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.


“A definite adventure in the Gilded Age, full of scandals of the elite and crimes of the nondescript.”

New York Journal of Books Review

“The characters are really well-written and the story and time setting work perfectly.”

Red Carpet Crash Review

“Creative and unexpected plot twists impel the story… an interesting American addition to the Victorian mystery subgenre.”

Historical Novel Society Review

“Belli’s captivating debut is a delicious blend of mystery, romance and historical intrigue. The evocative, Gilded-Age setting and richly-drawn characters make this the kind of book you sink into and don’t want to leave. I’m already looking forward to Genevieve and Daniel’s next adventure!”

Elizabeth Blackwell, Author

Red Mistress & On A Cold Dark Sea

The Gilded Gotham Mystery Series