Book Review: Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris—and a Giveaway!

Murder and Other Unnatural DisastersMurder and Other Unnatural Disasters
Lida Sideris
The Wild Rose Press, September 2015
ISBN 978-1-5092-0240-9
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

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.

If ever there was a fictional character I’d love to hang out with it would be Corrie Lake. What a hoot this woman is even if she is more than a little obsessed with criminal activity. I mean, who thinks of an everyday backpack as a possible repository of pressure cooker bombs? Corrie is a wannabe private investigator locked in a lawyer’s body and the interesting thing is she’s good at lawyering while she has some chops at sleuthing, learned from her father. It’s her past with her dad that leads to Corrie poking around into a purported suicide as well as working out what happened to a certain missing Georgie.

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters is a rollicking adventure with a whole passel of eccentric and goofy characters that become part and parcel of Corrie’s life and her unplanned investigations add to the fun. The mystery of the possible suicide, despite all the humor of the surrounding story, is compelling and a plethora of suspects and red herrings make for a denouement that’s full of surprises.

Besides Corrie, Gwenaveera Bankhead aka Veera, security guard and aspiring lawyer, is my favorite character. She’s big and brash and pushy and all kinds of personality and, by golly, she’s going to be Corrie’s sidekick whether Corrie wants her or not 😉 I’m really looking forward to seeing these two again, along with a bunch of other cohorts, in the next book which can’t come soon enough.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2015.



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About the Author

Lida SiderisLike 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.

Find out more about Lida at her website

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Leave a comment below to enter
the drawing
for a print or ebook
copy, winner’s choice, of

  Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
by Lida Sideris. The winning name
will be
drawn on Saturday evening,
October 31st. Print is
open to residents
of the US, ebook is open internationally.


Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters is a delightful twisting
maze complete with Hollywood film production, murder and
mayhem, sexy and quirky characters and a smart lawyer who is
trying to make sense of it all. —Kimberley Troutte, 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author


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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris—and a Giveaway!

  1. Wonderful review, Lelia: I can tell you are enthusiastic about this book, and I would love to enter the ‘giveaway.’ The main character sounds fantastic!


  2. Pingback: Lida Sideris, author of Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters, on tour October 2015 | TLC Book Tours

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