DCI Matilda Darke Thriller - For Reasons Unknown (DCI Matilda Darke Thriller, Book 1): Unabridged edition

By Michael Wood, Read by Stephanie Beattie

Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…

A darkly compelling debut crime novel. The start of a brilliant series, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and James Oswald.

DCI Matilda Darke has returned to work after a nine month absence. A shadow of her former self, she is tasked with re-opening a cold case: the terrifyingly brutal murders of Miranda and Stefan Harkness. The only witness was their eleven-year-old son, Jonathan, who was too deeply traumatized to speak a word.

Then a dead body is discovered, and the investigation leads back to Matilda’s case. Suddenly the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…

Format: Audio-Book
Release Date: 27 Jun 2019
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-836731-2
Detailed Edition: Unabridged edition
Michael Wood is a freelance journalist and proofreader living in Sheffield. As a journalist he has covered many crime stories throughout Sheffield, gaining first-hand knowledge of police procedure. He also reviews books for CrimeSquad, a website dedicated to crime fiction.


”'Crackling dialogue, dark wit and an exciting ending. Recommended if you liked Happy Valley” - Mark Edwards

”'DCI Matilda Darke is going places” - James Oswald

”'A compelling, addictive read, it’s hard to put down. I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Matilda Darke. She's strong character with real depth” - Robert Bryndza, bestselling author of THE GIRL IN THE ICE


”'A beautifully written book with a dark heart and a secret that impacts on generations” - Sarah Ward

”'A skilfully crafted and compelling debut that hooks from the off and will keep you guessing until the final page. I can’t wait for Michael Wood’s next one” - M.R. Hall

”'Gripping, sad and unexpected - this is a terrific debut. Wood writes with the confidence and flair of an old hand” - Alex Marwood

”'A strong debut with an intriguing mystery at its heart. The first thing that strikes me is how well he writes female characters. The novel is packed full of strong women” - Ben Cheetham

”'An appealing - and refreshingly human - lead character is swept along in this ingeniously plotted, fast paced debut” - Chris Simms

'This explosive novel is already making a bang - with reviewers comparing Michael’s work to that of his heroes Val McDermid and James Oswald' Sheffield Star -