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 ....
"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
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.
Desperate to prove to herself and the authorities that her patient is innocent, she is forced to enlist the aid of an influential Tammany captain who once worked for her family as a stable boy, and whose motives for helping her now are open to doubt. Forging an uneasy alliance, the two uncover an astonishing secret about one of the city's most powerful families: a secret which, should Genevieve choose to reveal it, could bring down catastrophe on those she cares most about, but which, should she let it lie, will send her patient to the electric chair.
More Praise for A DEADLY AFFECTION:
"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