Book Talk - Seneca Falls Inheritance
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[scene opens with two women talking in the library]
CHRISTY: Christy Simons, adult services librarian for the Irondequoit Public Library, and we're here this month talking about "Seneca Falls Inheritance." Uh, and I have a friend with me named Linda, who's been in the book discussion group for years. So she's gonna tell us a little bit about what brought you to the book discussion group, and how long have you been in it?
LINDA: Well, I've been retired ten years, and when I was a teacher, I didn't have much time to read adult literature. I spent most of the time reading children's literature, so since I've been retired, I have really enjoyed coming to the book discussion group and participating.
CHRISTY: So you've come about ten years?
LINDA: About ten years now.
CHRISTY: What do you enjoy about the group, Linda?
LINDA: I like the fact that it introduces us to a variety of books, some that I might not normally pick up and read on my own. Uh, I like the broad scope.
CHRISTY: Yeah. I also like the fact that we like to laugh in that group, too.
LINDA: Yes, it's a very enjoyable group of people.
CHRISTY: It's an enjoyable group, it's a lotta fun ... and we do get some men, too. So if you're a male viewer and you're watching this YouTube video, please come to our book discussion group.
[she holds up the book]
CHRISTY: Well anyway, we did choose "Seneca Falls Inheritance" for the month of January, and the reason we chose this book was because the author is a local. Miriam Grace Monfredo is local to Rochester, and she wrote a series of books having to do with local history in this area. And when we had our discussion, Linda was very enthusiastic about the book, as were all of the attendees, but I wanted Linda to come and share her impressions of "Seneca Falls Inheritance." So, what did you think?
LINDA: I really enjoyed the book. In fact, um, I'm reading other books in the series. I-I liked the way that it used both fiction and real history in a very believable combination to present how important this area is. Rochester and the cities along Five and Twenty, Geneva and Waterloo and Seneca Falls. The role that they played in the women's rights movement, and the issue of the abolition of slavery. Uh, both of those topics were influenced by people that lived in this area, heavily. And I think she does a wonderful job of presenting that, with some very well-rounded characters.
CHRISTY: One character that was a favorite of mine, of course, was ...
[they both say "The librarian!"]
CHRISTY: Glynis. So tell us a little bit about the librarian in this story.
LINDA: Well, Glynis is an unusual women for her time. She has chosen not to marry, and to have a profession instead, as a librarian. And so she's gone to Oberlin College, and she's now the librarian for the city of Seneca Falls. And as the librarian, she knows a lotta people and gets involved in a couple of murder mysteries that happen in Seneca Falls, but she also is heavily involved in the women's rights movement. And through her we learn about Susan B. Anthony and ... uh, Elizabeth Stanton?
CHRISTY: Mm hmm.
LINDA: Elizabeth Stanton. And in further novels, we meet people like Frederick Douglass and Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first woman doctor in this area.
CHRISTY: Mm hmm, great. And what's also more interesting as well, those things about Glynis ... She has a little romance with the town police officer. Which, what was he? Considered a sheriff at that time?
LINDA: Right, mm hmm.
CHRISTY: The town sheriff.
LINDA: The constable.
CHRISTY: If you wanna read a great book, a great mystery with a lot of local history in it--
LINDA: Mm hmm.
CHRISTY: You'll wanna pick up books by Miriam Grace Monfredo. We suggest you start with "Seneca Falls Inheritance," since that's first in the series and it does get better and better and ... the romance continues.
[cut to a photograph of the book cover, then back to the two women]
CHRISTY: Thanks for listening, and we'll see you next month.
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Seneca Falls Inheritance
by Miriam Grace Monfredo
Series: Seneca Falls Series
Paperback: 332 pages
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (October 1, 1994)
A historical mystery set during the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. Librarian Glynis Tryon must solve the mystery of why a woman would be murdered because of the new law governing inheritance.
During the Women's Rights Convention of 1848, a body turns up in the canal-and town librarian Glynis Tryon stands up to a killer.
Page-turning suspense. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Well-written. (Sara Paretsky)
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. Martin's.
In her historically authentic and cleverly entertaining first novel, Monfredo skillfully meshes life in Seneca Falls, N.Y., immediately before the First Women's Rights Convention in 1848 with a page-turning suspense story. Charming spinster librarian Glynis Tryon, like her fellow townspeople, is shocked by the sudden deaths of wealthy Friedrich Steicher and his wife, but she is more surprised by the appearance of a woman who says she is the daughter Steicher never knew. Before the woman can prove her allegation, however, she is murdered. Although suspicion falls heavily on Friedrich's only son, Karl, he denies the woman was his sister, even when her husband comes to town to lay a claim on the estate. Unofficially deputized, Glynis questions those who might have spoken to the woman, and continues the investigation of a second, related murder when the sheriff becomes ill. Historical figures, foremost Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are woven seamlessly into this well-modulated, satisfying tale.