Tag: Steph Broadribb

2021 Beat the Backlist Challenge

This reading challenge, hosted by Austine & Katie @ NovelKnight, is all about knocking off those older books from your to-read list. Any genre, any format, any length. So, here goes nothing, I’m going to try and do this one in 2021, and play catch-up with all those books that are forlornly being left behind.

The official challenge tags are: #BeatTheBacklist #BeatTheBacklist2021 #BTB2021

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Reread

Today’s challenge from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, is books we might want to reread. Which is funny, because this January it’s #VintageSciFi month and I was planning on delving into my somewhat extensive library and digging out a few sci-fi books to reread. But when it comes to murder-mysteries or thrillers? Hmm, I don’t know about you, but my wish list is as long as now until eternity so there’s not much chance of me actually rereading anything any time soon.

That said, I can tell you about 10 books I would love to have time to reread, and those include in no particular order:

  • BURY YOUR DEAD by Louise Penny — yes, I know, another Louise Penny, but hey, she’s one of my favourite authors. And I love this one not because it’s a riveting story, but because it is set here, in the beautiful city where I live: Québec City. And, it was the first Louise Penny book I ever read.
  • COLD STORAGE by David Koepp — this one will be one of those books I would enjoy rereading because of the characters, the situation with an outstandingly creepy opening, and one of the best throw away lines I’ve ever read in a book, “the deer just took the lift!” Very funny.
  • DEJA DEAD by Kathy Reichs — this was the first book by Kathy Reichs that I ever read, way back when, and started me reading her series. Back then the books were thicker, had more story depth, and had a whole other Temperance Brennan than emerges in later books. Back at the beginning she was still fighting her alcohol addiction, and was much more of an interesting character.
  • DEEP DOWN DEAD by Steph Broadribb — another great series by another talented author, writing about a female bounty hunter with plenty of grit, this is the book that started it all rolling. Like burnt rubber on the asphalt, this one leave the adrenaline pumping.
  • THE DEFENCE by Steve Cavanagh — still my favourite and the first Eddie Flynn and, I believe, the first book by Steve Cavanagh. This one, like most of Cavanagh’s Eddie Flynn series, is packed with clever twists, action, and devious villains. This one is fun, fast and will always have a small space on my nightstand.
  • THE DIME by Kathleen Kent — another first novel in a series that caught my attention because of a kick ass female detective, and a twisty, clever plot that grabbed me from the get go. Another well-written book that’s a fast, pounding read.
  • THE DRY by Jane Harper — not really a full-on series yet, nonetheless, THE DRY kicked off Harper’s rise to fame and if you read this one you will see why. Her writing, setting, sense of place and characters make for an outstanding read. So hot it made my skin blister!
  • RESURRECTION BAY by Emma Viskic — like all of the above this is one I can read and read again because the author has crafted such a great character and put him in such a unique setting, that I read this one in just a couple of sittings. Another thorough well written series that needs shouting out about.
  • THE MISSING INFORMANT by Anders de la Motte — written by a Swedish ex-jurno, set in Sweden, featuring another super flawed but absorbing character delving into a very clever mystery that starts with a dead man, and then? Spirals into a huge cover-up and conspiracy with such a clever and twisted ending you will never see it coming.
  • A GRAVE TALENT by Laurie R. King — the first in the Kate Martinelli series from another skilled author with a talent for clever plots, artful mis-direction, and a character you are drawn too.

So there you have it, ten excellent reads that stayed with me long afterwards so much so I’m happy to say I would reread them in a heartbeat. And you? What books would we find on your list? Leave a comment and a link so we can find you.

Author Spotlight: Steph Broadribb

The first question has to be, how did a girl from Birmingham (in the UK) end up training as a bounty hunter, in the US?

It was all in the name of research! Once I knew that Lori Anderson would be a bounty hunter I knew I needed to find out as much as I could about the realities of that job – and about how it felt being a woman in the largely male dominated profession of bounty hunting – in order to make Lori as a character, and the story itself, as authentic as possible. I researched it online and via books and TV, but there’s no substitute to getting out there and finding things out first hand. By flying over to California and training with a really experienced bounty hunter, and in getting to speak with some great women who do the job for real, I felt better able to write about Lori’s world and all the challenges she faces.

What part (if any) of your training as a bounty hunter formed the basis of your character, Lori Anderson, in Deep Down Dead?

All of the scenes which involve the ‘business’ of bounty hunting are informed by my training – in that there are specific processes and documentation that have to be followed and produced, and so I’ve tried to keep these as true to life as possible while also not letting the day-to-day stuff that’s less interesting slow down the action. There are the little practical details too – things like the plexiglas divider in Lori’s truck and her use of plasti-cuffs – that come directly from my training. But there are also things that are different from how I was trained – Lori (and JT her ex-mentor) operate in an old school way – they’re lone operators – whereas in California where I trained it’s much more the norm for bounty hunters to work in teams. This contrast is a main feature in the story of the second book in the series – DEEP BLUE TROUBLE – as Lori finds herself having to team up with a group of bounty hunters in San Diego and the differences in how they work (among other things!) is an increasing source of friction!

Deep Down Dead could be called ‘Southern Noir’ but it’s so much more than that. Why the US and the South for your debut novel, and not say, London or Birmingham?

Ooooh I love the ‘Southern Noir’ term! I guess I wanted to set a thriller in the US because it’s such a great backdrop for an action thriller – the scale of size and the individual personalities of each state makes it a perfect setting and one with endless possibilities as the series progresses. If I’d set it in the UK Lori would have ended up travelling around the M25 or up and down the M40 motorways!! I actually got the idea for the story when I was doing the drive Lori does from West Virginia to Florida, so it felt natural to set the book there. I’m also a big fan of US action thrillers – my writing heroes are people like Lee Child, Jeff Abbott, and John D MacDonald – when I think action thriller I automatically think US!

What made you decide to write Lori in the first-person POV?

It’s how I heard her voice. When I was thinking about the story snippets of dialogue or narrative in her voice would come to me (usually as I was driving, in the bath or in a meeting for my day job!!) and when I jotted them down they’d always be in first person. It just seemed natural to write her in first person when I sat down at my keyboard to start the book.

And lastly, what can we expect for Lori in DEEP BLUE TROUBLE?

Well, the story picks up a few days after Deep Down Dead ends so I can’t say too much or I’ll give away the ending of that book… but, in essence, Deep Blue Trouble sees Lori in pursuit of a fugitive that she’s caught once before. It takes place mainly in Florida and San Diego, and has Lori teaming up with a retired PI and a team of Californian bounty hunters to try and apprehend the fugitive before he makes it across the border to Mexico. It’s about family secrets, betrayal and revenge, and again Lori faces some impossible choices.

Don’t forget, the series continues with, Deep Dirty Truth (2018) and Deep Dark Night (2020).


AUTHOR BIO

Steph Broadribb aka www.crimethrillergirl.com has an MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction) and trained as a Bounty Hunter in California. Her debut thriller DEEP DOWN DEAD was shortlisted for the eDunnit eBook of the year award, the Dead Good Reader Award for Fearless Female Character, and Dead Good Reader Award for Most Exceptional Debut. 

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