A Death of No Importance

If it is your job to make sure the silver is clean, you must have a sharp eye for tarnish.

New York, 1910—a time of great wealth and greater inequality. Orphan Jane Prescott is a lady’s maid for the nouveau riche Benchley family. When Charlotte Benchley becomes engaged to the socially prominent Robert Newsome Jr., murder is in the air. And when the groom-to-be is found battered to death, Charlotte tops the list of suspects. As the woman few people notice, but who notices everything, Jane scrambles to keep the Benchleys out of a scandal—and Charlotte out of the electric chair.

Praise for A Death of No Importance

"Murder in the ranks of high society provides heady entertainment for the servants who toil in obscurity in A Death of No Importance, a lively upstairs/downstairs mystery by Mariah Fredericks set in New York City in 1910."―New York Times Book Review

"A sparkling mystery . . . The novel's voice, plotting, pace, characterization, and historical background are all expertly crafted, while the resolution—which feels both surprising and convincing—will leave readers hungry for more.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Jane is an appealing amateur sleuth . . . With its vivid depiction of contrasting worlds this series debut should appeal to readers of Alyssa Maxwell’s ‘Gilded Age’ historical mysteries.”—Library Journal (starred)

"Deftly woven...[An] intricate historical mystery and pointed commentary on human nature."—Booklist

"A deliciously intriguing peek at 1910 New York. A well-plotted mystery with a plucky amateur sleuth—and an ending that could promise more cases for Jane to solve in the future!"—RT Book Reviews

A Death of No Importance has such rich historic detail that you feel as if you’ve been transported to early twentieth century New York. Mariah Fredericks is the best at creating compulsively addictive, fresh, twisty reads.”―Meg Cabot

"A taut, suspenseful, and complex murder mystery with gorgeous period detail."―Susan Elia MacNeal

“A sharp, engaging, and intimate treat of a historical mystery. Jane Prescott is a smart detective and a keen observer of both the upper crust and the dark underbelly of early twentieth century New York society.”―Laura Joh Rowland

“A suspenseful, moving, sharply observed mystery that illuminates a fascinating time in America's history, when there was indeed ugliness beneath the beauty of the Gilded Age.”―Nancy Bilyeau

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When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. 

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Crunch Time

Edgar Nominee, 2007

Leo, Max, Jane, and Daisy don't have much in common. But when they all blow off their SAT prep in favor of forming their own study group, they actually begin to bond — over why there's so much competition over a stupid test. And what it really measures, anyway. Then it's revealed that someone has cheated on the SATs, and all eyes point to the study group. The pressure is on for the cheater to come forward. Who will confess? 

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