'[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 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 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 A fitting tale of intrigue that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read ... thrilling and entertaining story. 9/10 Starburst Magazine 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 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 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. Upcoming4.me [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 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 An enjoyable first mystery in the Jesperson and Lane series. Well plotted and written Murder, Mystery & More... 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 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 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 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 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 Blodeuedd 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. SFX 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 SciFiNow Excellent! 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
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.