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Retriever of Souls by Lorraine Mace

The first title 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.


Rating: 4/5 stars

Publication Date: 13th December 2018

Page Count: 294 pages

Genre: Crime / Mystery

Retriever of Souls

Mace’s first book, Retriever of Souls, provides a gritty and thrilling read for lovers of the psychological and the sadistic. Brimming with twisted and dark acts, Souls rewards the eagle-eyed and attentive with a satisfying journey, from start to end.

Published late December 2018 by Accent Press, Retriever of Souls looks into the depraved world of a serial killer, bidding to save the souls of his victims through tortuous and brutal killings. Our protagonists include DI Paolo Sterling and his partner DS Dave Johnson, who are in search of the individual responsible. Yet, as the hunt continues, and the bodies pile up, things become personal.

The story itself is incredibly well-written and completed nicely with the creation of engaging and believable characters protagonists. Humanised through his inherent flaws, Sterling is especially memorable as he continues to juggle his grief, home-life and professional endeavours.

Retriever of Souls is a page turner, and despite what some may see as a lengthy read (294 pages), it is a book that was easily accomplishable in one sitting. Moreover, the interchange in perspective between villain and protagonist is always a joyous technique to keep the reader intrigued.  

I look forward to seeing what Mace brings next to the table, and how DI Paolo Sterling’s professional and home life continues to unfold.

Thank you to Emma Welton of Damp Pebbles Book Tours and Lorraine Mace for this wonderful opportunity.

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.

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.

Mace’s website can be found here.

Her Twitter can be found here.

Her Instagram can be found here.

To purchase Retriever of Souls, you can click here (UK) and here (US). It is available in paperback, audio and ebook formats.

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