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A Deadly Affection

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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  169 ratings  ·  35 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
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Paperback, 454 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Copper Bottom Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Annette Hallowell
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
Barb
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
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.
Dacie
I really loved it! NYC 1900s, medicine, women's rights, mystery, humor, a good read with lots to learn about that era.
Donna
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
Estott
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Maureen
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
Ann
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
Alexandra H
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.
JoHannah Reardon
The author did a great job weaving historical detail into her story. She's very descriptive and had a compelling tale. My only problem was that I thought the main character jumped to some silly conclusions at times. But these were minor and I liked the story enough that I will look for others by this author.
Cathy
Based on the reviews, I thought I would love this book, however not the case. I found I could not get behind main character at all. There were one or two good plot twists but in the end quite disapointed
Bonnie
Feb 18, 2012 Bonnie marked it as to-read
Its a historical? One point. A mystery? Another. Not only that, has a female character wanting to become a psychiatrist. Awesome! Sounds like a must-read!
Jamiedwan
I thought it was good. Although it did hold my interest and I was able to move through it quickly.
Bart
A good read.
Susan
Genevieve was a turn of the century woman in New York City at it's heyday. Genna had conquered all odds and had become a doctor--and her field of speciality was a psychotherapy. Her first volunteer job was to help some women referred to her by a minister as having problems they needed to deal with. Right off, Genna hits it off with one of her patients, Eliza. Eliza had given up a child after birth when she was fifteen. She wanted to just see the child. Genna told her to speak to her family docto ...more
Wanda
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
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Barbara
I really enjoyed reading this story, surprising to me because I just happened on it. Since I have a medical background this early century story about a woman interested in the field of psychology was intriguing. I wasn't disappointed in the details, they were well researched. The story was fascinating to involve this unmarried woman physician in a mystery. Loved it! A little speculation of love thrown in and her relationship with her parents completed the picture.
Yvonne
I liked it. It was long, over 1000 pgs on my nook. The story was good and kept me interested. She's trying to prove her patient didn't commit murder. She reunites with a forbidden love from her past. Very PG rated compared to what I usually read but I enjoyed it very much.
Lynda
I truly enjoyed A Deadly Affection! Dr Summerford is a psychiatrist in New York City in the early 1900's. She receives critism from many people including her father who is a physician himself. Women during this time were seen as property of their husbands. "Society" expects her to give up this silliness and get married. Dr Summerford is not interested in this, she is more concerned by helping people including the poor. She becomes involved in a murder case that involves one of her patients. Not ...more
Pat
LOVED it! A top notch mystery combined with strong characterizations and add to that psychological and medical issues - what is not to love! I like it so much, I added it to our AFAN Morning Book Club list!
Kelly
I really wanted to give this book 4 stars but it started off so slow. The first hundred pages were grueling and the main character's thoughts tended to ramble. It really picked up towards the middle and end, which made it a worthwhile read for me. If I could, I would give it 3.5 stars.
Susan Ryan
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The topic was refreshingly original.
Barb Keefe
Fabulous book!!!, strong complex characters, riveting movement, solid historical and medical research punctuated with charming details. Reading A Deadly Affection was a delight. It became such an exciting page turner, that I now am re-reading it in order to more fully absorb the beauty of Overholt's language and vivid portrayals. I also simply want to revisit these characters and their lives and immerse myself in this historical era.
Thank you Ms. Overholt!!
J
Found it an excellent book!
Katherine
Jul 15, 2012 Katherine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My friends
Recommended to Katherine by: My sister
A must read! Even as a teenage reader, it held my attention from beginning to end. The author is such a talented writer, and I am hopeful that she will consider extending this book into a series. This book got better and better as I sat with it for hours on end, and I often could not put it down before bed! It was so enjoyable that I plan on reading it a second (and maybe third?) time.
Bess Mcculloch
This is one of my absolute favorite books of 2013, hands down. The characters were so believable and I loved the ways in which they interacted with one another. The plot was so intricate and complex, but it was woven together beautifully to make such a compelling story. I read 200 pages of it today because I just could not stop.

Read it. Read it. READ IT.
Bonnie
This author is an excellent writer and I hope she writes more books. Historically, it's set in New York City in the early 1900's, and gives you a good picture of the time and place. The characters and plot are both believable and intriguing.
Jamie
it was just ok... a low three. but it didn't really grab me and wasn't quite suspenseful enough. there were moments were there was too much detail on the stuff i didn't find as important and not enough detail for the things that were more interesting.
Melissa
A nice murder intrigue book without too much gore. I enjoyed some of the time period details. The book kept me guessing throughout as to what would happen next and who did the crime.
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After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law, Cuyler Overholt honed her writing skills on legal briefs for several years as a litigation associate before leaving the law to start up a freelance writing business. For over a decade she transformed technical jargon into entertaining prose on a weekly basis for a New York–based public relations firm. A Deadly Affection, her first nov ...more
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