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The Keeper of Secrets

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The Keeper of Secrets By (author) Judith CutlerThe Keeper of Secrets” is as a Regency novel with a difference. In this book, Judith Cutler has successfully combined the dark world of crime writing with an era that we perceive as being almost universally polite, delicate and graceful. The Regency period is, after all, the world that Jane Austen inhabited. The result is an unusual novel that is an interesting combination of historical mystery and social comment that shows the bleaker side of this undoubtedly elegant period.

It is 1810, and the rural backwaters of Moreton St Jude, Warwickshire, are about to get a rude awakening in the form of the new parson, Tobias Campion. Young and freshly out of Cambridge University, Tobias marks himself as very different from previous incumbents on his first night in the village, standing up for housemaid Lizzie Woodman’s honour when a drunken guest of local aristocrat Lady Elham (“a distant but generous cousin of my mother”) attempts to molest her.

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