Today I’m delighted to be joining the blog blitz for The Last Post by BK Duncan. My thanks to Sarah Hardy from Bloodhound books for including me on the tour. I’ll let you know my thoughts in just a moment, once we’ve taken a look at what the book is about.
The Official Book Blurb
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.
I really enjoyed this short story, the opening chapter in May Keaps story, which sees our protagonist in the midst of the war. As this is a short story, I can’t really say too much about the plot without spoiling it, but what I can say is that the action sees May caught in the midst of a raid and seeking shelter. When she enters an old building she finds herself face to face with a very angry and frightened young man, one who is nursing a very deep and emotional secret.
Although this is only about twenty five pages long, it gave me a really good insight into May’s character. She is level headed in a crisis and very observant and definitely someone I am looking forward to learning more about. She finds herself in a very unenviable situation and despite this, manages to keep her head.
The author has really managed to capture the feeling of war in the few short chapters, giving the reader a real sense of time and place. I could sense the urgency and the danger of the setting and the oppressive nature of the environment. There is no judgement in this tale, just fact, but the story itself does give some insight into the era and prevailing opinions, ones which come to inform the story in very tragic ways.
If you’d like just a sneaky peak at what May Keaps is all about, then this book is a great introduction and, right now, the book is absolutely free so why not head on over to Amazon and take a look.
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.
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