Betrayal on the Bowery
(A Gilded Gotham Mystery)
Release date: October 12th, 2021
…Belli does a brilliant job with her compelling characters, intriguing plotlines and with rich historical details that transport you back to New York City in the late 1880’s…
Picking up where Author Kate Belli left us in Deception by Gaslight, her first book in the A Gilded Gotham Mystery series, Betrayal on the Bowery continues throwing Daniel and Genevieve into yet another set of mysteries to solve. The book opens with Genevieve and Daniel seeing off their newlywed friends, Rupert and Esmie’s off on their honeymoon cruise to Europe. When a blood curdling scream follows as Esmie goes below deck, Daniel and Genevieve know that something is terribly wrong with their friends. Racing aboard they find the body a young man who had burst into their stateroom deathly ill, rambling warnings to Esmie about demons before collapsing at her feet. Trying to check for signs of life Daniel rolls him over but he has died. While searching his pockets looking for identification, he finds what he believes to be a coin before absentmindedly pocketing it as the help arrives. It is later realized that he was a former hopeful suiter from Esmie’s past making Rupert a prime suspect in the suspicious death.
Once off the ship Daniel realizes the coin is not a coin but a medallion from a bar called Boyle’s Suicide Tavern a brothel with a deadly reputation. With the lead detective, seeking revenge after the events of Deception of Gaslight, his sights focused on Rupert, Genevieve and Daniel must fight to prove Rupert’s innocence. When a second young man dies in the same manner and with the disappearance of a socialite it appears that they may all be connected. When the clues add up to something much larger than they thought they realize they’re in for the fight of their lives. There are so many twists and turns with clues leading them to haunted mansions, seedy brothels, and dark alleys, they risk it all to save the missing heiress, and clear their friend of murder.
Kate Belli does a brilliant job with her compelling characters, intriguing plotlines and with her rich historical details she transports you back to New York City in the late 1880’s. I love this series and cannot wait to read more of Genevieve and Daniel’s adventures.