A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt

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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....

After a past family tragedy for which she holds herself to blame, Dr. Genevieve Summerford wants nothing more than to succeed in her new career as a psychiatrist, and win back the respect of her family and peers. That goal is thrown into jeopardy, however, when one of her patients is arrested for murder - a murder Genevieve fears she may have unwittingly provoked. Desperate to prove to herself and the authorities that her patient is innocent, she is forced to enlist the aid of an influential Tammany captain who once worked for her family as a stable boy, and whose motives for helping her now are open to doubt. Forging an uneasy alliance, the two uncover an astonishing secret about one of the city's most powerful families: a secret which, should Genevieve choose to reveal it, could bring down catastrophe on those she cares most about, but which, should she let it lie, will almost certainly send her patient to the electric chair.

About Cuyler Overholt

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Cuyler Overholt worked as a litigation attorney and freelance business writer before turning to fiction. Her interest in old New York was sparked by the reminiscences of her grandmother, whose life spanned over a century of the city's history. She lives with her husband, a psychologist, in the hills of Northwestern Connecticut, where she is currently at work on her second novel.
Published September 6, 2016 by Sourcebooks Landmark. 448 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1905 Dr. Genevieve Summerford finished third in her class at John Hopkins only to have her father disapprove of her decision to run a psychology research class for women with emotional trauma—a concerted effort in an emerging field to help people better their lives and prove that thoughts and ...

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Historical Novel Society

In the “orderly society” of New York in 1907, when women are not considered competent to become physicians, spinster Genevieve Summerford obtains her doctorate degree and sets up practice in the new field of “scientific psychotherapy.” Just as her father fixes things, she wants to “fix people.” ...

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indeed, I was afraid that by denying it, I’d only managed to convince him that everything else I’d said was also a lie, including my belief in Eliza’s innocence.” Even a seasoned reader of murder mysteries will be surprised at the number of false conclusions one can reach when examining a crime...

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