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Winner of Foreword Reviews
Book of the Year Award and The Next Generation Indie
Book Award for Best Mystery

Shortlisted for the Strand Critics Award for Best Debut

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At the dawn of the 20th century, Americans believe that science, especially the medical sciences, will soon conquer all of mankind's ills.  For a brief time medical schools open their doors to women, allowing them to join the scientific crusade. Genevieve Summerford is one woman who answers the call.


As psychiatrist Dr. Genevieve Summerford watches from the docks, the body of a young Italian woman is pulled from Manhattan's East River, dampening the city's Independence Day festivities. The police suspect random violence -- but when Genevieve is asked to help find another young Italian woman who's gone missing, she  soon discovers that something far more sinister is afoot...

"A tantalizing dish of murder, mystery, romance, and humor." V.S. Alexander, author of The Magdalen Girls

"Set against the historical backdrop of a city teeming with immigrants, Overholt's second novel reveals the evils of a heinous trade that still goes on today." Kirkus Reviews


(Book 1)
After a past family tragedy for which she holds herself to blame, Dr. Genevieve Summerford wants nothing more than to succeed in her new career as a psychiatrist, and win back the respect of her family and peers.  That goal is thrown into jeopardy, however, when one of her patients is arrested for murder —  a murder Genevieve fears she may have unwittingly provoked.

"Overholt's novel captures the tone of [early] 20th-century New York in a deeply pleasing way ... Strong prose and captivating characters ... pull the reader in to the very last page. A whodunit full of dark secrets and fascinating intrigue." Kirkus, Starred Review

"For a book filled with murder, madness, and medical mystery, Cuyler Overholt’s A Deadly Affection was a real pleasure to read. Its only drawback: I had to put my life on hold until I’d finished it. What a satisfying finish … and what a smooth, complex, enlightening, riveting journey ... A Deadly Affection is masterfully crafted, a delightful combination of suspense and romance. I cannot wait for Overholt’s next novel."  Historical Novels Review

Genevieve Summerford is a heroine with brains, compassion, and grit. A psychiatrist during a time women were supposed to be wives and mothers, she not only practices medicine, but also protects secrets, and solves murders. A riveting period puzzler, filled with history, mystery, and romance." Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope series

"Backed by meticulous research and presented with acute attention to detail, the novel ... shines like a star in a highly competitive genre ... Even a seasoned reader of murder mysteries will be surprised at the number of false conclusions one can reach when [reading] Overholt's debut novel." ForeWord Clarion Reviews,  Five Stars

"...intriguing first novel...[a] richly detailed whodunit populated with believable characters." Publishers Weekly

"This superb debut reflects the author's impeccable research with its portrait of turn-of-the-century New York City. Discussion questions at the end focusing on women's rights make this a solid book club choice."  Library Journal, Starred Review

"A fascinating read from cover to cover."  The Midwest Book Review

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