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Deception by Gaslight

(A Gilded Gotham Mystery #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 327 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Crooked Lane Books
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JEN A
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Phrynne
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
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
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Kylie H
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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 ...more
Susan Z
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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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
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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
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Sandra Berryman
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Janet
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Christi M
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jen
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!
Christy
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Minx
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Amber Slagle
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
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.
Elodie
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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

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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
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Layla
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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,
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Josephine
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Aisyah
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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JoAn
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, arc, historical
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
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Peggy Jaeger
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Courtney Stuart
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Kat
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
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
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Belinda Witzenhausen
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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Caitlyn Lynch
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In 1888, the midst of the Gilded Age, Genevieve Stewart is both part of the ‘Astor 400’, the wealthiest upper echelons of New York society, and not. Finding the endless whirl of society unfulfilling and the suggested life path of marrying another of the Astor 400 unpalatable, she becomes, with her eccentric but wealthy family’s backing, a journalist. And at the beginning of the book, she is on the trail of the elusive ‘Robin Hood’, a jewel thief targeting the rich and allegedly, sharing their sp ...more
Toni
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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 murd
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Cathy Geha
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Karren Hodgkins
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lots of tension, many threads and twists and turns!

The lead is a committed professional who doesn’t appreciate the double standards of the times. Like her colleagues, she wants to write stories that are relevant and be given recognition for a job well done. She is brave, intelligent and inspiring. Understandably, she drives the men in her life to distraction. This includes her ‘partner’ in solving the murder mystery. She takes some at times life-threatening risks and when challenged struggles to
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Mystica
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
1888 New York City is full of its prejudices and traditions. Genevieve is an unusual case. Her family rich and part of the upper crust, fully support her journalistic ambitions - absolutely different to the rest of tradition encrusted New York society and she finds herself in the middle of the story of the decade.

A modern day Robin Hood robbing from the rich and distributing to the poor. When a change in the scenario of murder enters the scene Genevieve begins to suspect that either Robin Hood h
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Jennifer Pence
This is a mystery set in the Gilded Age in New York. Genevieve is the daughter of a wealthy family who doesn’t want to follow the prescribed path— marriage, children and parties, but works instead as a journalist. Daniel was born poor but was named as the heir to a very wealthy man when he was in his teens. A man calling himself Robin Hood has been stealing from the rich and claiming to give the proceeds to the poor. Genevieve is determined to unmask Robin Hood and Daniel gets wrapped up in the ...more
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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. ...more

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