The Retriever of Souls (D. I. Sterling Series) by Lorraine Mace

Book blurb

The first in a dark and gritty crime series

Brought up believing that sex is the devil’s work, a killer only finds release once he has saved his victim’s souls. Abiding by his vision, he marks them as his. A gift to guide his chosen ones on the rightful path to redemption.

Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling is out to stop him, but Paolo has problems of his own. Hunting down the killer as the death toll rises, the lines soon blur between Paolo’s personal and professional lives.

My thoughts

Paolo Sterling is a D.I. he’s got quite a bit on his plate what with a rather headstrong daughter, a wife who can hardly bare to see him and from whom he is separated, a DS who seems to be pretty good at annoying him, plenty of work and now the body of a woman is found badly beaten and strangled to death.

There are plenty of twists and turns, more bodies, one or two red herrings and very few clues as we follow Paolo and his team struggling to get an angle on who the perpetrator is.

This is a good police procedural with a realistic timescale for the ongoing investigation. It is dark, well paced, gripping and a book well worth reading. I can see that this book, along with the rest of the series, will captivate many readers with its engaging lead character. It has a cast of characters that add depth and interest to the stories being told. This is a story that will captivate the reader, it will carry them along guessing ‘whodunnit’ from one suspect to another until, finally, a heart stopping twist brings them holding their breath to the end. Will Paolo get to the killer before his next victim dies? As work and personal life collide will there be a future for Paolo worth having?

This is a book you won’t regret reading and will leave you looking forward to reading more about Paolo, his life, his work and his team.

This is the first in the D.I. Sterling series of which there are two others and a fourth coming out next year do go visit Lorraine’s website (link below) and check out the rest of the series.


My thanks to Accent Press for an eCopy of Retriever of the Souls by Lorraine Mace and to Emma at #damppebblesblogtours for the invitation to join this wonderful tour.




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Publisher: Accent Press

Published in paperback, audio and ebook formats on 13th December 2018



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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.

When not working on the D.I. Sterling series of crime novels, Lorraine is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions.

A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.








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