I’m delighted to be taking part in the tour for Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb. I loved the first book in the series – Deep Down Dead – which introduced us to Lori Anderson – single mum and bounty hunter. I’d like to thank Steph, Karen Sullivan of Orenda books and Anne Cater for letting me take part in the tour.
Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.
Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking on off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free. Following Fletcher from Florida to California, Lori teams up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor and his team. But Dez works very differently to Lori, and the tension between them threatens to put the whole job in danger.
With Monroe pressuring Lori for results, the clock ticking on JT’s life, and nothing about the Fletcher case adding up, Lori’s hitting walls at every turn. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything…
Breathlessly paced, and bursting with high-voltage action and edge-of-your seat jeopardy, Deep Blue Trouble is the unmissable next instalment featuring one of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.
Lori Anderson is back! Deep Blue Trouble continues on from where Deep Down Dead finished. JT is in prison and Dakota is fairly traumatised after her ordeal. It’s not really the best time for Lori to go out on a big job on the other side of the country. But if she’s going to save JT from the death penalty and get him released, then she has to do what CIA agent Alex Monroe tells her. Leaving Dakota behind in a summer camp, Lori sets off for California to find the elusive Gibson Fletcher. She’s captured him before so she can take him again, right?
Lori is much more on her own with this case so enlists help from an old friend, Red. But he’s in Florida and she’s in California. At first, Lori has little to go on and she’s also dealing with people following her. It’s a frustrating time for her and this comes across well in the writing. The pace slows a little but in a good way as it creates tension. As the reader, I was desperate to find out how Lori could move the case on and find Fletcher. When Monroe suggests teaming her up with another bounty hunter, Lori isn’t impressed. But it’s the impetus needed for Lori to find out the answers for herself.
Steph Broadribb’s writing has such a natural style to it and you can tell that she’s spent a lot of time in the US. She has a good ear for the language so the dialogue flows naturally. There are some great new characters in the story (I particularly like Red) and we even get to hear from JT himself while he’s in prison. Once more, Lori is in the position of not being able to trust anyone as she appears to have enemies whichever way she turns. Lori also finds her conscience tested on several occasions. And the ending? Well, obviously I’m not going to give that away but I think we can safely say that Lori Anderson will return. A corker of a read!
You can find out more about Steph and buy the book here.
Steph Broadribb was born in Birmingham and grew up in Buckinghamshire. Most of her working life has been spent between the UK and USA. As her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at www.crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. She lives in Buckinghamshire surrounded by horses, cows and chickens. Her debut thriller, Deep Down Dead, was shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards in two categories, and hit number one on the UK and AU Kindle charts.