Must the Maiden Die
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 'her story' 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

North Star Conspiracy

From Kirkus Reviews , June 15, 1993
Unmarried (by choice) librarian Glynis Tryon (Seneca Falls Inheritance, 1992) learns firsthand of the iniquities of slavery when her boardinghouse landlady's son Niles returns to their western New York home with Kiri--a beautiful mulatto slave he helped escape from a Virginia plantation. A slave-catcher is on their trail, and though Glynis manages to get Kiri to her sister's house in Rochester, a stop on the Underground Railroad, Niles is captured and returned to Virginia to stand trial. In Richmond to help Niles's lawyer, Glynis learns that three recent murders back home all tie in with Kiri--and with the murder of her fleeing family 13 years before by a villainous overseer, now living up north under another identity. With help from Constable Sundown and Cullen Stuart, a Pinkerton detective, Glynis and Kiri bait a trap for the villain and spring it during the debut performance of Macbeth at Seneca Falls's just-opened theater. Stimulating fare (despite a subplot or two too many) that effectively parallels the powerlessness of slaves and women--the disenfranchised--building to a dramatic courtroom sequence. Sojourner Truth, Matthew Brady, et al., appear in memorable cameos. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The year is 1854. In Seneca Falls, New York, everyone is busy with the opening of a new theater, no one notices the death of a freed slave. As a supporter of the Underground Railroad, Glynis hears information that raises her suspicions, and soon discovers more than she wants to know about some of the so-called sympathizers. HC: St. Martin's Press.

While working for the Underground Railroad in Seneca Falls, New York, librarian Glynis Tryon is troubled by the suspicious death of a freed slave and uncovers a shocking secret about some of her fellow abolitionists. Reprint. K. PW.

Glynis Tryon returns in a mystery, set in nineteenth-century Seneca Falls, that involves Glynis's own difficult decision about marriage, fugitive slaves from the Underground Railroad, the issue of women's rights, and murder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Seneca Falls Inheritance

From Kirkus Reviews , February 1, 1992
Glynis Tryon, busily cataloguing the books that Friedrich Steicher bequeathed to the Seneca Falls library, politely refuses a stranger's request to handle the Steicher family Bible (included by mistake) and then directs the woman to the livery to hire a carriage; she's off to Waterloo in search of her mother's friend- -Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The woman is murdered first, however, and between stocking the library shelves and canvassing the local women about a possible women's rights conference, Glynis learns that the victim was the illegitimate half-sister of Karl Steicher, who thought he was the sole heir to his father's fortune. Furthermore, the woman's husband, Gordon Walker, decides to sue for his dead wife's share. Meanwhile, it's up to Glynis and the constable's deputy, Jacques Sundown, an Indian, to discover who would most benefit from Rose Walker's death--and then to tie this murder in with the killing of a saloon girl. Nicely conceived first novel, which makes good use of Genesee (malaria) fever, Jane Eyre as a threat to job security, and the First Women's Rights Convention of 1848. More romantic than rabid feminists might like, but a telling glimpse at Bloomers, childbirth, and abused wives of the mid-19th century. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Amidst the bustle of the Women's Rights Convention of 1848, free-thinking town librarian Glynis Tryon is called upon by Elizabeth Cady Stanton to help organize the historic event. But when a body turns up in the canal, Glynis puts history on hold and uses her talent for detection to catch a murderer. HC: St. Martin's.

Helping to organize the Women's Rights Convention of 1848, free-thinking town librarian Glynis Tryon finds her natural curiosity peaked when a body turns up in the canal, and begins investigating what seems to be a murder. Reprint.

Going door to door to persuade her neighbors to attend the Women's Rights Convention, Glynis Tryon stumbles upon a murder, and she must solve it amid the confusion of this historic event and with the help of such figures as Elizabeth Cady Stanton. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Blackwater Spirits

Librarian Glynis Tryon is no stranger to political controversy--she fought for women's rights with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and helped slaves along the Underground Railroad. Now, her latest crusade is fighting the prejudice against the Seneca Iroquois--an issue that becomes intensely personal when one of Glynis's Iroquois friends is accused of murder. HC: St. Martin's Press.

Town librarian and activist Glynis Tryon spearheads the local movement for Seneca Iroquois rights in the face of white discrimination, an effort that is complicated when an Iroquois friend is framed for murder. Reprint.

Dealing with historic events of the time and their impact on the lives of women, a drama about the happenings in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1857 and 1858 finds librarian Glynis Tryon determined to prove that Jacques Sundown is innocent of murder. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Through A Golden Eagle

Like her librarian heroine Glynis Tryon, Miriam Grace Monfredo must be a voracious polymath, interested in everything from high fashion to the work involved in making fake bills and coins. Both subjects play important roles in her fourth book, another historical mystery set in the upstate New York town of Seneca Falls, this time in 1859. But even though her story is full almost to the point of bursting with issues such as slavery and women's rights and real characters such as Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist John Brown, Monfredo also manages to keep us interested in her fictional creations as they deal with their daily lives against the canvas of history. Other books in this rewarding series available in paperback are Seneca Falls Inheritance, North Star Conspiracy, and Blackwater Spirits.

From Kirkus Reviews , June 1, 1996
It's 1859, and Glynis Tryon, librarian of Seneca Falls, New York, is going home after a year's absence helping to care for her dying sister. Glynis's shy, sad niece Emma accompanies her on the long train journey from Illinois. With Rochester behind them and only one stop before journey's end, passengers are stunned by a savage knife attack on a passenger who drops a leather pouch into Glynis's lap before disappearing, his body to be taken off the train at Seneca Falls by Constable Cullen Stuart,...

The Stalking Horse

From Booklist , March 15, 1998
Glynis Tryon, the intrepid Seneca Falls librarian, returns to solve a new mystery set on the brink of the American Civil War. When her feisty niece, Bronwen Llyr, defies her family and joins the Pinkerton Detective Agency as a female operative, Glynis is catapulted into a tumultuous chain of events that could have catastrophic results for the entire nation. Assigned to investigate the condition and the status of vulnerable southern railroads, Bronwen arrives in Montgomery, Alabama, as the town stands poised to celebrate the election of Jefferson Davis as the president of the fledgling Confederacy. Determined to remain apolitical while performing her undercover duties, she is nevertheless thrust into the midst of a sinister conspiracy when she overhears a group of radicals orchestrating a plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln. Alarmed that her cover may have been compromised, Bronwen sends Glynis a frantic wire enlisting her aunt's assistance. Steeped in actual fact, the fifth installment in this excellent series will appeal to fans of intelligent historical mysteries featuring independent feminist heroines.
Copyright© 1998, American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title

From Kirkus Reviews , January 15, 1998
Determined, it seems, to follow in the footsteps of her aunt, librarian/sleuth Glynis Tryon (Through a Gold Eagle, 1996, etc.), Bronwen Llyr has persuaded Allan Pinkerton to accept her as a detective-in-training. Her first, allegedly routine assignment is to accompany southern railroad investor Thaddeus Dowling--posing as his daughter Jane--to the founding convention of the Confederate States of America in Montgomery to find out how likely it is that the newly-formed Confederacy will appropriate...

About the Author
Miriam Grace Monfredo, a former librarian and a historian, lives in Rochester, New York. She has six Seneca Falls mysteries.