Cruel Justice (A Lorne Simpkins Thriller, #1)
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Cruel Justice (Lorne Simpkins #1)

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The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned to the case. A few days later another victim, this time a young girl, is discovered. Who could the killer be and what's the connection between the two victims?Then after a third murd...more
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Published September 30th 2011 (first published September 28th 2011)
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Couldn't quite get to grips with this story. (view spoiler)...more
Erica Glass
The only thing I liked about this book was the mystery itself. I enjoyed reading pov from the "bad guys" and found it hard to put down in that respect.

However...I really really really hated the main character. Really. For me to truly get engrossed in a story I like to be able to relate to the main character. She is a horrible communicator with her family. It's known throughout the book that her and the husband are having problems because she works so much. But when he brings it up to discuss, s...more
Just how does one handle being a detective on a case which takes up most of your time while maintaining a relationship with a husband and preteen? Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins hasn't figured that out and it's placing a severe strain on her relationship with her husband Tom and daughter.

I pretty much like everything about DI Simpkins and her partner DS Pete Childs. As DI Simpkins tries to solve this case of a serial killer, she struggles for semblance of a family life. She means well but i...more
I will say if you have a weak stomachs then there are a couple parts in this book that could trigger it.
That having been said, this was a good 'who done it'. It wasn't until the very last page that the author let you know that you are reading a series. I will say that the story ends in a great place and I wouldn't be compelled to read the next in the series. Since I had a little issue with some of the graphic writing, I am not sure I would trust the next book to avoid that, so I am leaning towar...more
This book started out as being the book I would read as I walked on my treadmill. This book was so interesting that I started reading it in between my excerises. The closer I got to the end, the more I was unable to put the book down. This book will keep the reader guessing or trying to figure out who the killer was. This is a great read, highly recommended. It was rated 4 stars because the writer failed to develop all of Lorn's staff, what happened to Jacgue and how did her husband feel after h...more
Kate (sleepy kitten)
Mar 25, 2012 Kate (sleepy kitten) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Wow. What a start to the series, each page gets more exciting as you delve into the gritty world of DI Lorne Simpkins. This book will keep you hooked from the first, to the last page. Breathtaking good, a must read for any crime fiction enthusiast.
"Highly recommended if you like Lynda La Plante you'll love MA Comley" she's created a fresh face in Lorne, written in a style I could acquaint quickly with the characters, well plotted from the first page - she sure knows how to investigate crime.
thoroughly enjoyed this, one of the better freebies I've read.
Surprisingly good. Comley’s series featuring DI Lorne Simpson and DS Pete Childs, were being offered free for my Kindle. Being always open to new authors, especially if the price is right, I quickly downloaded and dove right in. I was hooked from the first chapter, which, I must add is extremely brutal. Once past that, the investigation was up to my usual standards for police procedurals.

Lorne is going through a very rough patch with her husband Tom, a stay-at-home dad who resents his role in th...more
Linda Prather
Having read Impeding Justice, I realized I started in the middle of the series and wanted to go back to the beginning. I’m so glad I did. I absolutely loved this book, and was thoroughly irritated when I had to go to work this morning and couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t wait to get home so I could find out what happened next.

This book introduces DI Lorne Simpkins and her team, as they race against time to find a serial killer who is kidnapping and killing women. I truly enjoyed getting to know Lo...more
DI Lorne Simpkins is a UK Police Detective desperately following a serial killer who is bent on killing women and taunting her with the crimes. I found the plot to be easy to follow and well thought out, and didn't stretch credulity too far.
Lorne is a woman in a tough career, struggling with a new promotion, office politics and long hours. But she is confident in her abilities and the strength of her team.
Lorne is married to Tom, her lonely, resentful house - husband and the main carer of their...more
DI Lorne Simpkins is trying to solve the murder of a headless body with no identification. No sooner has her team identified the victim then there is another body and the killer begins sending her body parts in the post. Added into the mix is the complicated problem of her husband feeling neglected and resenting the fact that she is out working while he is at home caring for their daughter. She feels like she hasn't enough time to solve the murders let alone deal with the problems at home which...more
A gripping police procedural, and very enjoyable. I did figure out who did it quite quickly, nevertheless it was fun watching the coppers working their way to the same conclusion.

Sometimes though it did seem to give more emphasis to the "home" plot than I think it deserved, and it almost became a domestic drama with added criminal investigation rather than a crime drama with a domestic 'B' story. But then it managed to tie the two together in a rather interesting way. I found the characters to b...more
Cathy Speight
I’ve been kicking myself for burying this book in my TBR list. As Book Four has just come out, I decided I really ought to try and catch up, as I now have three more waiting for me in the series. I can’t wait to read them; I have become an instant fan of DI Lorne Simpkins.

A book bodes well for me if I’m smitten within the first couple of pages – and this was one of those books. The book starts with a somewhat sadistic scene in a prologue giving you a taste of what DI Simpkins will have to deal w...more
Cruel Justice by M.A. Comley is the first novel in her highly acclaimed Justice Series. I have read all the novels in this series, all wonderfully written, but in my opinion this certainly remains one of the best.

This novel starts off with a horrific scene of torture and execution-style murder. The victim is a woman and from the dialogue it is obvious that she and the murderer had had some sort of history between them but we are not yet given any further information. The woman is held tied up to...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is where Final Justice and Impeding Justice began. Bodies are piling up and Lorne thinks she has a serial killer on her hands, someone with a personal vendetta against her.

This takes us right back to the beginning. We begin to understand the reasons between the different relationships in Lorne's life. The characters are fleshed out a bit more in this and as ever it was a complete page turner. I read it very quickly as it was so hard to put down. It was nice to be taken back so we could see...more
I really enjoyed this book. Did find it a bit hard to read due to the British vinacular.

The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned to the case. A few days later another victim, this time a young girl, is discovered. Who could the killer be and what's the connection between the two victims?Then after a third murder, the killer contacts Lorne with a grisly surprise. It looks like...more
Lorraine Versini
This book easily gets a 5-star from me. I was totally engrossed in it, and was so very quickly at the beginning of the book, quickly being pulled into the life of Lorne Simpkins, and it's very few ups and lots of downs. The story is well written, cleverly covering the various aspects of Lorne's life and tying it with the murder plot without making it difficult for the reader to follow.

DI Simpkins is one seriously awesome copper, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, even if I'm a...more
Pete Loveday
Wow! This book is good! The story is compelling and well crafted of a bother sister serial killers wreaking their havoc in Detective Lorne Simpkins patch. Well, Lorne swings into action and has a baffling mystery on her hands, a troublesome marriage and a new unsympathetic boss. What more can go wrong for DI Simpkins? Well, quite a lot!
I loved the character of DI Lorne Simpkins who is tough and very smart. Amongst the other characters in the story, I enjoyed Dr Arnaud and his wicked French quips...more
Nick M6CPP
Cruel justice is as good as Impeding Justice and Final Justice. This is becoming a gripping series to read it keeps you on the edge of your seat every button press to turn the page on your kindle. What is it with Lorne and French speaking men Hehe!
Mel you are writing and creating a good series that is keeping people wanting to keep reading and getting on the started blocks to rush out to get the next book, because they have bitten their nails down to their elbows wondering what is going to happe...more
Dolores Ayotte
Cruel Justice (Justice Series # 1) by Author M. A. Comley

I am fast becoming one of Author M. A. Comley's favorite fans. This is the third fictional novel I have read by this talented author and on completion of each one of them, I wanted to read more. As an author myself and simply put, no author can ask for more than this nor can any reader. "Cruel Justice" is the first in the series and it introduces the readers to Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins. The age of this feisty and very capable DI...more
Lisa Tortorello
Meet DI Lorne Simpkins as she undertakes her worst case yet. A headless body is discovered only for the head to be delivered later as a piece of a horrible puzzle that needs to be solved. As the body count rises, so do tensions in Lorne's personal life, as well as, those on the job. Will Lorne be able to get the job done and find this killer before her own life falls to pieces? Follow Lorne as she and her partner Pete Childs follow the clues realizing that sometimes justice can be cruel.
A very fast paced easy to read mystery/ thriller, "Cruel Justice" by M.A. Comley was an enjoyable read. Set somewhere in London, women are being kidnapped, tortured, and then brutally murdered. Quick results are vital. Protagonist D.I. Lorne Simkins, along with partner D.C. Pete Childs are on the case. Lorne is spending every waking minute swamped inside the case, at the expense of her husband and daughter. Simkins gets further frustrated when packages begin to arrive from the killer. As the cas...more
This exciting thriller moves forward at quite a pace. The characters come to life on the page, and the tension never fails to drive the story forward. Lorne, the heroine is a Police Inspector with a true to life character. She has tension in her caseload, tension at work and tension at home; all of them absorbing, making this novel a page turner of high order.

An enjoyable and recommended read.
Jun 23, 2013 Jenna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The characters were likeable, the plot was a tiny bit predictable, but it was still an amazing read.

Lorne is a detective who is assigned to a serial-murderer case. It quickly turns personal as the murderer takes an interest in her. There were a few small twists and turns, but basically a great crime drama.

Can't wait to read the next in the series!
Lawrence E. Spann
Lorne Simpkins is a Detective Inspector for London's Metropolitan Police Service, investigating a series of murders by a vicious and sadistic serial killer. Overall, I found the book to be well-written, holding the reader's interest, even though the plot was fairly standard for this genre. The characters, especially DI Simpkins, were well-developed, and I liked the fact that Simpkins was a more complex character than many of the one-dimensional detectives found in self-published fiction. The eff...more
Sorry, but it's hard for me to get into a book when I absolutely cannot sympathize with the main character.

I'm okay with flawed characters. Okay with recovering drug addicts who slip, bitchy women, guys who can't commit. But this main character is straight-out mean, and clueless.

For instance: She and hubby have a bit of a dustup because she works late. By way of apology he asks if she wants breakfast. She says she'll grab a shower first, and then he actually apologizes (even though she hasn't)....more
Excellent English murder/mystery. Author kept the killers identities under wrap until the last couple of chapters.The author does a great job making the main character a flawed person and draws out sympathy for the killers.
DI Lorne Simpkins hunts a murderer whilst simultaneously dealing with an unhappy husband, a new boss and a sexy frenchman. Well paced mystery with gruesome details.
Cynthia Rielley
nice pacing good characters, however reading the blurbs of the next two in the series I think I am going to bow out now before it goes bad
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Hi I'm a Brit living in France and I've been writing since I arrived here over ten years ago.

I hope you enjoy the gritty Justice series and my other books too.
More about M.A. Comley...
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