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Cruel Justice (Justice Series #1) [Kindle Edition]

M A Comley
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)

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Book Description

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author M A Comley presents the Justice series.
The Justice series in order are:
Cruel Justice #1 in Police Procedurals 2012 and 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 - New release
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
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Editorial Reviews


I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lorne as a strong female lead character. I found the plot to be gripping with tantalising hints that much more is in store. Highly recommended. by P.E.

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2831 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QOY4FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 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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50 of 56 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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35 of 38 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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16 of 16 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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17 of 19 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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12 of 13 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class March 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this book - very realistic and well written - somewhat gory but handled delicately. A book you want to keep reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Justice April 12, 2012
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Cruel Justice.... Great Book from the very first page to the very ending. One of those you just could not put down. Every chapter was holding you interests and you were wanting to know what happened next and it was one of those you hate the bad guy books that you were rooting for the clues to come together for them to get this guy. Now I am looking to see more books by this author. First one of his books I have read but now I am sure to look for more books by him like this. 5 stars
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Well written and easy to follow. Worth the purchase and and time spent in the pages. Will read more from this author.
Published 21 hours ago by Danny Cochran
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Well written, nicely paced plot, only character development was a bit weak. In all I really enjoyed the psychological battle.
Published 1 day ago by janet s.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Justice
This book held me spellbound from the moment I started reading. The scenes were quite explicit. Very good murder mystery. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruel Justice
This book drew me in from the first page. There was so much twist and turns going on, I couldn't keep up. The only problem I had with this book was the formatting. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
I was hooked after the first few words! I can not wait to read the rest of the Justice Series! A must read!!
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars keeps u interested
was a good mystery. I am looking forward to the #2 in this series. hope is good as # one
Published 9 days ago by william vesely
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving
A fast moving, good read. I enjoyed it and will likely read mire from this author and series. Have fun
Published 20 days ago by TC
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
It was a very good book but I think the ending could have been better other than that I couldn't put the book down. I just started the 2nd one can't wait to see what happens. :)
Published 1 month ago by stacey nair
3.0 out of 5 stars cruel justice
book was okay - I've read half of it. Sometimes it takes me a bit to get into a story.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Ledbetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, must read.
I got one of the three in a 4 box thriller set. I liked it enough to buy the other two and read all of them. I higly recommend them.
Published 1 month ago by Tim_B
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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 and Hostile Justice which is due out March 2014.

Also available is the first book in the Hero series, TORN APART.

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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