I thoroughly enjoyed Deep Down Dead – the first novel to feature Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson – and I was delighted to be invited to take part in the blog tour for Broadribb’s follow up, Deep Blue Trouble.
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…
One aspect of Deep Blue Trouble that I really liked was that it picks up immediately where Deep Down Dead finished, throwing you straight back into the action. Whilst I’m sure that Lori would have liked some time for the bruises to heal, she has no choice but to take on another case straightaway in order to get JT, her mentor, and the father of her child, released from jail. As such, I wouldn’t recommend reading Deep Blue Trouble without first reading Deep Down Dead. It could be read as a standalone novel, but you’d miss so much of the background to this case, and what Lori, Dakota, and JT have been through that I think that this is a series that is best read in order.
Like its predecessor, Deep Blue Trouble is incredibly fast-paced throughout, and the tension never lets up. Whilst I liked Deep Down Dead, I preferred this second instalment. It felt more like Lori doing her own thing, and I felt that we saw a bit more of her strategic capabilities, and that she was more reliant upon her own instincts. Even when she is teamed up with Dez and his Californian bounty hunters, she trusts her gut, and does things her way.
Lori is an absolutely fantastic character – a kick-ass lady who you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of. She is incredibly driven, and whilst both novels have had a personal element for Lori, I think that she would tackle any job with the same determination and perseverance – she’s that kind of girl. She’s not perfect, however, and she does make some mistakes, but to me, this makes her character more realistic. I also really like the brief flashbacks to her training with JT which helps to flesh out both characters, and provides some context to the situation they’re in.
I’m also impressed with how authentically American Braodribb’s novels are – you’d never guess that she was born in the UK, and even having spent some time across the pond, I don’t think that it’s the same as having been born and raised there, and the people, places, and the linguistic differences are spot on.
Deep Blue Trouble continues an amazing series with an unforgettable heroine, and I’m delighted that there’s scope for another instalment – I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a third book in the series!
Deep Blue Trouble is available now, and is published by Orenda Books. Many thanks to the publisher and to Anne Cater for the opportunity to review this title, and to take part in the blog tour.
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour: