Author: Lida Sideris
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc. September 2015
Why I Read This Book:
I do subscribe to this theory: You can judge a book by it’s cover. I do it all the time without picking loads of disastrous stories. When I saw the cover (and the title) of this book I immediately said, “I want to read it.” I did read the publisher’s blurb, but it’s not what swayed my decision. In addition, I liked the author’s background.
What the Book Is About:
“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.” (from the publisher)
What I Thought Of the Book:
Right away, in the first couple of short chapters I knew I wanted to cheer for Corrie, the main character. This is a first-person story and she has a way of telling her story that made me want to be on her side. Also, Corrie doesn’t mind poking fun at herself as she highlights the exploits of the other quirky characters. There’s definitely humor mixed with the mystery which made this novel fun to read.
I liked how the story drew on the experience of the author. Like Corrie, Lida Sideris is an entertainment lawyer. I don’t know if the author was born with a big sleuthing gene, but her main character certainly was. It makes for a nice combination – Corrie can solve the mysteries that Lida creates. I was glad to read on her website that Lida is hard at work on Corrie’s next book.
The bottom line is that, in this case, Murder and Other Natural Disasters lived up to everything I thought the cover was advertising. A sophisticated yet real woman is on the trail of the bad guys and at the same time juggles her day job writing contracts for the movie industry. I enjoyed my time with Corrie and recommend you do the same.
About the Author:
Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris hails from Southern California and worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. She has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles, a poem or two and a teleplay. She shares her home with her family and an assortment of dogs and chickens. She was the recipient of the 2014 Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing. Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters is her first novel.
Thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here: Lida Sideris’ Book Tour Schedule