Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this Blog Blitz for The Last Post by BK Duncan
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
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a cracking way to get to know a little about the main character in a new series. May Keaps, at just twenty, is a young woman who can think fast on her feet, show compassion and be realistic too.
In this novella the year is 1918 and May is an ambulance driver in the heart of WW1 in France. It tells of her brief encounter with a young soldier facing a life or death decision, yet again, in the middle of a war that the young man has seen rip apart everything and everybody round him.
May is a young woman with a head on her shoulders far older than her years, her chance meeting with Tobias is entwined with a mystery and choices that will affect others lives far into the future.
BK Duncan can certainly capture an era and take you there with vivid descriptions of the war raging while for a brief moment it was as if time stood still until Tobias’s and May’s meeting solved a puzzle that involved more than a war.
Looking forward to more from this author and May Keaps.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BK Duncan is the pen name Ruth Wade has adopted for the May Keaps series of historical crime novels.
Born on a steam railway and brought up on the South Coast of England, such beginnings were destined to leave BK Duncan with a love of vintage transport, crashing seas, and Art Deco architecture.
Following a career encompassing developmental learning and change-management consultancy she now combines producing her own work with lecturing part-time in creative writing in colleges and academies in Cambridge and Oxford. Her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.
BK Duncan also writes historical crime novels as Ruth Wade.