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

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  612 Ratings  ·  135 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 cal
Paperback, 454 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Copper Bottom Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Read my review and take a chance on this debut. Much love.

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 fa
Linda O'Donnell
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
Intelligent . . . Intriguing . . . Historically Rich . . . Unrushed . . . Character Saavy . . . Captivatingly Unique Mystery/Storyline . . . and Well Written..

I thoroughly enjoyed A Deadly Affection - a puzzler-mystery in literary fashion set in the dawning years of twentieth century New York - a time of great industrial and social changes, exciting medical breakthroughs, and transportation/infastructure expansions. It was also a transforming time for women. In which, author Cuyler Overholt did
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
Jul 23, 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
Jaime Feinman
May 01, 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.
I would like to thank Edelweiss, Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing, and Culyer Overholt for the advanced digital copy in exchange for an honest review. This book falls into many genre groups. Medical, crime, historical mystery, and even suspenseful romance. New York City-1900's and psychiatrist Dr. Genna Summerford initiates a new medical program-"injuries of the mind" in hopes to help heal woman who have suffered a terrible loss. This tale has a similar feel as to The Knick television show. Fasci ...more
Feb 16, 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.
Juju Y
Mar 29, 2017 Juju Y rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Do no harm is easier said than done."
This book is my first giveaway win ever! And boy I loved every word of it! I devoured it in just 2 days but was occupied and couldn't sit down to write a review the book deserves. But I am here now so let's get down to business shall we?

Our protagonist Dr.Summerford, is a psychiatrist in the early 1907's where women are still considered the frail sex. I instantly fell in love with doctor. Her courage, knowledge and kindness is commendable.
In the early sta
Apr 27, 2017 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway & it was a nice surprise! It obviously sounded interesting from the description (hence, my entry in the giveaway), and it lived up to my expectations. I liked the characters and the topic was very intriguing. Though the answer to the whodunnit part of the story was fairly easy to guess early on, that didn't take anything away from the story--as soon as you think the story is going one way, the author adds another thin layer of intrigue to the plot. Nic ...more
Lynn Williams
Oct 02, 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
Jun 23, 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!

Esther (Chapter Adventures)
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This book introduces a slow paced mystery with an array of complex characters set in the fascinating New York of 1907. Sadly, despite the characters being quite realistic, I never really warmed up to any of them and I felt like the mystery was unremarkable. I did enjoy the writing and I was impressed with how fleshed out the characters got to be, but in the end, there was something missing for me. I would recommend it to anyone interested in mysteries wit
Laurie - 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
Oct 21, 2016 Kimberly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2016
Genevieve Summerford was such an interesting character, and her past pulled at my heartstrings. She is passionate and truly ahead of her time. She has been granted permission to meet with a group of women who suffer from illnesses that Genevieve believes are a manifestation of their emotional state. All have suffered a significant loss. During her first meeting, she advises a young woman. Said woman is arrested the next morning for the murder of her doctor. Genevieve worries her advice provoked ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Jul 01, 2016 Karen ⊰✿ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 17, 2012 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
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
Jan 12, 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
May 22, 2013 Estott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 30, 2016 She-Wolf Reads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great sense of period detail, nice forays into science of the time, great heroine who is smart, brave, and ambitious but also insecure and unsure of herself. The culprit was not obvious but was sort of a slow burn of revelation if that makes sense. I sometimes felt the dense detail slowed the pace down too much but overall, I really enjoyed this one.
Bonnie Brody
Mar 28, 2017 Bonnie Brody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1907 and Genevieve Summerford is a newly minted psychiatrist, the rare female in a male dominated profession. She is facilitating a 'class', currently known as group therapy, for women who have suffered trauma and loss. She believes that psychotherapy is the answer to emotional pain and suffering, and that the ability to share one's pain with others leads to healing.

Eliza, who is one of Genevieve's patients and who is a member of the therapy group, gave up a daughter for adoption many year
Apr 14, 2017 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stacie  Haden
Historical mysteries are usually my favorite, but this one was unnecessarily descriptive, especially with inner dialogue. It could have/should have been 100 pages shorter.
Sep 28, 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.
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
Jun 10, 2013 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a wonderful read! This is one of the most riveting books I've read in the past year, never having a dull or slow moment. I loved the author's style and was genuinely entertained by her writing.

The story takes place in 1907-New York City. Dr Genevieve Summerford is a brilliant, well drawn character. A Psychotherapist, she is fascinated with this new emerging field, treating mental and nervous disorders. Genna was told that females were too sentimental to become competent physicians and
Jan 18, 2017 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This was an unexpected and pleasant surprise. I chose it for several reasons...several of them shallow. It had an intriguing cover and was new and shiny. But it was also a new mystery with a historical period setting (turn of the century New York, featured a female physician heroine with a special interest in psychological rather than physical healing, and seemed (as it indeed turned out to be) an interesting blend of history, medicine, early psychology, mystery, and a love story. How could that ...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
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