The Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery series by Cuyler Overholt

The Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery series by Cuyler Overholt
A Deadly Affection

Rating: Thumbs Up

Pages: 445
by Cuyler Overholt
Series: Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1


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

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.

My only real error, I’d realized then, was thinking thinking that any man had the power to make me feel happy and complete, and I’d resolved never to make that mistake again. I had no intellectual quarrel with romantic love; I just didn’t see it in my own future.”Cuyler Overholt, A Deadly Affection

A version of this review also appeared in The GazetteRead it now.

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The Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery series by Cuyler Overholt
A Deadly Affection

Rating: Thumbs Up

Pages: 445
by Cuyler Overholt
Series: Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery #1


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


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As in book one, the other characters that populate Genevieve’s world are just as real and tenacious as she is. Simon, Genevieve’s love interest, struggles with his own masculinity as Genevieve strives to forward her position and ideas in a world that traditionally does not allow women to be so outspoken. Pauline and Angela, who run a home for ‘fallen’ women, help Genevieve out immensely and show Genevieve she is not alone in trying to make the world a better place. Fo me, it was nice for Genevieve to have a connection with other women bucking tradition as sometimes it feels she is awfully alone in her crusade.

I definitely enjoyed this second installment in the Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery series. Overholt continues to write historical mysteries that resonate into twenty-first century. I can’t wait for my next meeting with Dr. Summerford!

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