The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow
Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.
The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.
Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?
I really enjoyed reading injections of insanity by Lorraine. This book is the first i’ve read of the series but I wouldn’t have known it unless someone had told me.
What I really enjoyed about this novel is the stories that work along side the novel. It was nice to read about Pablo relationship with his wife breaking down but they left on good terms and his daughter seemed happy to. Not the usual screams and shouts you often read about when relationship ends.
This book is very focused on relationships how all the murders are connected. John and his relationship with his brother Andy and the bar man. Pablo’s relationships with all the main players in the novel. Daughter, ex wife, girlfriend and colleagues.
This is a procedural crime novel, my type of novel which i enjoy reading. I am very keen to look into the authors back catalogue to see how she handles other sensitive subjects. I also like the fact the sex scenes where closed door, you knew what was happening but you didn’t need to read the mechanics of it.
One thing that did disappoint was the writer referring to a female uniform office as a WPC and other out dated references to officers.
I thought it was very clever that the amount of mis direction that is also in this book, not wanting to give the ending away of course. But the police officers have to proper search for the suspect because they have no clue why this is happening or who is doing it.
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When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace 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. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.
You can read my recent Q&A with Lorraine Mace Here