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  • Now THIS is Historical Fiction at its Best!

    Mariah Fredericks has such a wonderful way of phrasing things, very clever and witty. She effortlessly pulls in historical details and breathes a lot of life into her characters...they really shine. Not that I like all of them...we're not supposed to...but they shine nonetheless. Death of a Showman is the fourth in the Jane Prescott series and is absolutely delightful! You know what it's like to be bedazzled by something which you cannot do yourself yet that person makes it appear effortless? That's what this felt like to me. In 1914 New York, Jane is Lady's Maid to Louise. Jane's wry sense of humour is fabulous as she finds herself backed up against the wall and in pickles and muddles of all sorts. Louise is one of my favourite characters. Leo has made some rather interesting choices which consequentially affect several other people and the storylines. When dastardly Sidney is killed, not many sympathize. No one is how they appear and there are lots of fun bits to work out. Seeking murder AND mayhem? This is your next read. Much of the setting is a Broadway Theater which is intriguing. The characters are associated with the theater in one way or the other from patrons to actors to those behind the scenes, even a dog! The mysteries are delicious and riveting but to me the characters equally steal the show, even those who were a bit repugnant. Historical Fiction readers, do pick this one up! The epilogue and acknowledgements were wonderful, too. What a treat. My sincere thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this irresistible book. Much appreciated.

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  • Whimsical, suspenseful, and compelling!

    Death of a Showman is an amusing, nuanced, surprising tale that takes you back to Manhattan during 1914 and into the life of lady’s maid Jane Prescott who, after spending a year in Europe, returns to find her former dance partner and potential paramour, Leo Hirschfield married and rehearsing a new Broadway musical, a show that ends up with more problems than just money woes when the producer suddenly turns up dead, and everyone behind the curtain seems to have a motive for murder. The prose is vivid and authentic. The characters are astute, multi-layered, and likeable. And the plot develops nicely and has just the right mix of misdirection, deduction, clues, suspects, mishaps, drama, and murder. Overall, Death of a Showman is a light, quick, enjoyable tale by Fredericks that I thoroughly enjoyed, and that is without a doubt another satisfying addition to the Jane Prescott series.

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