The Murder House by Michael Wood #bookreview

It’s the most disturbing crime scene DCI Matilda Darke has ever seen…

The morning after a wedding reception at a beautiful suburban home in Sheffield, the bride’s entire family are stabbed to death – in a frenzied attack more violent than anything DCI Matilda Darke could have imagined.

Forensics point to a burglar on the run across the country. But cracks are starting to appear in Matilda’s team, someone is playing games with the evidence – and the killer might be closer to home than they thought…

Yay!! Matilda is back and this time she’s taking on her toughest and most horrific case yet. An entire family have been annihilated in their own home the night after a happy family occasion. The force of the murders sickens the most hardened of the police community and Matilda is determined to bring whoever is responsible to justice. But their prime suspect is equally as determined to prove his innocence and what follows is a cat and mouse game where not all of the players are showing their cards. But we all know Matilda can solve the case…don’t we?!

I absolutely adore this series and have been a fan since the very first book. I did have to smile when I spotted some familiar names in here (especially a rather lovable Labrador!) and I felt at home with the teams new incarnation after their previous news. There was a feeling of comforting familiarity as the team came together once again. Sian still has her snack drawer, although I’m concerned about how she’s covering the costs now as this case demands A LOT of chocolate (and can I just say I hope the Viscounts are the orange flavoured ones as the mint ones will taint all those other bars!!! I talk from experience as a hater of mint chocolate!). But Matilda is very much the main protagonist to watch here even though there are some life changing experiences for other members of the team during this investigation.

The case itself is a rather gruesome one and Michael Wood keeps his readers guessing throughout as to the perpetrator of the crime. The twists and turns came thick and fast towards the end with a rather shocking conclusion that made me want to read the next book in this series NOW!! Honestly, you’ve been missing out if you haven’t discovered the Matilda Darke series so you definitely need to catch up and read them now. The Murder House is a gripping crime thriller from start to finish and is highly recommended!

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.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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