“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.”
It is my GREAT pleasure to welcome you to my stop on the Deep Blue Trouble blog tour which I share with the fabulous Helen Giles over at Life of a Nerdish Mum. Please make sure you drop by Helen’s fabulous blog and say ‘hello’ after you’re done here.
Deep Blue Trouble is the second book in the Lori Anderson series written by one of my favourite authors, Steph Broadribb. The first book in the series, Deep Down Dead made a BIG impression on me last year and you can read my review by clicking HERE. Deep Down Dead also featured highly on my top ten books of 2017 post. It’s true, I flipping love Lori Anderson. This is one of those reviews where you hope everything you say does the book justice. Fingers crossed…
Of all the books to be published in 2018, Deep Blue Trouble was the one I was really excited about. Deep Down Dead (Lori Anderson book #1) left such a lasting impression on me that I could not wait to be reacquainted with Lori, her daughter Dakota and her brooding, ‘slightly’ gorgeous mentor/lover, JT. For those new to this series, Lori Anderson is a kick-ass bounty hunter based in Florida. She’s tough, she had to be. Life has thrown a lot of sh!t Lori’s way (excuse the expletive but there’s no other way of putting it!). Her young daughter is in remission, but there’s always a chance the cancer could return. And, to top off her run of bad luck, JT has been arrested following their last action-packed adventure together. Lori is under an extreme amount of pressure and boy, does she know it! When FBI agent Alex Monroe offers Lori a way to free JT from prison (and certain death, one way or another) she begrudgingly takes it. Having put her daughter in imminent danger previously, Lori leaves Dakota at camp and heads to California in search of Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher. What she doesn’t expect is a myriad of dead ends, confusing leads and false sightings in ‘bounty hunter hostile’ Mexico. Can Lori discover where Fletcher is hiding, what he is hiding and with the help of whom before it’s too late…?
Fabulous! As crime fiction goes this is another wonderfully engaging, thrilling, action-packed read from the pen of Steph Broadribb. I was hooked from page one and unable to put this book down. I love everything about Lori, she’s kick-ass through and through. She has a relatable, softer side when it comes to all matters concerning her young daughter, and she carries a flipping TASER! What more could you want? What I thoroughly enjoyed this time around was the chemistry and the friction brought about by the inclusion of Californian bounty hunter, Dex McGregor. Lori has to work with Dex on the instruction of Alex Monroe. But Dex works very differently to Lori – Dex is a team player but Lori is her own, one woman team. The tension was palpable, the suspicion high. Brilliantly constructed by Broadribb.
One of my very favourite things about this series is how deliciously American the narrative is. I am such a big fan of American crime fiction but Broadribb manages to make me believe more than many other home-grown American writers (Broadribb is British by the way, but has worked in the US).
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. And whilst you’re there make sure you pick up a copy of Deep Down Dead too. Deep Blue Trouble will work as a standalone but why not read the first book in the series whilst you’re at it. I promise you won’t regret it. I said this time last year that, “For me, this is the book that every other book has to beat this year to become my favourite read of 2017. It’s early days but Deep Down Dead is a long way in the lead at the moment (and we’re not even done with January yet!)”. Well, the same applies this year. As things stand at present, Deep Blue Trouble is the book every other book has to beat to be my ‘book of 2018’. As crime writers go, you can’t get better than Steph Broadribb. Perfect!
Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an ARC of Deep Blue Trouble. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb was published in the UK by Orenda Books on 5th January 2018 and is available in paperback, eBook and audio formats (the following Amazon links are affiliate links) | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
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.