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Cruel Justice (Justice series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

M A Comley
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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author M A Comley presents the Justice series.
Look out for M A Comley's latest release, the first book in a new series, FOREVER WATCHING YOU on offer for only 99c/99p. 
The Justice series in order are:

Cruel Justice #1 in Police Procedurals and 1# Women Sleuths.  FREE
Impeding Justice #1 in Police Procedurals  
Final justice #1 Action and Adventure 
Foul Justice #1 Hard-Boiled Mysteries 
Guaranteed Justice #1 Women Sleuths 
Ultimate Justice - #2 Women Sleuths 
Virtual Justice - #1 Hard Boiled/#2 Psychological Thrillers
Hostile Justice - #1 Police Procedural
Tortured Justice - #2 Women Sleuths
Rough Justice - Now available
Blind Justice - introduction novella to the series.

The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case. 
Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection between the two victims.

After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious serial killer is on a rampage...and Lorne has become the killer's fixation. 
Lorne can't allow her failing marriage or her new boss--a man with whom she shares a sensuous secret--keep her from focusing on her job. She must catch the macabre murderer, or risk becoming the next victim.

Approx 88,000 words

Editorial Reviews


Download this book now! Brilliant book, first in a long time that I couldn't put down. Downloading the rest of the series as I type. N J Scotton (UK) 
Excellent read. This book kept my attention throughout and really sparked my interest to continue to read. Thomas A Patoka.
 I say shocking because of the writers ability to scare you and make you want more at the same time! This book is one of my top 5 mystery thrillers so far. Jessica
Brilliant from start to finish - WOW - What a read! I enjoyed this book from the very first page to the very last. I'm far too busy to sit down and read a book from start to finish all in one go, but if time had allowed, I certainly would have done. I couldn't wait to pick it up again and continue the intrigue. 
 Download this now. Brilliant book, first in a long time that I couldn't put down. Downloading the rest of the series as I type. N J Scooten
 DI Lorne Simpkins is dynamic in this intense tale of murder and suspense. Belinda Wilkinson.
Such a gripping read! I read it in a day because I had to know what was going to happen next! Miss K. Jenkins.
I can recommend this as an opener to the series utterly impossible to put down! by  Wistfulskimmie
Really enjoyed reading this book ,so much so that I couldn't put it down, read it cover to cover in two days. K. Maskell
What a fantastic book couldn't put it down can't wait to read the next one would definitely recommend it to family and friends. Mrs J Kerr

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  • File Size: 2831 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QOY4FM
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
81 of 88 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment for a rainy afternoon May 8, 2012
By Sharon
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A solid police procedural plotline and a good sense of location, at least for an American reader. The characters were relatively well developed and although predictable, I found the storyline quite readable.

I did find the main character's personal life upheaval and problems given more emphasis than I like in a mystery. In fact at times that seemed to occupy much of the storyline, even overwhelming the actual plot. I also found odd inconsistencies in the main character's reactions. In particular I found the sudden switch from problems with colleagues to apparent friendship in two cases disconcerting. Particularly in the case of the French doctor, the switch from uncomfortable to close friend seemed added only to amplify the personal life turmoil of the main character rather than actually contribute anything to the plot and storyline.
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77 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Justice November 11, 2011
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
The first book in the DI Lorne Simpkins set of books. It was a page turner, I read it in two nights as I just wanted to keep going. Even though the murders were gruesome, Mel doesn't go into gory detail like some authors do which, in my opinion, made for better reading.
I look forward to reading more of Lorne's cases, but I hope she gets a few days off as even I was getting tired by her hard work and long hours.

* I bought this from Amazon's UK site which is why it doesn't say "Amazon Verified Purchase"
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut Mystery April 22, 2012
By Tullia
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"Cruel Justice" is a well-written, somewhat frightening work which includes graphic details of the serial killer's horrific deeds. The protagonist is a tough, strong-willed woman, Lorne Simpkins, who is an intelligent Detective Inspector whom you are convinced will solve the terrible murders. DI Simpkins' personal life, however, is also in conflict. She and her husband Tom have been arguing for some time. She, a workaholic, spends too much time at her job, and he is tired of being a house-husband and caring for their twelve-year daughter whom they both love. Lorne Simpkins also becomes very friendly with the ME, a handsome Frenchman. And Lorne's mentor and Chief is retiring, and his replacement is Lorne's former lover whom she jilted years before for Tom. He never forgave her for that and plans to make her professional life miserable.

This book is filled with many twists that will hold your interest throughout. In fact, I read this in two days. And, I so enjoyed this DI Simpkins character that I ordered the second book in the trilogy, "Impeding Justice."
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great police procedural February 2, 2012
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this is a well written and engrossing book.di lorne is a very real character.i enjoyed every page. i hated to come to the end of the story.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Think So...... April 23, 2013
By Bea
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I finished this book 2 days ago and I've already forgotten the characters. Maybe that's because the story is weak, uneventful and forgettable.

There was too much unrelated stuff happening in the story. In addition to the crimes, you had the "almost" affair, the looming possible divorce and the new police chief with the previous "history" with the female protagonist. Then, once all the seemingly unrelated crimes were tied together and everything was solved, new respect and forgiveness was abound and all was well.


I skimmed to the end of the book and realized this leads into book #2, like a mini-series. To save myself some time, I deleted books 2, 3 & 4, which I had foolishly purchased in advance, anticipating a positive reading experience.

Next time I'll buy book #1 only and wait to purchase subsequent books once I've enjoyed the first one. Lesson learned.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read! April 2, 2012
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I enjoyed the first half of the book - the murders were terribly gruesome and the killer's reasons quite traditional. Almost all the serial killers I have come across in fiction have the same childhood background.

However, when the new Chief Inspector comes on board, the whole character of the manuscript starts to change. The characters to that time, are professional though friends with each other, but suddenly they deteriorate. The relationship between the heroine and the new boss is laid out well - they have background - but suddenly, for no apparent reason, the Chief Inspector goes from picking on her to being friends.

Not only that all the professional relationships between the police become "matey" Lorne Simpkins, the heroine, battling a deteriorating marriage, starts frolicking with someone other than her husband and although he gets into her bed, nothing happens? This beggars disbelief because he is too gorgeous.

The last page in the novel throws an unexpected curve which bears no relation to the plot. I would guess the author wants the few paragraphs to lead into the next novel, but I feel it would have been better left as an anonymous on-looker. The practice of including the first chapter of the next novel in the back of the book would have served the purpose better.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read! February 13, 2012
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I very much enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future. If you like CSI and shows of that nature, you will enjoy the book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Had to stop reading--just too much violence way too early. I'm not squeamish, but I need to have some idea of why characters are being submitted to torture before being subjected to so much of it at the beginning of a book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed, poorly written
Poorly written. I'm glad this was a free book as I would hate to have paid money to read this drivel. Read more
Published 3 days ago by KH
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down
I bought this ebook since it had been highly recommended by a friend. It was a fantastic read, very hard to put down. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Greta Burroughs
5.0 out of 5 stars Police mystery
Another good read.Well balanced characters,I will enjoy reading the next book in the series. If you like English mysteries read this.
Published 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great story!!!!
What a breathless, unable to put down book!! Loved every page...this is the first book that I read from this author. Can't wait to read the rest!!!
Published 7 days ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, cruel, intriguing!
First time reading M A Conley and was not disappointed. I started it before the holidays, got about half way, put it down and found it very easy to start reading where I left off... Read more
Published 10 days ago by audrey McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.. I didn't want to put the book down.
It was a fast read, and exciting. Much like a James Patterson book, keeping you hooked to see what happens next.
Published 11 days ago by Barbara Fahnestock
5.0 out of 5 stars This author is amazing. I have been a loyal reader with James...
This author keeps you on your seat waiting patiently for the next page..I'm eager to read the next book!
Bring it on,!!!
Published 12 days ago by DebbieVeillette Roth
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Published 12 days ago by T. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a hard time putting it down.
This book is a very good book. It has everything. I truly didn't want to put it down. It is truly English, but if you can read past the non US spelling, you will enjoy it.
Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good character development and flow to the book. It moves a little...
This book was fairly well written but moves a little slow. The characters are all likeable but it is still a book that is easy to put down. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Michelle Lindsay
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More About the Author

New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that's when I turned my hobby into a career. I'm fortunate to be represented by a top New York agent.

I share my home with two crazy dogs that like nothing better than to drag their masterful leader (that's me) around the village.

I hope you enjoy reading my books, especially the Justice series, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice and the novella Blind Justice.

Also available in the Hero series, TORN APART and End Result.

Plus two books in the Intention series, Sole Intention and Grave Intention.

If you'd like to keep up to date with new releases you can find me on facebook by following this link or sign up for my newsletter

If you fancy a lighter read, why not try one of my romances: A Time to Heal, and A Time for Change--Based on a TRUE story. I also have a selection of short stories and novelettes available which I know you'll enjoy.

You can find out more about me at the following blogs.

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