Death of a New American (Jane Prescott Mystery, #2) by Mariah Fredericks

Death of a New American (Jane Prescott Mystery, #2)

The atmospheric, compelling follow-up to the stunning debut A Death of No Importance, featuring series character, Jane Prescott.In 1912, as New York reels from the news of the Titanic disaster, ladies’ maid Jane Prescott travels to Long Island with the Benchley family. Their daughter Louise is to marry William Tyler, at his uncle and aunt’s mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous, storied couple, their past filled with travel and adventure. Now, ...

Details Death of a New American (Jane Prescott Mystery, #2)

TitleDeath of a New American (Jane Prescott Mystery, #2)
Release DateApr 9th, 2019
PublisherMinotaur Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Death of a New American (Jane Prescott Mystery, #2)

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    I have a new historical mystery series to love! Death of a New American is second in the Jane Prescott historical mystery series. I have not read the first book, A Death of No Importance, but I was easily able to jump into this inviting and engaging story!Jane Prescott is a ladies’ maid, living with the Benchley family and traveling with them to Long Island. The daughter in the family, Louise, is set to be married at her aunt and uncle’s ...
  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    A socially-conscious, atmospheric, historical mystery exploring issues of ethnicity, class, and gender equality in the backdrop of early 1900s New York City. The novel is set right after news of the Titanic hits New York, and just before tens of thousands of women march the streets in support of women’s suffrage. With an explosive mystery and fascinating social commentary among the leading characters, I found Mariah Frederick’s book Death of ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    The year is 1912 and ladies maid Jane Prescott is preparing to travel to Long Island with the Benchley family for Louise's upcoming wedding. Louise is marrying William Tyler, whose uncle, Charles Tyler, is New York's Deputy Commissioner. Their wedding will take place at his grand home. Alas, everything goes haywire when the Tyler family's nanny is found murdered. Was it a kidnapping gone wrong, or a lovers' tiff? Charles Tyler has made enemies am...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Jane Prescott travels to Long Island with the Benchley family. Their daughter Louise is to marry William Tyler, at their uncle and aunt’s mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous and well known couple.I read the first book A Death of No Importance and liked it well enough. This book was a quarter step up from the first. The writing was a little smoother to read and the characters were inte...
  • Nancy Bilyeau
    I also read the first book in this series, "A Death of No Importance," and while I really enjoyed it, I liked this novel even more. (And you don't have to have read the first book to follow 'A Death of a New American' perfectly well.) The main character, Jane Prescott, is an intelligent and resourceful maid working for a wealthy family in New York City in 1912, one whose money is "new." Once again she is thrown into the middle of a brutal murder,...
  • Alyssa Maxwell
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book. I found it to be an engrossing page turner with an engaging sleuth, an in-depth study of human nature across social lines, and a fearless exploration of Gilded Age New York with its underbelly of crime, poverty, and ruthless politics. Mariah Fredericks writes with stunning vividness and historical authenticity. I read the first book as well, and I'm loving this series!
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))
    Although I haven't read Mariah Fredericks first book in the Jane Prescott series, A Death of No Importance, I still wanted to read Death of a New Americanbecause I enjoy this time in American history. If you are like me and love historical mysteries, then this book is not to be missed even though it's book two! Best of all, Fredericks does a wonderful job giving new readers enough information about what happened in the first book that they aren't...
  • The Lit Bitch
    If you have been following me for just about any amount of time, it’s pretty clear that I love historical mysteries. Obviously this is a huge genre with mystery novels coming out of every period to fit just about every interest.So when I am looking for a new historical mystery, I want to read something that is either ‘new’ or different, or has an outstanding main character that can relate to. When this series came up for review, I hadn’t ...
  • Barb in Maryland
    This second entry in this series shows no signs of a sophomore slump from the author.The blurb is pretty good, as far as it goes.The things I liked: I loved Jane. Her heart is in the right place and she's not grown cynical, though she's not as naive as she was in the first book. I liked our murder victim--poor Sofia! The author was very sympathetic towards her throughtout the book, which emphasized how cruel her death actually was.The author did ...
  • Susan in NC
    I really like Jane Prescott as a heroine, and this second in what I hope will be a long series does not disappoint.The book opens in 1912, right after the sinking of the Titanic. Jane is lady’s maid to the Benchley family, and as in the first mystery, her access to the wealthy and powerful, combined with the relative invisibility of servants, gives her an excellent vantage point to the foibles and failures of the upper classes. Now, as Louise B...
  • Donna
    This is Historical Fiction and the second book in the Jane Prescott Mystery series. I pretty much feel the same way about this one as I did the first book in the series. I like Jane. She is smart, sassy, but respectful given the setting and her station. I also like the pace and they way the author injects the clues. It all unfolds naturally. This would normally be 3 stars, but the narrator of the audio did a fabulous job, so 4 stars.
  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    Mariah Fredericks’s second Jane Prescott mystery, Death Of A New American, has a rich, layered, vivid backdrop: 1912 New York. Indeed, Fredericks’s vibrantly-rendered historical detail may be as immersive and compelling as her mystery and characters. Of the latter, her amateur sleuth, ladies maid Jane Prescott, is eminently sympathetic: intelligent, observant, and compassionate. Jane’s lowly social status allows her the freedom to fade into...
  • OLT
    (3.5 stars) This is the second book in what looks to be a new historical mystery series taking place in 1910s New York. Although I did not read the first one, it was easy enough to catch on to the arc of the main characters and enjoy the second mystery on its own.It's 1912, the country still reeling from the sinking of the Titanic, and lady's maid Jane Prescott is helping her shy, young mistress, Louise Benchley, prepare for her upcoming Long Isl...
  • Jan
    Addicted as I am to well researched historicals, this one really makes the grade! It certainly seems appropriately researched (I'm geeky about checking such things) in areas related to the story line. The characters are all interesting and engaging even the brainless ones. The sleuthing is fascinating with the sort of plot twists and very red herrings. There are a couple of things that I wish I could address, but that would definitely be in spoi...
  • Samantha
    As was the case with A Death of No Importance, I’m impressed with Mariah Fredericks’ ability to take a plot line as old as the hills and make it into something that feels fresh and original. Death of A New American, like the preceding Jane Prescott novel, isn’t exactly an easy read. It’s atmospheric and charming and compelling and, for better or worse, also a little bit heartbreaking.There’s a significant component of the conclusion/sol...
  • Maureen Timerman
    A story that shows hate for a nationality, murder, wealth, and timestamped by the sinking of the Titanic.As we journey for answers and they start be revealed, and boy I didn’t see most of it coming.There are a great many twists and turns here, and be sure to read the epilogue, wow!I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher St. Martin’s Press, and was not required to give a positive review.
  • Carolyn Mackler
    Mariah Fredericks has written another wonderful historical mystery set in old New York! Great plotting, authentic language, and fab NYC details. Juicy, fascinating, and so so good. Mariah: please write MORE Jane Prescott. And what’s the deal with Michael? Will they ever hook up?!
  • Lesa
    Mariah Fredericks brings back Jane Prescott, a ladies' maid in the early twentieth century in New York, in Death of a New American. The first in the series, A Death of No Importance, was one of Library Journal's top ten mysteries of 2018. While this historical mystery is slow-moving at times, the story it tells is topical. Jane Prescott is an astute amateur sleuth.It's 1912. The headlines are about the sinking of the Titanic and the upcoming marc...
  • Betty
    The second book in the Jane Prescott Historic series finds Jane working a ladies maid to Louise Blanchly. In 1912 Jane travels with Blanchlys to Long Island as Louise is married William Tyler. While there they will plan the wedding. Charles Tyler is known for putting down the Italian mafia of the Black Hand in New York City. Jane quickly becomes friends with nursery maid, Sofia who is later found dead in the nursery with the baby is crying in the...
  • Susan
    1912 and rich Louise Benchley is preparing for her wedding to socially connected William Tyler. It is finally decided that the wedding will take place at the home of Charles Tyler, uncle to William, at Long Island. But unfortunately for the families concerned a body is discovered late one night. Does ths have anything to do with the activities of Charles Tyler and his clamp down on crime?Jane Prescott, an intelligent and resourceful ladies maid i...
  • Robin
    I was knocked out by Mariah Frederick’s first novel, A Death of No Importance, and wasn’t sure how her book about a maid in a wealthy American household slightly after the turn of the century could be translated into a series, but it seems it surely can be. Jane Prescott, a woman of her time in some ways, is grieving over the recent loss of the Titanic like everyone else, but unlike everyone else, she’s shepherding her charge, Miss Louise B...
  • Ellen
    It is always a happy day when I get approved for an e-arc on Netgalley, particularly when it is a book I am really looking forward to. Needless to say, I was quite excited to be approved for Mariah Fredericks new book Death of a New American and immediately started reading when I received it.The second in the series, we return to Jane Prescott’s world right after the sinking of The Titanic. She continues to work for the Benchley family and is n...
  • Carolyn
    Not many authors of young adult books are able to transition to writing appealing books for adults, but I’m pleased to say that Mariah Frederick has made the switch with ease, embracing the historical mystery genre with a new character: Miss Jane Prescott, Lady’s Maid, who serves wealthy families in New York City, circa 1912. In her first book, A Death of No Importance, readers were introduced to Jane, who understands etiquette and manners, a...
  • Niki (nikilovestoread)
    Death of a New American by Mariah Fredericks is the second book in the Jane Prescott series. She is a lady's maid for the Benchley family, New Money in the world of the rich. Their eldest daughter is engaged to marry William Tyler, a member of an elite family, who have been facing financial troubles. The Benchleys, along with Jane, travel to the family estate of William's uncle, Charles Tyler, where the wedding will take place. As soon as she arr...
  • Sarah
    Death of a New American is the second entry on what is shaping up to be a really compelling historical mystery series. Our heroine is Jane Prescott, a lady's maid in New York City on 1912. Because most historical mystery protagonists are from the upper crust, it's refreshing to read about someone from another station. Jane and her employers are at a country house preparing for a wedding when a young Italian servant is murdered, and Jane works wit...
  • Nicole
    Great read. Ladie's Maid Jane is back, assisting her charge in the run up to her wedding with William Turner. Turner's father Charles is notorious about locking up members of the Black Hand (Italian Maifia). Jane befriends the young Italian nanny, Sophia, when she joins the household in preperation for the wedding.The family is vigiliant about security, including Turner's wife, Alva who mandates locked doors and shut windows at all times as a det...
  • Melissa Dee
    Reading “Death of a New American” feels like being dropped into New York in the early part of the 20th century. The Titanic has just gone down, women are marching for suffrage, immigrants are pouring into the city, fortunes are being lost, and marriages are being made to protect and restore those fortunes.Mariah Fredericks has written another puzzler of a mystery in her Jane Prescott series, and it is a light and breezy trip back in time.I vo...
  • Cindy Ladensack
    The second in an engaging series with an intelligent, resourceful heroine, this book weaves historical details with still-relevant social commentary and a nice twisty mystery. Of those elements, I think I enjoyed the history and social insights most in this book; I do like Jane but I often wonder if a ‘real’ woman of her background and position would be so outspoken and well-spoken.... and while well-plotted, some of the explanations and moti...
  • Tanya
    Not as fun as the first book in this series. I was so disappointed because I enjoyed the other one so much. The ending trope was similar to the first and I hope this isn't a pattern for all her books because I hate those! This story was set in 1912 and brought up the Titanic sinking early on yet had nothing to do with that disaster. I'm baffled why the author show to include that other than to point out the date. There was a lot of prejudice agai...
  • Robin
    3.5/5While this book was fine, I’m a little ambivalent about it. I almost felt that the murder mystery took backseat to social issues (women’s suffrage, immigrant racism, mental illness, etc.)...important issues but not what I anticipated focusing on. I found the writing a little choppy with abrupt changes in time/place at times. I also found it a bit unbelievable that the main character Jane (a lady’s maid) found herself in such close, per...