Deception by Gaslight (A Gilded Gotham Mystery) by Kate Belli, publishing date 6 October 2020.
The first book in a promising new mystery series. Set in New York in 1888, the year of Jack the Ripper. I actually expected at least a Ripper reference, but, although there was no such reference, the story did not disappoint. The journalist and socialite Genevieve tries to persuade her editor that she is the best reporter on the team to write about the infamous Robin Hood burglaries; jewellery has been stolen from the rich and famous and donations to the poor have been made. Since her editor doesn’t think so, and Robin Hood strikes very close to home, Genevieve teams up with Daniel, the broodingly handsome heir to a fortune. A man with a mysterious past, who might actually be Robin Hood himself.
Together the pair has to find out who Robin Hood is; why he suddenly started to murder people in addition to stealing their gems; how a secret business venture the rich are talking about behind closed doors fits into the story; and whether or not the two of them have feelings for each other.
The book wraps up nearly all of the questions, though the epilogue hints at another adventure of the two protagonists. Let’s hope I won’t have to wait too long to find out what the two have to uncover next.
3.5/5 Goodreads stars (that’s 4/5)