Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this Blog Tour for FOUND DROWNED by B.K. Duncan
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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is becoming a must read series for me as I am more than taken with May Keaps, my heroine of the past. May is a gutsy young woman who has seen tragedies first hand during the first World War and now works as a Coroner’s Officer, in 1920’s London. The thing is, May isn’t a pen pusher, May is a hands on get her sleeves rolled up type of woman, that gives every dead person, that comes her way, as much peace and dignity as she can.
When the body of a young body is dragged out of the river Thames and signs of abuse become apparent, May is determined to find out who this child was and how he died in such terrible circumstances. It isn’t long before May is up to her neck asking questions in places that she is in danger of going to. She is like a kid poking a hornets nest with a stick and you just know that before long she is going to be running for her life.
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 of the pages surrounding me and dragging me back in time. There are some hard pages to read of how things use to be back then, when a child could be turned out because the family just couldn’t afford to feed them. There wasn’t a lot to protect the vulnerable members in society.
The more that May does in her job, the more she is becoming accepted for the talents she brings to her role, not her gender. It is lovely to see her get the respect that is due to her and demanded by her boss. Lovely bloke and the police are softening too. So looking forward to the next book in this series to see where May barges in next.
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.