Review: Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli

Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli

Synopsis and Details:

Glittering Gilded-Age New York holds its lavish charms–and a litany of deadly sins–as intrepid reporter Genevieve Stewart uncovers a trail of corruption and murder.

As a chill sets in on New York City in the winter of 1888, a jewel thief dubbed the “Robin Hood of the Lower East Side” has been stealing from the city’s wealthiest and giving to the poor. Genevieve Stewart–a young woman whose family is part of Mrs. Astor’s famed 400 but who has forged a life of her own as a reporter–decides to chase the story, but gets more than she bargained for: a murder victim sprawled in a dark alley in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood.

A handsome neighborhood tough comes to her rescue–but when she encounters the same man at a glamorous ball a few nights later, she realizes he’s society scion Daniel McCaffrey. Could this be her Robin Hood? When two more murders rock the Knickerbocker world, it becomes apparent that something much more sinister is afoot than a few stolen diamond necklaces. Genevieve is determined to prove that Daniel is Robin Hood–but she’s loath to believe he is a killer as well. From the glittering lights of Fifth Avenue to the sordid back alleys of Five Points, the truth is just one murder away.

Series: A Gilded Gotham Mystery #1  | Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery  |  Release Date: October 06, 2020  |  Publisher: Crooked Lane Books  | Pages: 327  | ISBN: 978-1643854649  | ASIN: B083RYQWZ8  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: Netgalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Deception by Gaslight is the first book in the Gilded Gotham Mystery series and I am so jazzed about both the story and the series! Genevieve Stewart is a woman who has known her fair share of humiliation and instead of letting it ruin her, it only increased her resolve to make her own way in the world as a budding reporter. I adored her gumption! Though being a female reporter would come with its own set of challenges, she was not going to let her big chance at unveiling the man behind the Robin Hood thefts slip by.

It was her unwavering desire to be the reporter who broke the big story that brought Genevieve face to face with the elusive Daniel McCaffrey. A man whose entire history has been a great mystery to the ton and public at large. At first, I didn’t think much of Daniel but he was a character not to be underestimated! The same could also be said about Genevieve but she doesn’t keep her cards as close to her chest as Daniel does. There was something both intriguing and attractive about his character with his ‘clouded in mystery’ persona.

Together, these characters would throw themselves head long into danger – each for their own personal reasons – but would find that in the end what they really created was a strong partnership. They made a fabulous team and it is them, working together, that I am excited about seeing more of. The whodunit that was crafted in Deception by Gaslight was marvelous and I can’t wait for the next installment because I absolutely want more! This story was filled with all the right kinds of tension and suspense that came together perfectly to deliver one satisfying mystery!

*Thank you to Crooked Lane Books & NetGalley for this eARC of Deception by Gaslight*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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About the Author:

Author Kate Belli

Kate Belli writes historical mystery, historical romance, suspense and women’s fiction. Fascinated by history from an early age, she earned a PhD in American art and has variously worked as an antiques appraiser, a museum curator and a college professor. Kate has lived all over, from Florence, Italy, to Brooklyn, New York, to the Deep South, to a cottage next to Monet’s gardens in Northern France. Today she lives and works in a small, Civil War-era college town in Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

When not writing, Kate satisfies her wanderlust by traveling with her family as often as possible, touring museums and sampling local food. She is also an avid runner, having completed several marathons, and a yoga teacher. Kate loves hiking, camping, and cooking, and firmly believes red wine and strong coffee qualify as their own food groups.

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