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Kept by D J Taylor
Kept is subtitled "A Victorian Mystery" and it's written in the vernacular of the Victorian era. In 1863, a landowner named Henry Ireland dies under mysterious circumstances. His widow, Isabel, is mentally unstable and placed in the care of a neighbor, James Dixey, a naturalist who collects odd creatures in his decaying house. Add in maids, mistresses, criminals, police inspectors, lawyers, egg poachers, and a story that moves through the Scottish Highlands to the rich and poor areas of London and the Canadian Yukon, and you have a mystery with plots, subplots, twists, and turns and full of literary references. D J Taylor's novel has received mostly positive reviews with the London Times saying, "This makes it a pageturner of the highest order. It is a genuine mystery - not a simple whodunnit but a constant revelation of a complex and tight-knit plot."