Friday, October 30, 2015

TLC Tour & #Giveaway for Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris

Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters
By Lida Sideris

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook/Print
Length: 408 Pages (797KB)
ISBN:  978-1509202409

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

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.


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.

About Lida Sideris

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.

Find out more about Lida at her website and connect with her on Facebook.

I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters by Lida Sideris.  A mystery with a lot of comedy, more than a handful of zany characters and a lawyer who would rather be a private investigator, Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters captured my attention from the very first page and never let go.  If you’re looking for something different in the mystery department, you’re going to want to give this book a try.

Twenty-six and finally starting a job that promises to more than pay the rent. Corrie Locke is determined to put her crime solving days behind her.  A job as a contract/entertainment lawyer might not be as exciting as working with her late, great private eye father but it will make her mom happy.  Only nothing at the office is as it seems and Corrie soon finds herself being dragged into investigating the “suicidal” death of a colleague, a missing – maybe kidnapped – cat case and an alleged “alien abduction”.  Luckily for her, she’s got more crazy sidekicks than the Marx Brothers.

Ms. Sideris does a good job developing the characters in this story and I easily connected with Corrie and her situation in life.  Devastated over her father’s death, Corrie is down to one parent and trying to keep her happy by taking a job in a field she’s not really sure she wants to work in – she only went to law school and passed the bar to make her parents happy.  I also found her attachment to all sorts of weapons, legal or not, quite useful.  The secondary characters are also well developed and very amusing.  I especially liked ‘Veera”, the company’s security guard who decided early on to be Corrie’s sidekick, whether Corrie wanted her help or not. 

With more than one mystery to solve, Corrie gets herself into all sorts of crazy situations while trying to actually do her paying job at the same time.  Ms. Sideris does a good job developing the main mystery and provides just enough clues to keep the reading guessing without really giving anything away.  The side cases that Corrie gets involved in provided a nice diversion too.

Will Corrie find her clients cat and discover if her colleague really committed “suicide” or if he was murdered?  Will she solve the issue of the alleged “alien abduction”?  And will she still have a job as a lawyer at the end of the day?  You’ll have to read Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters to find out.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of this author’s work.

My Rating:  3.5 out of 5 Crowns


Prize - 1 Copy of Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters in either print or digital format (winner’s choice).

Entry – Leave a meaningful comment for Lida to let her know you stopped by.


  • Must be 18 or Older (or have your parent/guardian enter)
  • Open to U.S. residents only
  • Giveaway will run from October 30, 2015 to November 6, 2015.
  • Winner will be notified via email and must respond to winning email within 48 hours or a different winner will be chosen. 


  1. Hello Lida. I read the review and I have added your book to winter TBR list. I do all my reading when I hibernate from the cold. I hate the cold.

  2. This excellent review made the book fascinating. Lida is so talented and creative. What a great feature and giveaway.

  3. It sounds like Corrie has her hands full for sure, and that makes for quite an entertaining read!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.