The Fallen: A DCI Matilda Darke short story

By Michael Wood

‘DCI Matilda Darke is the perfect heroine’ Elly Griffiths

A short story and prequel featuring DCI Matilda Darke, star of Michael Wood’s darkly compelling crime series. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid.

It’s Christmas in Sheffield. But not everyone is enjoying the festive season…

A man has been found brutally murdered in his own home. The victim is Iain Kilbride, a once-famous TV star who has faded into obscurity. All signs point to a break-in, but why has nothing been taken?

For DCI Matilda Darke, this is the perfect chance to prove her newly formed Murder Investigation Team are up to the task. Matilda suspects the clue to finding the killer lies in Iain’s past, but she’s about to discover how dark that past really is…

Format: Digital download
Release Date: 23 Dec 2016
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-822238-3
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 -

”'FOR REASONS UNKNOWN is a stunningly strong debut…I expect great things from the dark imagination of Michael Wood” - Crime Squad