published by Killer Reads/Harper Collins
ebook – 1 October 2015
Paperback – 5 November 2015
I bought this book a few weeks ago, I haven’t yet been able to read it but it is one I am very much looking forward to getting to – Matilda Darke sounds like a great character (and I love that name!). I’ll be reviewing once I’ve read it but in the meantime I’m delighted to be included on the blog tour – and have a guest post from Michael which I hope you enjoy.
For Reasons Unknown – Setting
For Reasons Unknown is the first in a series of novels featuring DCI Matilda Darke. The novel is set in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, which happens to be my home town.
As a fan of crime fiction I have read hundreds of books over the years in the genre, mostly by British authors and set in Britain, and have enjoyed reading about the location. A great deal of them are set in Scotland, Manchester or London. Bristol, Cornwall, Norfolk, and the south coast feature heavily too. However, few are in the north, especially in Sheffield.
|Waterstones, Orchard Square, Sheffield City Centre|
where Jonathan Harkness and Stephen Egan work
One of my favourite crime fiction authors was the late Reginald Hill and his wonderful Dalziel and Pascoe novels were sublime. He was a master of the genre, a pure wordsmith. His setting was Yorkshire and he used it to great effect. Sometimes Sheffield was mentioned and it always made me smile – Dalziel and Pascoe are coming to my home city! However, I had never read a crime novel set in Sheffield. Knowing the city, its history, and what it has to offer, I felt that Sheffield was crying out to have a crime series set here.
The city has many diverse areas, some affluent, some run down, some abandoned, and some constantly going through a process of regeneration. There is scope for a dozen novels to be set in Sheffield and you wouldn’t use the same area twice. I like to think Sheffield is a character in itself in my novels and Matilda Darke sees the city depending on her mood; sometimes it’s a vibrant hub offering a range of activities to its residents and tourists alike, and sometimes it’s a decaying, dying city struggling along on life support.
|Holly Lane, Sheffield City Centre which|
features in the story
As a lifelong resident of Sheffield I love the city and I’m enjoying exploring different areas of it as I write the second book in the series. Hopefully there will be a third, a fourth…
Two murders. Twenty years. Now the killer is back for more…
A darkly compelling debut crime novel. The start of a brilliant series, perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Val McDermid, and James Oswald.
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…
At the time of publishing this post, For Reasons Unknown can be downloaded from Amazon UK for 99p