Love Me Tender is the fifth in the series featuring D I Paulo Stirling and, as usual Lorraine Mace doesn't make things easy for him.
Still grieving the death of a colleague in the last book Stirling is not really on top of his game. His replacement and Stirling don't get on so tensions run high even before a dead body, a disappearance and a drugs investigation there is plenty going on but the story does not get muddled. As always the characters are strong and although a lot of other crime fiction has passed through the BlogCave's door since I read Mace's previous novel in the series it felt like being back on comfortable ground from the off.
As gritty as I would expect from this author, the series goes from strength to strength