This book is fabulous fun from Campbell Award winner and George R. R. Martin collaborator Lisa Tuttle. The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist & the Psychic Thief is well written in both style and language to suit the setting. It feels like a good old fashioned Holmes novel – without Holmes.
Instead we have Miss Lane, a young woman who maintains a sassiness in this Victorian era novel. Full of hijinks and physic phenomena, Miss Lane and her male detective friend, Mr Jesperson, go searching for four missing mediums, where they encounter seances and and physics.
This feels like the beginning of a series, and one I will be watching out for. These characters have such a good vibe between that that makes half the book alone. The story drags you in from the start, and does not let go until the very end.
Great fun, and a great read. 4 out of 5 stars.
Here’s the official blurb:
To solve some mysteries, one must embrace the impossible.
Has there ever been a more unlikely pair of consulting detectives than Jesperson and Lane? They certainly make a striking duo: Mr. Jasper Jesperson, with his shock of red hair and seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of all subjects—save common sense—and Miss Lane, whose logical mind is matched only by her fascination with psychic phenomena.
Their talents are rare . . . as are their customers. So when Jesperson and Lane are hired to track the nocturnal wanderings of a sleepwalking London business owner, they’re simply happy to be working again. The case begins as a window into the séances and other supernatural parlor games that are so popular these days, and takes a sinister turn as the intrepid investigators pull back the curtain on the cutthroat rivalries underpinning polite society.
But after several mediums go missing, it’s clear that Jesperson and Lane are in over their heads. For they’ve uncovered a presence beyond their understanding—an evil force that won’t hesitate to kill in order to achieve its nefarious ends.