A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott Mystery, #1) by Mariah Fredericks

A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott Mystery, #1)

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, observant mind. Which means she sees a lot more than the wealthy, gla...

Details A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott Mystery, #1)

TitleA Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott Mystery, #1)
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott Mystery, #1)

  • Meg Cabot
    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 - down to the flounces on the skirts - really sucked me in, and I actually cared about the characters. Can’t wait for more from Mariah!
  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsI 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 she is engaged to a wealthy and sought after bachelor who is subsequently murdered on the night that Charlotte believes their engagement will be announced. Jane works w...
  • Patricia
    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.
  • Karen Kay
    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 help of a handsome newspaper reporter.This book was all over the place, chunky and blocky reading. There were several mentions of historical happenings in New York at that...
  • Faith
    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 have been a Nancy Drew book. It definitely had a middle grade feel about it. The hardest reviews for me to write are for books that don't leave any impression on me...
  • Jeanette
    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 her long winded past and continuing "circumstances", IMHO.) Without that quality to verbose redundancy throughout the book, and the addition of two multi page segm...
  • Sarah
    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 another era, I do wonder about the lives of people who are rarely depicted in those books, or who are only there to prop up the plot, like the servants. So I was excited ...
  • Alina
    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 lands a great employment with Benchley "new money" family that recently relocated to New York City. Jane is being appointed as a lady's maid to Benchley's two young dau...
  • Bertha
    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 from Jane that said she had more stories to tell. I'm hoping that it's the author's way of telling us there may be another book in the works.
  • Aura
    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.
  • Niki
    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 twist I did not see coming -my only regret is that i couldn't find the english version, but the french one was ok
  • Kristina
    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 “Norrie” Newsome despite the rumors that he is practically engaged to Beatrice Tyler. In September, Charlotte tells her mother that Norrie has proposed, and it ...
  • Lauren Albert
    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.
  • Lesa
    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, anarchism, and murder. And, yet, the author manages to vividly describe the excesses of the rich as the story is told by a lady's maid, an orphan who came from the ...
  • Moe's Book Blog
    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 family, who understands the rules of high society, and is very discreet. When Charlotte, the youngest Benchley daughter, becomes engaged to the notorious and roguish playbo...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Fredericks’ adult debut is a deliciously intriguing peek at 1910 New York – its upper crust scandals, the cry for social justice and the intersection of the two. Told with the perspective of hindsight, the honest and witty narration comes courtesy of crisply-drawn ladies’ maid Jane Prescott. Her ability to be present but not fully noticed lends itself to revelations that readers might not be privy to otherwise, and her looking-back reflecti...
  • Jamie Canaves
    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 murdered. Prescott begins to investigate mostly out of concern for the possibility that she may know two people who may be suspected in the murder: her mistress, and a chi...
  • Carin
    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 liked it! I really liked it!Jane is a ladies maid in New York City in the 1910s, but the family is new money, so they need more help from their staff, and they are unde...
  • Claire the frenchbooklover
    Plutôt 3,5
  • Kathy Martin
    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 they took part in the annual husband hunt. Charlotte was the younger sister but was the one who attracted the men. She was pretty, bubbly, and very socially ambitious...
  • Karen A. Wyle
    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, and kept me reading even when I occasionally got lost among the plot threads and characters. That said, I enjoyed the portrayal of most of those characters.As so often ...
  • Susan Liston
    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 detective heroine is a reasonably novel idea, I suppose , but she is going to be rather limited as to what sort of detecting she will to be able to do. Already she'...
  • Maureen
    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 away any of the fun by listing them all. I felt a little cheated out of a romance for Jane, or of some further detail of how her life developed. I do enjoy a good myst...
  • Julie
    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. Enjoyable enough
  • Alecia
    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 the end as we knew she would. The writing is good enough, but the inserting of actual historical events (such as the Triangle Factory fire) seemed heavy-handed. It fel...
  • Joyce
    The setting is NYC in the early 1900’s. Jane Prescott is a lady’s maid for thetwo Benchley girls. Charlotte the oldest becomes engaged to a notoriousplayboy named Norrie Newsome. Norrie is murdered and Jane and a reporterTry to solve the murder. The story is told from Jane’s point of view-a womanno one sees but who witnesses everything. It is well written with a good plot.There are secrets kept, as well as mystery,intrigue, rivalries, lies,...
  • Doreen
    3/31/18 Full review tk. And yes, that's a 5-star rating. This book was phenomenal.
  • Ami
    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’ve got one of my favorite types of books to read, so I was really looking forward to this title. And it didn’t disappoint!Our main character is Jane Prescott, a ...
  • Leah Leatherbee
    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 little girl, is taken in by her uncle who provides a safe house for prostitutes. Her forced launch into premature semi-independence - combined with her exposure both to the poor...
  • Natalie
    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 cajoling, and generally savvy at life, the young woman investigates and eventually solves the crime. Obviously, this presents some plot holes–for example, everyone eag...