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A historical mystery in the vein of The Alienist, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

Amelia Matthew has done the all-but-impossible, especially for an orphan in Gilded Age New York City. Along with her foster brother Jonas, she has parleyed her modest psychic talent into a safe and comfortable life. But sa
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Pegasus Crime
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Elizabeth
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. Loved the feminist undertones and the characters, and I was instantly drawn into the world the author created and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. ...more
Stephanie
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
After a head injury Amelia Matthew's minimal psychic ability manifests into being able to see the dead as well as see a person's possible future death upon contact with them.  Before Amelia can figure out what is happening, she has an incident in public and is taken to the asylum on Blackwell Island.  Dr. Andrew Cavanaugh has had a falling out with society and has taken an upon position on Blackwell Island.  He wants to know more about mental illness and women after a personal tragedy.  When Ame ...more
Stacie Murphy
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean, I wrote it, so yeah, I like it. Most of the time
The Lit Bitch
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a book I was really looking forward to. I loved The Alienist and this book was recommended for fans of that book so I was eager to check this one out. The Alienist was probably one of the more dark and twisted historical mysteries that I have ever read so putting that as a ‘recommended for fans of The Alienist’ was a pretty tall order.

This is also Stacie Murphy’s debut novel, so I wasn’t sure what to expect beyond something with occultist undertones that was a darker mystery. I was stil
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M. K. French
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
In 1893 New York City, Amelia Matthew is an orphan using her modest psychic talent to live comfortably. A head injury expands her gift, to the point that channeling an angry spirit in public lands her in the notorious Blackwell’s Island insane asylum. Her foster brother Jonas is trying to get her out as she struggles with her ability in a place full of despair. Dr. Andrew Cavanaugh, full of despair and grief himself, turns to her for help in a missing persons case when he discovers her gift is r ...more
Rosemary
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Don't miss this fantastic start to what one hopes will be a long series. Mixing murder, mayhem, New York's real and most infamous insane asylum for women, and ghosts, this is a humdinger of a novel. But better than the fantastical twisty plot elements are the completely engaging characters including the psychic Amelia, the professional charmer Jonas, and the (literally) haunted doctor Andrew. No spoilers but double dog dare you to put this book down during the final third as the villains mount u ...more
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Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A historical mystery in the vein of The Alienist, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

An exceptional written, dark historical fiction.

In post gothic era 1893, Amelia Matthew makes her living by fortune telling for a gentlemen’s club in Gilded A
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Yvonne
Amelia Matthew works in a gentlemen's club reading tarot cards using her cleverness and modest psychic ability. After a serious head injury Amelia discovers that this ability has changed dramatically. She now interacts with the spirit world and after one disturbing encounter finds herself an inmate of the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell's Island. Her claims that she isn't insane is met with scepticism. Her only hope is that Jonas will come to her rescue, but until then she must bide her tim ...more
Tonya Mitchell
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing tale of Gilded Age New York and its seedy underbelly

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut by Stacie Murphy. In it, we meet Amelia Matthew who has used her psychic ability to provide a tidy income for herself—no small feat, as she was raised (along with her brother Jonas), at a foundling hospital. A bad head injury, however, ratchets Amelia’s psychic abilities up several notches to the point where she is, at times, powerless to control it. Without spoiling too much of the plot, Amelia end
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Lindsay
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can't recommend A Deadly Fortune highly enough! Murphy does a PHENOMENAL job in her debut novel crafting a wonderfully intriguing plot that takes you down a series of twists and horrors as Amelia, Jonas, and Andrew uncover a bone-chilling mystery at the city's insane asylum. I found myself unable to put the book down, intent on understanding what would happen to the main characters as they found themselves ever closer to uncovering a mass conspiracy at Blackwell Island. The novel perfectly ble ...more
Katelynne
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a great read. While I found the beginning to be a little slow, but once I was halfway through, I could not put this book down. The characters were great, and the plot was so layered and twisted. While I figured some things out easily, other aspects were such a puzzle. I did want a little more detail in some of the settings, though the asylum itself is described expertly. I loved that this was a solid gothic historical fiction mystery with an excellent paranormal tie-in that lent itself well ...more
Jennifer Blanck
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved A Deadly Fortune. I read it in three nights because I didn’t want to put it down. It’s excellent writing with well-developed characters. I especially appreciated the strong female main character. Stacie Murphy keeps the tension going in a fast-paced mystery with twists and turns that go all the way until the end. She grounds the story realistically in Gilded Age NY, using details that draw you in and don’t overwhelm you. She’s clearly done her research. This is a great read, and I hope t ...more
Katherine
Interesting characters, will be interested to read another of their adventures should there be a sequel. Not a fan of the book’s setting.
Ashley Winstead
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Devouring this book so far. Murphy's writing is excellent, the plot and pacing are riveting, and I love Amelia and Jonas. Will update once finished! ...more
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