“For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood – Book Review

BLURB: 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…

It has been a while since I’ve been so immersed in a book. I love a well executed police procedural and this one was stellar. The seemingly impossible murder mystery, the damaged protagonists, the workplace rivalry, and the excellent characterization all served to make this a top notch crime novel.

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.  As a huge reader of crime fiction he decided to follow in the footsteps of his favourite authors. I, for one, am glad he did.

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About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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22 Responses to “For Reasons Unknown” by Michael Wood – Book Review

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  9. Annie says:

    I really like this series, I need to catch up 😀


  10. After commenting on your review of the novella, I went to add it and found that I did, in fact, have the first already on my TBR, but now I can change it to recommended. I know you read a lot in this genre, so when you get excited, I get excited. Excellent review, Lynne!


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  13. carhicks says:

    Wonderful review Lynne. You made me chuckle with the tigger on ecstasy quote. This sounds very dark and atmospheric. I do enjoy a good police procedural, and even though my TBR will never be cleared before my time on earth is over, I am adding this series. You definitely hooked me.


  14. Well thank you so much I’ve now taken your recommendation (and those who voted for you to read it) and added this book to my TBR – not that I really need another series to follow but I can’t resist a great sounding UK series.

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  15. This sounds fantastic!! I’ll have to check out this poll-winner!

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