The Isolated Séance
by Jeri Westerson

The first in a gripping new Victorian mystery series set in London from critically acclaimed author Jeri Westerson.

Watch out, Sherlock! Introducing one-time Baker Street Irregular Timothy Badger and his partner-in-crime Benjamin Watson, two exciting and unconventional young consulting detectives, mentored by the great man himself, tackling intriguing and unusual cases in Victorian London with endearing verve and wit.

Sherlock Holmes’s protégés Tim Badger and Benjamin Watson are catapulted into a tricky first case when a man is brutally murdered during a séance.

London, 1895. Former Baker Street Irregular Tim Badger is determined to follow in the footsteps of his great mentor, Sherlock Holmes, by opening his own consulting detective agency with his partner, Benjamin Watson. The intrepid duo are ready to make a name for themselves . . . if only they had clients!

Their luck changes when Sherlock recommends his protégés to Thomas Brent. Brent is eager to find out who killed his master, Horace Quinn, during a séance at Quinn’s house. What was Quinn desperately trying to find out from his deceased business partner, Stephen Latimer, before he was stabbed through the heart?

It seems that everyone in Quinn’s household had a reason to want him dead. Can Tim and Benjamin step out of Sherlock’s shadow to navigate dark secrets and unexpected dangers in their pursuit of a cold-blooded killer?


“Westerson is an imaginative storyteller who brings history, humor, hubris, and humanity to this inventive mystery”


“An enjoyable Holmes pastiche whose many twists are complemented by pointed social commentary”

Kirkus Reviews

““[Westerson] writes about Victorian street life and desperation in a pastiche relieved by humor. Suggest Vicki Delany’s “Gemma Doyle” series as a read-alike””

Library Journal

“Jeri Westerson is at the top of her game”

Louis Bayard, bestselling author of THE PALE BLUE EYE, on Courting Dragons

“The Tudor court as seen through the eyes of wily Will Somers, Henry VIII’s jester, comes to vivid life in this sparkling mystery”

C.W. Gortner, bestselling author of THE TUDOR SECRET, on Courting Dragons

“Devotees of Alan Gordon’s Fools’ Guild mysteries will welcome this promising series”

Publishers Weekly on Courting Dragons

“Familiar historical figures seen from a different viewpoint add spice to the mystery”

Kirkus Reviews on Courting Dragons

“An appropriate end to Westerson’s series. Long-time fans will be eager to see if Crispin can triumph over the past, and anyone who enjoys medieval mysteries can follow it easily'”

Library Journal Starred Review of The Deadliest Sin

Jeri Westerson

Jeri Westerson was born and raised in Los Angeles. As well as nine previous Crispin Guest medieval mysteries, she is the author of a paranormal urban fantasy series and several historical novels. Her books have been nominated for the Shamus, the Macavity and the Agatha awards.

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The Isolated Séance by Jeri Westerson is available in the following formats

Hardback97814483107466th June 2023142 X 224mm224$29.99
Hardback97814483107466th June 2023142 X 224mm224£21.99
Ebook97814483107536th June 2023N/A224$14.99
Ebook97814483107536th June 2023N/A224£12.99
Paperback978144831283228th May 2024137 X 217mm224$18.99
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