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The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781784299613

Price: £16.99

ON SALE: 16th June 2016

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

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‘[A] lively, entertaining blend of murder mystery and supernatural adventure’ George R. R. Martin

Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation, think of Jesperson and Lane . . .

For several years Miss Lane was companion, collaborator and friend to the lady known to the Psychical Society only as Miss X – until she discovered that Miss X was actually a fraud.

Now Miss Lane works with Mr Jasper Jesperson as a consulting detective, but the cases are not as plentiful as they might be and money is getting tight – until a wife’s concern for her husband’s nocturnal ramblings piques their interest, and mediums begin to disappear all over London.

There is only one team with the imagination and intelligence to uncover the nefarious purpose behind the vanished psychics and the somnambulist’s wanderings.

Jesperson and Lane: at your service.


Tuttle does a lovely job of putting us back in the foggy streets of Victorian London in this lively, entertaining blend of murder mystery and supernatural adventure. Arthur Conan Doyle would have approved.
George R. R. Martin, Bestselling author of Game of Thrones
Lisa Tuttle has created a most engaging detective duo in Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane ... an intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable mystery
Mark Douglas Home, author of The Sea Detective and The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea
Lisa Tuttle has been writing remarkable, chilling short stories and powerful, haunting novels for many years now, and doing it so easily and so well that one almost takes it, and her, for granted
Neil Gaiman on Lisa Tuttle
[Lisa Tuttle] has a prize-winning knack of doing what a lot of fantasy writers can only dream of: making the impossible seem everyday, and writing legend in such a way that it seems like a very present and nerve-tingling possibility
Scots Magazine on Lisa Tuttle
A wonderful mystical journey through the darkened rooms of Victorian séances and stagecraft - beautifully written and researched. I absolutely loved it
Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season
A fitting tale of intrigue that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read . . . thrilling and entertaining story. 9/10
Starburst Magazine
A well-written, entertaining mystery and solid series opener. I look forward to reading the next book and have a feeling this series will get better with every instalment
Art and Soul
Zips along, with peril, a real, melodramatic villain - you can almost here the moustache twirling and hear his laughter - a truly evil plot and a dramatic denouement . . . easily give[s] Holmes and Watson a run for their money
Blue Book Balloon
I really did enjoy the characters of Lane and Jesperson - they are worth getting to know . . . I do hope that there is more to come about this pair of investigators
Books and More Books
An enjoyable first mystery in the Jesperson and Lane series. Well plotted and written
Murder, Mystery & More…
An easy read, with the plot cracking along at a terrific pace . . . a fun dance through spiritualism and Victoriana with a lot of heart and soul
Book Geek
The mystery was intriguing, the inclusion of psychic powers surprising, and the characters absolutely lovely. I found myself slowing down when reading this one, just so it would last a little longer.
Hiding Books
The book is beautifully written [and] very well researched. If you like a good tale, well told, or if you like a strong female protagonist, or if you like to get in on the ground floor of what is set to be one of the most entertaining detective series of the decade ... read this book
Jeanette Greaves
A gloriously entertaining mystery story full of twists and turns . . . Tuttle executes it with a delicate touch and great elan
Astounding Yarns
A great story . . . Two great main characters and a lovely atmosphere throughout the book
Smart and entertaining fiction that has fun with the touchstones of Victorian literature - Wilkie Collins and Arthur Conan Doyle are both name-checked, and have clearly influenced Tuttle's atmosphere and characterisation- while also exploring, in a light-hearted, light-touch way, what lies behind the curtain.
Both comical and exciting, this is a delight of a read, and when a new case emerges on the horizon of the final page, it makes you want to urge the author to write the duo's second set of adventures faster so we can feast on it as soon as possible
Maxim Jakubowski, Love Reading
Tuttle's delivery is impeccable and "The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief" is an enjoyable romp that's a continuous pleasure to read . . . As an opening to the series "The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief" works remarkably well so it'll be interesting seeing where she takes the series next.
A fantastic first instalment to what I hope will be a long running series . . . Miss Lane is a delight; independent, resourceful and free thinking and Jesperson and his mother are fantastically drawn . . . This is the first book I've read by Lisa Tuttle but it certainly won't be the last
Lisa Reads Books
If you like detective stories, then this is a wonderful addition to not only that genre but with the twists and turns hinting at the supernatural as well
Flickering Myth
The Somnambulist And The Psychic Thief is a great read and definitely a series worth pursuing. It looks like it will make a good regular read alongside my other favourite sleuths
SF Crow's Nest
The story zips along in entertaining and enjoyable way, and it is very well written. The characters have previously appeared in some of Lisa Tuttle's shorter fiction, and the novel seems set up for a series. I certainly hope so
Historical Novel Society
A fantastic blend of Victorian-era detective fiction and the (possibly) supernatural
Juliet E Mckenna
A solid beginning to a new series . . . If you enjoy the Independent Victorian Lady Detective genre (I know I do) then this one is worth adding to your Borrowbox library
Kingston Libraries
A delightful pairing of Sherlockian mystery and Victorian occult tale . . . Lisa Tuttle is a fantastic writer whose nuanced characters and flawless prose combine with a mastery of genre conventions that allow her to subvert them brilliantly
Sebastian de Castell, author of The Greatcoats series

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