Must the Maiden Die
Miriam Grace Monfredo
Seneca Falls, N.Y., 1861. Glynis Tryon is busy not only running the town's library, helping her niece, Emma, prepare for her wedding, and trying to keep another niece, Bronwyn's enthusiasm for danger and adventure in check so that she doesn't ruin Emma's wedding. She also finds herself involved in a murder investigation.
The Civil War is heating up, but Seneca Falls seems more affected by the murder of one of the town's prominent citizens, Roland Brant, and the disappearance of the young girl who was his indentured servant. The girl, Tamar, is suspected of killing Roland Brant, and Glynis, positive that the girl is innocent, is determined to help clear her of the murder.
What an anjoyable historical msytery! I'd have liked to start with the first in the series, but it is out of print and unavailable at any local library. I don't feel like I had any difficulty getting up to speed, though.
The plot was strong and well-paced, the historical aspect was interesting, and I especially liked the feminist theme.
I'll definitely be looking for more of this series to read!