Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris - #review

Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.

Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.



You know the old saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know"?  I submit to you that in Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lisa Sideris we can alter that saying to:  "It's not what you know; it's not even who you know.  It's what  you know about who you know."

The action behind the cameras at "The Complex" is as suspenseful as anything that would show up onscreen in an action or thriller movie.  If I were Corrie, I would be wearing that belt that hides the shuriken her father gave her to work EVERY DAY.  Of course, Corrie could pair it with anything from her mother's walk-in closet full of designer duds, now that her mother is out of town and Corrie cut off the lock on the door with her handy-dandy bolt cutters.  She didn't know her mother had a closet-cam going on.

You could write a soap opera on the goings on at The Complex.  The number of people hooking up with their co-workers (whether or not either one of them was married), the number of people spying on their co-workers and attempting to raise their own stock while destroying the stock of others rival any of the daytime dramas on today.

Corrie is an entertainment lawyer.  Her father was a private detective that taught Corrie some of the tools of his trade.  Once people hear who her father was, they want her to take on detection duties, somewhat to her chagrin.

And she gets plenty of 'continuing education credits' to practice her skills during the course of the book.  Not only does she solve a cat-napping and figure out why the drug-addled rapper isn't really as crazy as one might think, there's the really 'big' crime going on...but I can't really go into that too much without giving it away.  Corrie's got the chops to handle these varied cases and is well compensated for at least two of them.

I'm wondering whom she saw in the police station.  Was she really 'simply' mourning her father, or was there something more.  I can understand the desire to protect one's family, but if my father faked his death, for whatever reason, and let me go through all that grief (for nothing?), it might be awhile before he got back on my Christmas card list.  Just sayin'.

So glad to hear that Corrie will continue exercising her detecting skills in the future.  Get in on this series from the beginning!



Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.


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  1. This one sounds so interesting and like the whole murder issue is handled really well! I love how much variety it sounds like it has a swell.

    1. There were a lot of surprises in this one (and that's a good thing!)