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The Witch at Wayside Cross

by Lisa Tuttle

Part of the Jesperson and Lane Series

The Witch at Wayside Cross Synopsis

Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation into any sort of mystery, crime or puzzling circumstances, think of Jesperson and Lane . . . Jesperson and Lane have just solved their first major case when a man bangs violently on their door - and almost immediately drops dead. The police rule death by natural causes, but the detectives are determined to find out what really happened . . . Mr Manning was screaming about witches before his death. The case takes them to Mr Manning's Norfolk home, a land of mysterious Shrieking Pits and ancient knowledge. Mr Manning was himself a member of the enigmatic School of Ancient British Wisdom, and not the first to suffer a similar fate. Local gossip suggests that he was secretly engaged to one of the three lovely sisters who reside at Wayside Cross - but which one? Are they really witches, as the gossips also claim? And what does all this have to do with the mysterious Shrieking Pits and a mother desperate to find her missing baby? Jesperson and Lane, at your service. 'One of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated - writers' Love Reading

The Witch at Wayside Cross Press Reviews

Tuttle is as skilled in prose as she is in characterisation. Spending time with Mr Jesperson and Miss Lane, and the rest of the characters, was a delight . . . [The Somnambulist is] a fun dance through spiritualism and Victoriana with a lot of heart and soul. 4/4 * Nudge Book * Tuttle's delivery is impeccable and The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief is an enjoyable romp that's a continuous pleasure to read * * A fantastic first instalment to what I hope will be a long running series * Lisa Reads Books * If you like a good tale well told, or if you like a strong female protagonist, or if you'd 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 * It Puts The Blog In The Basket * 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 * A fitting tale of intrigue that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read . . . thrilling and entertaining story. 9/10 * Starburst Magazine * 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 wonderful mystical journey through the darkened rooms of Victorian seances and stagecraft - beautifully written and researched. I absolutely loved it * Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season * 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 * A deft and daring blend of mystery and dark fantasy . . . Richly imagined and beautifully written * George R R Martin on The Mysteries * [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 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784299590
Publication date: 8th August 2017
Author: Lisa Tuttle
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Fantasy, Crime & mystery,

About Lisa Tuttle

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

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