The Last Resort : A Lori Anderson short story – Steph Broadribb


The Last Resort was published on 1 August 2017 by Orenda Books and is available to buy here

Done with a life of exploitation and violence, Lori Anderson is training to be a bounty hunter. Holed up in the Georgia Mountains with her reclusive mentor, JT, Lori is determined to put her new skills into practice. Behind JT’s back, she breaks his rules and grabs the chance she’s looking for. Will her gamble pay off, or will she have to learn the hard way?

The Last Resort is the first in the Rookie Bounty Hunter series of short stories, marking the nail-biting start to a high-octane series of thrillers featuring one of the most unforgettable and fearless female protagonists in crime fiction.

Includes a FREE extract of Steph Broadribb’s critically acclaimed thriller, Deep Down Dead, book one in the Lori Anderson Series.

My review of Deep Down Dead can be found here

My thoughts

You know when you love a book. Really LOVE a book. Well I absolutely went crazy over Deep Down Dead earlier this year. It is easily one of my favourite crime books for 2017. A female bounty hunter. Ohhhhh yes please! Well Lori Anderson is back. Steph Broadribb has answered our pleas for more. The Last Resort is a short story, designed to bring out the summer sunshine and make us love Lori even more.

Rewind. The story takes us back to Lori’s early days. She is training in the heat to be a bounty hunter. She is being put through her gruelling paces by JT. It is tough work. No wimps allowed. A bounty hunter needs to be able to be strong enough to deal with anything. To cuff a criminal. To Taser a suspect. To fight back.

Lori left alone. JT is out chasing a bounty. Although she is not fully trained, she answers a call. A request to pick up some low life spotted at a petrol station. She needs to do it. To practise her skills. To get a real live one. So what does our impetuous trainee bounty hunter do? A/ Rest B/ A little more training C/ Grab her coat and go get some bounty hunter action…. Soon Lori is chasing a fugitive, with a reputation for being violent. She knows she isn’t quite ready. But hey no man can tell her what to do, right? Lori knows she can kick ass and prove she is up to the challenge. This is risky. Lori can do it. Fight her fears. Be the best bounty hunter, she can be.

What a start to the day! We all need a bit of Lori Anderson’s courage and determination. Although I’m not sure bruises are really my colour! A fabulous short story. More please, Steph Broadribb! I’m desperate for more tales of life with Lori. Recommended.




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Top Crime Bloggers choose a #crime summer read: Christine at #Northern #Crime @northernlass73

I’m Christine and you have reached my blog I know a fabulous crime read when I see it.

I want to point readers in the direction of two books. They are #mustreads for the summer. They sizzle and they rock. They are worth buying and hanging out with. Or just relaxing with …

My first choice is Girl Zero by A. A. Dhand.


As a girl born and brought up in Bradford, I lived through the years of the Yorkshire Ripper. I remember the fear. I left before the riots. I saw the prostitutes lurking near the university. I’ve always thought Bradford would be a superb setting for some seriously dark crime. Luckily for me, A. A. Dhand came along. Girl Zero is the second in the series featuring Detective Inspector Harry Virdee. It was published on 13 July 2017 by Transworld.

Well how can I make you all fall in love with this series? I have to mention the realism. Dhand paints a Bradford, that is bleak, multicultural and tough. We see through Virdee’s eyes and he is part of the Asian community. However Virdee is an outsider, having married a Muslim woman. Then we get a dollop of dark, dirty crime … from the drugs trade to child exploitation and trafficking to ugly murder. Thrown into this mix is a copper, who is treading a fine line. Virdee is your maverick, ready to break a few rules to achieve his goals. All in all, this is superb crime from a bright new voice. Guaranteed to make you shiver.

This is exactly what fans of dark gritty urban crime should be reading.

My review is posted here: Girl Zero – A. A. Dhand (Harry Virdee #2)

My second choice is Pendulum by Adam Hamdy.


Pendulum was published back on 3 November 2016 by Headline. The follow up to Pendulum is Freefall and will be published later on this year.

Go for a great quality summer read to get your heart racing fast…

As a keen fan of thrillers, I was totally in love with Pendulum from the first word. We get the most amazing introduction to a hero ever. John Wallace has been strung up with a noose around his neck. A killer is lurking in his flat. Wallace is forced to go on the run to find answers. This is the start of the most exciting cat and mouse chase, that becomes international. Wallace isn’t the only one targeted by this killer. This is a killer with an agenda. Wallace gets a great sidekick, in FBI agent Christine Ash. Love that name.

Read it by the pool, with a large glass of something alcoholic and time will fly!


My review is posted herePendulum by Adam Hamdy

Read something amazing this summer. I dare you!


Buying links >>>

Girl Zero can be purchased here on Amazon

Pendulum can be purchased here on Amazon


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The Lost Girl – Tania Carver (Brennan and Esposito #8)


The Lost Girl was published on 22 September 2016 by Sphere and is available to buy here

When three men are found hanged in locations around Colchester, Detective Inspector Phil Brennan gets the shock of his life. Not only are the victims dressed to look like him, but each carries a defaced tarot card in the pocket of their identical leather jackets, scrawled across with one name: Phil Brennan.

The bodies aren’t found in random locations – they’re all in places where DI Brennan has caught a murderer. Someone is sending him a message. And he thinks he knows who it is…

Shocking and thrilling, in this dramatic new Tania Carver thriller DI Phil Brennan and his wife, psychologist Marina Esposito, have their lives turned upside down as the past comes back to haunt their present with terrifying consequences.

Tania Carver is the pen name of Martyn Waites

My reviews of ALL of the books in this BRILLIANT series:

Book 1  The Surrogate

Book 2 The Creeper

Book 3 Cage of Bones

Book 4 Choked

Book 5 The Doll’s House

Book 6 Truth or Dare

Book 7 Heartbreaker

My thoughts

I’ve absolutely adored this series. I’ve been meaning to catch up with Tania Carver’s final book, The Lost Girl, for ages. It really is a top crime series; packed with thrills, chills and the delicious duo we all love to bits called Brennan and Esposito. For those of you who have missed this series, Brennan is a DI in the police and is married to Esposito, a university psychologist. This is one series you need to read from the start, to fully appreciate it. This book references crimes from the previous books. So don’t even be tempted to dive into this as a standalone. You have been warned.

A killer leaves a calling card for Phil Brennan. It seems like it is someone from his past. That is impossible though. This evil killer is dead. Brennan has no choice, but to play ball. Three men have been hung, in crime scenes recognised by Brennan and the reader. These men are even dressed to look like Brennan. They mark the spot of three of his major cases in Colchester. Each of them has a hangman card left with the name ‘Phil Brennan’ marked on it. Someone wants his attention badly.

Brennan knows he has to return to Colchester, to assist with the hangman killings. He suspects he is being drawn into a trap. He does not get there. He is intercepted. Caught. With Brennan missing, Marina Esposito is forced to take action to find her husband. She joins forces with a couple of friends to hunt for clues. Who could possibly want to kidnap Brennan? Why is the Colchester police case going no where? Surely they must have some idea of what is going on. Is Phil’s life in danger?

If this is the last in the series, then it ends in an almighty BANG. I raced through the book, keen to find out whether Phil would survive his encounter with a killer. Tania Carver aka Martyn Waites did us proud, giving us a fast paced adventure with his special touch of fear. We soon begin to observe that anyone could be killed. Who will be next? I like that touch of uncertainty. Authors should bump off characters more often. I enjoyed seeing Marina, in the thick of the action.

As you would expect from Tania Carver, this is a strong intoxicating story with some pretty dark themes covered. To give you an idea, we encounter child sexual exploitation and see the effects of death and loss on an adult. This is a fabulous ride. Worth appreciating. The Lost Girl is exactly my kind of dark crime. Read this whole series! Meet Phil Brennan and Marina Esposito. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.






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Top bloggers choose a #crime summer read: Dave at Espressococo @dakegra

Hi, my name is Dave and I’m a book blogger. I read a lot of crime fiction, fantasy and sci-fi, but will give most things a go. I blog over at where I also talk about movies and other stuff. Mainly books though!

Christine asked me to recommend a summer crime read – it’s been a tricky job narrowing it down to just one, so I cheated slightly…



The first book which sprung to mind was Chris Whitaker’s Tall Oaks. I’d heard chatter about Tall Oaks on twitter, mainly from Liz of Liz Loves Books. And Liz particularly loved this book, and wasn’t shy about saying so (is she ever?). I’d somehow managed to resist, citing an ever-growing, tottering TBR pile. But in a moment of lapsed attention, I found myself with a copy on my kindle. I settled in for a story of a small town and a missing child, thinking that I’d read stories like this before.

How wrong I was. Tall Oaks is a beautifully wrought tale of small town America, shot through with a deft line in wit and with what were to become some of my favourite characters in a book, ever. Manny and Abe, I’m looking at you. This book just draws you in. Beautiful, atmospheric writing.



And whilst you’re here (I was never that good at following rules), you should add Chris’ second book, All The Wicked Girls, to your list. Tall Oaks is phenomenal. All The Wicked Girls is even better. It’s out very soon!

You can find Chris on Twitter @whittyauthor. Tell him I said hi.

Thanks for having me on your blog Christine! It’s been fun. Same time next year?

To purchase Chris Whitaker’s books head to your local bookstore or check here!


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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra – Vaseem Khan (Baby Ganesh Agency Book 1)


The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra was published on 13 August 2015 by Mulholland Books and is available to buy here

Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra discovers that he has inherited an elephant: an unlikely gift that could not be more inconvenient. For Chopra has one last case to solve…
But as his murder investigation leads him across Mumbai – from its richest mansions to its murky underworld – he quickly discovers that a baby elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs.
So begins the start of a quite unexpected partnership, and an utterly delightful new series.

The author Vaseem Khan talking about the series at Bradford Literature Festival 2017.

My thoughts

On a cold wet day in summer, there is nothing better than a bit of crime from a country where the sun actually makes an appearance. I decided to read The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan, after hearing about it recently at the Bradford Literature Festival. It is the start of a quirky series set in Mumbai, India. It features a retired police officer and his pet baby elephant.

The story introduces Inspector Ashwin Chopra. We find out that Chopra is on his final day, before retirement. He has had to retire, due to a dicky ticker. He is happily married to Poppy and in his fifties. He is a good honest man. He loves his country. He has a passion for solving crime.

Chopra becomes obsessed with the murder of Santosh. The death of Santosh was his final case. It was of no interest to Chopra’s successor, who has written it off as suicide. Chopra starts to investigate privately. He spends his retirement trailing suspects and hunting for clues. He is away so often, his poor wife thinks he is having an affair. Events take a dark turn, as Chopra begins to realise what Santosh’s death means.

The beauty of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra is that it gives you a whole new culture to discover. India is a fascinating place, full of contradictions and a rich history. We see the poverty and the slums. The rain and the excessive heat. It feels familiar and strange. We get to know Chopra, a middle class, intelligent man with a good moral compass. He is the kind of man, you cannot help but relate to. The story is delightful and easy to lose yourself in. It is not often you get to know a character, who has a baby elephant as a companion. There is a light-hearted touch to the writing. This is not heavy crime. It is the kind that is very welcome.

Fabulous. This is crime, with light humour and an engaging plot. A cute elephant. A super new detective. What is not to love. Recommended.








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Top bloggers choose a #crime summer read: Lisa at @RamblingLisa

Hi folks! I’m Lisa from Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews. I mostly read crime thrillers and poems, however, I have been known to spread my wings a little further than that!

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I am going to go down the classic road by suggesting Murder on the Orient Express as your crime summer read and I am going to tell you why!


I am sure we have all heard of both Agatha Christie along with her delightful Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. But have you ever read any of the Poirot series? Murder on the Orient Express is the 10th in the series and it does not let one down. We all know that at times as a series of books progresses they can go down hill. The wonderful thing about this series is, they can all be read as a standalone.

Here we have Mr Cassetti who is murdered and 13 other people on the train are connected in some shape or form to the family of a child, who Cassetti had murdered. The idea of 13 suspects over 2 or 3 is wonderfully complex and has the mind racing as you uncover what the motive of each might be. Poirot, as usual, methodically deduces what happened and tells the story with such a beautifully satisfying crescendo that it makes my heart and breath stop every single time.

I have also listened to this on audiobook, read by the amazing David Suchet who plays Poirot in the T.V. shows, and it was exhilarating to hear him reading the story. He knew exactly how each bit of dialogue or the details of the story should be read.

I have to say this is likely my all time favourite ‘whodunnit’ or as I like to call them ‘who did done do it?!’… Well worth a read this summer!

Check out Lisa’s blog for more fab reviews here

Murder on the Orient Express can be purchased everywhere and here


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Top bloggers choose a #crime summer read: Emma at @damppebbles

My name is Emma and I blog over at Damppebbles has been up and running since January 2016 and it’s gone from being a simple hobby to what some may call an obsession!  I’m all about crime fiction and rarely read anything outside of the crime genre (the odd horror novel every now and then, providing you count psychological thrillers as a subgenre of crime!).


My Summer crime recommendation is the glorious Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb (published by Orenda Books).

When I first read this book back in January this year I was already convinced it would be my book of 2017!  There’s something about a bounty hunter (a kick-ass, female bounty hunter at that) traipsing across America to extradite a fugitive to the state of his crime that makes me think of extreme tropical weather, theme parks and American muscle cars.  All of those delicious plot points make me think of Summer! Here’s how I described Deep Down Dead on my blog:

Deep Down Dead is a seriously good book and one that all crime thriller fans should read.  I still can’t comprehend that this is a debut novel.  The writing is confident, skilled and oh boy, can Steph Broadribb tell a good story!  Her characters felt real to me.  The scenes I could picture, in crystal clear clarity, in my head.  If anyone is looking for a book to make into a movie then choose this one.  This book is destined for the big screen!  It’s so wonderfully American that I devoured it. 

Oh Lori Anderson, how I want to be you!  Ex-pole dancer turned bounty hunter Lori is the most likeable, most believable heroine I’ve met in a book in a long time.  She fights, she shoots, she beats herself up on a regular basis for not being a good enough mum to her daughter.  This woman carries a taser around with her for goodness sake, and she’s not afraid to use it.  Forget your Wonder Woman. Forget your SuperGirl. I want to be Lori Anderson.


Check out Emma’s review on

To buy your own copy of Deep Down Dead head to the shops or to Amazon

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