This was the first in a mystery series, so there is a lot of introductory characters. I think a careful reader could figure out the mystery. The historical fiction parts give the something extra to help it be more than a formula mystery.
Excellent character development in a story that is true to 1830s customs and mores.
The heroine is a 30-year-old unmarried woman who serves as a librarian in Senaca Falls. She helps to untangle a web of deceit and murder that offers several red herrings as possible suspects. I have already requested the next two novels in this series.
As an American history addict I was pleased to see so many historical characters either play significant roles or appear in brief cameos. Part of the backdrop to the plot is the first woman's rights conference held in America at Senaca Falls. In fact, the plot is greatly influenced by a new New York law giving married women rights to their property.
I found this to be a most engaging, interesting cleverly designed read! I enjoyed finding out about life in 1848 and how much women have gained and yet at the same time lost at the same time! It never dawned on me that golf had been invented by then and that women were playing the game but in their full blown Victorian dresses. There was also tads of bits of information like that as the story went along. I particularly enjoyed the authors comments on various people and how they helped make history at the back of the book. The story was intriguing all by itself, well written and anyone enjoying a mystery would probably enjoy!
From the back cover: "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 Elizabteh 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 for sleuthing to work--and takes a stand against a murderer".
Excellent read! I loved this book! This book has a different cover. The book is in near mint cond.