A Death of No Importance

A Death of No Importance

Mariah Fredericks? compelling adult debut novel follows Jane Prescott, a ladies? maid in an upper-crust 1910 NYC household, after her mistress?s playboy fiancé is gruesomely murdered. Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies? maid in the upper-most echelons of 1910 New York City society. Invisible until she?s needed, Jane has a deft hand and a sharp, obser Mariah Fredericks? compelling adult debut novel follows Jane Prescott, a ladies? maid in an upper-crus...

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Title:A Death of No Importance
Author:Mariah Fredericks
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:A Death of No Importance
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

A Death of No Importance Reviews

  • Susan Liston
    May 18, 2018
    The fact that it took me over a week to read a just over 250 page mystery should tell you what I thought of this. It's not terrible, but nothing I couldn't put down and forget about for a couple of days. Apparently it's the first of a possible series. A ladies maid in 1910 NYC as your ...
  • Carin
    Jul 18, 2017
    In full disclosure, I should mention I'm friends with the author. Some people are excited to read a book by a friend. But I'm nervous. I'm pretty critical (a recovering editor) and have high standards. And I'm not a very good liar. So I was hugely relieved when I read this book! I like...
  • Doreen
    Mar 30, 2018
    3/31/18 Full review tk. And yes, that's a 5-star rating. This book was phenomenal. ...
  • Lesa
    Apr 07, 2018
    If you like compelling historical mysteries that portray social and class inequities, you might want to try Mariah Fredericks' A Death of No Importance. Set during the Gilded Age, the story includes mining disasters, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the execution of an immigrant, ...
  • Julie
    Aug 29, 2018
    entertaining read with a bit of unrealistic character traits. IE: the maid finds a murdered man and gets involved with a newspaper man to help solve the case. The help was always supposed to be seen not heard and this gal, Jane, sticks her nose and opinions in a lot of places. Enjo...
  • Patricia
    Mar 16, 2018
    I did not enjoy A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE nearly as much as I anticipated. Not written quite as tightly as I would have liked, the novel concerns a lady's maid named Jane Prescott who is quite observant. ...
  • Cindy Burnett
    Apr 13, 2018
    4.5 stars I really enjoyed A Death of No Importance. Set in New York City in the early part of the 1900?s, the book follows Jane Prescott, a lady?s maid to a wealthy family trying to ingratiate themselves into New York City high society. Her mistress, Charlotte Benchley, claims ...
  • Lauren Albert
    Aug 02, 2018
    I didn't post that I was reading this since I know the author (Hi!). It's awkward when you do but don't know if you'll like it. Thank goodness she wrote a great mystery. I thought the motivations were complex and the reader is (rightfully) left torn. ...
  • Alecia
    May 31, 2018
    This was a light read, a mystery narrated by a lady's maid in New York City, 1910. Jane is quite an observant narrator, and the author attempts to comment on the lifestyles of the wealthy and downtrodden during that era. The mystery involves a gruesome murder, and Jane solves it by...
  • Kathy Martin
    Feb 25, 2018
    Jane Prescott has decided to write about the events that happened on Christmas Eve 1910 now that all of the relevant players have passed away. Jane was a lady's maid who worked for a newly rich family in New York City. She was hired to guide the daughters - Charlotte and Louise - as th...
  • Bertha
    Mar 16, 2018
    This is a great period mystery told by lady's maid Jane Prescott. She is the one who does the investigation into a murder. The story flowed and the characters were well developed. The reader also learns a bit about the behind the scenes life in a wealthy household. There was a line fr...
  • Maureen
    Jul 20, 2018
    3.5, just not enough to round up. As a mystery goes, it did throw out enough red herrings to keep it going for a while before it became obvious. As historical fiction goes, I almost think she might have tried to gather in too many events/topics. You judge for yourself, I won't take awa...
  • Karen A. Wyle
    Jun 06, 2018
    I'm rounding up a trifle. I have too many books to read -- and that's an understatement. So I decide quickly whether to invest my time in a book. The most important factor, even important than the subject matter or the author: the voice. This narrator's voice grabbed me right away, ...
  • Susan
    Apr 10, 2018
    I'm glad I started reading A Death of No Importance on a weekend because that gave me the ability to read it in one sitting. Historical mysteries are my favorites and this didn't disappoint. Set in 1910 New York, Jane Prescott is a ladies maid for a newly rich family trying to break in...
  • Meg Cabot
    Oct 19, 2017
    I love mysteries but finding one that really keeps you guessing is difficult these days. This one not only does that, but features a smart heroine who just happens to be living in NYC during one of its most interesting time periods (early 1900s)! The attention to historical detail - do...
  • Natalie
    Apr 15, 2018
    A Death of No Importance is a fun, breezy mystery that offers nothing more than a few hours entertainment. Set in turn of the century New York City, this is a story of a young lady's maid who inadvertently gets sucked into a murder mystery. Being adept at her job of schmoozing and c...
  • Ami
    Mar 13, 2018
    A gripping history mystery that will transport you to 1910 New York City! A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks takes us to the world of pep pills and hobble skirts, where society rules and things are left unsaid. With a murder, the historical setting, and the upper crust, you...
  • Aura
    Apr 28, 2018
    Enjoyable mystery set in the 1900 NYC. The story is told from the perspective of the maid who sees everything. I liked it a lot and it kept me interested the entire book. ...
  • Moe's Book Blog
    Apr 08, 2018
    A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks is a historical fiction murder mystery set in New York City in 1910 involving one of high society's most affluent and notable families, the Benchleys. This intriguing story is told by Jane Prescott, a ladies? maid to the Benchley fami...
  • Jeanette
    Jun 19, 2018
    This is a full 3.5 star and for my own enjoyment it was almost a 4 star. I only down rated it because of the length; it's overlong. (Jane Prescott's introduction as a character is quite more repetition than would be needed using a sharper focus on her personality quirks instead of just...
  • Faith
    May 27, 2018
    In 1910, Jane Prescott took a job as ladies' maid for Charlotte Benchley, a nouveau riche young woman who was very anxious to become engaged to the playboy Norrie Newsome. Norrie wound up being murdered and the maid investigated the murder. Except for a touch of pedophilia, this could ...
  • Claire the frenchbooklover
    Sep 24, 2018
    Plutôt 3,5 ...
  • Joyce
    Apr 22, 2018
    The setting is NYC in the early 1900?s. Jane Prescott is a lady?s maid for the two Benchley girls. Charlotte the oldest becomes engaged to a notorious playboy named Norrie Newsome. Norrie is murdered and Jane and a reporter Try to solve the murder. The story is told from Jane?...
  • Kristina
    Apr 11, 2018
    A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks takes readers back in time to New York City in May of 1910. Jane Prescott is a lady?s maid for the Benchley?s daughters, Louise and Charlotte. Charlotte is the more vivacious and fashionable of the girls. She sets out to capture Robert ...
  • Jamie Canaves
    Apr 03, 2018
    In 1910 New York, Jane Prescott, raised by a religious uncle with a home for rescued women, is a ladies? maid for the rich. Prescott?s voice grabbed me immediately and kept me invested throughout, even before the mystery is presented: the fiancé of Prescott?s mistress is murdere...
  • Sarah
    Apr 10, 2018
    I really enjoyed this historical mystery set in early 1900s New York, and I hope it's the beginning of a series, because I'd love to read more like this. I love historical mysteries, which are usually about the upper classes. While it's fun to get lost in the glitz and glamor of anothe...
  • Karen Kay
    May 01, 2018
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. "New York City, 1910. Invisible until she?s needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies? maid to the city?s upper echelons." Jane investigates the murder of playboy Norrie Newburg with the hel...
  • Leah Leatherbee
    Apr 17, 2018
    I loved this book! A death of no importance is a thrillingly smart and suspenseful murder mystery set in the early 20th century and narrated by Jane Prescott, maid to one of the prime suspects, and self-appointed investigator of the crime. Jane, abandoned by her father as a littl...
  • Alina
    Jan 09, 2018
    I am a huge fan of historical fiction, mystery, and suspense. You have no idea how happy I was to come upon this gem! This story takes place in 1920s New York City. An elderly employee of Jane Prescott passed away and our charming lady's maid is on a lookout for a new job. And she ...
  • Niki
    Dec 08, 2018
    in fact i give it 3.5/5 stars because it was quite a good historical whodunit - the ambience of the story set in early 20th century was well defined, and i liked Jane Prescott who is not your meek little lady's maid - the plot was good, with some political background, and there was a...