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Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1) ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1) ✐ Author B.K. Duncan – 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 sail It is March 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.

About the Author: B.K. Duncan

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 management consultancy specialising in personal and organisational change she made the switch to full time writer combining producing her own w.

10 thoughts on “Foul Trade (May Keaps, #1)

  1. Sarah Sarah says:

    Foul Trade is the start of a new crime series featuring May KeapsThe 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’sMay 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 Always getting involved in things she would be best off keeping out ofFoul Trade is a well written novel that is perfect for fans of historical crime fiction A very solid start to a brand new crime series and look forward to reading

  2. Yvonne Yvonne says:

    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 tradeIf 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 dived right in after reading The Last Post But as I started to pick up the threads of the story I found it took me along the dark alleys into grim back rooms and among warehouses as the plot progressed Along the way there are uite 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 someThis is a great read that I would have no problem recommending to readers who like historical crime and mystery fiction It is well researched and well written A thoroughly enjoyable read

  3. Tam May Tam May says:

    I have to confess on the onset that I only got through 13 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 officeThe 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 13 of the way was just too far to stick with it to see if they did This doesn't mean others won't enjoy this book which is why I'm giving it 4 stars and not 3 but it just wasn't the kind of thing that I enjoy The mystery was a little lacking in cohesion for me

  4. Susan Hampson Susan Hampson says:

    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 superbI 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 readMay 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 acuired 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 uestions needing answersMay 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 had to gather my thoughts the author BK Duncan had so far delivered to me a strong determined woman but now she just made her ‘real’ For me it was at May’s hardest and most dangerous time in her life that bonded me to this character and brought her to life when she was at her most vulnerableBeing so young she still has a lot to learn but there are a couple of super characters in this story that I hope to find out about as time goes by This is such an exciting discovery for me a reader I am already eager for This is a cracking story a superb back drop and an outstanding new woman on the block for solving crimes

  5. Kerry Kerry says:

    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 cookieWe 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 inuests 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 other now Will her determination prove fatal?May's investigation makes for interesting reading set in a time without forensics and mobile communications etc A simpler time maybe but not necessarily saferA great read for mysteryhistorical crime fans and one I am than happy to recommendMany thanks to the author and publisher for my ARChttpschataboutbookswordpresscom

  6. Alexina Alexina says:

    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 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

  7. Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M) Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M) says:

    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 from but she is a powerful determined and strong character Towards the end will get your heart pounding I loved the setting and you could tell the story was set in the 1920 era so a bit historical tooFoul Trade is a well written story and easy to read I enjoyed reading this story and I am going to dive straight into book two Found Drowned I awarded four stars and would recommend this series to you all so far

  8. Susan Susan says:

    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 woman does not always appreciate the help she is given in the pursuit of evidenceThis is a well written enjoyable start to a series

  9. Donna Maguire Donna Maguire says:

    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 bookI 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 seriesThe 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 starsThe plot is brilliant characters are genuine and believable to be honest I couldn't give the book anything other than 5 stars I really really enjoyed it and very highly recommend it

  10. Christine Christine says:

    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 I feel BK fully captured the essence of life at the time both in portraying the grueling realities of life at that time as well as depicting the sensuality of the spice trade I eagerly await the next in the series

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