Seneca Falls Series Book 4

Through a Gold Eagle

The year is 1859. The nation is divided over slavery, with abolitionists spearheading a relentless – and violent – plan of attack. And in Seneca Falls, New York, the federal crime of counterfeiting adds up to a deadly account of deceit, injustice, and murder. After a year in Springfield, Illinois, Glynis returns home with Emma, her shy, seventeen-year-old niece. Emma’s only joy comes from sewing and playing the dulcimer – and little else since her mother died. Glynis hopes that a change of scene will help young Emma’s spirits. But as their train journeys from Rochester to Seneca Falls, a passenger is fatally stabbed right before their eyes. Before he dies, the victim hands Glynis a pouch containing a signet ring, a crumpled bank note, and a twenty dollar gold eagle coin.


Monfredo scores with a another compelling mid-19th century mystery. . . The sinuous plot skillfully incorporates significant political and social changes of the time. . .

— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A thoroughly researched and detailed plot, nicely textured prose, and remarkable charaterizations.

— Library Journal

. . . richly detailed plotting provides a vivid picture of the troubled days before the Civil War. Awash with counterfeit monies, and John Brown’s pre-Harper’s Ferry rhetoric, an intriguing mystery unfolds along with vivid characterizations.

— MLB News

A meticulously researched historical mystery, Through A Gold Eagle by Miriam Grace Monfredo, is written with great flair.

— Trenton, N.J. Times