MAY KEAPS SERIES
by BK Duncan
Every verdict is a judgement on May Keaps
Investigating unnatural deaths in 1920’s East End London.
The Last Post
This FREE novella is a prequel to the first novel in the May Keaps series.
It is April 1918. May Keaps is a twenty-year-old ambulance driver stationed at The Front. As if transporting hideously wounded soldiers, sleep deprivation and constant shell bombardment weren’t enough, she becomes unwittingly entangled in the untimely death of a young captain, Tobias Fairfax.
Newly-arrived in Northern France he was found with a discharged pistol by his side; rumours on the battlefield were that it wasn’t an accident and he had taken the coward’s way out, committing suicide.
Whatever the explanation, Tobias left a dangerous legacy that puts May in the line of fire. But she is not the only one with a reason to want to uncover the truth. And in a world where life can be extinguished in the blink of an eye, May might regret her search for answers…
The Last Post is the haunting introduction to the May Keaps series.
The Last Post was previously published as Faith’s Reward
What readers are saying:
“The Last Post can be read in a coffee break but the contents will stay in your heart a lot longer. Fabulous writing style and a recommended read.” Alison Daughtrey-Drew – Ali The Dragon Slayer
“Keaps is an intriguing character. Feisty, but likeable. I’m looking forward to catching up with her again.” Kerry Parsons – Chat About Books
“The writing style is great and I do love a drama set during the war period so this one is right up my street being a massive fan of historical fiction.” Donna Maguire – Donnas Book Blog
“This is a cracking way to get to know a little about the main character in a new series.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“This packs quite the punch and really sets the tone for what promises to be a rather exciting new series. How the author managed to fit so much realism and emotional heartache into a mere 25 pages is utterly beyond me.” Eva Mercx – Novel Deelights
“This novella by BK Duncan is a triumph of writing, she has taken a story that is exciting and very moving and formed a short but utterly compelling read. I could feel the noise and chaos of war in the pages of this finely tuned novella.” Susan Corcoran – Booksaremycwtches
“For a novella, this book has a big presence. BK has for me captured the despair, fear, sombreness and fear of life in the war, with vivid descriptions.” Yvonne Bastian – Me And My Books
“I liked May and can see great potential for her in future books, including the upcoming Foul Trade.” Nicola Smith – Short Book And Scribes
“There is no judgement in this tale, just fact, but the story itself does give some insight into the era and the prevailing opinions, ones which come to inform the story in very tragic ways.” Jen Lucas – Jen Med’s Book Reviews
“The Last Post is fast paced and filled with action. The writing is so vivid that I could picture the bombs dropping and the ground shaking.” Christen Moore – Murder And Moore
It is March 1920. May Keaps, the Poplar Coroner’s Officer, has never failed to provide a jury with sufficient evidence to arrive at a just verdict.
The poverty, drunken fights between visiting sailors, drug trafficking, and criminal gangs, haunting the shadows of the busiest docks in the world, mean that the Coroner sees more than its fair share of sudden and unnatural deaths.
May relishes the responsibility placed upon her but there are many who believe it’s an unsuitable job for a woman. Even May begins to wonder if that is the case when the discovery of a young man’s body, in a Limehouse alley, plunges her into an underworld of opium dens, gambling, turf wars, protection rackets and murder.
As her investigations draw her into danger, it becomes increasingly clear that whoever is responsible intends to avoid the hangman’s noose by arranging to have May laid out on one of her own mortuary slabs.
What readers are saying:
“The plot in this book is great, it is clearly very well researched and reading it makes you feel as though you are there with them. The descriptions of what it was like in 1920s London are superb.” Donna Maguire – Donnas Book Blog
“Along the way there are quite a few characters to get to know, a mixed bunch of rogues, ruffians and gentlemen. You soon work out who is who, but I guarantee you will be wrong in your assumptions of some.” Yvonne Bastian – Me And My Books
“Author BK Duncan has done a really great job of recreating both the setting and the era in this novel. A lot of the action takes place in and around the docks, as well as some back street drug houses and gambling dens, and I could easily picture the scene as I red through the book.” Jen Lucas – Jen Med’s Book Reviews
“This is a well-written, complex and multi-layered mystery. The historical setting is really brought to life and works like a charm.” Eva Mercx – Novel Deelights
“This book is not one to be devoured, there is so much wonderful literature on every page, you need to read, digest, breathe as it is a stunningly impressive novel, that is thought-provoking, and plenty of mystery that gripped me and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the world through May’s eyes.” Alexina Golding – Bookstormer
“It’s a highly atmospheric novel that uses all of your senses to envelop you in the richness and diversity of London in the ’20s, and the attitudes of the day.” Jo Turner – Life Of Cri.me
“All in all this is a wonderful book with plenty of mystery, and one I would highly recommend to lovers of historical crime fiction. It was expertly researched and well written.” Debbie Binnersley – My Eclectic Reads
“This is a cracking story, a superb backdrop and an outstanding new woman on the block for solving crimes.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“Foul Trade is a lively, stimulating, and compelling story of a woman in a man’s world, who is brave, unstoppable, and way ahead of her time.” Christen Moore – Murder And Moore
“May is very much a modern woman of her day. She is an independent and determined young lady who knows what she wants in life. She reminded me of a younger version of Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple.” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews
“Foul Trade is a very well written mystery which kept me intrigued all the way through.” Kerry Parsons – Chat About Books
“If you’re looking for a really good historical drama that will envelop you in the story, then Foul Trade should be your next read.” Susan Corcoran – Booksaremycwtches
Smuggling. Prostitution. Murder.
London. 1920 and coroner’s officer May Keaps is tasked with solving the mystery that surrounds the death of a young boy, found drowned in The Thames.
But was it murder or an accident?
May knows that when children go missing, the reason is often linked to money but she is in danger of underestimating the corrupting influence of power . . .
On streets where poverty and exploitation walk hand-in-hand everyone has a price. And some are more valuable dead than alive. But who is pulling the strings?
May must journey into the dark underbelly of London to find the answers.
What readers are saying:
“It is endearing, classy, exciting read, with a killer plot that made putting the book down virtually impossible. The tension builds up as the story progresses and kept me entertained to the very last page.” Susan Corcoran – Booksaremycwtches
“The characters are great as always as I do love the writing style in this series, it is such an easy read, well paced and well researched.” Donna Maguire – Donnas Book Blog
“A series that just gets better and better! A brilliant historical crime investigation full of suspense, set in the 1920’s.” Gemma Myers – Between The Pages Book Club
“May Keaps is a great character as she is a woman in a man’s world and is up against the snobbery of men thinking she is less than adequate to be doing her job.” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews
“This is a brilliant book and if you like your thrillers and mysteries with a more historical setting then I urge you to give this a go. Great characters, great story. What’s not to enjoy?” Jen Lucas – Jen Med’s Book Reviews
“The plot of Found Drowned is complex, and as the pieces come together, the novel is very tense as May learns who she is able to trust.” Kate Eveleigh – Portable Magic
“Found drowned is a gripping crime thriller with great potential, brilliant characters and an enjoyable plot.” Lauren Anderson – As The Page Turns Reviews
“This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers of historical fiction, crime, mystery and murder. It is a great read with really good atmospheric historical content and a great storyline.” Yvonne Bastian – Me And My Books
“BK Duncan really does bring alive the grit and grimness of life in London within the settings of these books, such atmospheric reads that are doused in darkness and mystery.” Alexina Golding – Bookstormer
“I just love not just the stories that BK Duncan creates but the whole package. The dialogue is just superb with phrases and accents flowing off the pages surrounding me and dragging me back in time.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn