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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 murder, the killer contacts LorneThe 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 Lorne has a serial killer on her hands - and one that has become fixated on her. As she tries to solve the crimes, Lorne is also coping with a failing marriage and new, unsympathetic boss with whom she has a secret past. Then, as she begins to despair at the lack of clues, help arrives from an unlikely source....

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Cruel Justice Reviews

  • Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
    2018-10-29 11:25

    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 a chair in some filthy place. This appears to be some sort of revenge being carried out by the perpetrator for something this woman had done or more properly not done to him in the past.We are then introduced to the star character of the Justice series, D.I. Lorne Simpkins. She is at home with her husband Tom intending to pass a relaxing evening with him but which unfortunately quickly turns sour as they begin to argue. Tom is a stay-at-home husband, he does all the home chores and takes care of their only daughter Charlie while Lorne spends long days at work. Tom is fed up with this situation, they have been increasingly drifting apart and their marriage has reached its breaking point.Lorne is called to Chelling Forest where a headless woman’s body is discovered, this being the same woman from the torture scene. There she meets her police partner D.S. Pete Childs to begin their investigation. Lorne and Pete are really close and I liked the banter going on between them. Pete is also a close friend of her husband Tom.As more bodies are found, Lorne and Pete find themselves in a race against time to try and find some connection between the victims which may hopefully lead them to the murderer.With a bunch of great characters and loads of suspense, Cruel Justice is a highly enjoyable thriller which will take you on a breath taking roller-coaster ride. I highly recommend it !!

  • Misfits farm
    2018-10-19 14:03

    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 Lorne could have done with a few choice words- but then again we have Pete for that! This is the first in the series and hence stands alone. A brilliantly written book that will keep[ you hooked. Off now to find where I put the next two .

  • Tara Lyons
    2018-11-15 16:24

    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 imagine the different parts of the book. I loved it. So glad I've started my Justice Journey - for those of you that haven't, do it now!

  • Joan
    2018-10-20 13:16

    Couldn't quite get to grips with this story. (view spoiler)[ The twin sister of the murdered woman is portrayed as an elderly (VERY elderly) woman who seemed to be in her eighties...the old lady asked, her voice high and squeaky......... her thin, weak arms..... frail old lady....She is SIXTY-FIVE for heavens sake, not in her dotage. This is SO annoying. It's clichéd and inaccurate and also insulting. There are pointless moments in the story - the retirement of the Chief is mentioned several times but never really in depth, and once he has gone.... that's it! The psychic is another cliché and .. sigh WHY for heaven's sake is the poor down-trodden house-husband so much of a wimp? At first I thought that the daughter must have some disability, if he has to stay at home to look after her. but no. She is a perfectly healthy 12 year old. So why isn't Daddy working part-time? My husband did, when he was a house-husband. , (hide spoiler)]I found the characters thin and two-dimensional. The ending annoyed me - a little too contrived. 1.5 stars, rounded up because I am unwell at the moment and that always makes me cranky, so my judgement might be very slightly 'off'.

  • Sean Talbot
    2018-11-04 13:20

    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 strong yet also has a tender side to her as well. this is a winning combo as the character is just amazing.Pete the partner who seems to be the helpful hand behind Lorne. he keeps her on track and uses true police work instead of intuition the way Lorne does.Sean the new chief and one with a past dealing with Lorne. does he have an axe to grind or will he be the helpful boss that is needed to solve the murders.murders are happening that are very gruesome and for some reason this killer has a special like for Lorne Simpkins. what happens when these two butt heads is anyone's guess.

  • Caleb Blake
    2018-11-11 13:24

    This review is cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews ( 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 up-front that I did not like this novel at all, but before I launch into a list of things I didn’t like I thought I’d cover the one aspect that I thought was admirable – the prose itself.Not only was the book I read completely error free, but although I might have had an issue or two with the effectiveness of the writing in certain scenes, there was nothing amateur-ish about the sentence construction. I thought, overall, it was effective and of publishable quality. It might seem like an insignificant aspect of the novel to praise, but for me, it’s worthy of mention.That stated, not much else about the novel delighted me. I had noticed that this book was labelled by some as a police procedural. It was a terribly unfair label for this novel and I wish I hadn’t seen it before reading. I would have lost all faith in any police force that had operatives functioning the way DI Simpkins did in this novel. The most noticeable aspect of her investigative procedures were that they did not exist – at all. She was a muddle of impulses and gut feelings to the point where she would simply ignore or refuse to investigate the most obvious leads – not even to ensure that they were logically eliminated.She could not have come across less like a real DI if she had followed leads from a psychic. Oh wait – she did! Not only that, but when the psychic’s visions were actually concrete, there was no questioning of said psychic as a suspect. Our intrepid investigator instead decided to try and get her added as an ancillary resource to the case. I’m serious.If the detective’s lack of credibility wasn’t bad enough, the book also felt a bit like an impostor. It is pushed by the author as a gritty thriller. Although there is an obvious effort to make the story dark and disturbing, it seems a little bolted on. The first scene, in particular, tries to take the reader to a dark place, but it felt totally lifeless to me. I felt no atmosphere, none of the fear or horror I should have felt with such a scene. It read like an express train to disgusting in an effort to quickly guarantee the classification of the novel.So if I didn’t think it was a gritty thriller, or a police procedural, what did I think it was? In my opinion, this novel felt like a romance that attempted to cross genre boundaries. Simpkins seems to play the part of a “woe is me” woman whose husband is selfish because he doesn’t continue to shut up and support her regardless of the impact on his own life. Her marriage is threatened because of his selfishness and completely beyond her control – hmmmm. At this time, she suddenly develops a strong attraction to a work colleague. Apparently, she had nothing but distaste for him, but is now all aquiver; his handsome appearance and his French accent turning becalmed waters into a choppy sea of confusion – and hormones. To top it off, her superior retires to be replaced by a man with whom she had a “past”. Complications abound in Simpkins’ life. How is she going to cope with all these men? How is she going to save her marriage? How is she going to solve this crime?In fairness to the author, I’m exaggerating the romantic melodrama for effect. For a romance suspense cross-over it could well be that these elements were on point. Unfortunately, it came across to me as a romance in a clumsy costume, which brings me to my conclusion.Grain of salt time. This was, quite clearly, not a book for me. I don’t have much exposure to romance suspense cross-overs and usually avoid them. It was perhaps an error of judgement on my part to choose this book for review and I can’t guarantee that I’m giving it the most appropriate perspective. Additionally, it seems that this series is quite popular, with plenty of fans who are obviously getting something out of it that I am not. However, if you happen to be more aligned with my tastes when it comes to crime mysteries and gritty thrillers, perhaps this review is useful.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2018-10-24 16:57

    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 and arduous case has been found.I certainly liked Lorne however although she was a good character and the writing was pretty good, there were parts of the story that felt a bit too stilted and maybe not as realistic as they could have. We meet additional characters but none that leave you wanting to know too much more. The story was interesting and certainly kept me reading, but there were parts that just weren’t authentic enough for me.Having said all of that, the writing was great and flowed well and although Lorne may not be a favourite character she held my interest. I think that this is a great start to a series, and am pretty sure that Mel Comley, like other authors has just improved with each book she writes. I am actually looking forward to how this series progresses and have already ordered book 2. Certainly a series that has a lot of potential and is great for people looking for new authors.

  • Isabel
    2018-10-20 18:06

    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 he learned what she had been up against.

  • Lisette Kristensen
    2018-11-07 13:17

    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!

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-11 09:55

    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). And then? "Half an hour later, she found him at the hob frying bacon and eggs. 'Not for me, hon, I'll just grab a bowl of cornflakes and head off. Sorry...'"He has a temper tantrum, and what does she think? Does she think, "Oops, maybe I shouldn't have asked for breakfast and then rejected it." Does she think, "Oops, I have rejected his peace offering."No. She thinks: "Why do I bother."Oh, did I mention she's supposed to be a detective? Yeah, there are professional detectives with tunnel vision who don't see cause and effect in their own relationships when they see them perfectly well elsewhere. But what the hell, this is so straightforward, how could she possible miss it? He asks if he can cook her breakfast. SHE SAYS YES. Then upon finding him making her breakfast she says she'll just have cornflakes, and she doesn't understand why this upsets him?She may redeem herself later. At some point in the book she may come back and say she realizes how awful she's been on account of she's the only one who can solve terrible crimes. I'll never know. I'm done with her. It wouldn't surprise me at all if she's the next victim, and in that case I'm guessing there would be way more than just the one suspect.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-16 16:11

    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 problems both at home & at work. The book was written in a style that hooked you from the beginning and as soon as I finished it I wanted to start the next one. You could say it was like a TV soap as in you can't wait for the next episode. The book finished with a duff duff moment (a la Eastenders)- a dramatic cliffhanger so to speak. I would award this book five stars as I loved it so much and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series as I need to know what happens!!!

  • Kate
    2018-10-28 10:13

    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.

  • Joanne
    2018-11-12 17:12

    "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.

  • Linda Prather
    2018-11-11 10:01

    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 Lorne, but even more so her interaction with her team made the book much more enjoyable. As a woman I could empathize with her problems coordinating a full-time, high intensity career along with a marriage and difficult teenager. A tough cop, but also a sensitive woman with needs, desires and the need to be needed.Not for the squeamish, as some of the murders are rather gruesome. But if you love a fast paced, character driven book that keeps you turning the pages, and watching that percent sign wishing there were more—this is the book for you.

  • Elaine
    2018-11-15 18:11

    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 it's not working out well. There is tension in her marriage, tension between herself and a coworker, tension in tracking down this ruthless killer, and tension of another sort. Cruel Justice is a fast-paced tension novel taking place in the UK.

  • Wanda Hartzenberg
    2018-10-24 16:14

    Cruel JusticeBy M A ComleyStill free and well worth the download. 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 free.

  • Patsy
    2018-11-13 12:13

    thoroughly enjoyed this, one of the better freebies I've read.

  • Scott
    2018-10-30 11:15

    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 want to read on to find out why. Secondly the style is basic, though easy to read. Nothing special, but not terrible. Satisfactory. Thirdly the plot, drawn out in parts, ends with a cliffhanger tempting readers to follow the series, with no connection to anything from the first novel of the series. I’d recommend the greats: Conan Doyle, Billingham, Christie, and the like. Cruel Justice isn’t terrible but it’s not on my highly recommended list, sorry.

  • Elisa Hordon
    2018-11-12 10:24

    Oh wow that book got my heart racing talk about thrilling, and suspenseful.Lorne is freaking amazing talk about an awesome detective she has instincts, attitude and more there wasn't anything I didn't like about her except maybe the workaholic side but then it goes with the job.Her hubby Tom is an unsupportive idiot he married a cop, he decided to be a house husband, these were his decisions so seriously when he started to feel unfulfilled why the hell didn't he just talk to lorne their daughter is nearly a teenager it's not like he has to still be a house husband there is childcare these days I really found Tom to be a selfish shit head.The frenchman is an interesting character he is befriending Lorne but I don't think he actually wants any sexual relationship he is a bit weird really I was wondering if he is the Unicorn???Pete the he is an ok guy a bit rough around the edges but okSean, Lornes new boss and also her ex is a horses ass seriously she left him get over it it's been more than 13yrs for goodness sake talk about a hurt male ego just wow.ok so as I've written this review I love Lorne really love Lorne but that's about it for the characters lol Lorne just stands out so much everyone else fades into the background and it's not that I don't want the other characters in the series the men were just written to piss me off which really makes me like this author a lot and I'm looking forward to starting the next book right now.

  • Heather
    2018-10-21 10:58

    I got a two book deal when I downloaded Cruel Justice. The next book in the series is Impeding Justice and I can't wait to read it. I really enjoyed the writers style of writing and getting to know all the different characters.

  • Andrea
    2018-10-31 10:04

    3.5 stars (rounded up to 4)A bit predictable and formulaic but a good read nevertheless that held my attention through a long haul flight.

  • Jen
    2018-11-08 14:56

    Now I will admit that I am late to this series of books. Very, very late. But having won a copy of the audio book of Impeding Justice, the second book in the series, it seemed only fitting to start at the very beginning. I have it on good authority from Julie Andrews that it is a very good place to start. So I purchased the audio book of Cruel Justice too. As it happens, Ms Andrews was absolutely right. It was a cracking place and way to start the series indeed.Now if you read any of the descriptions of this series of books they are described as being dark. And they are indeed, the opening of this book being quite brutal. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting but at half past four in the morning on one of my many trips up North, it wasn’t this, that was for sure. That said, the violence, while occasionally extreme, is infrequent, and although it was quite explicit in meaning, it didn’t feel graphic or gratuitous in content. But it was still quite the eye opener to say the least and I am a big fan of all that is horrific and squeamish.From the very off I found myself warming to the characters of Lorne Simpkins and her hapless Sergeant, Pete Childs. They made a really perfect pairing, Lorne’s no nonsense attitude and intuition contrasted against Pete’s more laid back approach and reliance upon cold hard fact. But this case has them stumped and in conflict over the seemingly obvious verses the hidden possibilities which Lorne sees and Pete doesn’t. There are no end of suspects for the old Widow’s murder, starting with her own family, but as more victims turn up with a strikingly similar M.O. then is seems less likely that their first suspect is the real killer.Lorne faces no end of conflict throughout the story, not only because for whatever reason the killer decides to contact her and try and goad her into catching them. Throw in a husband who is becoming increasingly put out by the demands of Lorne’s job and a new DCI with whom she has a very chequered and compromising past and there are so many things that can distract her from the task in hand. All add to the increasing tension and overall edginess of the book. While I could happily have throttled Lorne’s husband, in some respects I can also understand the attitude and it does tie in with the most common reason for the breakdown in many marriages of officers in the police force. That said, there was little give on Lorne’s part and at times she did come across as selfish, no less so than in her developing relationship with pathologist Arnaud,The pacing in this book is fast and yet well balanced. Not frenetic but with an overwhelming sense of urgency, especially as it becomes clear the killer has not finished their task and may have more victims waiting in the wings. Driven by dialogue, there is still a good amount of narrative content which drives the story along to its heart pumping conclusion.This book had me totally hooked and despite having managed to listen to about two thirds of it on my way to Dundee, I had to see how it ended, reading the final chapters as soon as I checked into my hotel. (I should mention that the audio book is very good and very well narrated by Anna Parker-Naples. Well worth listening to.) Having started the series I need to find the time to blast through the others so that I can catch up. As it is now on book 14, I have a lot to get through but I have a feeling it is going to be one heck of a thrilling journey, one I am most definitely looking forward to.

  • Cathy Speight
    2018-10-27 15:19

    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 with, and this is then contrasted with a domestic scene hinting that her marriage and home life is a tad rocky.Simpkins and her team have a gruesome serial killer on their hands after four women are found murdered and dismembered. They not only have to find the link between the four and reasons for their demise, but when things get start to get personal between the killer and Simpkins, it becomes even more imperative to find him before he harms not just other women, but friends and family close to Simpkins. Her professional life is somewhat compounded by a change of chief, when he is replaced by someone with whom she had an ‘intimate’ past.If that wasn’t enough, her determination to get the job done isn’t helped by a husband who is frustrated and a little jealous of her job and achievements when it is he who has to stay at home and be the wife.This is what I loved about this book. There was a perfect balance between Simpkins’ unpleasant job of finding deranged criminals and her personal life, having to juggle a job (and promotion) she loves and is committed to, and a husband and daughter she loves. There was a credible and natural relationship with her crimestopping team and although she fills you with confidence and know that she will find the murderer, you are kept guessing to a climactic finish. Equally compelling was how things pan out at home.I thought the closing scenes were well thought out – the loose ends were neatly tied up, with just a little teaser to tempt you on to Book Two. Not that I need much temptation. Mel has an easy-to-read but engaging style and writes a compelling thriller. I’m going to sneak Impeding Justice out of my TBR as soon as I can.

  • Tracie Delaney
    2018-11-04 16:11

    I cannot believe how long it has took me to get around to reading this book, but for some reason it just kept dropping further and further down my TBR pile. I’m so glad it finally clawed its way to the top.Lorne Simpkins – recently been promoted to Detective Inspector – suddenly finds herself thrust into the worst case of her career when a headless body is found in the woods. They eventually identify the woman as a wealthy widow living nearby, but it’s when they go to break the news to her sister that the case takes a strange turn.Before Lorne can start to piece together the macabre murder, a young girl goes missing. Are the cases connected or does she have two killers on the loose?This book grabbed me from the prologue which, I won’t lie, is utterly brutal. The author pulls absolutely no punches showing you the depths of depravity that the killer in this case will go to, the levels of torture he will inflict on his victims. It is somewhat of a relief when the prologue ends and you are thrust into Lorne’s life.Lorne’s newly promoted status is putting strain on her marriage; sixteen hour days, a madman on the loose, a boss to impress and a team to lead doesn’t exactly leave a lot of time for house-husband Tom or their child, Charlie and as the cracks begin to show, Lorne time and again chooses her job over her family.I empathised with Lorne’s plight, but there was the odd time I wanted her, just once, to delegate and choose instead to spend a night with her poor husband who was suffering from a distinct case of cabin fever.As the victims grow and the puzzle deepens, Lorne is drawn further away from her family and deeper into the horror of the case unfolding before her.The pace felt just about right – the killer’s motivations were unveiled piece by piece and as Lorne closed in, I found myself reading faster and faster, desperate to get to the end. For me, that’s a key sign of a book that has me hooked.And the best thing – I’ve discovered a series which has a whole load of other books out that I can devour.

  • Shelley
    2018-10-31 11:55

    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 pre-teen daughter (who has very little to do throughout the entire story). Lorne appears to feel pretty hard done by as her husband sulks, resorts to shouting and storming back to his mother's. I found Lorne's inability to see her husband's point of view pretty uncomfortable reading - she comes over as a delusional ass. Until I thought back to a short period in my life when my career led to 80 hour weeks, being on call 24/7 and running around like a headless chicken after stupid staff and obnoxious boss. Reluctantly, I have to admit, her blindness to the facts of her life is a survival trait I tried myself through that time.... so I have to admit that this side of Lorne's personality, though appearing ridiculous, rings true.But I was staggered by her relationship with the pathologist; firstly wary and defensive, then friends of the (almost) closest kind. Either the author is setting up a big bite in the bum for Lorne in the next book or the author is a little deluded in imagining such a friendship could remain platonic.Despite the portrayal of Lorne as a career copper who has little time or use for her husband and daughter (though plenty of both for the hunky Jacque)I enjoyed the book. Revealing the awful past of the killer was handled well and explained the memories behind the killer's motives. I will read more of this series, though I do hope DI Simpkins will start to think more like a mature woman and less like a story book (male stereotyped) copper.

  • Erica Glass
    2018-11-02 13:14

    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, she shuts down. Says nothing. She refuses to have a healthy conversation about it and instead just thinks "oh we'll be fine tomorrow". She has NO interaction with the daughter. I think they talked on the phone once for 5 minutes, but other than that they didn't speak during this book. She stays late and even a few times decides to sleep in her office. Did she call her family? No. I'd be worried sick that my spouse was in an accident if they just didn't come home. And the thing that got me the most....***spoiler and personal opinion warning*** was her abortion. Now, I am pro choice. I understand things happen like rape, poor mother health, and poor baby health, etc, but her story is not this. Apparently the husband wanted to have another baby, but she did not. Again, the poor communicator that she is she didn't share her feelings about this. She just "went along for the ride". For freaking sake at least secretly use birth control if you refuse to have another child. Well she became pregnant and she aborted. Secretly! The husband doesn't even know and thought she was having a surgery for another issue. UGGG. I will NOT be reading anymore in this series.

  • Eric_W
    2018-11-18 17:58

    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 the marriage. (OK, now we have that irrelevant detail out of the way, a theme the author could have easily dispensed with.) A headless corpse is discovered to be the twin of another woman who is killed shortly thereafter. The question for Lorne becomes whether one was the target and the killer, realizing he has made a mistake, must kill the twin. The first clue is when the head arrives in the mail along with a note: “HERE LIES THE MISSING PART TO YOUR FIRST PUZZLE.”The key lies long in the past and the reader is kept guessing. Some of the character interactions seemed superfluous and I remain skeptical of books where the killer targets a particular policeman. It’s so unrealistic and unnecessary.Nevertheless, good plot and investigation.

  • Tim
    2018-11-14 15:24

    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 be engaging, although some of them could have used a little more description. The pacing was good, and there were plenty of twists and turns along the way. The use of short chapters meant that you kept thinking "I'll just sneak in an extra chapter, cos they're only short" and before you knew it another hour had gone (not that I'm complaining, but I should have got more work done today! lol)It does contain f-bombs and some brutal violence, so be aware of this if you are nervously disposed..I'll definitely be buying the next book in the series :) (although I might wait till I'm a little less busy before starting it!)If you like police procedurals, I think you'll like this.

  • Mary
    2018-11-19 18:03

    I am so excited to have such a great new detective series to follow. DI Lorne Simpkins is a wonderful character to read. She is fiesty and tears into her work with gusto, not wanting to stop until she gets the bad "arse." Her partner, Pete, is the perfect counterpart to her and they make a wonderful combo. Lorne has some flaws, which only gives her characters more depth and realism. As a workaholic in a stressful job, she is trying to balance family life but still keep street crime under control. There is such a wonderful balance between these two separate storylines and it only adds to the character development. You end up feeling like you have known these people for years. That is such a hard thing to accomplish for a writer, and this just makes a reader not able to put down this book until the very last scene. Just when you think you know where this book is heading, it takes an about turn, something I think Comley must enjoy doing to her readers. She obviously likes to keep us on the edge of our seats! I am so excited there are 3 more Justice books available because Lorne Simpkins is someone I want to read a lot more about.

  • Jim
    2018-11-06 14:04

    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 case is stuck in the mud with no progress another setback arrives. Lorne's mentor and current boss is out. Coming in from Loren's not too happy past to run the station, Loren gets thrown for a very large loop.A complication in which further stymies Lorne on the case. With a very fast paced story line, and some pretty good dialog this book delivers. The characters are developed very well. I was surprised at the ending myself. 5 stars out of 5 for "Cruel Justice", by M.A. Comley. This is book 1 of a series. I'll be going back looking for the second and third ! Pick it up and give it a good read. It works pretty well.