Deception by Gaslight
by Kate Belli
Hardcover, 327 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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.
This is the first book in the A Gilded Gotham mystery series by Kate Belli.
Genevieve Stewart, aka journalist Polly Palmer, is in search of the elusive jewel thief dubbed Robin Hood. The book starts off in the roughest part of town and this is where she finds a man who is coincidently from her own posher neck of the woods. Together they work to uncover this thief.
This book is more about uncovering the jewel thief and getting the story than uncovering the person committing the actual murders. The book takes us on a jaunty trail around the city showing us from time to time how women are not quite equal to men and how tough the living was day to day even for the more posh set. It was interesting to see how Genevieve kept moving forward even in the midst of chaos and trouble that crossed her path.
I wonder what book two will be about since this is the beginning of a new series. Many of the questions I had were answered in this book so I wonder what will draw us into the action of book two. I do like the two main characters. They are vastly different yet in some ways greatly similar.
This was an easy read with an intricate plotline that kept my attention all the way through. I did have my suspicions who “Robin Hood” might be but discovered near the end that my thoughts were incorrect. The characters were compelling and I don’t have a great grasp on who the secondary characters may be but I am assured that whatever the plot of book two, I will be completely entertained.
If you love a good historical cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.