Wednesday, 4 March 2020

#BlogTour Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb


Today I am on the BlogTour for Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb.

The fourth book in the award-winning Lori Anderson series, Deep Dark Night sees daring bounty hunter and single mother Lori Anderson journey from Florida to Chicago to take down a notorious crime family. Published to coincide with International Women’s Month, it will see the full series rebranded a fresh, contemporary new look.


About the Author
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 alterego - Crime Thriller Girl - she indulges in her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at crimethrillergirl.com, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. She is also a member of the crime-themed girl band The Splice Girls.

Steph is an alumni of the MA Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California, which inspired her Lori Anderson thrillers, 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. My Little Eye, her first novel under her pseudonym, Stephanie Marland was published by Trapeze Books in April 2018.

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About the book
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...

Review
It's sad times when the FBI behaves like a worse criminal than the mobsters Lori is always tangling with. Monroe is a snake. He is willing to sacrifice her as long as he gets the results he is after. Lori needs to keep that in mind the next time he blackmails her into helping him, and it certainly is blackmail.

He uses her to get the goods on the head of the Cabressa crime family, but unfortunately the scheme he has come up with is dangerous and complicated. The kind of high-risk operation that could end with someone getting killed.

Once again Lori and JT work as a team, which can be complicated considering some of the truths from the last books, which can all be read as standalone books by the way, but in the end when push comes to shove they both have each others backs.

I have to hand it to Broadribb for taking this story in particular to another action level entirely. The Lori Anderson thrillers are always fast-paced, brutal at times, and both action and emotional scenes are balanced equally. This time however the story has a Die Hard, Poseidon (I know it's not an upside down ship, but the atmosphere and escape element are similar) and in general a tense psychological disaster escape setting.

It's a crime thriller -  an energetic fast-paced series with superb plotting and the kind of characters you want to revisit over and over again.

I really enjoy the way Broadribb doesn't rest on the laurels of the previous successful books in the series, instead she keeps the innovative thinking coming to keep it fresh and exciting. That isn't as easy as it sounds, but the author does it with a certain panache.

Buy Deep Dark Night at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Orenda Books; pub date 5 March 2020 | Paperback Original | £8.99. Buy at Amazon com.

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