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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Deception by Gaslight

  1. 5 out of 5

    JEN A

    This is an ARC review - Release date is scheduled for 6 Oct 2020 - Deception By Gaslight is a wonderfully written novel with characters worth rooting for. I honestly couldn’t put the book down. Genevieve and Daniel make a great sleuthing pair. I loved the setting of the story, taking place in New York City in the late 1800s. The author’s attention to detail is amazing and made me feel like I was actually in the ballroom or the back alleys of the city. I would highly recommend this book to anyon This is an ARC review - Release date is scheduled for 6 Oct 2020 - Deception By Gaslight is a wonderfully written novel with characters worth rooting for. I honestly couldn’t put the book down. Genevieve and Daniel make a great sleuthing pair. I loved the setting of the story, taking place in New York City in the late 1800s. The author’s attention to detail is amazing and made me feel like I was actually in the ballroom or the back alleys of the city. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery with a dash of romance added in

  2. 5 out of 5

    jenny✨

    10/09/2020: This book is out in the world for y’all to enjoy! New York’s Gilded Age + unconventional protagonist + cute flirtationship + mystery that throws MC/love interest together = such a fun read. This book hit a surprising sweet spot: it really worked for me. What was she willing to risk to unmask Robin Hood and break the story of the century? Everything. Genevieve Stewart is exactly the kind of ambitious, unapologetic protagonist I love reading about. Twenty-six years old and unmarried, s 10/09/2020: This book is out in the world for y’all to enjoy! New York’s Gilded Age + unconventional protagonist + cute flirtationship + mystery that throws MC/love interest together = such a fun read. This book hit a surprising sweet spot: it really worked for me. What was she willing to risk to unmask Robin Hood and break the story of the century? Everything. Genevieve Stewart is exactly the kind of ambitious, unapologetic protagonist I love reading about. Twenty-six years old and unmarried, she's employed as a journalist for The New York Globe. But her assignments leave her frustrated and wanting: she covers flower shows and Best Baby contests, while front-page stories are handed to her male coworkers. This is why she must uncover the identity of Robin Hood, the jewel thief hell-bent on humiliating New York’s wealthiest families. The thief who’s now turned to murder. All his ghosts, it seemed, were coming home to roost, leaving him partially flayed and aching. He just hoped he could corral them before a certain reporter exposed him to the bone. Enigmatic millionaire Daniel McCaffrey seemingly appeared out of thin air when he inherited a vast fortune as a teenager—and the secrets surrounding this turn of events have intrigued high society for years. When he crosses paths with Genevieve, they reluctantly enter a tentative partnership to solve the mystery of Robin Hood before the bodies pile up even further. ◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️◻️ I find that the more I consume fiction set in New York’s Gilded Age, the more I’m enamoured with it. Currently the extent of my (paltry) knowledge of this time period comes from The Alienist and Lydia Kang’s Opium and Absinthe, and Deception by Gaslight was infinitely less macabre yet also a tad more salacious than both. There’s a budding flirtationship between Genevieve and Daniel—leading to some seriously entertaining banter—that turns into a fake relationship without instalove (praise the heavens!). There’s a costume ball, to which Genevieve’s best friend shows up wearing a !!sexy!! Little Mermaid gown that’s slit up to the knee. Genevieve reminisces about when she almost lost her virginity, several characters are former gangbangers, and jokes are made at the expense of Daniel’s too-tight breeches. On the other hand, the mysteries in this book weren’t particularly complex or sensational. I might even go so far as to say they were unsurprising; when Daniel’s backstory is finally revealed, it satiated my curiosity but wasn’t outside the realm of what I’d been expecting. Same goes for Robin Hood’s unmasking, and the unraveling of the murders. But the unconventional character dynamics really held my interest. Genevieve’s family is old money but so eccentric—her mother is an ACTIVIST (in 1888!!) who’s constantly getting arrested for protesting for women’s rights. Her father engages in legal battles to protect endangered birds. It’s this eccentricity that led Genevieve’s ex-fiancé to jilt her six years ago, and this dimension of Genevieve—the girl who doesn’t quite fit in—was really interesting to read. Daniel is similarly multifaceted; his passion for housing/tenement reform in Lower Manhattan’s poorest neighbourhoods was honestly a pretty noble cause to champion. Meanwhile, Genevieve’s sunny best friend Callie is impoverished and in desperate search of husband, while the pallid Esmie is in a similar situation, husband-wise, but turns out to be a surprisingly cunning wallflower. Each character challenges, in their own way, the meritocratic and bigoted beliefs of New York City’s upper echelon. In all, an uncomplicated read that touches on key social issues in New York’s Gilded Age through the voices of non-clichéd characters; I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for the next book in this series. Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    One of my favourite things - a mystery set in late 19th century New York when the rich were very rich and the poor were very poor, and the police were definitely not to be trusted. Then introduce one very beautiful young lady from one of the top families, who wants to be a newspaper reporter instead of a wife, and a good looking, very rich, young man with a dubious background. Add a mysterious Robin Hood like thief, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, and we have the makings of an excell One of my favourite things - a mystery set in late 19th century New York when the rich were very rich and the poor were very poor, and the police were definitely not to be trusted. Then introduce one very beautiful young lady from one of the top families, who wants to be a newspaper reporter instead of a wife, and a good looking, very rich, young man with a dubious background. Add a mysterious Robin Hood like thief, stealing from the rich to give to the poor, and we have the makings of an excellent story. I enjoyed it all very much. I thought the two main characters, Genevieve and Daniel, made a delightful team, and I look forward very much to seeing their future exploits. My thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kylie H

    It took me a little bit of time to settle into this book, but I soon found myself quite enjoying it. Set in New York in the late 1880's, Genevieve is not doing what is expected of her, but trying to advance her career as a journalist and identify the thief who purportedly steals from the rich to give to the poor. She soon finds herself in a dangerous situation and dealing with the handsome and mysterious Danny McCaffery. What exactly is he trying to hide? This book neatly brings together, historic It took me a little bit of time to settle into this book, but I soon found myself quite enjoying it. Set in New York in the late 1880's, Genevieve is not doing what is expected of her, but trying to advance her career as a journalist and identify the thief who purportedly steals from the rich to give to the poor. She soon finds herself in a dangerous situation and dealing with the handsome and mysterious Danny McCaffery. What exactly is he trying to hide? This book neatly brings together, historical fiction, romance and mystery, A charming first in a series, I look forward to reading more. Thank you Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Genevieve Stewart was a reporter at the Globe in New York in 1888 where a devious thief dubbed Robin Hood was stealing from the high society’s wealthy and giving to those less privileged. She was determined to uncover the perpetrator, and as such was following a group of men to interview them. But the narrow, dead end alley was suddenly making her wish she’d been a little more sensible. The body she spied on the ground horrified her; the danger she was in terrified her. But the help of a strange Genevieve Stewart was a reporter at the Globe in New York in 1888 where a devious thief dubbed Robin Hood was stealing from the high society’s wealthy and giving to those less privileged. She was determined to uncover the perpetrator, and as such was following a group of men to interview them. But the narrow, dead end alley was suddenly making her wish she’d been a little more sensible. The body she spied on the ground horrified her; the danger she was in terrified her. But the help of a stranger – a good looking one – saw her escape with her life. The high society ball that Genevieve attended was one she attended under sufferance. But it was her spotting of the stranger who had rescued her, but who looked completely different, which had her thoughts immediately tying the two together. Was she in the same room as Robin Hood? Genevieve was determined to find out. When it seemed the thief had escalated to murder, her shock came with confusion. What was going on? Someone out there didn’t want the truth to come out – there was far too much at stake… Deception by Gaslight is the 1st in A Gilded Gotham Mystery series by Kate Belli, set in New York in the late 1800s and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pace was electric, the characters – from nefarious gangs to high class society women – were excellently portrayed. I found Genevieve and Daniel to be tough and independent, both being hard to trust because of events from their pasts. A great start to a new series that I’ll be happy to continue with. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my diital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    I couldn't wait to dive into this book. A mystery set in New York City in the late 1800s. I thought it was well done period piece taking place in high society. There seems to be a real life Robin Hood among the riches, but what starts as somewhat innocent thieving leadsto murder. The main characters are Genevieve, a reporter, and Daniel, who reminded me a far less elusive Mr Gatsby. Genevieve sets off to prove Daniel is Robin Hood, but can't seem to believe he's a killer as well. This book is pa I couldn't wait to dive into this book. A mystery set in New York City in the late 1800s. I thought it was well done period piece taking place in high society. There seems to be a real life Robin Hood among the riches, but what starts as somewhat innocent thieving leadsto murder. The main characters are Genevieve, a reporter, and Daniel, who reminded me a far less elusive Mr Gatsby. Genevieve sets off to prove Daniel is Robin Hood, but can't seem to believe he's a killer as well. This book is part mystery, part drama and almost a romance. The drama about the period and the families was well written. I would have liked it better if there was more romance. The mystery portion seemed to lack a bit of oomph. Overall, I'm giving it 4 stars because I really did feel like I was in the late 1800s and if I knew the mystery was more "light" (think Clue), I would have enjoyed it more, but I had higher expectations, hoping to be wowed by the mystery. Thank you Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Not terribly original. Set in NYC 1888. Young lady, Genevieve Stewart, from one of the super-rich NY families is determined to become independent and gets a job as a journalist. A rash of jewel thefts are taking place across the city and the thief is dubbed “Robin Hood”. Daniel McCaffrey is the mystery man having entered into ‘society’ by way of becoming heir to a wealthy NY gentleman via somewhat dubious means. Naturally he appears the most obvious suspect to be "Robin Hood". Genevieve is determin Not terribly original. Set in NYC 1888. Young lady, Genevieve Stewart, from one of the super-rich NY families is determined to become independent and gets a job as a journalist. A rash of jewel thefts are taking place across the city and the thief is dubbed “Robin Hood”. Daniel McCaffrey is the mystery man having entered into ‘society’ by way of becoming heir to a wealthy NY gentleman via somewhat dubious means. Naturally he appears the most obvious suspect to be "Robin Hood". Genevieve is determined to find the thief, write the story, and have her first ‘scoop’ for the newspaper. Romance ensues. Other than that nothing much happens.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    On her quest to find out who is stealing jewelry from the richest in New York City, journalist Genevieve Stewart is saved from a dangerous situation by millionaire Daniel McCaffrey who she suspects is the jewelry thief Robin Hood. When murders start happening, Genevieve and Daniel have to use their unique talents and contacts to find who the criminal is. Deception by Gaslight is the exiting first installment in the new series A Gilded Gotham Mystery written by Kate Belli, published by Crooked La On her quest to find out who is stealing jewelry from the richest in New York City, journalist Genevieve Stewart is saved from a dangerous situation by millionaire Daniel McCaffrey who she suspects is the jewelry thief Robin Hood. When murders start happening, Genevieve and Daniel have to use their unique talents and contacts to find who the criminal is. Deception by Gaslight is the exiting first installment in the new series A Gilded Gotham Mystery written by Kate Belli, published by Crooked Lane Books. The story is set in New York City 1888 where we follow journalist Genevieve Stewart. She works on getting information about famous jewel thief Robin Hood who is targeting the very richest. In her struggle to get information she sets her life in danger, and millionaire Daniel McCaffrey saves her. Genevieve is shocked to meet him again at an Astor 400 ball, and realizes he is not the street thug she thought but she suspects him of being Robin Hood. Jewelry keeps being stolen, and soon murders start happening too. Genevieve and Daniel use their unique contacts and talents to dig up information and as they come closer to the truth, danger to Genevieve’s life increases. Main character Journalist Genevieve Stewart has suffered a great loss in her life, but is determined to work for a living. She seems a caring woman who treats people well and is a person who anyone would be proud to have as a friend. She is my absolute favorite of this story. Supporting character millionaire and philanthropist Daniel McCaffrey comes from a humble background. He has learned to live between two worlds and makes this work in his philanthropic work. I found him an interesting character who sometimes struggles with his identity. The characters felt like they could have been my friends in real life as they felt so well crafted and relatable. This story was beautifully written and reminded me of Sarah M. Eden’s writing. The plot felt different as it contained an enjoyable and exiting collection of elements starting off with the mystery of Robin Hood’s identity. It had me turning pages into the wee hours of the night to get answers, and I was thoroughly surprised who Robin Hood turned out to be. My favorite part of the story was the amusing way the relationship between Genevieve and Daniel developed. Starting with mutual distrust, they came to trust each other explicitly and rely on each other’s help as the story progressed. Least favorite part was when Genevieve found herself in a dangerous part of Town not able to escape threatening men. Thank you to publisher Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley for this eARC which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: Deception by Gaslight is the exiting start of the very promising new series which will captivate readers of cozy mysteries. It contains a collection of well crafted mystery elements and relatable characters that will stay in your memory for a long time. I eagerly await the next installment in the series or any other release from this author. Similar authors to explore might be Dianne Freeman or Andrea Penrose. Rating: 5 stars / 5 Main reason: interesting and entertaining plot, relatable characters, beautiful writing

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    After putting in a long day of work and being shut up duing COVID-19 , this was what I really needed to provide for some rest and relaxation. I thought the story was very well-written and a nice change to see a woman's position as more than just becoming married and wife. The mystery was good and I thought the twists and turns were done very well. Not much into mysteries but this one captivated my attention on finding out who was robbing the wealthy and "who dunnit" on the murder aspect. Adored After putting in a long day of work and being shut up duing COVID-19 , this was what I really needed to provide for some rest and relaxation. I thought the story was very well-written and a nice change to see a woman's position as more than just becoming married and wife. The mystery was good and I thought the twists and turns were done very well. Not much into mysteries but this one captivated my attention on finding out who was robbing the wealthy and "who dunnit" on the murder aspect. Adored Genevieve's character and determination to finding out who harmed her friends and showing her bluestocking side as a journalist. I always love a good romance and liked the attraction between her and Daniel. This was a very entertaining and enjoyable read for this reader by first time author, Kate Belli. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amber Slagle

    I'm sorry, but this book is not for me. I really wanted to like it since I love this era, but I just couldn't get into it. The writing was not my style. This is only my preference and I'm sure other people would enjoy this style of writing. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for my honest review. I'm sorry, but this book is not for me. I really wanted to like it since I love this era, but I just couldn't get into it. The writing was not my style. This is only my preference and I'm sure other people would enjoy this style of writing. Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Berryman

    I haven't read many historical mysteries lately but the synopsis of this one sounded intriguing. This time period is fascinating and Kate is an interesting character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review. I haven't read many historical mysteries lately but the synopsis of this one sounded intriguing. This time period is fascinating and Kate is an interesting character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    When life turns on its end and you "have nothing to do", superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Glittering Gilded-Age New York holds its lavi When life turns on its end and you "have nothing to do", superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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 neighbourhood. A handsome neighbourhood 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. I enjoyed the historical background of this novel as I am a social history FANATIC so I know all about Mrs. Astos and her 400 and the Five Points Neighbourhood. The mystery is well crafted and I was happy to read a book where the mystery and killer are well hidden until the very end. (There was a certain very highly paid mystery Irish-American writer who I generally guessed who the killer was the moment that they are introduced! However, as she recently passed perhaps I can pass on this advice: it is the same with your daughter's books. ... lol) Genevieve is very plucky and I like that - I look forward to reading the other books in the series, for sure! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 💡💡💡💡💡

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christi M

    Originally I wondered if the gaslight in the title was a reference to the actual gas-light of that era, or was a story about being gaslighted. Either way, I knew it was a story that I would be intrigued by, not to mention it having a terrific cover. Set in the times of the Astor 400, which was a fun fact to learn about and look up on the Internet, Genevieve Stewart is a young journalist attempting to track down information about the famed Robin Hood – a jewel thief who has been stealing from the Originally I wondered if the gaslight in the title was a reference to the actual gas-light of that era, or was a story about being gaslighted. Either way, I knew it was a story that I would be intrigued by, not to mention it having a terrific cover. Set in the times of the Astor 400, which was a fun fact to learn about and look up on the Internet, Genevieve Stewart is a young journalist attempting to track down information about the famed Robin Hood – a jewel thief who has been stealing from the wealthy. During her hunt for information she runs across a handsome Daniel McCaffrey and he immediately becomes a potential suspect or a potential romantic interest. Inbetween times of journalist pursuit she also is a welcome addition to the high society parties and balls since her family is also included in the Astor 400 list. As Genevieve continues tracking down her story, she finds that additional deaths may be related, but what is worse is that Daniel, whom she has started getting close to, may be the culprit. There are books that you enjoy, but slow read and then there are books that you can’t read fast enough. This was the latter because it was just so likeable. The writing was quick and flowing and there always seemed to be something to keep me interested – be it the investigative work and the danger it brings, the balls, or the potential romance. There truly was never a dull moment. I did, however, wonder about some of the choices Genevieve makes concerning her safety. There are times in the book where you want to go “No! That doesn’t sound like a smart idea considering what has been going on,” but it never kept me from enjoying the overall story. The very, very end also felt a little Hollywood-ish and while I was emotionally satisfied, I also knew that logically it probably would not have happened that way. Recommended for those who enjoy the 1880 American Gilded Age era society stories, and light reads with fast-paced action and story that includes a dash of romance. Rating: 4.5 stars Thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Thanks to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this mystery with Geneievie and Daniel set in NYC in the late 1800's, someone is stealing jewelry from the Astor 400 and Geneive wants to find out who is Robin Hood! She meets Daniel when investigating and they become partners. I hope that the author writes more novels with this pair! I won't spoil the mystery! Thanks to netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this mystery with Geneievie and Daniel set in NYC in the late 1800's, someone is stealing jewelry from the Astor 400 and Geneive wants to find out who is Robin Hood! She meets Daniel when investigating and they become partners. I hope that the author writes more novels with this pair! I won't spoil the mystery!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Genevieve Stewart is from a prominent but eccentric family. After a broken engagement she wants to prove herself as a reporter. She begins to investigate a thief styling himself as “Robin Hood” for the NYC Globe newspaper. Through her investigations she meets Daniel McCaffrey. He is the mysterious heir to the Van Joost fortune with a questionable background who just happens to be at all the crime scenes. But “Robin Hood” goes beyond simply robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Dead bodies Genevieve Stewart is from a prominent but eccentric family. After a broken engagement she wants to prove herself as a reporter. She begins to investigate a thief styling himself as “Robin Hood” for the NYC Globe newspaper. Through her investigations she meets Daniel McCaffrey. He is the mysterious heir to the Van Joost fortune with a questionable background who just happens to be at all the crime scenes. But “Robin Hood” goes beyond simply robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. Dead bodies begin to appear with the robberies and Genevieve can help but suspect Daniel. The attraction and secrets between Genevieve and Daniel begin to mount. Can they trust each other before they become targets themselves? An impressive debut novel. Kate Belli has created so many characters to work with for subsequent books for a series. I became invested in the main characters. As well as in Daniel’s friend Rupert and Genevieve’s friends Callie and Eliza. The backdrop of NYC corruption in the late 1800’s is compelling too. P.S. Beautiful cover Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katrin D

    There’s nothing “very” wrong with this book except it was excruciatingly boring. I cannot even express how much of a chore reading this felt like. The mystery was related to housing reform. Yeah. It is precisely as boring as it sounds. The main characters have no personal relation to the “mystery” and the murders except the female MC is a journalist and wants to write a story. Which, unfortunately, means there are no real stakes. Also, the male MC is this supposedly dark, brooding, and mysteriou There’s nothing “very” wrong with this book except it was excruciatingly boring. I cannot even express how much of a chore reading this felt like. The mystery was related to housing reform. Yeah. It is precisely as boring as it sounds. The main characters have no personal relation to the “mystery” and the murders except the female MC is a journalist and wants to write a story. Which, unfortunately, means there are no real stakes. Also, the male MC is this supposedly dark, brooding, and mysterious man, who 5 pages after we meet him is no longer dark, brooding and mysterious. The MCs also fall in insta-love/attraction, which honestly, did nothing to improve the story. Overall, the whole story was clinical, it invoked absolutely no feelings in me except that all-encompassing boredom I already mentioned.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Minx

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

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samantha W.

    For a debut novel, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. Daniel and Genevieve are very loveable characters. They both have a little bit of mystery surrounding themselves but they're so interesting. I feel like this is very similar to Sherry Thomas's novels, the Lady Sherlock ones. There's a wee bit of romance building but nothing comes of it except me being mad that they didn't kiss. 😂 For a debut novel, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel. Daniel and Genevieve are very loveable characters. They both have a little bit of mystery surrounding themselves but they're so interesting. I feel like this is very similar to Sherry Thomas's novels, the Lady Sherlock ones. There's a wee bit of romance building but nothing comes of it except me being mad that they didn't kiss. 😂

  19. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    3.5 stars. Thank you, Netgalley and the publisher, for giving me this to read early! This book is a historical fiction mystery, set in the late 1880s in New York. Guinevere is a journalist and she's determined to uncover who this Robin Hood - who steals from the rich and apparently gives to the poor - really is. While on this chase, however, she stumbles onto something much bigger. I really liked the writing. It was smooth and clear. The setting was done very well, and I loved the descriptions we g 3.5 stars. Thank you, Netgalley and the publisher, for giving me this to read early! This book is a historical fiction mystery, set in the late 1880s in New York. Guinevere is a journalist and she's determined to uncover who this Robin Hood - who steals from the rich and apparently gives to the poor - really is. While on this chase, however, she stumbles onto something much bigger. I really liked the writing. It was smooth and clear. The setting was done very well, and I loved the descriptions we got about the city and society and surroundings in general. They were to the point and never overdone. There was no excessive description of uninteresting things to the plot, which I really appreciated. G was overall a really nice character, and Daniel was amazing. Their friends, too, and G's family all have distinct personalities and I enjoyed getting to know them all. Now, I generally tend to dislike stories about journalists, whether the format is a book or a movie or a tv-show, because their behaviour is normally distasteful at best and downright terrible at worst. I find it difficult to sympathise with characters in this profession, so I tend to just avoid stories that include them altogether. G is a journalist, so I was a little wary going into this and worried it would turn me off the story. Remarkably, however, G didn't annoy me that much. There were a couple of occasions where I felt she acted in a way that any decent person would be ashamed of and she should rightfully be given an earful about, but on these occasions the dual perspective we get throughout the book saves these scenes just in time - whether it's Daniel being a voice of reason or another scene interrupting the current one, I'm either relieved or distracted. **Mind you, this is just a personal preference for me. Like I say, journalists are characters in stories that I struggle to sympathise with and if I don't sympathise with a character they tend to just annoy me. Luckily G is made to be a moral journalist. And although I survived her journalistic tendencies relatively unscathed there are a few moments where I admit to being annoyed at G for being dumb in general. She has some of these "yes someone tried to hurt me but I can take care of myself so I don't need your help" moments, you see. Sigh Woman, I get it, you're tough and you're brave. But when someone has tried to hurt you and you have a friend who can help, who you say you trust, then you let them help. It's called common sense, plus it's smart to use the resources you have at your disposal. If you have a partner who can help, then you let them. If you have a partner that can do something you should not do because it could endanger your life but not theirs, then you let them do it. It does not harm your independence to accept help when you need it. Anyway. Moving on to the plot! The mysteries (for there are more than one going on at the same time) are intriguing and there is rarely a proper pause in action. So much is going on! And just when you want something more to happen, it does. Theft? Murder? A past coming back to bite? You get a little of everything here. There are so many balls in the air, and it's so satisfying when they start landing in their place one after the other! I really hardly noticed I was turning pages. I felt some things could have been done a little better. G's suspicion (view spoiler)[of Daniel, for example, doesn't really have much solid ground, and her insistence on him having a link to Robin Hood seems kind of baseless and desperate, (hide spoiler)] but it's surrounded by enough other mysteries and developments to be masked pretty well. It's not bothersome by any means, it just doesn't make G seem as professional as I think she's meant to be. All in all, I think this is a solid 3.5ish star book. I really enjoyed the characters, the setting, the mystery.. I think if you like historical fiction and mysteries then you're going to like this book for sure! And it seems this is to be the first in a series? So if that's the case I'm sure I'll be reading the next instalment as well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli Gilded Gotham Mystery #1 Mixed feelings on this one. I enjoyed the beginning…great introduction…then enjoyed the next scene, too, but for some reason I was not hooked enough to read every word. That said, I did skim quickly because I wanted to find out what would happen. I had the sense of watching a movie set in the period while also remembering books I read long ago that were of that era. Why I wasn’t invested in the characters might have had to do with Genevi Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli Gilded Gotham Mystery #1 Mixed feelings on this one. I enjoyed the beginning…great introduction…then enjoyed the next scene, too, but for some reason I was not hooked enough to read every word. That said, I did skim quickly because I wanted to find out what would happen. I had the sense of watching a movie set in the period while also remembering books I read long ago that were of that era. Why I wasn’t invested in the characters might have had to do with Genevieve, in her mid-twenties, being at times incautious and actually making dangerous life-threatening decisions while chasing a story. The writing flowed and descriptions appealed to all five senses giving a good feel for the time, clothing, etc. and I felt that I was there in some scenes. In some ways the story read like a penny dreadful and in others…not quite. There were murders, thefts, news stories to follow, social issues relevant to the times, newsworthy happenings, stories given to men that Genevieve wanted, and a bit of romance. I am not sure how I feel about this book and though I didn’t read word for word might give book two a chance to see what Genevieve and Daniel get up to and whether or not their relationship will develop. Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2 for my interest in the story 3 it is in the middle 4 Stars as I believe it has merit and will appeal to more readers than it doesn’t appeal to

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Jaeger

    WHile some parts of this book were fun to read, others became very tedious and I found myself wanting to skip ahead. I didn't, sticking it out to the end. Deception by Gaslight takes place in NY at the turn of the twentieth century. Protagonist Genevive Stewart is from a wealthy if unconventional family. She works at a news paper as the only woman on staff. During this time a great many of the NY 400 families are being robbed by someone the press has dubbed ROBIN HOOD. As soon as I read that my m WHile some parts of this book were fun to read, others became very tedious and I found myself wanting to skip ahead. I didn't, sticking it out to the end. Deception by Gaslight takes place in NY at the turn of the twentieth century. Protagonist Genevive Stewart is from a wealthy if unconventional family. She works at a news paper as the only woman on staff. During this time a great many of the NY 400 families are being robbed by someone the press has dubbed ROBIN HOOD. As soon as I read that my mind immediately went to the MGM musical Robin and the Seven Hoods. The hero is a wealthy man who may or may not be RobinHood and Genevive is determined to find out if he is. Plot points appear, diverge, and the two are thrown together more times than not. A plot about tenement housing issues gets these two "working" together to unearth a sinister plot. There are a couple of murders, more robberies, and the identity of Robin Hood is revealed towards the end. Who it is is almost laughable. For a debut novel this one is well written and I thoroughly enjoyed the main character of Genevive. The ending hints at this being a series, so that's something to look forward to. Thanks to Netgalley for a sneak peek.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    I received an eARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 out of 5 stars. A fast paced murder mystery, a cat and mouse-esque relationship and a righteous thief bind this story together. However, there were at times quite a lot of moments that were just high society scenes that didn't lend itself to the plot at all. I felt that some of the side characters could have played bigger roles or had more depth to them. I did enjoy the dynamic between the two main characters however, I received an eARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 out of 5 stars. A fast paced murder mystery, a cat and mouse-esque relationship and a righteous thief bind this story together. However, there were at times quite a lot of moments that were just high society scenes that didn't lend itself to the plot at all. I felt that some of the side characters could have played bigger roles or had more depth to them. I did enjoy the dynamic between the two main characters however, and enjoyed the journalistic side.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aisyah

    It's a historical mystery set in New York , 1888. We have a young journalist, Genevieve Stewart who is after a theif and a murderer called Robin Hood. She was investigating the crime by herself and it leads her to a man named Daniel McCaffrey. Daniel is a mysterious, no no, let's not use the word. Questionable, yes. He is questionable person. Not many knows about his past or how he ended up being a heir of Costwold household, which is count so popular at the time. A lot of theories about Robin H It's a historical mystery set in New York , 1888. We have a young journalist, Genevieve Stewart who is after a theif and a murderer called Robin Hood. She was investigating the crime by herself and it leads her to a man named Daniel McCaffrey. Daniel is a mysterious, no no, let's not use the word. Questionable, yes. He is questionable person. Not many knows about his past or how he ended up being a heir of Costwold household, which is count so popular at the time. A lot of theories about Robin Hood pointing towards him. So the story tells how these two characters uncover the truth and the culprit. I would like to say, the plot is so wonderful! Even though it is quite slow at the beginning, honestly. But there's so much detail added into the plot, makes the story more alive. Even for me ( that have no idea of how a historical New York looks like ) , I can imagine the complete situation and the background. It was an fantastic experience. I like both of the main character as they work together really well. These two teammed up to investigate the case by attending balls and parties together to collect some information and suspects. This way is more unique and show chemistry between them, because of course they can't go search at the crime scene. They are just normal citizens. But mingle in social events TOGETHER brings more of their moments and that just what I need. Although I said the story is well detailed, it doesn't fits in at the climax of the plot. I found the sentences really confusing as there are scene that happened very quickly but the detail makes it 'slow mo'. But I did catch up on what happened after a few time rereading the scene. Rating : 4.7 / 5 🌟

  24. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    This was a joy to read!! I can’t wait for more. - This is a delightful mystery set in the Gilded Age in NYC, aka all the glitz and glamour you could want! And of course, some sneaky journalism to boot. Genevieve, part of the Astor 400 but a bit disgraced, works as a journalist. The city's richest families have been plagued by thefts purported to be done by one Robin Hood, who donates his profits to the poor. Genevieve is determined to figure out who Robin Hood is, and meets the elusive Daniel McCa This was a joy to read!! I can’t wait for more. - This is a delightful mystery set in the Gilded Age in NYC, aka all the glitz and glamour you could want! And of course, some sneaky journalism to boot. Genevieve, part of the Astor 400 but a bit disgraced, works as a journalist. The city's richest families have been plagued by thefts purported to be done by one Robin Hood, who donates his profits to the poor. Genevieve is determined to figure out who Robin Hood is, and meets the elusive Daniel McCaffrey on her journey to solve this mystery. He has more to hide than Genevieve would like, so of course she hunts him down, and an unlikely bond forms between the two. Thus, hijinks ensue!! I loved our leading lady, and can see something growing between her and Daniel. I appreciated that a romance wasn't forced in book one, and instead they got to know each other as friends and confidants. While the plot moves along at a good pace, nothing felt too rushed, though of course the ending was full of excitement. I did slightly guess who was Robin Hood in the end (I am impressed at myself because usually I live in ignorance until I'm told how a mystery is solved), but that didn't dampen my fun. I never knew where Belli would take us next, and it was lovely to explore the streets of 1880s New York City with her words to guide me. It also is perfectly set up for book two, which I cannot wait for!! This is the perfect cozy read for fall and winter, so if you're looking for something fun, heartwarming, and surprising, this is the book for you. It definitely gave me quite the rollercoaster of emotions, in all the best ways.

  25. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli was an engaging beginning to a new historical mystery series. Ms. Belli's writing was descriptive throughout the book and made New York City during the "Gilded Age" and the characters come to life. I admired Genevieve's grit and determination to make a life for herself outside of her family's wealthy society status. Daniel McCaffrey is a mystery to the denizens of society but the author begins to peel back the layers to this character as the story progresses. G Deception by Gaslight by Kate Belli was an engaging beginning to a new historical mystery series. Ms. Belli's writing was descriptive throughout the book and made New York City during the "Gilded Age" and the characters come to life. I admired Genevieve's grit and determination to make a life for herself outside of her family's wealthy society status. Daniel McCaffrey is a mystery to the denizens of society but the author begins to peel back the layers to this character as the story progresses. Genevieve and Daniel worked well together once a foundation of trust was established. A smoothly paced plot that twisted as blackmail, greed and secrets were revealed until the dramatic reveal. I hope the author will share more about the secondary characters, Rupert and Esme in the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    For a new author I think this was good. I didn’t find the mystery very compelling and the ending seemed anticlimactic, though once I got over my disappointment I was able to give the author points for originality. I think the romance is going to be a slow burn (not a reason to subtract stars, just a statement). The four stars is mostly because I liked the characters and the relationships in this story. Genevieve, her parents, Daniel, Rupert, Esmie, Eliza, and Callie. They seemed real to me. * For a new author I think this was good. I didn’t find the mystery very compelling and the ending seemed anticlimactic, though once I got over my disappointment I was able to give the author points for originality. I think the romance is going to be a slow burn (not a reason to subtract stars, just a statement). The four stars is mostly because I liked the characters and the relationships in this story. Genevieve, her parents, Daniel, Rupert, Esmie, Eliza, and Callie. They seemed real to me. *nudges author* Maybe we’ll get to spend more time with Genevieve’s brothers in the next book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elodie

    Deception by Gaslight A Gilded Gotham Mystery Kate Bellli https://www.facebook.com/Kate-Belli-A... Release date 10/06/2020 Publisher Crooked Lane Books 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 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 Deception by Gaslight A Gilded Gotham Mystery Kate Bellli https://www.facebook.com/Kate-Belli-A... Release date 10/06/2020 Publisher Crooked Lane Books 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 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. 𝗠𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 When danger will test their faith in one another ... I am slowly rediscovering reading mystery/thriller tales, younger I devoured all the Agatha Christie then Lilian Jackson Brown (love cats) then Anne Perry which combined everything I love, amateur sleuths, historical setting and romance. And this debut novel has everything to keep me glued to its pages. Intriguing characters with a past, a burgeoning romance plus danger and a series of crime to unravel. On top, it is constructed like a romance, offering the two heroes a voice when in the many other mysteries I have read, only the lead character get his point of view transcribed. The period added too to my delights while reading, I love to learn about the Gilded-Age, this time with a step in the past and another in the future. Genevieve is privileged, not only by birth. Her family does not fit in any classical standard, a mother fighting for women’s right, a father advocating on the verge of eradication species, a n explorer for a brother and an architect for the other. This is not the usual for the upper crust. They embrace their differences, thus when she decided to follow her path by becoming a reporter, they supported her. She turned from Astor 400 debutante to newspapers columnist. While it was her therapy after her failed season, she desperately wants to prove herself thus tracking the sensation of the moment, the modern Robin Hood breaking in the house of the privileged. Daniel is a walking conundrum, a veil between the lowly and the lofty. From the beginning, it is easy to see he is not who he appears. He wears a mask on all occasions. His past is no true surprise when he reveals it as many hints were spread. He is a man torn between an oath he made to himself and a desire to free himself from it for a less lonely future. With his own roundabout ways, he tries to improve the life of those he shares a past with as he understands their pleas. They are supported by a bunch of as much unconventional friends, Rupert the destitute earl, Callie also facing the same predicament, Eliza the artist, Esmie the no so demure wallflower.... The mystery part is quite devious, even if the villains were easy to figure out. Not all the villains get their right comeuppance, but their scheming ways are halted. As first in a series, Daniel and Genevieve’s relationship is left unresolved, theirs is no insta love, sure there is an attraction but it is also full of doubts and their lack of trust nearly tore them apart, so we are left with a thread of hope to keep us on edge until the next in this series. A 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 for this entrancing story, I am now left with the need to know what will come next. I was granted an advance copy by the publisher, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Stuart

    Deception by Gaslight is a cosy mystery novel, although it is not one in which there appears no violence. Indeed, there are moments of brutality that a prospective reader must be aware of, but they are neither gruesome nor gratuitous in nature. It is a fast paced book is set in the late 1888 in the growing metropolis of New York, making it set in the Victoria era, a period of history that is close enough to be well known and yet far enough away to make the time seem murky in our collective consc Deception by Gaslight is a cosy mystery novel, although it is not one in which there appears no violence. Indeed, there are moments of brutality that a prospective reader must be aware of, but they are neither gruesome nor gratuitous in nature. It is a fast paced book is set in the late 1888 in the growing metropolis of New York, making it set in the Victoria era, a period of history that is close enough to be well known and yet far enough away to make the time seem murky in our collective consciousness. We are introduced to the main characters almost immediately. We see the well-heeled socialite Genevieve stumbling into a dangerous situation and the enigmatically dressed Daniel who saves her from certain ruin, but not before she witnesses the unsavoury sight of a decomposing body at the end of the alleyway. Genevieve and Daniel both move in what is known as the Astor 400, which was a list of the best that New York society has to offer during the Gilded Age. The so-called list was published in The New York Times on February 16th, 1892, making both characters well respected and much fawned over. Genevieve is considered at 26 years of age to be a probable old maid, stood up at the aisle by her fiancé because her mother had been arrested for protesting for the rights of women to vote and she now, with the blessing of her forward thinking parents, concentrates on building a career as a journalist. Daniel, with his questionable past which queried just why he was made the unrelated heir to an affluent socialite and his vast fortune, with his penchant to shift his living arrangements from America to Europe on a regular basis and has shown no known interest in the opposite sex. Of course, it goes without saying that this does not run true for the course of the whole novel, which an enjoyable love story brewing underneath the mystery between the two main characters as they search for clues to solve the puzzle that was befuddling society. At large is a thief who openly markets himself as Robin Hood is stealing items of great worth from the rich and purporting to give the proceeds to the poor after explaining his crimes in letters that are sent to Genevieve’s newspaper, making him a local folk hero with the teaming masses of New York. But this is not the only mystery that Genevieve and Daniel find themselves trying to unravel as a shadowy paper company seems to be undermining the said goal of the city of better housing for the poor under the veneer of respectability. The characters are drawn well enough over the course of the novel to make them engaging and likeable, but also left open enough to expect new information revealed further in novels yet to be written, which the reader can gauge the likelihood of to be strong with the final chapter alluding to the next mystery that will be tackled by the unlikely heroes. The story is well written and enjoyable, It does not require great detective skills to work out where the mystery is leading, but that doesn’t take away from the pleasure of reading the novel.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Deception by Gaslight is the first book in the Gilded Gotham Mystery series by Kate Belli. And what a fun start it was! If the following installments are as exciting as this one, I hope this series will run for a long time to come. In 1888 Gilded Age New York, a jewel thief is hitting the homes of the Astor 400 (also know as "rich people"). He's writing to newspapers claiming to be stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, so he's being called Robin Hood. Genevieve Stewart, a young woman fro Deception by Gaslight is the first book in the Gilded Gotham Mystery series by Kate Belli. And what a fun start it was! If the following installments are as exciting as this one, I hope this series will run for a long time to come. In 1888 Gilded Age New York, a jewel thief is hitting the homes of the Astor 400 (also know as "rich people"). He's writing to newspapers claiming to be stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, so he's being called Robin Hood. Genevieve Stewart, a young woman from a peculiar family that's part of the Astor 400, is bucking tradition and making her own way as a newspaper reporter. While following the Robin Hood story she roams the dark dangerous streets and sees a murder victim. When it appears she is going to be accosted by men who were following her, she is saved by a handsome neighborhood tough. A few days later at a party, she meets wealthy Daniel McCaffrey...who just happens to be the tough who helped her in the dangerous Five Points neighborhood! Genevieve believes Daniel may be Robin Hood. However, when there are two more murders, she can't believe that Daniel killed anyone. The two become partners in the search for the truth. This was truly an entertaining story. The mystery concerning street gangs, thefts, murders, dirty cops and poor housing conditions was exciting, but the characters really made the book. Genevieve grew up in a wealthy family but wasn't content to spend her time flitting from party to party. She wanted to be a real reporter and was getting tired of being given stories about flower shows or best babies. She was hoping the Robin Hood story would be her big break. Daniel was a total mystery, even more interesting than the murders here. He grew up poor but inherited a fortune. Why? What happened to his sister Maggie? There was just so much to learn about him! Genevieve and Daniel were very drawn to each other, and I hope to see their relationship grow. The supporting characters were all well drawn, especially Daniel's best friend Rupert and Tommy Meade, gang boss. The story was complete and didn't end on a cliffhanger, but the epilogue did! Ms. Belli, please hurry up so I can find out what happened! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed were entirely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Witzenhausen

    I received a complimentary ARC copy of Deception by Gaslight (A Gilded Gotham Mystery) by Kate Belli from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review. ...the mystery plot itself although slow to build, definitely does not disappoint... Set in New York in 1888, journalist Genevieve Stewart is desperately looking to make a name for herself at her current paper the Globe. Genevieve relegated to writing about Baby Shows and the minor events of high society, she just can I received a complimentary ARC copy of Deception by Gaslight (A Gilded Gotham Mystery) by Kate Belli from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in order to read and give an honest review. ...the mystery plot itself although slow to build, definitely does not disappoint... Set in New York in 1888, journalist Genevieve Stewart is desperately looking to make a name for herself at her current paper the Globe. Genevieve relegated to writing about Baby Shows and the minor events of high society, she just can't seem to get taken seriously as a journalist when an elusive jewel thief dubbed "Robin Hood" starts making an appearance, robbing from the ‘Astor 400’, the cream of the crop of New York society seems to be just the story she has been looking for.  Although herself on the outskirts of the Astor 400 after her activist Mother creates a stir and a planned marriage to another member ends, she has found herself often ignored and pitied among high society.  Trying to make a name for herself she begins to use her connections to try and get the 'Robin Hood' story, the scoop of the century.  While in a seedy area of the city pursuing a lead, she is accosted by ruffians and rescued begrudgingly by a handsome stranger, Danny, only to learn Daniel McCaffrey is part of the Astor 400. Convinced that Daniel is in fact Robin Hood she sets her sites to get to the truth, but instead gets herself in the middle of murder, mayhem, and corruption at the highest levels. Clever, complex, and very well-written, this book keeps the reader turning the pages. The author creates interesting, dynamic, and real characters who although flawed, are likeable and well developed.  I loved Genevieve's strong and intelligent personality, as well as the clever banter that occurs between her and Daniel. The mystery plot itself although slow to build, definitely does not disappoint.  With twists and turns, this book keeps you guessing to the very satisfying end although it does leave a cliffhanger in the epilogue. I'm now a fan of Kate Belli and certainly looking forward to reading future books in this series!

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