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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Topeka Bindery (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613293630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613293631
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,709,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Monfredo (The Seneca Falls Inheritance, etc.) scores with another compelling mid-19th century mystery starring librarian/feminist Glynis Tryon. The sinuous plot skillfully incorporates significant political and social changes of the time, from women's suffrage to banking reform and Isaac Singer's revolutionary sewing machine. In May 1859, after a year's visit with her brother's family in Illinois, Glynis returns to Seneca Falls, N.Y., bringing along her niece Emma. A man is murdered on their train shortly after handing her a pouch containing money and a ring and mentioning Seneca Falls. Back home, Glynis is absorbed in a variety of problems: her assistant has wasted library funds on romance novels; counterfeit money and weapons thefts are rife; seven more people die; and her old swain, Sheriff Cullen Stuart, has a new lady friend. Monfredo deftly gathers these subplots into a coherent tale that leads to a finale in a panther den. There, Glynis corners the mastermind responsible for the crimes, solving a case which is tied to funding John Brown's attack on Harper's Ferry and to attempts by abolitionists and the English to hasten a civil war. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass and John Brown appear but don't overshadow the commanding cast of fictional characters, including a new romantic interest for Glynis.
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More About the Author

Miriam Grace Monfredo lives in western New York State, the scene of her critically acclaimed Seneca Falls Historical Mystery Series. She is a historian and a former librarian. Monfredo's first novel, Seneca Falls Inheritance, Agatha nominated for Best First Mystery Novel 1992, is set against the backdrop of the first Women's Rights Convention held in 1848. Since then she has written eight more novels that focus on the history of America and the evolution of women and minority rights. Her latest book, Children of Cain, is the third volume of a Civil War trilogy set in Washington D.C. and Virginia, during the Union's 1862 Peninsula Campaign.

Monfredo's Brothers of Cain was awarded the 2001 Herodotus as the year's Best Historical Mystery. She is the recipient of the 2000 Career Achievement Award for Historical Mystery Writing by Romantic Times. Her second book, North Star Conspiracy, was chosen for the statewide 2002 "Alaska Reads A Book" program; it was also chosen by the Alaska Association of School Librarians for the 2002-03 "Battle of the Books" motivational reading program . North Star Conspiracy was also chosen for the 2005 Brookline Reads The Same Book in Massachusetts, and by the 2005-2006 Central New York Reads Consortium.

The Voice of Youth Advocacy selected her fifth book, The Stalking Horse, as one of 1998's best adult mysteries for young adults. She was the recipient of the 1996 Writing In Rochester Award presented by Writers & Books.

Her short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies,including two Best of the Year collections, and she is the co-editor of two historical mystery anthologies.
Monfredo occasionally teaches writing workshops at Rochester, NY's literary locus, Writers & Books. She lives on historic Irondequoit Creek with three dogs and two cats, and hosts a motley gang of itinerant mallard ducks.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is the first glynnis tryon mystery book i read and i liked it so much that i went out and bought the 3 books prior to it in the series. glynnis is a wonderful character, and i like how she has all of these male admireres. i have a crush on both cullen and jacques! and the parts about john brown, his family and his zeal to do away with slavery, were fascinating. it made me want to go visit harper's ferry again. i have to disagree with previous reviewers on the coin details, it was informative and crucial to the plot. i could go on, and on, but i would give away too much of the plot. kudos to miriam grace monfredo for a well developed historical mystery series. she obviously does her research well.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1998
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Usually I'd be the first to gush about how wonderful this series is, but I must admit I'm unimpressed by this entry. The first half of it is very, very slow going. There are too many new characters--most of them suspects--being introduced to keep them all straight, and it leaves the established characters rather neglected. Also, the story gets bogged down in the minutiae of numismatics. I collected coins as a kid, and even I was bored stiff. Finally, the attention given to John Brown and his family detracts from, rather than adds to, the central story going on in Seneca Falls. While I think Monfredo's speculations about Annie Brown's adolescent love-life are novel, I fail to see how they're germane. On the bright side, some strong new women have been introduced to Seneca Falls, namely Margaret Taylor (who I'm hoping will stick around town for a while) and Glynis's seamstress niece, Emma. And the injection of yet another love interest for Glynis is, I think, inspired. I! love the fact that this never-married librarian, who at 41 would be considered an old maid even by contemporary standards, is portrayed as being as sexually appealing as her teenage niece. As a whole, though, Through a Gold Eagle is not for the faint at heart. There's a lot of mire to be slogged through at the outset, and if you're not a tried-and-true fan of Glynis Tryon, you may not find the payoff in the second half of the novel to have been worth the effort.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Bright on June 18, 1999
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The poignant drama related by John Brown's daughter in this, the fourth book in the series, adds a heartwrenching touch to this period of national turmoil. It's another example of the interesting touches that Monfredo continues to her stories. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Quinn on May 26, 2002
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I greatly enjoy Monfredo's books. Beside being historically accurate, the characters are very human. They are much like friends because they are so well drawn. I made myself slow down reading all her books so I could savor them and have something to anticipate. I've read all up to "Stalking Horse."
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By Chris on August 6, 2013
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I've read the whole series. I love her historical details, her character development, and her strong women characters. Why has she stopped writing?
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