No one will take her son from Julianna. Least of all her sinister ex-father-in-law whose abuse damaged her late husband. With the handsome detective smirking in her sights, Julianna must convince him to help her keep her baby safe from the very people holding Caleb in their powerful grip. In a desperate bid, she kidnaps the cynical Caleb—and struggles to ignore the heat sparking between them.
As they pursue answers, secrets are uncovered—including Julianna’s and Caleb’s. Two imperfect hearts together may be enough to win the day. If their enemies don’t destroy them first.
Welcome, Kate! Gaslight historical is not a term I've heard before. How did you come to write this story?
The Detective’s Dilemma is the fourth historical romance I’ve written featuring a New York City cop hero. Caleb Walker, the detective of the title, is my first hero who’s actually connected to a corrupt politician.
My first book in that very specific sub-genre (Somebody Wonderful) was actually inspired by a throwaway line in Harpo Marx’s autobiography, Harpo Speaks! The comedians grew up in New York and Harpo described his life as a poor kid hanging around the streets, adding to the general mayhem of the city. He wrote, “If a patrolman came upon a gang fight or front-stoop crap game and needed reinforcements in a hurry, he’d bang his nightstick on the curb. This made a sharp whinnng that could be heard by cops on other beats throughout the precinct, and they’d come a-running from all directions…”
The 1880s are post-Boss Tweed, who was the worst of the crooked bosses of Tammany Hall, but even after his era, New York and its police department was still pretty corrupt. I wondered what it would be like to live in such a 1dishonest world, especially for a peace officer who took the duty to protect and serve seriously – but who also had to buy his way into his promotions.
This sounds wonderful. I am sucker for historicals in general, especially when they're based in New York in this time period. That is an amazing anecdote. What project will you be working on next?
I write as Summer Devon and those stories are spicier than my Kate Rothwell titles. Lately Summer Devon books are also almost all historical male-male romances, usually set in England. Right now Bonnie Dee and I are co-writing a book about a smuggler in Cornwall. He’s supposed to scare off a slightly eccentric tourist who’s taking too many pictures and asking too many questions. I love co-writing. It’s like my favorite party game of all time.
Co-authoring is one thing that never worked out for me. I did try a couple of times, but our writing styles and visions for the book were not sync.
Can you tell us one surprising or interesting fact about yourself?
I just asked my kid what I should write and he suggested that I say I have the world’s largest collection of hand-made sex toys. He’s eighteen and male, so that sort of throw-away comment is second nature. Unfortunately, no, I don’t have any hand-made sex toys. He’s embarrassed that I transcribed what he said and is now hastily suggesting that I write that I am the owner of six chickens (not a lie, yet also not particularly interesting to anyone who hasn’t met the girls) …. I think I like his first suggestion better.
Love it! He sounds like my son who gets more and more outrageous in an attempt to fluster me. I keep telling him he's wasting his time but he still keeps at it.
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Kate also writes as Summer Devon.
Most of those stories are hotter than Kate Rothwell titles and many are m/m historicals written with Bonnie Dee.
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