For Reasons Unknown (DCI Matilda Darke Thriller, Book 1)

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

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…

A darkly compelling debut crime novel, this is the start of a brilliant series, perfect for fans of Louise Penny and Val McDermid.

Praise for Michael Wood:

Crackling dialogue, dark wit and an exciting ending’ Mark Edwards

‘DCI Matilda Darke is going places’ James Oswald

‘I really enjoyed getting to know DCI Matilda Darke’ Robert Bryndza

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’ M.R. Hall

Gripping, sad and unexpected’ Alex Marwood