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Death of an American Beauty

(Jane Prescott #3)

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The third in the compelling series, set in Gilded Age New York, featuring Jane Prescott.

Jane Prescott is taking a break from her duties as lady’s maid for a week, and plans to begin it with attending the hottest and most scandalous show in town: the opening of an art exhibition, showcasing the cubists, that is shocking New York City.

1913 is also the fiftieth anniversary
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Minotaur Books
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Diane Secchiaroli
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The novel takes place during the Gilded Age in New York City. The protagonist, Jane, works as a maid for a mrs. Tyler and lives in her uncles house of refuge for women. When two of the women are savagely murdered Jane wants to find out who antagonist is.because her uncle is a suspect. Throughout the novel she selects different men only to find out they are not the villain. Mrs Rutherford of Rutherford Department store is putting on a American Beauty pageant and Jane must decide. whether or not ...more
Rachel
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Death of an American Beauty by Mariah Fredricks is the third installment in this historical fiction, murder/mystery series featuring Jane Prescott, a feisty female protagonist that works for a wealthy family during the “Gilded Age” 1910s in NYC. I have to confess, this is my first exposure to this author, and also this series, and I had no problems diving right in. I think I would appreciate the characters even more if I had read the previous two, however it is definitely not necessary.

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Jess
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

This is my first book by Fredericks, and I am impressed with her handle of history. She clearly enjoys New York City history and American history in general. At times, historical tidbits did interrupt the narrative, but as I am also a fan of history, I didn't really mind. Some of the snippets Fredericks shared were quite fascinating, and it fit with the character of Jane Prescott, giving the reader a view to
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Ellen
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW- Death of an American Beauty

Death of an American Beauty is the third book in the series featuring Jane Prescott, Lady’s maid and burgeoning sleuth. In this outing see a much more personal side to Jane as she struggles to untangle the mystery that has wrapped around her home and family.
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I quite enjoyed this one as it predominantly featured The Refugee, Janes childhood home, that is also a sanctuary for fallen women. Through this we are able to learn more about Jane, her inner
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Deb
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Death of an American Beauty by Mariah Fredericks

Fun from start to finish, this historically based novel will hold the mystery for you until the end. Miss Jane Prescott, our protagonist, persists in finding answers. Mariah Frederick’s way with words are a joy to read and will have you smiling throughout.

It’s time for the yearly beauty pageant at Rutherford’s, the New York City department store where only the finest ladies of the early 1900s shop for the finest things. Everyone associated with
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Carrie
Another enjoyable outing with ladies maid Jane Prescott. I continue to appreciate the NYC history that Fredericks threads throughout her novels, which is done somewhat more artfully this time around (although it does still seem like an expositional information dump at times).

The mystery itself wasn't that engaging, and only a few of the characters seem three-dimensional, but Jane is so striking and the milieu is described so well that I can recommend the series as a whole, and this volume in
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Sherry Chiger
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The third in a series of mysteries set in New York in the 1910s, Death of an American Beauty is just as well-paced, evocative, and thought-provoking as the first two books. Jane Prescott, the lady's maid who narrates the stories, is admirable but flawed. Her quick wit and insightfulness make the books a true delight, even for people like me who aren't huge fans of mysteries. And the depictions of the era's mores and prejudices are sadly all too relevant today. I'm already looking forward to the ...more
Jan
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Gossip mongering cruel and grasping media reporters, hypocritical religious fanatics, racial profiling, testosterone poisoned madmen with knives, now or a hundred years ago police and citizens are plagued by the same old things. And Jane is motivated to find the brutal murderer of one of The Refuge's downtrodden women. Tough job for a lady's maid whose uncle operates The Refuge. But she is a good sleuth and the story kept me awake too late! ...more
Joyce
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book.
Jane works as a lady’s maid and is on a weeks break.She stays at her uncles houses here she grew up which is also a sort of a refuge for women of ill repute.
She also gets called to help her employer with costumes for a play at Rutherfords department store.
During all this they find one of the women from the refuge murdered in an alley by the house in a very brutal manner.
Jane sets out to find out who the murderer is.
Thankyou Netgalley for this ARC
Sarah
This is the third book in the Jane Prescott Series, and is my least favorite in the series thus far. The mystery was easily solved and the character development wasn't as strong as in the first two books. I still love the main character, Jane, and I appreciate that the author explores different social issues in each book.

I received an ARC from NetGalley. The book will be released on April 14, 2020.
Brittany Woodworth
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not know of the other two books however , I enjoyed the novel. It started out slowed and then the main protagonist Jane takes us on a mission. She is helping police all solve the case to give Sadie and Carrie Justice. The book was brilliantly written came with all sorts of thrilling twists and turns. Definitely a perfect cozy read for those who love murder mysteries and thrillers.
Paul
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a solid historical mystery with an excellent lead character. Good dialog and a well constructed mystery make this engaging. I'm going to have to circle back circle back to the previous book in the series. Recommended.

I really appreciate the ARC for review!!
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Mariah Fredericks is the author of several novels for teens. A Death of No Importance is her first mystery for adults. She lives with her husband and son in Jackson Heights, New York.

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