Genre: Mystery, Historical Mystery
Setting: 1910 New York City
***I received an eARC copy of A Death of No Importance from the publisher, Minotaur Books, via NetGalley***
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Review: 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 ladies maid who starts poking around and trying to solve the crime when the fiancé of the lady she works for is murdered. Jane is a capable, intelligent woman, who is an intriguing heroine. Along the way she meets Michael Behan, a reporter, who also is interested in the murder. I couldn’t ever decide if Michael was slimy or suave, but I liked the fact that I couldn’t figure him out throughout the novel.
I enjoyed all of the twists, turns, and sideplots, and appreciated all of the historical detail in the book. I really thought this book excelled at all of the different characters. They were unique enough to keep straight, but not so unique where they felt like caricatures, and I enjoyed the family that Jane works for. I am hopeful that there will be more books starring Jane in the future! I’d definitely love to read more, and I thought the ending of A Death of No Importance was fabulous and fitting. I love a mystery that has a great ending, and this is one that I’ll remember for some time! Motive, motive, motive! My favorite part of a murder mystery is a motive that makes sense and draws the reader in. I really enjoyed this book and truly can’t wait to read more. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical mysteries, specifically those readers who enjoy reading Anne Perry.
Bottom Line: An excellent historical mystery with a fabulous ending.
Do you enjoy historical mysteries? Or do you prefer mysteries set in today’s time?