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Agent: Tom Witcomb

Biography: Born and bred in Sheffield , Michael worked as a freelance journalist for The Star covering crime and the courts. He is part of the CrimeSquad reviews team.

His DCI Matilda Darke series follows the female office after she returns to work after a long absence caused by PTSD. Initially tasked with re-opening a cold case, she is soon thrust back into the front line as the past and present converge, and it seems a killer may have come back for more…


‘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


‘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 a strong character with real depth’ -- Robert Bryndza, bestselling author of THE GIRL IN THE ICE