Love Me Tender by Lorraine Mace


A brutal murder . . .

Responding to a tip-off, newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Paolo Sterling arrives at an apartment block to find the dismembered body of a young woman. And with no indication of a break-in, all signs suggest the killer was known to her.

An abduction in plain sight . . .
Then the victim’s friend is snatched with no witnesses and the unanswered questions mount up.

At the same time, Sterling’s team are leading the surveillance of a local club, thought to be involved in a drug operation. But when one of his colleagues ends up in hospital close to death, Paolo begins to lose his grip.

A detective on the edge . . .
With the odds stacked against him, and time running out, can DCI Sterling uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will this case finally tip him over the edge?

My Thoughts


This is the fifth book in the DI Sterling series and as we catch up with Sterling and his team, the story really hits the ground running.

Sterling is newly promoted to the role of DCI and is still trying to deal with the grief that followed the death of one of his friends who was also a colleague of his. This has an impact on his professional relationship with another of his colleagues as he tried to piece together all that has happened, and with the added stress of the force being stretched rather thin whilst having a lot of high profile cases coming to them, tensions are high within the team.

Paolo Sterling’s team has a wonderful dynamic between them, and if you have read the previous books in this series you will understand he has quite the motive to want to find the person responsible for the many crimes they have been investigating. With an abundance of twists and turns along the way that really keeps you guessing until the very end, this is one of those books that has you well and truly hooked right to the very end.

Each of the characters in this book are realistic and believable, with each of them having their own personalities and voices that really help drive this story forward. The storyline itself is brilliantly paced and full of suspense, keeping you fully engaged throughout and desperate to obtain answers alongside the team. Another brilliant addition to what is already proving to be an unforgettable series.

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About the Author

Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week.

Author of the D.I. Sterling series of novels, Lorraine has been engaged in many writing-related activities. A columnist for Writing Magazine, she has recently stepped down from writing two columns for Writers’ Forum and also her role as head judge of the magazine’s monthly fiction competitions in order to concentrate on her own writing. She is currently writing two standalone psychological thrillers for Headline Accent.

She also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.

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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Headline Accent and Lorraine Mace for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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