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The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief: Jesperson and Lane Book I by [Lisa Tuttle]
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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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 great story . . . Two great main characters and a lovely atmosphere throughout the book * Blodeuedd * A gloriously entertaining mystery story full of twists and turns . . . Tuttle executes it with a delicate touch and great elan * Astounding Yarns * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 * [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 * 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 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 * 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 * A fitting tale of intrigue that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read . . . thrilling and entertaining story. 9/10 * Starburst Magazine * 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 on Lisa Tuttle * 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 * --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 2524 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 333 pages
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Publisher : Jo Fletcher Books (16 June 2016)
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B0117HLJOK
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