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Cruel Justice

(Lorne Simpkins #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,502 ratings  ·  419 reviews
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 ...more
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Published September 30th 2011 (first published September 28th 2011)
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 Li'l Owl
The pain intensified from the welts on her naked back. The woman had no concept of time, no idea how long she’d been tied up. Her hands, tightly bound to an old wooden chair, had lost all feeling. Was this how her life would end?

When a decomposing torso is found in Chelling Forest, DI Lorne Simpkins and her partner,
DS Pete Childs, lead the investigation. All that can be determined so far is that the victim is female, was killed somewhere else, and time of death was approximately one month ago.
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
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
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Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! I am hooked! Lorne is a DI investigating a murder of a woman found in the woods. She has issues at home, but at work has a very trustworthy and dependable partner in Pete - a DS. I won’t give away too much of the plot but what ensues are twists and turns in a very well written tale that keeps you gripped from beginning to end. Short, punchy chapters keep you turning the pages in scenes that you could picture as a TV series. I couldn’t help but love Lorne and Pete, even though at times Lorn ...more
Caleb Blake
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews (

A headless body, a follow-up murder that appears unrelated until grisly evidence arrives in the mail. A serial killer is on the loose and as the body count rises, DI Lorne Simpkins finds that she is short of clues and time is running out.

Cruel Justice is the first book (chronologically) of a series of crime mysteries featuring DI Lorne Simpkins. I have to say
The first book in the Lorne Simpkins series by M.A. Comley. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins is called to a homicide of a headless woman. She and her partner DS Pete Childs investigate. They discover the woman was a rich widow and not long after another woman is murdered. Meanwhile, her marriage is in peril and this case is not helping.

I got this as a freebie. The mystery of the story kept me reading but I confess I didn't care for the heroine. I felt she could have worked harder for her marri
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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).
Tara Lyons
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a brilliant read - I was hooked from the very beginning, my heart was racing with the crimes committed.

Love the main character, Lorne. MA Comley writes her with real truth - strengths and flaws and I felt really drawn to her. I'm excited to read nor about her.

It's a very clever written book: short chapters (which meant I found it hard to put it down) that keep the momentum going. Horrific scenes and empathy for all characters concerned. Real detail in all the scene - I could really imagin
Couldn't quite get to grips with this story. (view spoiler) ...more
Sean Talbot
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the starting of a series about Lorne Simpkins which I have heard about for quite some time. I waited a long time to read this and I wish now I had read it sooner.

the book had so much in it. what a tale one full of pain and revenge. the characters felt so real. Lorne fighting for her life and her family.

a great start to the series. can't wait to see what the author does next to Lorne.

Lorne Simpkins is recently promoted and she is a cunning lady that seems to have the grip of a pit bull. she is so
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I was looking forward to reading the first in the Justice Series by Mel Comley as I keep seeing such great things about it. I am however very behind considering I think she has now released book 10 in the series’ most recently. Detective Lorne Simpkins is the main lead of this series and it seems from the very beginning that all is not well in her marriage. Along with her partner DS Pete Childs they seem to work long and laborious hours. When a headless body is found, it seems their next long an ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Lisette Kristensen
Cruel Justice was my introduction to Ms. Comley and she did not disappoint. I am a sucker for a troubled female protagonist that fight through a personal hot mess to show their strength and come out on top. Every element of the mystery was on target. The pace was quick, dicey subplots and tightly woven characters that brought a twisted ending.

Don't miss this one ... now to book 2!
Rosalind Black
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and gripping, a great quick fix for thriller / procedural fans to get their teeth into! Will definitely be reading more in the series.
Kevin Dowson
I'm somewhat ambivalent about this book. I really wanted to like it but for reasons detailed below I can only "rather" like it instead of "really" liking it.

As a thriller / procedural, it rates a healthy 3.5 stars plus. The storyline is good, it maintains a good pace and builds suspense, and it keeps you guessing until a fairly late stage, even though I had already figured SOME of it out by then. The killer is ominous and dangerous, the internal politics add another dimension to the investigator
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was asked to read & review 'Cruel Justice' by Mel Comley​​ . All I can say is wow what a book. I read it in slightly less than 24 hours which for me is good going. I won't post many spoilers. The book had me gripped from start to finish. The characters were certainly believable and indeed I have known people in the past who display similar traits. The story follows policewoman DI Lorne Simpkins as she investigates a series of crimes. As with all crime fiction heroes she has her faults and has ...more
Alan Cotterell
Incredible book

What a fantastic story. Loved this from the first paragraph, really struggled to put it down and go to work. After the second chapter I downloaded the second book. I am hooked on this series. Very strong but believable characters. I thought I had worked out who the killer was based on another excellent series, but I admit I was wrong. M A Comley has just become my new favourite author.
Jan Moon
Jan 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I ploughed my way through. Poor writing, unsympathetic characters and questionable grammar and punctuation. I am really disappointed because I was looking forward to reading the series. The heroine is self absorbed, selfish and unfeeling. The rest of the players are artificial and I found myself not giving a hoot what happened to any of them.

Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really good, can’t wait to dive into the next one!
Linda Prather
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Cruel Justice
By M A Comley

Still free and well worth the download.

This is a British police procedural read. Our main character has issues. Be prepared. She uses her right as a woman to change her mind a lot and seems to go from one extreme to the other.
In a way this adds to her appeal.
She comes across as a strong female. But a human. Which is cool.

What can I say? I put this authors other titles on my wish-list. And you have nothing to lose. This one is f
I have mixed feelings on this book hence the 3 stars, on one hand I found it a bit amateurish and didn't feel any connection with the characters at all, they just felt undeveloped in my opinion. And secondly I'd hate for these two DI's to be handling a case of mine as they did seem pretty useless. But then on the other hand I felt compelled to read it and will be reading the next book on the series. I think this could be a case of the author and characters growing on me.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reader of this author and now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative series. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this series.
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
thoroughly enjoyed this, one of the better freebies I've read.
Netta Newbound
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and intend to buy the next in the series right away. My new favourite author.
Graeme Cumming
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read the prologue to Cruel Justice, I was immediately drawn in. The questions were already forming in my mind, which meant I wanted to know what the hell was going on. That doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a great book, but it clearly had potential. More importantly, I wanted to read on and find out what was going to happen next.
The protagonist, Lorne Simpkins, clearly has issues in her personal life, but she wouldn't be as interesting if she didn't. She wasn't always a sympathetic
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this was, overall, an enjoyable read, I had a few issues with it.
Firstly the characters are just unlikeable and somewhat two-dimensional. The protagonist Lorne Simpkins is selfish and a terrible wife, mother and sister, and doesn’t seem to give two hoots about her family’s happiness or wellbeing until they leave or put in danger. She evoked no sympathy from me for her marital troubles. I see later in the Justice series that she marries some other bloke. Go figure. I don’t particularly
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New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over one million copies sold world wide. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that's when I turned my hobby into a career.

When I'm not writing crime novels I'm either reading them or going on long walks with my rescue Labrador, Dex.

I hope you enjoy

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