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A Death of No Importance
A Death of No Importance: A Mystery | Mariah Fredericks
A taut, suspenseful, and complex murder mystery with gorgeous period detail.Susan Elia MacNeal Through her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites us into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult novel. New York City, 1910. Invisible until shes needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies maid to the citys upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the citys elite as new money, Jane realizes that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do notshe understands the rules of high society. The Benchleys cause further outrage when their daughter Charlotte becomes engaged to notorious playboy Norrie, the son of the eminent Newsome family. But when Norrie is found murdered at a party, Jane discovers she is uniquely positionedshes a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellectand therefore has the tools to solve his murder. There are many with grudges to bear: from the family Norrie was supposed to marry into, to the survivors of a tragic accident in a mine owned by the Newsomes, to the rising anarchists who are sick of those born into wealth getting away with anything they want. Jane also knows that in both high society and the citys underbelly, morals can become cheap in the wrong hands: scandal and violence simmer just beneath the surfaceand can break out at any time.
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Nebklvr
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This was a very good mystery. One statement at the beginning of the book caused some dissonance with the ending. Still, it was a page turner.

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Jen2
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This was a really good audiobook.

Tamra I‘ll try to check it out from my library. 3y
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TorieStorieS
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This is my real-life book club‘s pick for this month. This historical mystery isn‘t one that I would have normally picked up but it‘s a fast-paced read from a unique perspective in the early 1900s New York City. I‘m looking forward to discussing it this weekend and seeing what everyone else thought! #AudioColoring

Crazeedi Well done! 3y
TorieStorieS Thanks, @Crazeedi - I don‘t often use crayons for coloring but this one was fun! 3y
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audraelizabeth @Crazeedi ive so far just done pencil sketches with no colors. 3y
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tracy.anne8
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I headed back to my comfort genre with this one. The difference being that the protagonist is usually middle to upper class. This one, she is a servant. New York around the turn of the century always fascinates me. I loves the setting, the mystery and the characters. I have already dives into book 2. #historicalfiction #historicalmystery #read #scribd #audiobook

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Today was warm but now there it‘s nice and cool on the porch- symphony of birds. Perfect start to the weekend.

valeriegeary 👍 4y
Freespirit Looks good💕 4y
Pricel101 ☺️enjoy the weekend! 4y
kspenmoll @valeriegeary @Freespirit @Pricel101 The sun is shining today( Saturday morning) so this weekend is looking like a good one! Enjoy yours! 4y
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Sreckess
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Something about the title caught my eye at the library and I picked it up. So glad I did! I generally don‘t gravitate toward mysteries but found myself thinking about this book and trying to solve the mystery during my workday. The historical setting also provided new information I found really interesting: anarchists? Coal mining? The robber barons? Sign me up! I will definitely be following this author to see what else she delivers.

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DeeLew
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KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 5y
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PatriciaU
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My hubs is beginning to look askance at the piles of books slowly taking over our home, and yet I cannot resist grabbing up new books from the library. I see a Night of Little Sleep ahead.

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Though I'm a mere 31 pages into this book, I can already say I'm loving it! From the writing style to the characters' interactions, I'm finding myself wanting to read more! Fredericks even ends chapters on cliffhangers. I haven't read a book that has done that in years. So far, so good!

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annalibris
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Need a nice, quick murder mystery with good historical details, a bit of blood, and really pretty dresses? This fit the bill for me quite nicely, and I look forward to finding other books by this author. A nice ending that wasn‘t too tidy, either. Very satisfying.

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Luvtoread
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A gripping historical mystery that will transport you to 1910 New York City! I loved this mystery, from the main character of Jane, to the setting, and the plot. The mystery was compelling and intriguing, and kept me guessing. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

RaimeyGallant Great review. 5y
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Matilda
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Witty and excellent so far and not what I was expecting.

Pamwurtzler Looks good! 5y
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Matilda
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Today's #bookmail including an adorable promotional wedding invitation.

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stuartjrodriguez
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Grabbed this off the ARC stack at Bookshop; was specifically looking for an eye-catching cover by a female author. Looking forward to reading something outside my usual genres!