The Somnambulist and the Psychic ThiefJesperson and Lane Series
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One of our Books of the Year 2016.
From one of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated- writers, the first in a series of lightweight and terribly witty Victorian adventures to feature the cases of Miss Aphrodite Lane and Mr Jasper Jesperson of 203A Gower Street. The nod to Sherlock Holmes is self-evident, but what Tuttle (who once collaborated with Game of Thrones George R R Martin) brings to the table is a gossamer touch of fantasy and tongue in cheek thrills that sets her investigative duo apart. Miss Lane is a Scottish psychic investigator still recovering from the fact that her initial employer, Miss X, was actually a fraud. Moving to London she teams up with Jesperson, a consulting detective and their initial case plunges the reader into a smog-laden Dickensian London where psychic energy, mediums and whole levels of trickery and obfuscation reign, when they are soon confronted by stolen jewels, a sleepwalking acolyte and a vanishing medium. The two investigators' talents and personalities complement each other's nicely and the intrepid duo soon establish a solid working relationship as the case progresses beyond sheer mystery and lunacy. 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
Maxim Jakubowski's July 2016 Book of the Month.
The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle
Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation into any sort of mystery, crime or puzzling circumstances, think of Jesperson and Lane ...For several years Miss Lane was companion, amanuensis, 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 she 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 case that reaches across the entirety of London lands in their laps. It concerns a somnambulist, the disappearance of several mediums, and a cat stuck up a tree ...the links with the cat are negligible, but there is only one team that can investigate the seemingly supernatural disappearances of the psychics and defy the nefarious purpose behind them. Jesperson and Lane, at your service.
'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
'A deft and daring blend of mystery and dark fantasy ... Richly imagined and beautifully written' George RR Martin on The Mysteries
'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 s ances and stagecraft - beautifully written and researched. I absolutely loved it' Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season
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Publication date16th June 2016
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PublisherJo Fletcher Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing
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