Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the wonderful blog tour for; A Deadly Fortune bt Stacie Murphy. If you visited yesterday you will be aware of my wee blunder in forgetting to write the review in time for my slot on this blog tour, but as promised here it is. I hope you all love the book as much as I did…
About the Book
A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy.
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher; Pegasus Crime
Genre: Historical Mystery
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 safety and comfort vanish when a head injury leaves Amelia with a dramatically-expanded gift. After she publicly channels an angry spirit, she finds herself imprisoned in the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. As Jonas searches for a way to free her, Amelia struggles to control her disturbing new abilities and survive a place where cruelty and despair threaten her sanity.
Andrew Cavanaugh is familiar with despair. In the wake of a devastating loss, he abandons a promising medical career—and his place in Philadelphia society—to devote himself to the study and treatment of mental disease. Miss Amelia Matthew is just another patient—until she channels a spirit in front of him and proves her gift is real.
When a distraught mother comes to Andrew searching for her missing daughter—a daughter she believes is being hidden at the asylum—he turns to Amelia. Together, they uncover evidence of a deadly conspiracy, and then it’s no longer just Amelia’s sanity and freedom at stake. Amelia must master her gift and use it to catch a killer—or risk becoming the next victim.
A Deadly Fortune is a marvellous debut novel, Stacie Murphy has stormed into historical fiction world with a real bang, she has brought a fresh and new feel to this genre and I can’t wait to see what this talented lady will grace us all with next.
Set during the wonderful dark and gothic edge 1893, the story follows Amelia Matthews, a fortune-teller who makes a bit of a name for herself in the Gilded Age New York Club. But Amelia isn’t the stereotypical hoax fortune-tellers who like to swindle money from unsuspecting people by reading a few tea leaves, no she has a rare gift, she can actually see spirits.
When she is involved in an accident she awakes to find herself trapped inside the notorious insane asylum on Blackwell Island, a deadly place where demons are in human form and they aren’t the poor souls who reside there either. The doctor in charge; Andrew Cavanaugh, soon believes Amelia has been wrongly sectioned on the Island after he witnesses her ability with his own eyes and he knows he must get her off the Island, but before that he comes across a dastardly plot within the walls of the asylum, one which he will need Amelia’s help for.
Even though there is a lovely relationship bubbling between Amelia and Andrew, it’s a nice refreshing change to have their story come second to the mystery.
This is a complex and riveting historical fiction, I love the darker-gilded edge to it. The paranormal elements take it from an undoubtedly great book to an exceptional one, there is a real raw and brutally honest portrayal of what the women whom unfortunately found themselves on Blackwell Island had to endure in the horrific asylum, it’s harrowing yet the author tackles the subject of mental health illness during the era with compassion and sensitively, Murphy has obviously done an immense amount of research which gives the entirety of the novel a rich and compelling attractiveness which will have you hooked and fully immersed.
Deadly Fortune is an exceptionally Gothic and wonderfully dark and evocative historical. Eloquently written, it has raw passion, honest and powerful historical detailing and an attractively riveting and original plot which will have you hanging onto every single word which Murphy so beautifully dangles before your eyes.
I thoroughly enjoyed A Deadly Fortune, it’s a fast-paced thrilling mystery with added magic, whilst reading I thought there was a touch of The Sixth Sense and Shutter Island about it – maybe that was just me, but there you go my mind works in weird ways.
About the Author
Stacie Murphy grew up near Nashville, TN. She began writing A Deadly Fortune in 2017 as a way to force herself to stay off Twitter in the evenings. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and the worst cat in the world.
Blo Tour Schedule
Tuesday, January 12
Excerpt at Probably at the Library
Thursday, January 14
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Friday, January 15
Review at A Darn Good Read
Monday, January 18
Review at Novels Alive
Tuesday, January 19
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Wednesday, January 20
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Thursday, January 21
Feature at What Is That Book About
Friday, January 22
Review & Excerpt at Books & Benches
Monday, January 25
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Tuesday, January 26
Review at Bitch Bookshelf
Wednesday, January 27
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, January 28
Excerpt at Always With a Book
Monday, February 1
Review at Book Bustle
Tuesday, February 2
Review at Tangents and Tissues
Friday, February 5
Review at Passages to the Past
Enter to win a copy of A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy & a $50 Gift Card to Amazon or your favorite Indie store. Winner’s choice.
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on February 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Giveaway here – A Deadly Fortune.
Remember come back tomorrow for my review….I promise it will be done and dusted and ready to go 😉