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Murder Gone Missing

Murder Gone Missing

Book 2: Southern California Mysteries

A girl, a guy, and a missing body. What could go wrong?

Newly minted lawyer Corrie Locke has taken a vow of abstinence. From PI work, that is. Until her best friend Michael finds his bully of a boss stabbed in the back after confronting him earlier that day. Michael panics, accidentally tampering with the crime scene…which could lead the cops to Michael instead of the real culprit. He turns to Corrie to track down the killer. She doesn’t need much coaxing. Her late great PI dad taught her the ropes…and left her his cache of illegal weaponry.
They return to the scene of the crime, but the body’s gone missing. Racing against time, Corrie dredges a prestigious Los Angeles college in pursuit of clues. All she finds are false leads.  Armed with attitude and romantic feelings toward Michael, Corrie dives into a school of suspects to find the slippery fugitive. Will she clear Michael’s name before he’s arrested for murder? 

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“Lida Sideris knows how to get the reader’s attention, but the real skill is how she manages to hold that attention till the end. Murder Gone Missing: A Southern California Mystery is a work of pure entertainment. Brilliantly imagined and cunningly executed!”

5 stars – Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for  Readers’ Favorite

“What a delightful, witty, and funny mystery!”

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

“The exposition, action, and dialog are witty – I do so love authors who like to play with their words!”

Back Porchervations

“Speaking of the mystery, it’s well-written with twists and turns in every direction.”

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Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters

Book 1: Southern California Mysteries

One of two national winners of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America (MWA) Scholarship Award for Mystery Writing.

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.

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“A smart caper with a heroine to match.”

Kirkus Reviews – Selected as a Recommended Review

“…An excellent read. It has everything needed for a cozy afternoon curled up on the sofa – murder, mystery, humor, and plenty of action. The plot is extremely detailed and so well written that I found myself hooked on page one.”

Readers’ Favorite

“…a delightful twisting maze complete with Hollywood film production, murder and mayhem, and sexy and quirky characters….”

Kimberley Troutte, New York Times bestselling author

The good news is that she delivers a fun, frothy read with lots of kooky showbiz types circling our heroine, amateur sleuth Corrie Locke. You might say I came for the title and stayed for the characterization, as Sideris moves the story along with a cast of characters straight out of Central Casting and plot twists that would be unlikely in Des Moines.”

Mr. Media


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At nine-years-old, I turned into girl detective, after overdosing on Nancy Drew books. I cracked my first case – The Mystery of the Missing Pet Turtle – and continued case-cracking until my college days. Now I write my own soft-boiled mysteries starring Corrie Locke, a newly minted lawyer with thick, mostly manageable hair, a partially furnished beach pad, covert access to a high-end wardrobe, and a dream job in a movie studio. The buzz-kill? She’s the daughter of a late, great private eye, and together they solved a few hard-to-crack cases, which makes everyone assume she’s inherited Dad’s sweet sleuthing skills. But has she?

I’m busy working on Corrie’s next adventure. In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.