“This was OK.
Lorne Simpkins is competent police officer, however she is is a horribly selfish character. This is relevant because towards the end she performs a selfless act which doesn't ring true as a result of the revelations about her personality earlier on in the story.
Lorne and her team are investigating a group of murders that initially seem unconnected but evidence begins to show they are linked. The plot is not bad, although I think Lorne's messy personal life is over the top and adds very little to the story.
The appearance of a psychic half way through is a little out of place, she disappears again after two chapters when she helped find out one thing - this annoyed me.
Either use a psychic or don't. Authors shouldn't just drop them in to get over a tricky element in a story. Also, the irritating and repeated inclusion of the outdated belief that it takes three minutes to trace a call. That hasn't been the case for several years. If you write crime novels this is something you should know.”
“I read the second book before reading this one, the first of this series, and although I enjoyed it - it wasn't as good as the first one. I suppose that you have to start somewhere, and as I mentioned before, this was a good read. This book, as opposed to the second of this series, focused just about all its time with the police and bearly any time letting you REALLY get to know the bad guys. I was glad to get to know Pete, the development of a relationship between Livvy and both her new boss as well as Jacques. I recommend reading this book before delving into the second of the series, although you won't lose too much sleep if you do as I did and get the second one as a freebie and start there!”Karin R wrote this review Friday, August 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Meet DI Lorne Simpkins as she undertakes her worst case yet. A headless body is discovered only for the head to be delivered later as a piece of a horrible puzzle that needs to be solved. As the body count rises, so do tensions in Lorne's personal life, as well as, those on the job. Will Lorne be able to get the job done and find this killer before her own life falls to pieces? Follow Lorne as she and her partner Pete Childs follow the clues realizing that sometimes justice can be cruel.”Lisa A. Tortorello wrote this review Wednesday, July 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting lead characters, especially Lorne Simpkins. Author and story are British so that makes for a small challenge in idioms.”Joel wrote this review Tuesday, May 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent English murder/mystery. Author kept the killers identities under wrap until the last couple of chapters.The author does a great job making the main character a flawed person and draws out sympathy for the killers.”Jolie wrote this review Friday, July 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great crime thriller from Mel Comley. She continues to deliver consistently excellent work with great stories, fabulous characters and stories that have you hooked from the beginning. A must read.”Tracey L. Alley wrote this review Thursday, July 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“well written police procedural, with the focus as much on the detective's lives and character as on the murder, typical of British mysteries. Warning, violence is graphic.”sassy wrote this review Saturday, June 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A detective has a seriel killer on her hands. Killer becomes obsessed about her. If you like CSI you ll like this the reveiws say.”Kathi wrote this review Thursday, March 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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.”