A Deadly Affection
A young psychiatrist in 1907 New York fears she may have unwittingly provoked a patient to commit murder. "Captures the feel ... of [early] 20th-century New York in a deeply pleasing way. Strong prose and captivating characters ... pull the reader in to the very last page ... A whodunit full of dark secrets and fascinating intrigue." Kirkus, Starred Review More
"Backed by meticulous research and presented with acute attention to detail, the novel ... shines like a star in a highly competitive genre ... Even a seasoned reader of murder mysteries will be surprised at the number of false conclusions one can reach when [reading] Overholt's debut novel." ForeWord Clarion Review, 5 Stars
"I had to put my life on hold until I'd finished it. What a satisfying finish...and what a smooth, complex, enlightening, riveting journey. A Deadly Affection is masterfully crafted, a delightful combination of suspense and romance. I cannot wait for Overholt's next novel." Historical Novels Review
New York City, 1907. 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.
"Overholt's novel captures the tone of [early] 20th-century New York in a deeply pleasing way. Strong, flowing prose and captivating characters ... pull the reader in to the very last page. A well-paced whodunit full of dark secrets and fascinating intrigue." Kirkus, Starred Review