What would you do if you saw a stranger's life in danger?
DI Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs investigate a violent attack. Lorne becomes increasingly concerned when her star witness, Donna Moran, goes missing. She knew Donna was petrified, but has Donna just gone into hiding, or has she been taken by the offenders?
In this novella, Mel Comley takes us back in time, to when Lorne was still married to Tom and her dear chocolate crusher partner DS Pete Childs was still alive.
On her journey to work, Donna Moran accidentally witnesses a brutal crime, and she's spotted by the perpetrators. Though frozen with fear she manages to escape with her life. Urged by a work colleague she reluctantly reports the incident to the police.
After taking Donna's statement, Lorne and Pete start to investigate the case, but soon after Donna vanishes into thin air and their investigation takes an unexpected turn. Where did Donna go? Did she chicken out? Or has something sinister happened to her? Fearing the worst, Lorne and Pete are desperate to find her and ASAP.
Once again I wonder how this author manages to pack in so much action, drama and suspense in one book. And let's not forget that this is a short story which makes it even more remarkable. Being fast-paced, I practically devoured this book in minutes as I wanted to know how things will end up.
I love these short Justice novellas the author adds to the series from time to time as a way of reminding us of Lorne's good old days. (Blind Justice was the first one.) Could this be an indication that the author misses Pete? I sure do and I wish she hasn't killed him off so early in the series! He certainly was a great character.
Mortal Justice is another brilliant addition to the fabulous series. A fast read that I really enjoyed and highly recommend.
With huge thanks to the author for an ARC of this book.