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    Authentic, atmospheric, and mysterious!

    In this latest novel by Fredericks, Death of an American Beauty, we head back to Manhattan during the early twentieth century and into the life of lady’s maid, Jane Prescott whose highly-anticipated vacation is suddenly turned upside down when a resident of her uncle's refuge for reformed prostitutes is found viciously murdered, and the American Beauty Pagent is in urgent need of a last-minute seamstress. The prose is meticulous and rich. The characters are independent, intelligent, and resourceful. And the plot is a well-paced whodunit full of amateur sleuthing, red herrings, suspects, deduction, familial dynamics, duty, friendship, secrets, racial inequality, sexism, romance, violence, and murder. Death of an American Beauty is the third book in the Jane Prescott series, and if you love historical mysteries, this novel won't disappoint. It is a menacing, entertaining, vivid tale that is certainly well worth a read.
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    early-20th-century, historical-research, historical-fiction, murder-investigation, amateur-sleuth, NYC ***** 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! Don't miss this one! I requested and received a free ebook copy from St Martin's Press / Minotaur Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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