A Many Layered Vintage Mystery Set in NYC

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A Deadly Affection
by Cuyler Overholt

How would I describe A Deadly Affection
by Cuyler Overholt? A Lifetime Movie set in turn of the century NYC, but with a bit more meat on its bones.

Almost immediately I was drawn to the main character, Genevieve Summerford, a recent graduate of medical school looking to make waves in the world of psychiatry via group therapy. Genevieve goes against the modern conventions of her time. She’s an educated woman who balks at the boxes society wishes to place her in which happens to get her into a bit a trouble as she gets more and more involved in the life of one of patients. I identified with Genevieve’s desire to make her mark in the world while trying to remain true to her family. Her discovery that her life in the upper crust of society has protected her from the grittier side of life opens her up and adds dimension and of course, conflict, in her life that she wasn’t expecting. It is at this intersection that A Deadly Affection shines.

Overholt wastes no time throwing the mystery out there in the first chapter—babies of poor women given up for adoption unwillingly. And from there the story is off and running. There are more twists and turns in this novel than I expected. The minute I THOUGHT I had the mystery solved, another twist was thrown into the mix which left me (and Genevieve) a bit flummoxed. For me, as a reader, I enjoyed the multiple mysteries (murder and medical) and ethical dilemmas presented throughout the story as there was never a dull moment.

Cuyler Overholt knowns how weave a multi-dimensional mysteries with fully realized relatable characters. Readers who enjoy stories involving strong women and fans of mysteries should definitely check out A Deadly Affection.


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A Many Layered Vintage Mystery Set in NYC

A Deadly Affection

Author: Cuyler Overholt
Published on: September 6, 2016
Pages: 448
Series: Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1
Genres: mystery, adult, medical
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: A Promise of Ruin


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Cuyler Overholt

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After working as a lawyer and a freelance writer, Cuyler Overholt finally found her true calling when she started scribbling a novel during her young sons’ naptimes. A Deadly Affection, her award-winning debut novel (Sourcebooks 2016), is the first book in the Dr. Genevieve Summerford historical mystery series. Cuyler lives in Connecticut with her psychologist husband, 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, designing her next dream house or enjoying a good movie.