Just a quickie, because I have to go out and buy a replacement moped.
Outpost Gallifrey is now hosting a sample chapter of Peculiar Lives online, in its Features section. It's sub-chapter I.1, the first after the Foreword, where Emily encounters Violet for the first time. (The Outpost version retains the policeman's usage of the n-word, which I wasn't sure it was going to.)
So, if you've not yet decided whether Peculiar Lives is the sort of thing you might want to buy (for instance through this Amazon link), then this would seem an ideal opportunity to find out.