This is author Maria’s Fredericks’s second novel that is set in early 20th century New York. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to the next entry in this historical mystery series..
The book begins just as news of the Titanic has made its way across the ocean. Perhaps this is symbolic because in this is book there are metaphorical storms and acts are undertaken to protect loved ones, just as happened on that doomed vessel. An additional, and important, narrative centers on what it was like to be Italian American at a time when the Italians were not always welcomed and the Black Hand was something to be feared. Finally, there are settings in town houses and on Long Island estates as well as on Mulberry Street; these highlight the difference between rich and poor, immigrants and those with longer histories in the country.
Our protagonist is Jane who is a ladies’ maid to Louise. Much as in Downton Abbey, Louise is engaged to marry William as she brings the money and he the family connections to an alliance. Will their relationship survive?
William has an uncle who has taken an interest in him for many years. Uncle Charles offers his Long Island estate to the couple for their wedding. However, before that can take place, the nanny to Charles and Alva’s children is murdered. Was it the Black Hand or did the murder spring from other motivations? Of course, you will need to read the novel to find out.
I felt that the characters in Death of a New American had stories to tell and were well portrayed. There was the obligatory twist in the plot and it was well done. If you enjoy historical mysteries, I encourage you to give this one a try.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e galley in exchange for my honest review I give this one four stars.