A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

3. Kept: A Victorian Mystery

Kept: A Victorian Mystery by D.J. Taylor

Pages: 463
Finished: Jan. 6, 2008
Reason for Reading: When I read the jacket blurb, I thought this would be just the kind of book I'd like. Chunkster Challenge
First Published: 2007
Genre: historical fiction, mystery
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

I will happily declare that there is no sight so harmonious to the eye or suggestive to the spirit as Highland scenery.

Comments: It is very hard to tell the plot of this book as there are many things going on. Two main stories run parallel throughout until they come together at the end. One being the mysterious mad woman kept under lock and key, the other follows a crooked lawyer who collects debts for his clients. There are also many side stories that intertwine these main stories. There is a maid who works in the house where the mad woman is kept, a young footman who falls under the spell of the crooked lawyer, an impoverished man whose wife is dying, the embarrassed landowner who would rather collect rare eggs than look after his property, the young man who seeks adventure in the wilds of Canada and so very many more.

This was a wonderful book that pays homage to the classic Victorian novel. There are literary allusions aplenty and many nods to authors such as Dickens and London. The huge ensemble of characters are skillfully woven through the pages and each in their own way, no matter how infinitesimal, plays a part in the grand scheme of the plot. A wonderful, engrossing novel with a very satisfying ending and highly recommended.


  1. Another blogger review this one recently and it caught my attention. I enjoyed reading your review, very much. This one is definitely going on my wish list!

  2. That does sound like a good book. Argh. I knew I couldn't stop adding books when I saw them.

  3. Every time I see this book I am tempted to get it! Hopefully one day I will!

  4. Hmmm. I may have to add this book to my ever-growing list.