I am delighted this evening to share with you the cover for The Last Post by BK Duncan which is out on the 27th of November 2017.
The Last Post short story follows May Keaps during her time in 1918 as an ambulance driver at The Front in Northern France during WWI. This is a short story prequel in the May Keaps series. Historical crime fiction, the first book in the series, Foul Trade, is set in 1920. Foul Trade will be published on the 12th of December 2017.
The short story can be read and enjoyed independently of the series. Although it is not essential to have read The Last Post before starting Foul Trade, it will enhance the reading experience as it serves an as introduction to what makes the protagonist, May Keaps, tick.
*Please note that The Last Post was originally called Faith’s Reward*
So without further ado, here it is!
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.
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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