GPBC December pick for January discussion. Historical fiction, Women's Rights, Women's Suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass. My type of story. I learn something new, or look at something from a different perspective. Lots of history, some romance, some murder mystery. Librarian Glynis Tryon puts herself in danger as she works to discover who killed 3 people in her quiet upstate NY town in 1848. 4☆'s =Very Good. Favori ...more
Piper D
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book- good job with the lot and the characters. It was not my choice- it was for a book club. As a history teacher I have a few problems with the history in the book- aren't we forgetting about England/Great Britain and its laws and how much it influenced the women of this country (and vice-versa).
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really lobed this book. While a mystery, the backdrop is the beginning of the woman's suffrage movement in the US. Fascinating! And there is an appendix in the back with more historical information that is great! The mystery has good plot twists and keeps you guessing to the end. Fabulous start for this series.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was way more fun than I expected! I’m also impressed that the protagonist didn’t immediately get married after deciding she didn’t want a husband (which is super common in books). I also like that women believing that women should have equal rights isn’t considered “historically inaccurate.” I’m definitely reading more in this series!
Alicia Geromel
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a good series. Very readable. She goes a little overboard on the oppression of women and the problems of slavery, but that seems to be de rigeur these days...Interesting historical information, though.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's say 3.5 stars. A good mystery, set in Seneca Falls, not far from me, with historical characters (and the Woman's Rights Convention of 1848) mixed in. Will definitely look for the next one in the series.
Catherine Siemann
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting historical period & location -- right at the time of the Seneca Falls women's congress, and considers the laws of the time. Appealing heroine & mystery that works well with the historical context. ...more
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
History of Western New York good and interesting to me - story a bit simplistic but good. My copy was not well proofread & type kerning needs improvement. ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
Great view of small town life in 1848, as well as a good mystery.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historically situated murder mystery!

While it is incidental to the story, I like the way the authors included the Seneca Falls convention. Very believable characters!
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun little read made more enjoyable by its historical setting.
Donna Simpson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, well researched, great characters.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the history along with mystery!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting to learn history and read a murder mystery. Thank god I didn't live during that time.
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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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