The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

Title: The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief9781784299606

Author: Lisa Tuttle

Themes: Mystery, Detective, Horror

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Rating: 3***/5

After reviewing ‘Dead Letters‘ earlier this year, I was opened up to a fantastic new set of authors, and one of those writer’s was Lisa Tuttle. I loved her short story in the anthology, and so was keen to read her newest title. ‘The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief’ is Lisa’s first book in what looks like a new series involving detective, crime-solving duo, Jesperson and Lane.

She has certainly done incredibly well for herself, and can count the likes of Neil Gaiman and George R.R. Martin amongst her many fans. In light of this, it seems I have discovered Tuttle a little late in the game, but I am so pleased I did!

TSATPT (as I shall call the book from now on – it’s quite a mouthful) begins with Miss Lane beginning her new job with Jasper Jesperson (great name!) to help him solve mysterious going on. Miss Lane has a background in physic circles, and has the knowledge many would lack when being faced with any kind of paranormal activity. In light of this, Jesperson and Lane make a great team… when they are given cases to solve. And there is the problem. There are not as many cases as one would need to earn a living in London. Or not, at least, until an old friend of Miss Lane’s reappears with a mystery in tow. Young mediums with physic abilities are disappearing in London, and Jesperson and Lane are the only two with the knowledge to get to the bottom of it.

“It was either that night, or the morning of Saturday 14th that the girls let the house unnoticed. They did not appear for breakfast on Saturday morning, but no one thought anything of it. It was only after midday, when the maid was unable to get into their locked bedroom that anyone was alarmed.”

If you are looking for a heavy mystery, perhaps this is not quite a meaty enough book for you. But for a light read, and to have a bit of fun whilst enjoying good writing and some great characters, TSATPT will hit the spot. There is no doubt that Tuttle is a great writer, and she can evoke the perfect atmosphere whilst not straying from the plot of the novel. But the mystery isn’t too complicated, and I figured some of it out by half way through the book.

There is a great relationship between Lane and Jesperson, and I hope this will be explored further in any future novels (if there are any). There are also some scary scenes that had me keeping the covers tight around me at night, but maybe I just scare too easily!

Overall, an enjoyable read by a fabulous author. I am very interested to see any future work from Lisa Tuttle! Have you read any of Tuttle’s stories? What did you think?

You can get your hands on a copy here.


9 thoughts on “The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief by Lisa Tuttle

  1. Anne says:

    This is so cool! I read a story from Lisa Tuttle in the Rogues anthology (linking it from my phone is such a hassle, so you can just look it up on GR 😁) and it featured these characters! I believe they were trying to solve a case where a woman has come back from the dead. Or has she?! *Eyebrow wiggle*

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