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The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief

Part of the Jesperson and Lane Series
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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


The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

'[A] lively, entertaining blend of murder mystery and supernatural adventure' George R. R. MartinShould 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.


'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

'Excellent!' Juliet E Mckenna

'A fantastic blend of Victorian-era detective fiction and the (possibly) supernatural' SciFiNow

'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

'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

About the Author

Lisa Tuttle

Lisa Tuttle was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Britain in the 1980s. She now lives with her writer husband, Colin Murray, and their daughter on the side of a Scottish loch. She has written more than a dozen highly acclaimed fantasy, science fiction and horror novels.

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10th August 2017


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Jo Fletcher Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing


416 pages


Crime / Mystery
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