The Fallen: A DCI Matilda Darke short story Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A short story and prequel featuring DCI Matilda Darke, star of Michael Wood’s darkly compelling crime series. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham and Val McDermid.
It’s Christmas in Sheffield. But not everyone is enjoying the festive season.
A man has been found brutally murdered in his own home. The victim is Iain Kilbride, a once-famous TV star who has faded into obscurity. All signs point to a break-in, but why has nothing been taken?
For DCI Matilda Darke, this is the perfect chance to prove her newly formed Murder Investigation Team are up to the task. Matilda suspects the clue to finding the killer lies in Iain’s past, but she’s about to discover how dark that past really is....
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 18 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 28, 2019|
|Publisher||One More Chapter|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #122,193 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#595 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#763 in Fiction Short Stories
#2,605 in Police Procedural Mysteries
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Shortly after starting her new job, a man has been found in his apartment. It looks like a robbery gone bad, but there was nothing taken. The man was bludgeoned to death. When they identify the man, Darke is surprised to find that he was a soap opera star many years earlier.
For DCI Matilda Darke, this is the perfect chance to prove her newly formed Murder Investigation Team are up to the task. Matilda suspects the clue to finding the killer lies in Iain’s past, but she’s about to discover how dark that past really is…
The biggest surprise is not the who .. it's more the why. The ending was sensational.
Darke is a great character. Newly married, living in a van while her architect husband redoes their home, she still keeps a sense of humor. She's dedicated to her job and wants a sense of justice and closure for the victims and their families.
There's a lot packed into this well-written short story... and enough information that makes me want to go out and get the entire series (4 full length novels) and have a reading marathon. Highly recommended for anyone who likes crime fiction ... and is looking for a new crime fiction series.
Plot: Iain Kilbride, one of Andrea Barnes drivers, had not shown for his route again and she was determined to fire him personally. Notably an impatient person, she drives to his address where she is shocked to find him dead. The police are notified and Matilda Darke, wife of award-winning architect James, is called to investigate. She, as the newly appointed Detective Chief Inspector, gathers her team and they commence to attempt to unravel the case that has several unusual features. Iain’s flat was entered through a broken window and he was struck a killing blow on the head by an unknown assailant who took nothing from the scene even though he had top-of-the-line computers; investigation produced the fact that he was in miserable physical condition; he was a well-known TV Soap Opera star in the 80’s-90’s whose part was eliminated; he was not a sufficiently good enough actor to obtain more than a couple of other small parts; he had had a wife and daughter but was divorced; he was a heavy drinker/smoker, and a loner who spoke to no one. Matilda and her team gradually follow the leads while at the same time she must deal with constant annoyance from two facts; her husband has decided to rebuild their house and they are living temporarily in an older model trailer; a considerable amount of hate and lack of corporation from Ben Hales, another DI over whom she was chosen for her present position. The story moves to an unanticipated and unusual conclusion.
Conclusion: A short mystery story that most readers will find interesting. The end is unusual, unanticipated and the final action probably thought provoking for many.
Top reviews from other countries
Although this is a short story, nothing feels rushed. The pace is steady and the story and characters have time to unfurl in an unhurried manner. The case itself is utterly gripping and cleverly written with the author's usual incredible attention to detail. I completely forgot I was even reading a short story!
This is a short story that packs a whole load of action into a small number of pages, but still seems to flow along like a full length novel. We get to meet Matilda and her team in the early days if setting up the MIT squad, after Matilda’s recent promotion to DCI. One of the highlights for me was getting to read about the life Matilda and her husband (James) have with each other. You get the feeling that this is a perfectly matched couple who have a fantastic life together. Both have a terrific sense of humour and don’t hold back with the banter when winding each other up. It is this sharp wit and dry sense of humour that really grabbed my attention when first reading book 1 in the Matilda Darke series, and it never fails to put a smile on my face.
Good old DI Ben Hale also makes an appearance in the book, and when I say ‘good old’, what I really mean is ‘psycho fruit loop’. Again, this was great to see the relationship (or lack off) between Matilda and Ben in its infancy. We read a lot more about this in books 1 and 2 but getting to see it from the get go was a real bonus!
This fleeting appearance of various characters was one of my favourite things about this book. The way they were just casually brought into the scenes was brilliant and at one point had me scurrying back through the previous books when a certain character was mentioned while Darke was visiting the local book store. Brilliant stuff!
The story itself, whilst a quick read, is a really interesting one and demonstrates how events from the past can lie dormant for years before those affected take action. At times it was a very tragic read, regarding the daughter of one of the characters, but I think this played a major part in me buying into the story and characters perspectives. There were also a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming due to some very clever writing on Wood’s part, which really helped take this short story to the next level.
Overall, this was a great addition to what I can only describe as a spectacular series. Without doubt this is quickly becoming one of my favourites and I’ll be jumping into book #3 in the very near future.
If you’ve not had the chance to read any of this series then I’d urge you to give it a go. You won’t be disappointed!
In The Fallen we are introduced to the newly promoted DCI Maltilda Darke, It was fascinating to read about Maltilda’s earlier years and her relationship with her husband James, I found this glimpse into her past intriguing as it added another dimension to her character. Maltilda is brought in to investigate the murder of a famous TV star and what follows is an original tale laced with sadness and regrets.
For such a short story I was surprised at just how well it was written, there’s enough intrigue and suspense to make this a read in one sitting kind of book. Michael Wood’s writing goes from strength to strength, his books appear to be getting darker and more twisted and I absolutely love this element. The Fallen doesn’t lack plot or character development in fact it reads, like a full length novel as the author doesn’t waste anytime in getting to the heart of the plot.
If you haven’t read any books by Michael Wood this short story is well worth a read as you get a feel for Maltilda’s character as well as some of the other characters that pop up in both books. If you are already a fan of the author then I’m sure you will love it too. After reading The Fallen I can’t wait to read A Room Full Of Killers a full length Matilda Darke book which is published in February 2017.
Ex TV star Iain Kilbride is found brutally murdered in his own home. At first it looks like a break in but there was nothing stolen. DCI Matilda Darke and her team start to unearth Iain Kilbride's dark past as they try to discover the truth.
Only 85 pages but as said previously with the knowledge from other books in the series is an excellent addition. For me it gave me more of an insight into the characters I am getting so fond of.
Recommended but as an add on to the series.
This glimpse into Matilda's past was awesome and it was interesting to see her happy.
The case being investigated seems like a classic locked room mystery but there is so much more. Lots of twists and tragedies really build the suspense. I can't wait for the next book in February 2017.