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For Reasons Unknown

(2015)
(The first book in the DCI Matilda Darke series)
A novel by

 
 

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

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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." - Matthew Hall

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

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

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


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Used availability for Michael Wood's For Reasons Unknown

Paperback Editions

November 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: For Reasons Unknown: A gripping crime debut that keeps you guessing until the last page (DCI Matilda Darke, Book 1) (DCI Matilda Darke Thriller)
Author(s): Michael Wood
ISBN: 0-00-815867-3 / 978-0-00-815867-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Killer Reads
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: For Reasons Unknown: DCI Matilda Darke, Book 1
Author(s): Michael Wood
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon   


June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: For Reasons Unknown: DCI Matilda Darke, Book 1
Author(s): Michael Wood
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: For Reasons Unknown: DCI Matilda Darke, Book 1
Author(s): Michael Wood
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: For Reasons Unknown: DCI Matilda Darke, Book 1
Author(s): Michael Wood
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: For Reasons Unknown: An absolutely gripping crime thriller that keeps you guessing until the last page (DCI Matilda Darke Thriller, Book 1)
Author(s): Michael Wood
Publisher: One More Chapter
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU