Final Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) 

Today I'm introducting the lovely Mel Comley to my blog. Mel used to be a retail manager in Worcester but moved to France 9 years ago to renovate houses and fell into writing, thankfully.

Briefly describe your journey in writing your first book.  




We moved to France and couldn’t find any decent books in English to read. My Aunt brought us over a few Mills and Boons books and after reading them I thought I could do better. Then I discovered James Patterson and decided I loved the adrenaline rush I got from writing thrillers. So I swapped genres.


      What is your latest novel?


Final Justice is the sequel to my successful novel Impeding Justice.


What inspired you to write the book?


It was a natural progression as I intentionally left Impeding Justice with a cliff hanger at the end.


What’s your favourite part of writing a novel?


Love the characters I build and having them play out on paper/screen.


Are there any aspects of writing you struggle with?


Descriptive sections, I’m an all action girl, need to get on with it.


Where do you get your ideas from?


Reading other thriller writers and germs of ideas pop into my head.


How long does it take to complete a novel?


About 12-18 months, depending on the length of it. But now ereaders have arrived I plan on only writing around 60-65,000 words.


Did you query agents or traditional publishers before self-publishing?


Yes, a few. But most tend to waste writer’s time. A friend of mine hooked an agent over a year ago and is still making a lot of changes to his novel. To me that is disgusting, if the novel was good enough to attract the agent in the first place, then why change it?


How did you handle the rejection letters?


Of course, they hurt, but they’re a necessary evil in making a writer more determined to get their work out there and recognised.



What’s your writing process?


I meticulously plan the plot and characters out first and any research that needs doing, then put my head down and go!


What factors influenced your decision to self-publish?


I think the publishers only want celebrity type books now, see them as a guaranteed income. Which is daft.



Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?


Stick with it and don’t give up. But make sure your manuscript is as good as it can be before you unleash it on the world.


What's next in the pipeline? 


I’m just in the process of editing the prequel to Impeding Justice, which should be due for release in April 2011.


Do you think your books would translate well to the big screen? If so who would you like to see play your lead characters ? 


I think so yes, and many of my fans have agreed. Sounds good fans, but it’s true… My favourite actress has always been Jacqueline Smith, but I think she’d be too old now. So wouldn’t like to say.


Tell me three random things about yourself.


I love to garden and win prizes every year in a contest. I also love to paint. And finally, I’d love to rescue all the ill-treated animals in the world.


What do you do when you’re not writing?


Gardening, reading and painting. I can never sit still for long though.


Do you use Social Media for marketing your novels?


It’s a definite must nowadays.


Who are your writing influences?


James Patterson and now Karen Rose, amazing writer.


If you weren’t writing, what would be your favourite job?


An animal rescuer.



Which five people would you invite for dinner?


James Patterson, Karen Rose, Barrack Obama, Roger Moore and my Mum.


Describe your latest novel in fifteen words or fewer.


A covert operation, trying to hunt down a sadistic criminal. That takes place  in France.


What are you reading at the moment?


Karen Rose’s Count to Ten.


What three things would you add to your bucket list of things to do.


Travel the world. Pay back my Mum for the support she has shown me and to remain healthy and happy.


Do you write full time? If not, how do you balance writing with another job?


Yes, luckily.


Do your characters talk to you?


I’ll let you into a secret, Lorne Simpkins is me! lol


Have you ever used a friend or foe as a character?


      The Unicorn was a mixture of my exs. ;-) 


About Final Justice... 

After suffering a breakdown and quitting the force, former Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins is contacted by a friend at MI6 to help in a covert operation. Against her will Lorne is convinced to help track down an old enemy, a sadistic and calculating criminal whose ambition is to become the world's richest person, no matter what he has to do to manage it.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Lorne Ranger Rides again!, 20 Feb 2011


momz (Chester, Cheshire) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Final Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

If you have read Impeding Justice, waste no time in purchasing the 2nd book in the trilogyFinal Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy)
It starts off a short time after Impeding Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) finished.

The pace and dialog is just as savvy and snappy as the first book, we meet new people and a couple of friends from Lorne's recent past.The action is fast and tense, everything you require in a thriller.
My rating for books is slightly skewed from the norm as I rate them according to how many breaks I take and whether I feel as though I am a by-watcher rather than just a reader. In this instance my score is 0 breaks and I was in the thick of the action, so a score of 5/5 from me.
My only concern now long for the 3rd book?


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars as good as Impeding Justice, 20 Feb 2011


Irene - See all my reviews

This review is from: Final Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

this sequel to Impeding Justice is just as fast paced and is an excellent read, I am sometimes disappointed with sequels but not on this occasion Mel has continued with the story of Lorne trying to bring the Unicorn to justice with the same thrilling edge of the seat story would thoroughly recommend this book to all readers of the crime/thriller genre you won't be disappointed.



5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel, 20 Feb 2011


Marco Tirraoro - See all my reviews

This review is from: Final Justice (A Lorne Simpkins thriller) (DI Lorne Simpkins thriller part of a trilogy) (Kindle Edition)

Lorne is emotionally bruised after her last attempt to catch The Unicorn - now known as Baldwin. Drafted in by her MI6 friend, Tony, she must overcome her own demons to reluctantly take up the pursuit again. This is another fast paced thriller but this time out we get to delve deeper into Lorne's battered psyche as she battles her fears to rid the world of a dangerous criminal. It's a fitting sequel to Impeding Justice and well worth the read.


You can purchase Final Justice from

Amazon US
Amazon UK

Thanks for your time, Mel. I'm really looking forward to reading my copy of Impending Justice!

Sibel XX