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A Deadly Affection (Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  283 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Winner of ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award

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
Paperback, 454 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Copper Bottom Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Linda O'Donnell F.
I received a copy of A Deadly Affection through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark and to Cuyler Overholt for the opportunity.

"Higher education enlarged the brain and stunted the bodies of female students."

This certainly was the general thinking of the masses in January of 1907. Breaking through these walls of faulty thinking, especially dominated by males, was a daunting task by the females of the day. It took a strong intellect, a will of iron, and a feisty dispo
With sincere appreciation to Edelweiss, publisher Sourcebooks and Author, Cuylor Overholt for providing this e-galley for my enjoyment and review.
Published September 6, 2016

The Hook - In my life before the library I was an LPN, leaving me with a natural interest in books with medical themes. Early exploration of psychiatry, the field of women in medicine were certainly factors in choosing A Deadly Affection. The clincher in the end is that the author, Cuylor Overholt is a Connecticut Author. Ho
Annette Hallowell
Jan 26, 2013 Annette Hallowell rated it it was amazing
A great read for anyone who likes historical mysteries. The city and the people come to life in the pages of the book. I was hooked early on and felt compelled to continue reading as the story developed. I was thoroughly invested in the characters and the outcome of the story. The conflict between the classes during the early 1900's along with the twist of a woman in medicine (psychology) was a fascinating new look at the time period. I am looking forward to a series as I was left wanting more. ...more
Rarely do I read books that I enjoy as much as I enjoyed this one. Dr. Genevieve Summerford is a doctor of scientific psychotherapy. She has just begun a new program where she will be working with women who are suffering physical maladies with no known cause, all of whom have suffered traumatic emotional losses. Genna has made it her goal to assist them in becoming functional and maybe even happy again. Her sponsor Professor Dr. Bogard believes her program presents an exciting new opportunity, w ...more
Jaime Feinman
Sep 09, 2012 Jaime Feinman rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction and this author really did an amazing job of bringing 1900's NYC to life. For those who know the city well, it feels like a precious experience for those places we pass by and take for granted every day.
Sep 13, 2016 Melliane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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My English review

Most of you don’t know that but I always wanted to become a psychiatrist and I even tried two years of medicine for it. The competition being what it is in France, I was not able to complete this course and I finally did chemistry (not great similarities, I know). But when I saw that the story staged a psychiatrist, a time in the early twentieth century and of course an investigation at the same time, I admit that I could not resist and I am very happy!

Lynn Williams
Oct 10, 2016 Lynn Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Deadly Affection is the first instalment in what I hope will turn into a series starring the rather forward thinking Dr Genevieve Summerford. The year is 1907, the setting is New York, and whilst many women during that period suffered a deplorable lack of choice Genevieve is fortunate enough to have graduated as a Doctor. One of the few (if not the only) female doctor of the era. At the start of the story as we meet Genevieve we are made familiar with he
Jul 31, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, arc, netgalley
I enjoyed this turn-of-the-century mystery novel featuring a spunky female Doctor as our heroine. At this point in history, this was rare and females weren't afforded the same respect and privileges as male doctors.

Dr Genevieve Summerford specializes in "psychotherapy" or what will later be the mental health field. She herself lived through a traumatic family event as a child, and feels she might help other women who have endured tragedy and emotional loss in their own families. She begins rudi
Feb 17, 2012 Dacie rated it it was amazing
I really loved it! NYC 1900s, medicine, women's rights, mystery, humor, a good read with lots to learn about that era.
Oct 15, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it
If you read a lot, sometimes the end of a book just isn't that exciting. The odds, quite frankly, are stacked against it, aren't they? It can be a little hard to get wrapped up in a climax - more often it seems to me that the pleasure is in the journey, the characters, the turn of phrase, etc. A book can only end so many differemt ways, right? Well, don't get me wrong - I am not suggesting that the ending of this novel was some sort of shocking surprise, but it was really, really pleasant. The v ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Donna rated it it was ok
I found this novel just OK. In all fairness, I was reading it at a time when I wasn't really focused on my reading, and perhaps at a different time I would have liked it more. Form the synopsis I would have predicted that I'd enjoy the book, but the heroine wasn't quite believable and I wasn't at all drawn into the story by the time I was half-way through. I didn't finish the novel in time for a scheduled book club discussion, and felt no compulsion to complete it when it was no longer "required ...more
Virginia Winfield
This is the first book by Cuyler Overholt that I have read and I can't wait for more in this series. I love Dr. Genevieve Summerford. This takes place in the early 1900's and she is a psychiatrist. She wants to treat women who have problems. During her first tries in a group setting she meets a woman who is soon accused of murder. Did Genevieve cause her to commit murder or is she innocent. Genevieve feels she must help Eliza. During this story there are many twists and turns and Genevieve learn ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what prompted me to request a review copy of A Deadly Affection, but I was thoroughly entertained by the main character and her story.

Genevieve is a plucky main character who pushes the boundaries for women in the early 1900s. First of all, she's a doctor. And not only that, her specialty is psychiatry, which no one puts much faith in. When a patient from her group session is accused of murder, Genevieve believes she couldn't possibly be guilty but feels some guilt herself for possi
Feb 15, 2014 Estott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 19, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In A Deadly Affection author Cuyler Overholt begins a new series that is a must read murder mystery. Dr Genevieve Summerford is a young, newly educated doctor practicing in the emerging field of psychotherapy. She comes from a well to do family and has enjoyed the benefits of such an upbringing but now feels the call to help women suffering from physical maladies by treating their past emotional pains. Her treatment plans are met with much uncertainty by others, especially by her father who woul ...more
Debbie Krenzer
Aug 25, 2016 Debbie Krenzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book which I enjoyed for the most part. I do have to say that there was a lot of medical jargon explaining different diseases that made my eyes glaze over that I had to skip over. Other than that, it was a pretty good book. A young woman trying to break into the field of psychology (unheard of before) and trying a new thing which included group therapy. She may have swayed her first client the wrong way as she is arrested for murder. However, that is just the beginning of the sto ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Sep 08, 2016 Karen ⊰✿ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
New York, 1907 and Genevieve is lucky enough to have the means, and progressive parents, that enable her to come a Doctor. Specifically, a psychiatrist who is trialling out a new form of therapy which we now know as cognitive therapy. When one of her patients is accused of murder, she is convinced of her innocence and so tries to track down the real killer.
I liked the time period and the writing, and most of the characters were well developed. I didn't really warm to Genevieve though, and I foun
Heather Fineisen
Sep 19, 2016 Heather Fineisen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. Slow and steady wins the race. And that's what the first Dr. Genevieve Summerford mystery is. A winner. Methodically paced throughout, this is not a fast read but it is a page turner. Being the first in the series, there is a lot of character development and background information. The medical mystery of Huntington' s disease is as interesting as the murder mystery. Filled with atmosphere and descriptive, this is a sound beginning to a series I intend to follow.

Sep 30, 2016 Miki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another "I'm a woman but want to be a doctor (lawyer, candlestick maker), and my father disapproves, but I'll show him! and in the meantime I'll solve a mystery" historical drama.
Jessica C.
Apr 07, 2016 Jessica C. rated it it was amazing
Read an ARC of the soon to be republished by Sourcebooks. So good. Laurie R King good.
May 17, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it
Just learned a couple weeks ago that fellow UVA Law School classmate, Cuyler, had written a novel. I wasted no time in buying a copy of the book and reading it. What a treat! The novel is well-written with great detail evoking New York just after the turn of the 20th century. The novel is told in the first person by Dr. Genevieve Summerford. It is a murder mystery with more turns than the twistiest roller coaster and includes many very well-drawn, complex and interesting characters, some of whom ...more
Barb Klein
Sep 29, 2016 Barb Klein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was asked to review the book, “Deadly Affection” by Cuyler Overholt, I was very skeptical, given the subject matter, that I would enjoy reading it. Contrary to that view, I really liked this book and the author’s style of writing. This is a debut novel and I’m sure that the author is destined to write more wonderful books.

The story takes place in New York in 1907. At that time women were just being allowed to pursue a path in the medical field. Dr. Genevieve Summerford has gone one step f
Vishaka Rajan
Aug 16, 2016 Vishaka Rajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was given to me by NetGalley as an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

YAYYY Historical Fiction!!!!! Most of the time, when I choose to read a historical fiction novel, it is something sad that illuminates the trials and struggles of a certain race during a difficult period of history. I am happy to say that this story, while outlining the struggles of women and the acceptance of mental disorders, is not extremely sad in its portrayal of the 1900s. So before I give more awa
Aug 15, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A dark and romantic historical mystery brimming with loss and forgiveness that brings to mind Anne Perry and Deanna Raybourn. The setting is fresh and alive, an engaging portrayal of 1907 New York. Dr. Summerford is trying to succeed as a woman in a crowded medical profession, difficult enough, while dealing with a past full of the sadness she tries to cure in others.

Her honourable father wants her to use her talents properly, instead of wasting them on untested mental theories. She has irritati
Oct 07, 2016 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good mystery and an interesting setting, but I just felt like the story dragged on too long.
Alexandra H
Jul 15, 2012 Alexandra H rated it it was amazing
What a riveting piece of literature--This novel is one of the best I have read in a very long time. As an English major, I could truly appreciate the spellbinding prose and vivid imagery that pulled me into the story almost instantly. I must admit that I do not read mysteries often, but Ms. Overholt has made me reconsider my genre preferences. Each time I sat down to read, I couldn't bear to put it down! I am recommending it to all of my friends.
The Baking Bookworm
I'm always game for a great historical fiction mystery so I was eager to read author Cuyler Overholt's debut novel set in early 1900's New York City. The story follows a young female psychologist, Miss Genevieve Summerford, as she tries to prove the innocence of one of her patients following a brutal murder.

NYC in 1907 is brought to life with vivid detail which includes the conflict between the social classes and the restrictions placed on women, especially within the field of medicine. As a fe
Sep 28, 2016 Rosey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was going to enjoy this so much more than I did. After all, female doctor, New York at the turn of the century, Old and New Money, etc etc. Unfortunately, it didn't pan out well.

It felt like this book couldn't decide what it wanted to be -- a murder mystery, a historical drama, a medical thriller, or a romance. As a result, the book jumped and spun dizzyingly from one false assumption to the next.

While there was plenty placing the book in New York at the turn of the century, that w
Good story, nicely done

Very good writing, interesting story, nicely done historical points. My only criticism is that it was a little bit too long for me. Although I kept trying to figure out what parts could be cut out to shorten it I came up empty so my guess is the author did too! I will look for more from Overholt in the future.
Sep 23, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Taking place in New York City, in 1907, the main character is a female doctor, entering into the budding field of psychoanalysis. At her first meeting, Genevieve meets a patient who is suffering from a devastating loss, who becomes framed for a murder, and nearly looses her life. Genevieve of course, is trying to help her at all costs, regardless of her social and political limitations. This author has done extensive research on the social climate of turn of the c ...more
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After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Cuyler Overholt practiced as a litigation associate for four years before leaving the law to start up a freelance writing business. Over the next decade she transformed technical jargon into entertaining prose for a New York-based public relations firm. She finally found her true calling when she started scribbling a novel during her ...more
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