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Cruel Justice (Justice series Book 1) by [Comley, M A]
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Length: 287 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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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

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 share my home with two crazy dogs that like nothing better than to drag their masterful leader (that's me) around the village. When I’m not pounding the keys of my computer keyboard I enjoy DIY, reading, gardening and painting.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2831 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505646308
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005QOY4FM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,338 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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"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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In the prologue alone, a woman is made to eat her own feces,bludgeoned and dismembered.
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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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By Joo on November 11, 2011
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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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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.

WHATEVER!

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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This is the first book in the series. It will also be my last. The plot is just OK, the writing just so-so. But the principal reason I decline to read more by the author is that the main character is so unlikable. Come to that, her husband is a jerk, too. Her partner is a fat slob, and the other cops on her team seem to dislike her as much as I did. Too many better books by better writers await. I'm usually a fan of Brit police procedurals but this one doesn't ring true.
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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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