The Somnambulist and The Psychic Thief is the first in a new series from prolific author Lisa Tuttle. Following a break from her previous employer; Miss X at The Psychical Society, Miss Lane is in need of accommodation and employment when a notice in a newsagent window catches her eye: "Consulting Detective Requires Assistant" Miss Lane soon finds herself working with Jasper Jesperson and together they investigate strange occurrences in Victorian London. Soon they are asked for help by Miss X herself when a number of well known psychic mediums go missing. A fantastic first instalment to what I hope will be a long running series. While there is a subtle nod to Holmes and Watson, Jesperson and Lane are very much their own characters. 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 is a favourite of Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin and she deserves a wider audience so here's hoping that this series gives that to her.
Thank you very much to Olivia Mead for sending me a copy of this book for review it is available now from Jo Fletcher Books.