Today I have “Found Drowned” by BK Duncan. This is the 3rd in the “May Keaps” series and I think this may be my favourite one to date. Published by Bloodhound Books and available in eBook and paperback and available for purchase HERE my thanks to Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my spot on the blog blitz, also to BK Duncan and NetGalley for my copy of the book.
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.
May Keaps works for Poplar Coroners Office and finds herself in a whole heap of trouble. The body of a young boy turns up in the Thames in 1920’s London. May is desperate to find out the identity of the boy, what she finds is far more than what she bargained for.
As I said this is my favourite May Keaps story to date, it is grittier, puts her in more danger and catches her off guard a little more. May is a very dependant and strong character and she does have a more feminine side that makes an appearance on occasion. In this story she finds herself in the dark and murky world of prostitution and from the synopsis you get a good idea of what sort of thing you are going to come across. Duncan gives a very good description of various activities without getting too graphic, enough to give a picture without going for show. She has created a very dark and wonderfully described sense of time and setting. The setting of 1920’s London is based around the wharves, docks and back alleys, along with smuggling, poverty, workhouses and Poor Law. She has included a lot of detail relevant for the time and that gives the story a real believable feel to it.
Familiar faces from previous books make a welcome return and we learn a little more about some of them and more about May and her family. This is a book that could be read as a stand alone, but as with all series it is better to read earlier books to get a sense of the characters and their stories. May for me seems to be getting a little more bolder as the series has continued and also a little more reckless. She is a wonderful character and I look forward to seeing what her future in fiction holds.
This is a book I would definitely recommend to readers of historical fiction, crime, mystery and murder. It is a great read with really good atmospheric historical content and a great story line.
About the Author:
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 work with lecturing in creative writing in colleges and academies in Hertfordshire and Cambridge. Her summers are spent on two never-ending tasks – re-pointing the walls of her flint cottage and reclaiming the wilderness of her meadow garden. For relaxation she reads, goes to the theatre, and explores the local countryside but her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.
Her proudest moment was when she overcame her fear of deep water to go potholing in the Yorkshire Pennines.
BK Duncan also writes as Ruth Wade. Read her Amazon #1 best-seller A Fatal Rhythm on Kindle.
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