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Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529422757

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Should you find yourself in need of a discreet investigation into any sort of mystery, call on Jesperson and Lane . . . ‘Arthur Conan Doyle would have approved,’ says George R.R. Martin

Miss Lane is puzzled by Jasper Jesperson’s interest in what seems a very minor theft -possibly even a prank – from the storerooms at the British Museum. But London in the 1890s is rife with secret organisations, cults and individuals eager to acquire some of the legendary magic of ancient Egypt. The deeper the two detectives dig, the more hidden crimes they uncover, and the higher the death toll mounts. And at the centre of it all is the ‘Mystery Mummy’ recently acquired by the museum.

‘Tuttle does a lovely job of putting us back in the foggy streets of Victorian London’ George R.R. Martin, author of The Game of Thrones

Are the deaths and madness truly caused by a mummy’s curse? Or is there a scheming, living villain to be apprehended?

‘A most engaging detective duo’ Mark Douglas Home, author of The Sea Detective and The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea

Jesperson and Lane, with their experience of past investigations involving psychic phenomena and supernatural events as well as ordinary human criminality, are surely best placed to find the truth.

Jesperson and Lane, at your service.


Great fun
Lisa Tuttle has quietly 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. This would be as big a mistake as not reading Lisa Tuttle
A stylish, distinctive storyteller
This John W. Campbell Award-winning author remains one of fantasy's best
Her ability as a storyteller is equalled only by her skill in portraying her characters with a few, precise words
Tuttle's work is a treasure trove, a vast and fearful kingdom in itself
THOMAS TESSIER, author of The Night Walker
Whether fantasy or science fiction, Tuttle's stories generally centre on derangements within family units. Her touch is deft, chilly, exact
JOHN CLUTE, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Lisa Tuttle's short stories have a way of lingering long after you've read them . . . intelligent and well crafted
The whole book is delightful to read. Tuttle handles the nuances of the Victorian environment with skilful impeccability
The story zips along in entertaining and enjoyable way, and it is very well written . . . the novel seems set up for a series. I certainly hope so
HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY on The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
'One of the SF and fantasy & horror field's most urbane - and much under-appreciated - writers
Sleepwalkers, psychics, and the spirits of the dead (or are they?) make for a heady stew in Lisa Tuttle's The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief, the first full-length novel about Jasper Jesperson and Miss Lane, a dauntless duo of Victorian detectives first introduced in her stories for Down These Strange Streets and Rogues. They're an entertaining pair, and it's great to see them back in action in a longer work. Here's hoping this is only the first in a long series of Lane and Jesperson adventures. 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 on The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief
A cleverly constructed, swiftly moving and absorbing plot
ParSec Magazine