Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb #bookreview blog tour @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks @annecater

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for the latest addition to the Lori Anderson series on my blog today, Deep Dark Night. With thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

Deep Dark Night (Lori Anderson) by [Broadribb, Steph]

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A city in darkness. A building in lockdown. A score that can only be settled in blood…
Working off the books for FBI Special Agent Alex Monroe, Florida bounty-hunter Lori Anderson and her partner, JT, head to Chicago. Their mission: to entrap the head of the Cabressa crime family. The bait: a priceless chess set that Cabressa is determined to add to his collection.

An exclusive high-stakes poker game is arranged in the penthouse suite of one of the city’s tallest buildings, with Lori holding the cards in an agreed arrangement to hand over the pieces, one by one. But, as night falls and the game plays out, stakes rise and tempers flare.

When a power failure plunges the city into darkness, the building goes into lockdown. But this isn’t an ordinary blackout, and the men around the poker table aren’t all who they say they are. Hostages are taken, old scores resurface and the players start to die.
And that’s just the beginning…

MY THOUGHTS

Steph Broadribb is a writer who knows how to keep her readers entertained. With every Lori Anderson book I’ve read so far, I’ve been hooked from the first page and long may this continue. We know that Lori is never going to be given an easy ride and from the word go in Deep Dark Night she is under pressure and feels as though she has been pushed into a corner. This is perhaps the most challenging case Lori has worked on and she knows that saying no to this one isn’t going to be an option.

I really like how Lori’s relationship with her partner JT has grown over the course of the four books. It is amazing to see how far they have come, especially, when in the first book, Deep Down Dead, Lori is sent on a mission to arrest him and bring him to justice. How times have changed and I definitely think this is for the better. You get a real sense of their feelings towards each other in Steph’s writing and particularly towards their daughter, Dakota as well, who has been another strong character in this series.

When Lori has a goal in her sight, she is determined to achieve it. In this case however, she is determined to rake over the past, when special agent Monroe, asks for her help to bring a criminal he has had his eye on for years to justice. She knows she really can’t say no to him, especially after he helped her out in the last book in the series. She knows this case is going to be dangerous and even headstrong JT has reserves about it and would rather she step aside, despite the fact that there may be consequences of her doing so. But if this means she can cut ties with Monroe once and for all then there is no question in her mind that she will assist him.

The majority of the book takes place in a luxurious penthouse overlooking the city of Chicago. This is where things really start to heat up as champagne is poured and bets are taken. I thought this book had echoes of Casino Royal and Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. When Lori enters the apartment for a game of poker, she really has no idea who she’s up against, and neither, it seems, do the others who are involved in the game. I didn’t know how things were going to end up for Lori and JT at this point. Steph Broadribb kept me gripped as the night unravelled further.

Deep Dark Night is a fast-paced and an exhilarating read that I managed to finished in just two days. I’m not quite sure where Steph Broadribb is going to take this series next, but I know, without a doubt, that I’ll be hopping on board to find out what happens next. Breath-taking and brilliant!

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 5th January 2020 (kindle) 5th March 2020 (paperback)

Print length: 320 pages

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Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb blog tour #bookreview @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks #DeepDirtyTruth #TeamLori

Deep Dirty Truth (Lori Anderson Book 3) by [Broadribb, Steph]

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A price on her head. A secret worth dying for. Just 48 hours to expose the truth…

Single-mother bounty hunter Lori Anderson has finally got her family back together, but her new-found happiness is shattered when she’s snatched by the Miami Mob – and they want her dead. Rather than a bullet, they offer her a job: find the Mob’s ‘numbers man’ – Carlton North – who’s in protective custody after being forced to turn federal witness against them. If Lori succeeds, they’ll wipe the slate clean and the price on her head – and those of her family – will be removed. If she fails, they die.
With North due in court in forty-eight hours, Lori sets off across Florida, racing against the clock to find him and save her family. Only in this race the prize is more deadly – and the secret she shares with JT more dangerous – than she ever could have imagined. In this race only the winner gets out alive…
Brimming with tension, high-stakes jeopardy and high-voltage action, and a deep, emotional core, Deep Dirty Truth is an unmissable thriller by one of the freshest and most exciting voices in crime fiction.

MY THOUGHTS

If you thought things were going to start getting easier for Lori, JT and Dakota, after the events in the last book, then think again. In Deep Dirty Truth Lori’s past is about to come back and haunt her in a big way. Steph Broadribb turns the tension up a notch once again, with action right from opening pages which carries through to the nail-biting ending. This is my favourite Lori Anderson novel yet.

I love, love, love these books. Lori and JT are well rounded characters who you can’t help but root for all the way through. In the latest book, Lori is on her own again as JT is still recovering from the events which concluded the last book in the series. But this situation is certainly one that Lori wouldn’t choose to be in. But she knows she can’t refuse the orders she is being given as it will put her own family’s life at risk and you do get the sense that things could go either way for them this time, nothing is certain.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot as this is such a tension filled read that I want you to enjoy it for yourself. There are some vicious crooks in book three that will make you fearful for Lori and her family, and the wide expanse of the American landscapes make the perfect scene for the car chases that take place and the violence that ensues from the opening pages. It creates a huge sense of unpredictability, as out in the wilderness, far away from civilisation, and where phone signal can be patchy as well, crimes can easily be covered up.

If you do like action filled reads right from the get go then you really need to be reading the Lori Anderson series. The chapters are short and snappy, and they will make you want to turn those pages. I actually started reading this book on New Year’s Eve, and I would have been quite happy to stay in and read for the rest of the evening, rather than go out and see in the New Year, and that to me shows just how captivating this story is.

The cinematic edge to these books and the tension charged plot is what makes the Lori Anderson series a real winner for me, it’s a series that just keeps getting better and better. This is another fantastic book from Steph Broadribb; I can’t wait to catch up with Lori and JT again.

Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and to Karen Sullivan for sending me an advance review copy.

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication date: 24th January 2019

Print length: 304 pages

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#DeepBlueTrouble #review by Steph Broadribb #blogtour @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks

I’m so excited that I can finally share my review of Deep Blue Trouble by Steph Broadribb today, the second book in the Lori Anderson series as part of the blog tour.

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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. Teaming up with local bounty hunter Dez McGregor threatens to put the whole job in danger. But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything…

MY THOUGHTS

Finally, Lori Anderson is back in Steph Broadribb’s highly anticipated second novel Deep Blue Trouble. And what an explosive return to the series it is. If you’re a fan of Lori Anderson and JT, then you are in for a real treat. And if you haven’t read this series yet, you do not want to be missing out. I would recommend starting with the first book in the series before reading Deep Blue Trouble as you will learn a lot about Lori and JT’s relationship; it also follows on from events in the first book.

After the events of the previous novel, Lori’s trainer, and father of her nine-year-old daughter Dakota, JT, is facing a prison sentence and possibly the death penalty. Lori can’t let that happen, she has her daughter’s future to think about and if at any time in her life, her cancer returns, her father will be the best option there is for a successful bone marrow transplant. Lori can’t afford to lose him. She signs a deal with her boss, that if she brings in an escaped fugitive, then the charges that JT is facing will disappear. The man she is sent out to find is Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher. But why is Monroe interested in Gibson, what makes him any different to any other fugitive out there? What dealings has Monroe had with Gibson in the past?

In this book, Lori teams up with Dez McGregor and his team in California. Used to working independently there are undoubtedly tensions between her and Dez who seems to take an immediate dislike to her and Lori, likewise, takes a dislike to him. But Lori has no choice but to work with him if she wants JT released from prison, everything for Lori hangs in the balance, and if she doesn’t succeed, she faces an uncertain future. Lori is also aware that she is being followed and is on edge throughout the book, especially when she begins to receive threatening messages.

The Lori Anderson books are shaping up to be a fine, eagerly anticipated new crime series. Steph Broadribb has a real talent for creating highly engaging and believable characters. I’m excited to see where Steph will take us next with Lori and JT. Thank you to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books for sending me a copy of the book to review and Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Publisher: Orenda

Publication date: 5th January 2018

Print length: 320 pages

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