A solid series opener which hints at even better things to come. 3.5/5 stars
Thank you to Quercus Books, Jo Fletcher Books and Netgalley for giving me an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review.
This book will be published next week on Thursday 16th June.
The blurb: For several years Miss Lane was companion, amanuensis, collaborator and friend to the lady known to the Psychical Societs only as Miss X – until she discovered that Miss X was actually a fraud.
Now she works with Mr Jasper Jesperson as a consulting detective, but the cases are not as plentiful as they might be and money is getting tight – until a case that reaches across the entirety of London lands in their laps.
It concerns a somnambulist, the disappearance of several mediums, and a cat stuck up a tree . . . the links with the cat are negligible, but there is only one team that can investigate the seemingly supernatural disappearances of the psychics and defy the nefarious purpose behind them.
Jesperson and Lane, at your service.
This is a well-written detective adventure whose prose successfully mimics the slightly stiff style of Conan Doyle and other writers of the Victorian period. Victorian London is also recreated in fantastically vivid detail. The smog, in particularly, is delightfully Dickensian and almost a character in its own right.