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A Death of No Importance

(2018)
(The first book in the Jane Prescott series)
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Through her exquisite prose, sharp observation and deft plotting, Mariah Fredericks invites listeners into the heart of a changing New York in her remarkable debut adult audiobook.

New York City, 1910. Invisible until she's needed, Jane Prescott has perfected the art of serving as a ladies' maid to the city's upper echelons. When she takes up a position with the Benchley family, dismissed by the city's elite as "new money", Jane realizes that while she may not have financial privilege, she has a power they do not - she 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 positioned - she's a woman no one sees, but who witnesses everything; who possesses no social power, but that of fierce intellect - and 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 city's underbelly, morals can become cheap in the wrong hands: scandal and violence simmer just beneath the surface - and can break out at any time.

"A Death of No Importance has such rich historic detail that you feel as if you've been transported to early 20th century New York. Mariah Fredericks is the best at creating compulsively addictive, fresh, twisty reads." (Meg Cabot)

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"The simmering tensions among New York City's wealthiest families - the rivalries, lies, and even the criminal acts - come to a boil in A Death of No Importance, and Jane, a highly intelligent young maid, is the one who sees more than she should the night that someone from the smart set is viciously murdered. 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

"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


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Used availability for Mariah Fredericks's A Death of No Importance

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Death of No Importance: A Novel (A Jane Prescott Novel)
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
ISBN: 1-250-15297-6 / 978-1-250-15297-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Death of No Importance: A Novel (A Jane Prescott Novel)
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
ISBN: 1-250-30655-8 / 978-1-250-30655-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Death of No Importance: A Mystery
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Death of No Importance: A Mystery
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Death of No Importance: A Mystery
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: A Death of No Importance (Jane Prescott Mystery Book 1)
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Canelo
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April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Death of No Importance: A Novel (A Jane Prescott Novel Book 1)
Author(s): Mariah Fredericks
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA