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It's A Dog's Life (A DI Lorne Simpkins novelette) (Justice series) [Kindle Edition]

Mel Comley , Sheila Tremellen MBE , Tania Tirraoro
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is a 12,000 word novelette based on actual events.

It may not be homicide, but to DI Lorne Simpkins it’s still murder.

When a reporter friend of DI Lorne Simpkins gives her a tip about a story involving ex-racing greyhounds, Lorne is sceptical.
But after delving into it, she’s horrified to discover the grisly fate of racing dogs that are no longer useful to their owners – and she’s determined to bring the cruel and uncaring owners to justice…

“Animal welfare is so close to my heart, the real-life plight of these former racing dogs moved me to tears.
I’m delighted to donate all profits of the book to PUPS, The Protection of Unwanted Puppies Society.”

Mel Comley – Author.

Editorial Reviews


Another story featuring DI Lorne Simpkins this time she's out to stop the cruelty of greyhounds at the end of their careers.

Congratulations to Mel Comley for being courageous enough to highlight this issue and for donating the proceeds to P.U.P.S.

This novellette is a fast and heart gripping read, which draws you in right to their plight from the start....H J Murray.

I loved the DI Lorne series by Mel Comley and this short story featuring her was a thrilling, fast-paced read. It's horrendous what these poor ex-greyhounds go through. Kudos to Mel Comley for raising awareness and donating the proceeds to PUPS. Sibel Hodge.

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  • File Size: 162 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063CCIA4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling, fast--paced read November 4, 2011
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I loved the DI Lorne series by Mel Comley and this short story featuring her was a thrilling, fast-paced read. It's horrendous what these poor ex-greyhounds go through. Kudos to Mel Comley for raising awareness and donating the proceeds to PUPS.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star February 7, 2015
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I love books about dogs and I was wanting something quick and easy to read, so when I saw this I decided it would be just the thing. It was quite a good story and it's commendable that it covers an issue which ought to be brought to people's attention more. Of course it's part of a series by this author and I am guessing the reason the Kindle version is free is to attract more readers to the other books in the series. It would probably have done that in my case if it wasn't that the poor editing annoyed me. There was a significant disregard for punctuation in many places. Commas and full stops were often omitted with short sentences just rolling into each other. This should have at least been picked up in the editing process - but really I can't even understand why an accomplished writer would even write a story without putting in the punctuation automatically. I also found it a bit confusing when Lorne and Pete were on their way to investigate the place where the greyhounds were kept (towards the end of the story - I won't spoil the story for anyone else by saying where it was). It seemed to me there must have been a bit missing - a sentence or two maybe. They had just set out and suddenly it said they saw someone opening the gate - yet there was no reference to them having even arrived. So while the story itself was interesting and absorbing, there were technical/editing issues that put me off and make me wonder if it would be worth me spending money on more books from the series. Maybe it's just the Kindle version and maybe due attention wasn't given to editing because it's free - I don't know…but surely the standards should be uniform!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart tugging British Crime Novel May 19, 2012
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It's a Dog's life, a novelette is a British crime novel exploring the underbelly of dog racing and the front it provides for other crimes. The story has the feel of being either based on true events or well researched about the dog racing industry. It sounds terrible. The animal cruelty parts were hard to read,but the bad guys get their just desserts in the end. This book can be read very quickly, on a break or on the bus etc. I liked the characters and we get a glimpse into Lorne's personal life, which is far from ideal, but seems realistic. I'm interested in trying out more of Lorne Simpkins cases in the future. If you like straight up crime novels, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional...great read! March 13, 2012
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Wow! What an eye-opening story. It's just horrible to know how those poor greyhounds are treated, especially at the "end" of their career. This was a very moving and fast-paced story. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Dog's Life by Mel Comley May 22, 2012
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"It's a Dog's Life" by Mel Comley is a heartbreaking but informative story about the fate of greyhounds when they are no longer of use to the people who own and race them. The author has brought this awful cruelty to the forefront with this novella of about 45 pages. DI Lorne Simpkins is notified by a journalist friend that she has found out something about the fate of dogs that race, and she wants Lorne to investigate it. With limited time due to other cases, Lorne agrees to do it and her boss wants it wrapped up in 48 hours. Lorne and her partner, Pete, first of all go to the races to find out what they can.

Lorne is willing to put herself in danger to find out what is going on with one dog owner in particular. When she does find out, it's worse than she thinks. Working on unpaid overtime doesn't go over too well with Lorne's husband and her teenage daughter, but in the end, hers and Pete's risks and time put into this case of animal cruelty are most definitely worth it. It's unbelievable that people really treat animals this way, but unfortunately they do.

This is well worth the time spent reading it. The story, while entertaining and a bit suspenseful, is blatantly accurate about what happens to dogs that can no longer run a race. It's a work of fiction, but the information is correct.

Recommended for anyone who is interested in the welfare of animals or in greyhound rescue.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Just.. wow. November 11, 2011
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This book touched me in ways I can't describe with words and had me close to tears. To think what these greyhounds go through when their career is over is just dreadful.

Mel Comley writes in such a way that you can't help but be moved by this story. With Lorne and Pete, who we love and trust, right in the middle of what's going on, it's another superb Lorne Simpkins story.

Mel Comley should be praised for raising the profile of such a hard topic and donating to PUPS. It takes a truly remarkable person to have the courage to write about something so close to the hearts of many. I think she has done a fantastic job with this book and I encourage everyone to read it
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and Thrilling March 8, 2012
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Mel Comley is known for her thrilling, swiftly-paced stories, and she's done it again in It's a Dog's Life. However, she's also succeeded in spinning a tale that is also emotional and eye-opening--one that will touch your heart and have you thinking long after you've finished the book. Bravo, Ms. Comley!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good story
Mel Comleys books are all great!!! Little slow in some spots.
Published 22 days ago by Vickie L. Fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Short story
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This is a short story with Lorne and her DS partner Pete investigating what happens to greyhounds when they retire. Read more
Published 18 months ago by tom elder
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
This book was short and quick to read but I felt then plot and outcome were somewhat thin. There is a lot more that could have been covered with this particular sport and the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carol-Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars book
haven't read this yet but i'm planning on it. I know it will be good , all the books i've gotten so far have been ?
Published on May 14, 2013 by gloria ryckman
5.0 out of 5 stars a short mystery with a moral.
This is a great short story in the DI Lorne Simpkins series. But it also tells the tale of the mistreatment of animals, specifically racing dogs, after their days on the track and... Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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Published on January 1, 2013 by Flora A. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good Read
I love stories about animals and this one fit the bill. It was a touching story and hard to put down. I really enjoyed it from page one.
Published on January 1, 2013 by JSweety
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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.

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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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