Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1)

Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1) It Is March 1920 And May Keaps, The Poplar Coroner S Officer, Has Never Failed To Provide A Jury With Sufficient Evidence To Arrive At A Just Verdict And 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 Courtroom Sees 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 And The Position Should Be Given To One Of The Soldiers Back From The First World War Even May Begins To Wonder If That Shouldn T Be The Case When The Discovery Of A Young Man S Body In A Limehouse Alley Plunges Her Into An Underworld Of Opium Dens, Illegal Gambling, Drug Dealers Turf Wars, The Protection Rackets Of The Notorious Bow Kum Tong, And Murder As Her Investigations Draw Her Into Deeper 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. Foul Trade is the start of a new crime series featuring May Keaps.The author transports you back in time and you really get a feel of what life was like in that era Though the world May finds herself in is a very dark and dangerous one I know drugs have always been around but didn t realise just how rife it was in 1920 s
. So it is now march 1920, and again we are reunited with May Louise Keaps, ex ambulance driver and now officer for Poplar Coroners Court In this story May is the efficient and resourceful force behind the Coroner, she is the one who makes sure all the paperwork, subpoenas and warrants are dealt with, they are just the basics of her job She goes above and beyond the call of duty as she swaps the battlefields for the wharves of London, as she investigates a suspicious death She will discover a world of gangs, drugs and dens, gambling and illegal trade.If you want a book that gives you a descriptive walk through of the London wharves and surrounding area, then this has got to be one you read BK has brought some vivid and detailed descriptions that make it feel very realistic with the sights, sounds and also the smells There has been obvious research into this period, I found a great deal of observational content on living conditions, social housing, economics and family struggles, this added a real extra depth It was appropriate for the plot, now that I really did enjoy, it took me a couple of chapters to work out where the story was going This was all my fault as I did not read the synopsis, I just di
I have to confess on the onset that I only got through 1 3 of this book It s well written, well researched, and the focus on May and her sister was interesting It also has an interesting perspective since May works for the coroner s office.The reason why I stopped reading the book is because it just wasn t my taste I like mysteries that are traditional whodoneits that follow a case from beginning to end This seemed a little random to me, like tales of May s experienced with the coroner s office, incorporating different cases May showed an interest in one particular case in the beginning but by the point that I reached in the book, she seems to have dropped it It might be that later in the book, the pieces get tied together but for me, 1 3 of the way was just too far to stick with it to see if
Firstly I have to say even without the main story I could have read this book from cover to cover BK Duncan took me back in time on a journey to walk the streets of London and all the hardship that went with it The people, the way they lived and even the smells The research is than outstanding, it really is just superb.I had already met May Keaps as a young ambulance driver in the Great War of 1914 18 in The Last Post, a novella This had laid down the shell of this courageous 20 year old as a woman who I wanted to know about When added to the scene I have described above it made for a brilliant read.May was never just going to blend in with other girls, she was as the saying goes born before her time It is now 1920 and May has acquired a very respectable position as Officer in the Coroners Court of Popular, dealing with all the paper work of suspicious deaths round the docks and back streets where drug dealing and drug taking occurred regular, it was never going to keep her satisfied May was a very intelligent young woman who had a mind of questions needing answers.May has to scratch that itch that makes her want to get justice for the dead, which takes her into extremely dangerous territory It was here that I
Foul Trade is a very well written mystery which kept me intrigued all the way through Having read and enjoyed The Last Post, which is a short, but punchy, introduction to this series, I was looking forward to catching up with the feisty May Keaps again and I have thoroughly enjoyed doing so She is a very straight talking character who I can t help but like She s seen her fair share of trauma and she s one tough cookie.We meet May again in 1920 She is no longer an ambulance driver, but the Poplar Coroner s Officer and a very efficient one at that She is very used to sourcing information relevant to their inquests, but finds herself in significant danger whilst trying to get to the bottom of one particular death She is sure there is to it than first appears and she s determined to prove it She doesn t have only herself to worry about though She has her sister, Alice, to think of too since they only have each ot
Having read the novella that introduced us to May Keaps, I pre ordered Foul Trade straight away May is such an interesting character to read about and faces every situation with a sense of level headiness, even if she isn t feeling so calm inside BK Duncan brought to life the era, hardships and unsavoury characters realistically well By brining this to be a darker novel, than I expected, even with the blurb May works methodically and fairly and I for one was watching out for her, hoping she made it to the end of the book as unscathed as possible This book is not one to be devoured, there is so much wonderful literature on every page, you
Foul Trade is book one in the May Keaps series and is a brilliant start to the series Set in the 1920 s, this story focuses on May and her unlikely partner and newspaper writer Jack trying to solve what really happened to Miles Elliott May gets herself into all kinds of trouble she would be better off staying away fr
March 1920 London and May Keaps is the Poplar Coroner s Officer Then a body of a young man is found which leads to the underworld of murder, gambling anf opium dens May being a determined and opinionated young
thought that this was a fantastic book I loved the story, the characters were great and the descriptive nature and writing style were perfect for this book I read and review a lot of historical fiction and books of this period and I jumped at the chance to get a copy of the book and I wasn t disappointed at all I read the novella that introduces us to May The Last Post a few weeks back and thought that she was a really intriguing character and definitely someone I wanted to read about and this book is a treat in that regard I cannot wait for other releases in the series The plot in this book is great, it is clearly well very researched and reading it makes you feel as though you are there with them, the descriptions of what it was like in 1920s London is superb and for that alone I would have given the book 5 stars The plot is brilliant, characters are genuine and believable, to be honest I couldn t give
I was enthralled by the adventures and mishaps of May Keaps, Coroner s Officer for Poplar, and that I fell in love with both the heroine and the full cast of her friends and associates These engaging and interesting characters leapt off the page, through BK s vivid descriptions and action filled plot, as did their enemies and the treacherous situations that they encountered It was thrilling stuff I found the setting of East London in the 1920s added real depth and flavour, and historically,

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1)
  • B.K. Duncan
  • English
  • 06 January 2017
  • 9781783336586