Deep Blue Trouble by @crimethrillgirl Steph Broadribb #Bookreview #BlogTour

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.

I'm thrilled to be hosting the blog tour for Deep Blue Trouble today. Many thanks to Orenda Books, Steph Broadribb and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me and for my advance copy of the book.
Having waited far too long to read Deep Down Dead, at least I didn't have to tap my fingers too impatiently to find out what was in store next for Steph Broadribb's protagonist, Lori Anderson. Leading directly on from the first book in the series, Deep Blue Trouble could easily be read and enjoyed as a standalone but really I'd urge you to read these wondeful books in order.
Following the traumatic events in the first book, Lori doesn't have time to even draw breath. Her mentor and one time lover is in jail, headed for death row. When Lori is offered a deal by FBI agent, Alex Monroe she has little option but to accept. If she can bring back absconded prisoner, Gibson 'The Fish' Fletcher, then Monroe will make sure that JT walks free. With their daughter, Dakota still potentially needing a life saving bone marrow donation from her father, this could be Lori's only chance to save the two people she loves.
Before long Lori finds herself in more danger than ever and with JT locked up she isn't sure who or what she can trust - and that includes her own instincts. This time she is far from home as the case takes her to California and though she is relieved to know Dakota is safe, she desperately misses her daughter. Steph Broadribb has created a truly wonderful character in Lori Anderson. She is single-minded, resourceful and tough but her fierce determination is driven by her love for her daughter. She also regularly questions her actions and she often feels an intense guilt, either regarding Dakota or as a result of her decisions, and it's this vulnerability that makes her so believable. This is no glory hunting trip to boost her ego - she's a lioness protecting her cub and she needs to bring Fletcher to justice to protect those she loves.
With JT out of action, she is forced to work alongside local bounty hunter, Dez McGregor and for somebody used to going it alone, this isn't easy - particularly when it becomes apparent that things aren't quite as straightforward as she first believed. Mistakes are made, she clashes with Dez, has doubts over whether Monroe will deliver and realises she is being tailed. Will she even make it back home alive, let alone deliver her quarry?
What Steph Broadribb delivers with this series is a sense of complete authenticity; her characters have proper emotional depth, her locations are vividly brought to life and the action is electrifying - tense and moving. I was thrilled by the cliffhanger ending to Deep Blue Trouble and can't wait to find out what lies in store for Lori in the next book!

Deep Blue Trouble is published by Orenda Books and can be purchased here. Don't miss the rest of the fabulous blog tour, details are below.

About the Author

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, 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.

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