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.
Deep Blue Trouble is published on the 5th January 2018 by Orenda Books. Many thanks to Orenda Books for having me on the blog tour and providing me with my copy of the book for this review.
Around this time last year I was shouting about the fabulous Deep Down Dead which introduced us to Lori Anderson, the bad-ass, but completely loveable, bounty hunter. I was absolutely amazed that Deep Down Dead was Steph Broadribb’s debut as it was a superbly written complex plot. As such, I had high hopes for this second book and boy does it deliver!
** Potential spoilers for Deep Down Dead 🙂 **
Deep Blue Trouble picks up shortly after the events of Deep Down Dead from which Lori is still reeling. JT is in prison with the potential outlook of death row and Lori is desperate to clear his name. Her daughter Dakota is safe however Lori is paranoid that her cancer is going to return so wants JT back in their lives more than ever.
Lori takes an off-the-books job from FBI Agent, Alex Monroe to find a fugitive who she has previously caught. Whilst there is a lot that Monroe is keeping away from her (need to know basis and all that!), she still takes the job against her better judgement and advises from an old friend.
What I thoroughly enjoyed about this book was the combination of the high octane narrative combined with the personal side of Lori; we get to know her a bit more and how she feels about JT. We also get to hear from JT in this second book so we get to know him a bit better – although the man is a very closed book!
Deep Blue Trouble is a fabulous escape from the English winter, post Christmas blues as it takes the reader to sunny Florida and Broadribb writes in such a way that you feel as though you are standing shoulder to shoulder with Lori with that sun beaming down!
I absolutely loved this book, it is full of twists and turns getting the reader on the edge of their seat – easily devoured in one sitting if real-life responsibilities don’t get in the way. This is one of those books that I couldn’t stop thinking about and just wanted to get back to reading. This series is definitely a must-read series and I hope that there are many more outings from Lori and JT to come.
This is one series you do not want to miss!! All the stars!!
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.