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    Gripping, engrossing read

    DCI Matilde Darke is back in this the 5th book in the series, and they just keep getting better and better. Hooking you from the start to the finish. Michael Wood certainly knows how to keep his readers engaged. Set in and around Sheffield. Leah and Oliver Ridgeway have just had their wedding day, leaving Leah’s parents home to go on their honeymoon. Unfortunately it’s the last time Leah will see her parents alive. One of the wedding guests arrives at the house to collect some personal bits and finds Serena, Clive and son Jeremy Mercer brutally murdered, but one girl is tied to the chair. The Homicide and Major Enquiry team find the scene to be one of the most horrific they have ever seen. With mutilated features, near decapitation even the most seasoned detectives struggle. Darke has to keep the team focused The crime scene looks frenzied and personal but on investigation the police are finding it difficult to find anyone who didn’t like the family! So why? And who would want this family dead? This is a highly engrossing read, gripping the reader from start to finish as you are trying to work out who could have done this. There are red herring’s aplenty cleverly placed throwing you off the scent brilliantly. Loved the character’s, loved the banter, roll on the next book. I would like to than #netgalley and #OneMoreChapter for an eARC of this in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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    Highly recommended

    It's the first book I read in this series and won't surely be the last. It was a gripping and entertaining read, with a great cast of characters and a multilayered plot that kept turning pages. The mystery is solid and it kept me guessing till the end as the solution came as a surprise. An excellent read, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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    Well worth your time

    If you like a good British police procedural as I do, you will really enjoy this one. I hadn't read any of the other books in this series but certainly will now. An excellent page turner which kept my interest right to the end. I would have given it 5 stars except for a certain character dying at the end. That for me was a bit of a let down. None the less an enjoyable read.
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    THE MURDER HOUSE-EXCELLENT

    This is a very good book an excellent story line with very good characters, a real page turner well worth the 5 stars, the ending is totally brilliant. a really fast paced book.
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    So Good!

    The Murder House is the fifth instalment in the DCI Matilda Darke series based in and around Sheffield, UK, and it was a magnificent read. My second in the series so far, having previously only read book one, For Reasons Unknown, The Murder House told a remarkable story. Having missed the books in between and although I have probably lost out on some back story, I didn't feel it detracted from my enjoyment of this book, as for me, it worked well as an individual read. Matilda and her team are facing their worst case ever; a triple murder has taken place on the day following a wedding. It is one of the most frenzied and violent attacks that Matilda has ever seen. But this vicious murderer left one survivor, a young girl found tied to her chair. The victims appear to have been the perfect family, pillars of the local community, regularly fundraising and contributing to local charities, so why would someone target them? What possible motive could they have? And why kill them not long after their daughter's wedding? In common with Matilda and her team, I had absolutely no idea. The characters are interesting, likeable (mostly) and believable, and I quickly became invested in them and their lives. Matilda is worth mentioning for her determination and strong sense of justice. I also respected DS Sian Mills, whom I remember from book one. A supporting character, she very much has her own style and is definitely not a stereotypical detective! The plot is complex with multiple layers and lines of enquiry. With twists, turns and red herrings in abundance, The Murder House certainly held my devoted attention from the first page to the finish and didn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed The Murder House and I'm counting down the days until the next book in the series is released. In the meantime, I have books two to four to look forward to! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from One More Chapter via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
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