Crime novel’s eye on the city

Sheffield author Michael Wood
Sheffield author Michael Wood
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They say write what you know - and that’s exactly what Sheffield writer Michael Wood has done.

The first time author chose to base his debut novel, a crime thriller called ‘For Reasons Unknown,’ right here in his home city.

The book features protagonist DCI Matilda Darke, who heads up the fictional Murder Investigation Unit at South Yorkshire Police.

And the explosive novel, which will hit bookshelves in the city this Bonfire Night, is already make a bang - with reviewers comparing Michael’s work to that of his heroes Val McDermid and James Oswald.

Michael, of Low Edges, said: “I’ve always been a big fan of crime fiction novels and believe British crime writers are among the best in the world.

“I’m a born and bred Sheffielder and think it’s such a diverse city with a rich history, it’s always been my dream to set of a series of crime novels here. I could write a dozen novels set here and not use the same area twice.

“I hope to do for Sheffield what writers like Stuart MacBride did for Scotland’s crime fiction scene.”

‘For Reasons Unknown’ tells the tale of two murders, set twenty years apart, and the troubled detective who is tasked with tackling the cold case which quickly heats up when the killer comes back for more.

Michael, a former Sheffield Star freelance writer who often wrote articles about South Yorkshire Police, qualified as a journalist back in 2004 before deciding to make the leap to fiction.

His first book is being published by HarperCollins and Michael is already busy writing the second installment, which is due to be released next year.

“I have had some excellent feedback from the novel and some great reviews, since it was released in ebook format earlier this month,” said the 35-year-old, who scooped’s ‘Fresh Blood’ title for October.

“I’m excited now for the paperback release on November 5.”

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