The Last Post
By BK Duncan
Publication Date : November 11, 2017
Synopsis From Publisher:
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; rumors 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…
I have always enjoyed reading novellas especially ones that are linked to a series. In most cases if you miss the novella, you will not be lost while reading the series. However if you do read it, you are made privy to some very interesting info about the characters. Novellas sometimes provide explanations of the actions and feelings of the characters, like exclusive insider info. The Last Post serves as a bold introduction to a strong, kind, and courageous woman.
May Keaps is an ambulance driver for the wounded soldiers during World War I. May has been posted on the front line and faces danger along with the soldiers. The camp is also under the shadow of the suspicious death of the respected Captain Fairfax. While rumors swirl about the Captain’s death, May finds herself in a life threating situation that is connected to Fairfax’s life and death.
The Last Post is fast paced and filled with action. The writing is so vivid that I could picture the bombs dropping and the ground shaking. While reading I found myself unfamiliar with some of the terminology. A few times I had to stop reading and find definitions of these words. The words are used to describe things and places that were common during World War I. The use of these words made the story seem more authentic. May is resourceful and smart but also understanding and kind. I look forward to learning more about May.
**Thanks to Bloodhound Books for my review copy**
Murder and Moore Rating
4 out of 5 stars
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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.