The Gilded Gotham Series

Deception By Gaslight

Betrayal on the Bowery

Treachery on Tenth Street

Opulence and Ashes

Massage Therapy Camp Hill

Book Four in the Gilded Gotham Mystery Series 


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Opulence and Ashes

The rich are getting richer—and stone-cold dead—in the next installment in Kate Belli’s thrilling Gilded Gotham Mystery series, for fans of Rhys Bowen and Deanna Raybourn.

Spring, 1890. The long New York winter is over, the buds are blossoming, and romance is in the air. But not all’s right in Gilded-Age Manhattan. Genevieve, a society journalist, and her fiancé, Daniel, are working with photographer Dagmar Hansen on an investigation into the House of Refuge, a children’s workhouse, inspired by Daniel’s near incarceration when he was young. Genevieve is also working on her own piece for the Globe about the Sunflower Mission House, which burned down in a suspicious fire.

When a blaze consumes Dagmar’s studio—and Genevieve barely escapes with her life in another—Daniel urges her to stop her investigation. But Genevieve is determined to finish the story, and her leads take her deep into the heart of the Bowery. When Genevieve suddenly goes missing, Daniel searches the city in a desperate effort to find her. When their new Fifth Avenue home is also set ablaze, Daniel fears the worst.

Someone has their sights on Genevieve—and if she can’t escape, she could be the next to go up in flames.


“Kate Belli gives readers a mix of beautiful, heart-melting moments and action scenes that make you hold your breath while reading . . . one of my most eagerly awaited books for 2023″

Goodreads review

“Fascinating characters, twisty plot, red herrings that would frighten a fish monger, and a truly riveting story.”

Library Thing Review

“[A] dramatic climax . . . Series fans will enjoy.”

Publishers Weekly

“The several mysteries are greatly enhanced by social commentary and the unsettling feeling that the battle continues.”

Kirkus Review

The Gilded Gotham Mystery Series