Book Review for A DEADLY AFFECTION by Cuyler Overholt

A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt
Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery series, Book 1
Sourcebooks Landmark
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A Deadly Affection is a intelligent, well crafted, and absorbing mystery which exposes long hidden secrets and lies all the while calling upon the richness of New York City at the turn-of-the-century.


We open our story with psychiatrist, Dr. Genevieve Summerford. Not only is she constantly having to prove herself because she is a woman, but because the technique that she is using is new. The doctor has recently decided to work with a group of women struggling with depression and other ailments. Her approach has not been tested widely, but Genevieve is determined. However, it is not until one of her patients is involved in a murder that things start to get a bit more interesting. Throughout the book Genevieve will try to prove the innocence of a woman that the police are ready to lock up and throw away the key. It is because her investigation that secrets, lies, and the consequences of actions long ago will come to light. Will she be able to save her patient or is the truth much more involved than what was initially believed?

Okay, so I love historical mysteries. Better yet…I love historical mysteries that transport you to the time that the story is taking place. A Deadly Affection is one of those books. Through brilliant writing, completely relatable characters, and a fair amount of intrigue, this book is one of my favorites of the year. The way that the story unravels will keep you guessing until the very end. I am not easily surprised with an ending, but this one took some turns that I didn’t see coming.

I cannot wait to see what mysteries Dr. Genevieve Summerford uncovers next.

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


"Do no harm" is easier said than done...

Dr. Genevieve Summerford prides herself on her ability as a psychiatrist to understand the inner workings of the human mind. But when one of her patients is arrested for murder-a murder Genevieve fears she may have unwittingly provoked-she begins to doubt her training and intuition. Unable to believe that her patient could have committed the gruesome crime, Genevieve seeks out answers, desperate to clear the woman's name-and her own.

Over the course of her investigation, Genevieve uncovers a dark secret-one that could, should Genevieve choose to reveal it, bring down catastrophe on those she cares most about. But, should she let it lie, it will almost certainly send her patient to the electric chair. Steeped in the gritty atmosphere of turn-of-the-century New York City, A Deadly Affection is a riveting debut mystery and the first in an exciting new series featuring Dr. Genevieve Summerford.

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About the Author: Cuyler Overholt worked as a lawyer and a freelance business writer before turning to fiction. A Deadly Affection, her debut novel and the first book in the Dr. Genevieve Summerford mystery series, won the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for best mystery and was shortlisted for the Strand Critics Award for best first novel. A Promise of Ruin is the second book in the series.

Cuyler shares a keen interest in human motivation and behavior with her husband, a psychologist, who is still working on perfecting her. When she isn’t reading or writing she can usually be found on a bike, in the cobra pose, or enjoying a good movie.

Book Details:

Series: Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (September 6, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 149263736X
ISBN-13: 978-1492637363

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