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.
Lisa Tuttle has created a most engaging detective duo in Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane ... an intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable mystery
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
[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
A wonderful mystical journey through the darkened rooms of Victorian séances and stagecraft - beautifully written and researched. I absolutely loved it
A fitting tale of intrigue that makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read . . . thrilling and entertaining story. 9/10
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
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
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
An enjoyable first mystery in the Jesperson and Lane series. Well plotted and written
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
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.
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
A gloriously entertaining mystery story full of twists and turns . . . Tuttle executes it with a delicate touch and great elan
A great story . . . Two great main characters and a lovely atmosphere throughout the book
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
A fantastic blend of Victorian-era detective fiction and the (possibly) supernatural
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
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