Foul Trade: a haunting mystery that will keep you hooked (May Keaps Book 2)

Written by BK Duncan

Looking for a compelling new mystery which will have you hooked?

It is March 1920. May Keaps, the Poplar Coroner’s Officer, has never failed to provide a jury with sufficient evidence to arrive at a just verdict.

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 Coroner sees more 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. Even May begins to wonder if that is the case when the discovery of a young man’s body, in a Limehouse alley, plunges her into an underworld of opium dens, gambling, turf wars, protection rackets and murder.

As her investigations draw her into 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. 

What readers are saying:

“This 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.” Yvonne Bastian – Me And My Books

“I’ve really enjoyed this first full-length foray into the world of May Keaps and look forward to seeing what our intrepid heroine gets herself into next.” Jen Lucas – Jen Med’s Book Reviews

“If you like your mysteries with a historical setting, you’ll find this one highly enjoyable!” Eva Merckx – Novel Deelights

“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.” Alexina Golding – Bookstormer

“It’s a highly atmospheric novel that uses all of your senses  to envelop you in the richness and diversity of London in the ’20s,  and the attitudes of the day.” Jo Turner – Life Of

“All in all this is a wonderful book with plenty of mystery, and one I would highly recommend to lovers of historical crime fiction. It was expertly researched and well written.” Debbie Binnersley – My Eclectic Reads

“This is a cracking story, a superb backdrop and an outstanding new woman on the block for solving crimes.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn

“Foul Trade is a lively, stimulating, and compelling story of a woman in a man’s world, who is brave, unstoppable, and way ahead of her time.” Christen Moore – Murder And Moore

“Foul 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 more.” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews

“A great read for mystery/historical crime fans and one I am more than happy to recommend.” Kerry Parsons – Chat About Books

“If you’re looking for a really good historical drama that will envelop you in the story, then Foul Trade should be your next read.” Susan Corcoran – Booksaremycwtches

“I loved the story, the characters were great and the descriptive nature and writing style were perfect for this book!” Donna Maguire – Donnas Book Blog


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