Today I am taking part in the blog tour and sharing an extract from Love Me Tender by Lorraine Mace. This was released on the 21st of January 2021, published by Headline Accent.
The DI Sterling Series Book #5
IF HE WANTS YOU . . . THERE’S NO ESCAPE.
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?
This is where the character known only as Boy gets his name. His grandfather is a nasty piece of work, but he and Grammy have taken in their grandson at the age of seven after Boy’s parents are killed in a car accident. When Boy tries to defend his mother, Grandpa lifts him up by his throat.
Feet dangling in mid-air and his throat on fire, he’d tried to speak, but only croaking sounds came out.
Grandpa leaned forward, pushing his face up close.
“Listen to me, boy. You are going to live here from now on. What I say is law. Your father was weak or he would never have taken up with that bitch on heat.” He grinned. “Answer me back just one more time, boy, and you will disappear faster than you arrived here. Do you know what I do for a living?”
He couldn’t have spoken even if he’d known what to say, but Grandpa hadn’t waited for an answer.
“I bury people. I put them in coffins deep underground and they never come up again. Sometimes, though, I burn them. They go into a furnace so hot they come out the other side as a pile of ashes. You step out of line just once, boy, and I’ll put you into one of those coffins with one of my dead customers and you’ll end up six feet underground, cuddling up to a corpse until you run out of breath, or you’ll burn in agony and turn into a pile of ash. Got it?”
The expression on his face must have been answer enough because Grandpa let go of his throat and he’d slid down the wall and collapsed on the kitchen floor.
Love Me Tender Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Lorraine Mace
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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Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Love Me Tender blog tour and for the promotional materials.