Monday, 8 January 2018

BEST OF CRIME with Steph Broadribb

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


for her Deep Down Trouble blog tour

to share her BEST OF CRIME ...

Lee Child. Because his Jack Reacher series is the absolute gold standard of action thrillers.

Wonder Woman. Because isn’t it great to have an empowered female lead character who kicks ass!


Big Little Lies.  Because of the great acting and brilliant writing of multi-dimensional characters, especially the female leads. These women are complex in their emotions and complicated in their actions; they are light and dark and all the shades in between.

Dexter from the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay.

That’s a tough call – it’s between Thorne (Mark Billingham), Rebus (Ian Rankin) and Bosch (Michael Connelly). These great detectives are all super smart, a touch melancholy, and never likely to take the path of least resistance. Compulsive reading!    

I was once told that if you inject pure pineapple juice into a vein it’ll kill a person. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’d quite like to try it out in a book…

The scene in the film True Romance between Dennis Hopper (the good guy) and Christopher Walken (the bad guy). It’s clear that Walken’s character isn’t going to let Hopper’s character live, but even though he’s bleeding and has a gun pointed at him, Hopper’s character manages to gain the upper hand verbally, and when Walken’s character eventually pulls the trigger and kills him, somehow it’s still Hopper who is victorious – great writing from Tarantino, and superb acting.    

... BLOGS/WEBSITES - super sweary but utterly awesome, Chuck Wendig’s website and blog is packed with interesting articles and writing tips.

Keep going – the writers that get published are the ones that refused to give up! 

Loads of coffee, hummus and crackers.

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 alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl – she indulges her love of all things crime fiction by blogging at, where she interviews authors and reviews the latest releases. Steph is an alumni of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) at City University London, and she trained as a bounty hunter in California. 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.

Find Steph Broadribb on her website, on her Facebook page and on Twitter - @crimethrillgirl


Publisher's description
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...

Read a snippet of my review
'I devoured Deep Blue Trouble in just a few hours (three short sittings overall), reluctantly having to put it down to go to sleep and then leave the house but diving straight back in as soon as I could do so.'

To read the rest of my review, click here.

Deep Blue Trouble was published by Orenda Books on 5 January 2018.

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