Outside Looking In by Michael Wood

My turn on the blog tour for outside looking in today, This is my first book by Michael Wood and won’t be the last. It starts with an elderly gentleman going to investigate a loud noise late at night, he finds a gruesome scene, which results in a case for DCI Matilda Darke to investigate. A great police procedural thriller with a fantastic twist that I did not see coming. I liked that Matilda was a flawed individual and that all the characters had shades of grey within them. The story is set in Sheffield and uses the location well, the city feels like an extra character in the novel. This is the second in the Matilda Darke series but can be read alone. I will be going back and starting the first in the series after this one though, I think I have found a new favourite author in Michael Wood. A solid 5* read for me, continue reading for an Interview with the author and the link so you can buy your own copy:

Tell me something about your self

I’m a self-taught juggler. I can write shorthand at 100wpm. I’m left-handed. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones. I dislike bananas and I’ve never watched anything on Channel 5.

On average, how many times a week do you hurt yourself trying to dance in the shower?

Never. I’m far too sensible.

What is your inspiration to write?

I have many stories to tell and I want to tell them. Being a writer is all I have ever wanted to be from a young age.

What’s the most money you’ve ever drunkenly spent at McDonald’s?

£0. I’m vegetarian and hate fast food.

Do you get complaints when singing in the shower.? 


Who would you let punch you directly in the face? and why?

Nobody as it would hurt.

How old were you when you realised Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny probably never actually knew one another in real life? Did you feel cheated?

They do know each other. They live in the same street. They don’t get on much at the moment as the Easter Bunny borrowed Father Christmas’s lawn mower and hasn’t returned it yet, but they’ll make up eventually.

What drives you to continue writing.?

The feedback from my first two novels has been amazing, more than I could have imagined. I now know people want to read my stories and love my characters as much as I do.

Apart from writing what’s your superpower?

I have the ability to stop time. I make a great chocolate cake too.

How many bottles of wine have you finished without ever actually pouring any of the wine into a glass?

None. I don’t drink alcohol.

Funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a job: ?

I once thought I was being followed on my way to work as I could hear rustling behind me. When I turned around there was nobody there. I carried on walking but could still hear the rustling. Again I turned around but there was nobody there. I became quite paranoid and quickened my pace and the rustling grew louder. It was only when I arrived at work that I noticed the packet of crisps in my bag was open and it was the crisps that had been rustling. Doh!

When will we be seeing another book from you?

I have absolutely no idea. Sorry.

I am never sure how many people actually read reviews /interviews. What is your view?

Well, I have had some lovely reviews so I hope people read them (the four and five star ones at least).



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