The hangman’s hold is the fourth book in the Matilda Darke series . And being the straight talking Yorkshireman I am I’m not going to piss about . This is the best book I’ve read this year so far.
When a convicted peadofile is found hanged in his living room after a date it’s down to DCI Matilda Darke and her team to find the killer before he strikes again, but when a second and third murder quickly follow it becomes apparent that to Darke that she’s go5 a vigilante on her hands . With the body’s continuing to pile up Matilda and the team come under pressure from all sides to catch the killer, but with no obvious suspects, could the murderer be one of Matilda’s own team.?
Even though it deals with a pretty dark subject matter, several of them actually, The Hangmans hold is shot through with gallows humour, I actually laughed out loud in a few places.
Another thing I loved about this book is Matilda’s boss, ACC Valerie Masterson , she’s tough and compassionate in equal measure and is just at home giving Matilda a bollocking as she is at picking her up when she’s down. She’s a genius character a reminds me of Judi Dench’s M in the bond films. She deserves a stand-alone novel all to herself.
This is the first Matilda Darke book I’ve read,and I’ve already got the others on the kindle . Michael Wood may only be a handful of books into his series but hopefully there are many more to come because he could end up doing for Sheffield what Ian rankin did for Edinburgh and put his home city on the crime fiction map.
Verdict : cracker