Tuesday, October 4, 2022

ARC Review: Treachery on Tenth Street by Kate Belli

Treachery on Tenth Street

Kate Belli
Series: A Gilded Gotham Mystery (Book 3)
Publication: Crooked Lane Books (October 11, 2022)

Description: Somebody’s killing the most glamorous models in Gilded-Age New York, but intrepid Genevieve Stewart is up to the task in Kate Belli’s third Gilded Gotham mystery, for fans of Victoria Thompson and Andrea Penrose.

As a heat wave engulfs New York in the summer of 1889, the city’s top models begin turning up dead, one by one, suggesting the work of a single killer. Society girl turned investigative journalist Genevieve Stewart is drawn into the case when Beatrice Holler, one of her friend Callie’s fellow models, is found with her throat cut.

Genevieve and her compatriot, wealthy Daniel McCaffrey, are joined by Callie to seek out the suspects, which leads them to search for answers from the members of the elite, notorious gangsters, and the city's most prominent painters.

In an era when London’s Jack the Ripper murders have everyone on edge, the police want to keep the killings quiet. But the bodies are piling up as fast as the suspects—and unless the killer is found, the simmering New York summer could boil over into madness.

My Thoughts: When Genevieve Stewart's friend Callie reappears after disappearing from society, she brings with her a mystery that she would like Genevieve to investigate. One of her friends, an artist's model named Bea, was found with her throat slashed and the police are calling it suicide. Genevieve, along with her friend Daniel, are both eager to look into this case.

When their investigation leads to a second murdered young artist's model, they have a host of artists and male patrons of art as their suspects. The police are willing to let Genevieve and Daniel investigate though they are trying to keep their investigations quiet. The police are concerned that the public will be needlessly frightened especially since some of the newspapers are saying that Jack the Ripper has made his way to New York. 

When a third artists' model is also murdered while with Genevieve, Daniel and other friends at Coney Island, fears rise that Genevieve's friend Callie might be next. 

This was an entertaining historical mystery set in New York in 1889. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. I liked the way Genevieve and Daniel's romance is progressing toward marriage. I liked the way he supported her in her quest to become an investigative journalist. There was a lot of action and a lot of suspects for Genevieve to investigate.

Fans of the series will enjoy this episode.

Favorite Quote:
Whether the heat or a general dismissal of women was to blame, the lack of action on the case was both discouraging and infuriating.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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