Deep Blue Trouble – Steph Broadribb (Lori Anderson #2)


Deep Blue Trouble is published by Orenda Books on 30 October 2017 and is available to purchase here

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.

By the same author

Deep Down Dead – Book 1

The Last Resort – short story

And writing as Stephanie Marland – My Little Eye

My thoughts

I absolutely adored Deep Down Dead. Deep Blue Trouble is the second full length book in the series, following on from Deep Down Dead. Deep Down Dead introduced Steph Broadribb, as a crime writer. She also writes now under the name of Stephanie Marland. Unfortunately Deep Blue Trouble does not match up to brilliance of the first novel.

The story rejoins our American bounty hunter, Lori Anderson. She is on her lonesome this time, chasing criminals. She is on the hunt for Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher. Capturing Gibson will mean that her beloved JT will be freed from prison. This is what FBI Agent Alex Monroe promises. Much of the action involves Lori tracing her bounty and digging around for clues. She has previously caught Gibson. He appears to be quite a dangerous individual. Can Lori get her man? Course she can.

As a story, it had the potential to be a thrilling and fast paced read. Tough female character to the rescue. Lori saves the day, again. Steph Broadribb completely misses a trick. She offers us no character development. She is over reliant on one character, Lori. Lori is the same as she was, in the first story. It all felt a touch formulaic. It seemed like a re-run of Deep Down Dead. Nothing new. Check agonising over lover in the slammer. Check Lori is all tough and bruised. Check Lori shows a softer side. I do enjoy a kick-ass character, like Lori Anderson. She is like a cross between Xena Warrior Princess and Super Woman. I just need to believe in it.  I needed more. I was massively disappointed. I was a touch bored.

This series was a favourite of mine. I am not so sure now. I think it needs a bit of work, if it is going to keep its readers. It needs to rise above the mediocre. I am a fussy reader though. I have high expectations. I need to feel more engaged. Read, at your own risk.



About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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