Special Feature: A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy

A Deadly Fortune by Stacie Murphy

Publication Date: January 5, 2021 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.

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Advance Praise for A Deadly Fortune

“The 1893 world of the infamous lunatic asylum on Blackwell’s Island comes alive in frightening and horrific detail as a string of murders for profit is discovered when a young woman with a gift for contacting the dead becomes an accidental patient. She must fight for her life as well as her freedom in this engrossing mystery that reveals that all was not golden in Gilded Age New York.” —Rosemary Simpson, author of Death Brings a Shadow: A Gilded Age Mystery



“This engrossing mystery, rich in period detail, probes the dark side of Gilded Age New York and the even darker side of life at the insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Plucky Amelia Matthew rises to the considerable challenges that surround her, uncovering increasingly dangerous secrets that point to the presence of a murderer in the asylum. Amelia has a special gift that both helps and complicates her search for the truth, making her a unique heroine. A Deadly Fortune builds to a satisfying conclusion that will whet the reader’s appetite for more of Amelia’s adventures!” —Clarissa Harwood, author of Impossible Saints and Bear No Malice



“Stacie Murphy proves herself to be a masterful storyteller with A Deadly Fortune—an elegantly written, fast-paced mystery that blends the dark side of the Gilded Age, great characters, and a paranormal twist. Impossible to put down.” —Julie McElwain, author of the Kendra Donovan Mystery Series



“Murphy serves up a dark side of the Gilded Age with intrigue, historical detail, and captivating characters. This is a mystery to savor!” —Dianne Freeman, award winning author of the Countess of Harleigh mysteries.

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.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, January 11

Review at Coffee and Ink

Review at 100 Pages a Day

Tuesday, January 12

Excerpt at Probably at the Library

Wednesday, January 13

Review at McCombs on Main

Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

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

Friday, January 29

Review at Amy’s Booket List

Interview at Madwoman in the Attic

Monday, February 1

Review at Book Bustle

Tuesday, February 2

Review at Tangents and Tissues

Wednesday, February 3

Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Review & Excerpt at The Book Review Crew

Friday, February 5

Review at Passages to the Past

Giveaway

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.



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