Foul Trade: the untold stories

A behind the scenes look at the world of May Keaps

As a reporter on the East End News, Jack finds it instructive to compile character dossiers on those people who might, one day, prove useful. May, of course, falls into that category so here is Jack’s take on her:

Jack will be adding insights on the rest of the people he has got to know in Poplar when the fancy takes him. So take a peek into his notebook from time to time because you never know when it might contain a secret or two of what is going on beneath the surface.

Jack’s character assassinations

Foul Trade book club topics

Would you like some author input for your book club discussion? Choose from aspects of oral history, Great War experiences, key research topics, or the themes I am drawn to exploring.

more book club topics

As well as the May Keaps series, you may also be interested in the Rhythms in Crime Dance Quartet or Walls of Silence


It wasn’t all Downton Abbey by BK Duncan

  History as nostalgic entertainment will always be with us.

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Going places

Bloodhound Books is a leading independent publisher of crime and thriller fiction.

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Clear the stage, dim the lights.

  First night performance at The Gaiety Theatre, Poplar.

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An East End voice

The research for Foul Trade really came alive

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Shell-shock: 1914-18 conflict

I’d always had a horrified fascination

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BK Duncan on Foul Trade

 Interview for Cambridge TV July 2016

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Beneath Foul Trade

It’s often the odd or obscure things

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How do I research?

The easy answer is that I use every method at my disposal.

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The past in the present

All my novels have been set in the 1920s.

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Poplar and Limehouse

Mostly I used the 1914 OS maps

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Murder and medics

So what did they do before DNA?

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London docklands

If you want to learn about what made London

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It was never to be the coming of peace

These residents of Poplar had little money

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East End communities

Limehouse was London’s original Chinatown. 

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Music halls and all things theatrical, darling

I’ve always been fascinated by old theatre buildings

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The melting pot

As a writer, not all influences are easy to identify.

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