A Deadly Affection [NOOK Book]

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New York City, 1907. At the dawn of the twentieth 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. A solid plot pulls ...
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A Deadly Affection

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Overview

New York City, 1907. At the dawn of the twentieth 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. A solid plot pulls the reader in...while strong, flowing prose and captivating characters provide the incentive to remain to the very last page. In Dr. Genevieve Summerford, Overholt has beautifully rendered a symbol of strength and perseverance in a time of severe gender bias. A well-paced 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 almost certainly send her patient to the electric chair.
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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Clarion Reviews - Julia Ann Charpentier
"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
Kirkus Reviews
"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
Historical Novels Review - Nela Leja
"For a book filled with murder, madness and mystery, A Deadly Affection was a real pleasure to read. Its only drawback: I had to put my life on hold to finish 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
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013704947
  • Publisher: Copper Bottom Press
  • Publication date: 1/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 452
  • Sales rank: 374,073
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Cuyler Overholt worked as a litigation attorney and freelance business writer before turning to fiction. Her interest in old New York was sparked by the reminiscences of her grandmother, whose life spanned over a century of the city’s history. She lives with her husband, a psychologist, in the hills of Northwestern Connecticut, where she is currently at work on her second novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Great historical novel!

    I loved this book - couldn't put it down. Interesting, well thought out story, realistic characters and a great ending pushed this novel to 5 stars for me. I'm looking forward to another book from this author.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    This was so well written!  A woman doctor, mental illness, early

    This was so well written!  A woman doctor, mental illness, early 1900s New York and its society, family relationships kept me involved and anxious to see what happened next.
    I really enjoyed this book and hope there is another one by Overholt coming out soon!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

    One of my favorite reads... very tasteful "whodunnit"

    One of my favorite reads... very tasteful "whodunnit" with an interesting love story woven in.  I usually don't care for period pieces, but this story is not a typical 1900's tale.  It has components of mystery, tragedy, familial turmoil, social status, mental illness, and lost love.  But I my favorite thing is that the main character is an intelligently strong, educated young woman who wants to pursue medicine and life on her own terms.  In order to clear her patient's name, she needs to solve a murder.  Because she is a WOMAN of "new medicine", she isn't taken seriously... by anyone.  So she takes matters into her own hands. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    Good read

    Interesting to read about womens lives only 100+ years ago.an realize how much we have and have not changed

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    This was a good read.  The twists and turns kept your interest g

    This was a good read.  The twists and turns kept your interest going all the way through.  It is easy to forget what women had to go through
    in the not so distant past in order to be recognized in their chosen field.  She manages to follow her dreams and maintain  her status as
    a lady, not an easy undertaking in the 1900's.
    I am looking forward to more work from this author.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    Slow in the beginning, but interesting read after all.

    Slow in the beginning, but interesting read after all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Excellent!! Compares to the quality of  Anne Perry's books!!

    Excellent!! Compares to the quality of  Anne Perry's books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Great portrait of early NY

    Read this book! Want to read more of this author's work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    Amazing example of a lady's devotion to help others

    Overholt delivers! In the early 1900's women are expected to marry well and have children. Women were discouraged from a great education, to vote and disagree with their fathers and men in general. A special lady is not discouraged by this. She becomes a doctor, helps the poor and even does brillant detective work! This book left me wanting more!

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