When wealthy 19th-century magnate Roland Brant is murdered, the people of Seneca Falls are shocked. Why would anyone kill one of the towns leading citizens? Librarian Glynis Tryon is drawn into the investigation by her friend, Constable Morgan Cullen, who values Tryons past experiences and instincts on the case.

Suspicion falls on Tamar Jager, only 17, who was indentured, unwillingly, by her father to the Brant family. Traumatized from her experiences at the Brant household, Tamar is now mute and unable to defend herself or offer Glynis assistance.

Glynis must uncover what sinister things have happened before the town and the lawcan condemn a helpless young girl.

MUST THE MAIDEN DIE is an exciting story with a strong mystery plot and several fascinating sub-plots. Monfredos research is impeccableshe has captured the thoughts and spirit of the early Civil War years and depicted the plight of the eras women. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg