Book Review Of “Death Of A New American” By Mariah Fredericks @MinotaurBooks

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 their uncle and aunt’s mansion; the Tylers are a glamorous, storied couple, their past filled with travel and adventure. Now, Charles Tyler is known for putting down New York’s notorious Italian mafia, the Black Hand, and his wife Alva has settled into domestic life.

As the city visitors adjust to the rhythms of the household and plan Louise’s upcoming wedding, Jane quickly befriends the Tyler children’s nanny, Sofia—a young Italian-American woman. However, one unusually sultry spring night, Jane is woken by a scream from the nursery—and rushes in to find Sofia murdered, and the carefully locked window flung open. 

The Tylers believe that this is an attempted kidnapping of their baby gone wrong—a warning from the criminal underworld to Charles Tyler. But Jane is asked to help with the investigation by her friend journalist Michael Behan, who knows that she is uniquely placed to see what other tensions may simmer just below the surface in this wealthy, secretive household. Was Sofia’s murder fall-out from the social tensions rife in New York, or could it be a much more personal crime? 

Thank you Minotaur Books for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this a 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

While I did read A DEATH OF NO IMPORTANCE, I do not think I ended up reviewing it. So because this is a second book in a series, my review will be short, as to not spoil it for you guys. I also want to add, that you could pick this one up, and not be completely lost.

I liked book One, but I think I liked DEATH OF A NEW AMERICAN much more. There was such a rich progression in Fredericks writing, I felt that this book was rich in history, more grabbing, and very inviting. Once I picked it up, I really just did not want to put it down. I don’t want to go into plot, and characters, etc. If this is something you’d really like to read, I’d suggest you try book One first, and fully immerse yourself in the world of Jane Prescott. I promise, you won’t regret it.

I don’t suppose we will be invited to the best funerals. Only the second rate ones.

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