Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Murderous Means by Lida Sideris @lidasideris @GoddessFish

Murderous Means

by Lida Sideris

GENRE: Cozy Mystery


Corrie Locke may not be the best rookie lawyer in Southern California, but when it comes to catching a killer, she’s got the skills to bring a band of shifty-eyed suspects to their knees.
When the wealthy matriarch of the dysfunctional Means family dies in her sleep, the family is convinced her death was anything but peaceful. They hire Corrie to prove it, but the only evidence they have to go on is a psychic’s half-baked vision that it was murder. To put the matter to rest, Corrie sets her sights on proving the psychic is a fraud. After all, everyone knows psychics are crack-pots, don’t they?
But what should be a simple investigation morphs into something deadly. The deeper Corrie digs, the more bizarre clues are revealed, and a possible witness is found dead. As tempers rise, it is up to Corrie to catch a killer…who’s about to strike again.


Most people think the worst when they spot a shadowy figure lurking outside in the middle of the night. But there’s often a perfectly reasonable explanation. Take tonight, for instance. I was previewing my next job at a time carefully selected to avoid interruptions. 

It was the quiet hour, halfway between sunset and sunrise. Although breaking and entering was one of my favorite past-times, I carried a key for tonight’s visit, provided by a prospective client. Except she wasn’t expecting me till much later, like in twelve hours. I was checking out the place to determine if the job was worth taking.

The house was one of four structures on twenty-nine acres at the end of Old Canyon Road in Los Ranchos, population 1300. The tiny town was nestled between two powerhouse communities with small town vibes of their own: Calabasas and Malibu. Just far enough away from Los Angeles to make residents forget the worries and bustle of city life. Los Ranchos was a hidden pocket of relief in the massive overcoat of L.A.

I entered a sturdy Victorian home sitting dead center of fenced-in pastures. The antique furnishings were the real deal, fashioned by expert craftsmen. From Windsor chairs to walnut corner pieces, it was like stepping back in time, circa 1900, except ladies back then didn’t dress in black sweats or don suede ankle boots. Nor did they stash pistols in their crossbody bags and Japanese throwing stars in their belt buckles. Well, maybe the pistols.

Oriental rugs scattered around tongue and groove floors, quieting my footsteps. Not that anyone would hear me. The house sat unoccupied ever since…I dove behind a small settee and froze. A floorboard creaked on the porch, a weighty creaking that lasted a tad too long. Was somebody out there?

My Review:

A woman dies in her sleep or did she. That is what Corrie Locke, the best rookie lawyer in town, is hired to find out. It appears that JoJo died in her sleep but her sister does not believe this to be true.

Corrie is known for never giving up on her cases and is always very determined to find out what really happened no matter what they may be or who it may cost. Was JoJo murdered? Or did she really die in her sleep? If she was murdered who did it and why?

Murderous Means will pull you deep into its world as Corrie tries to find out what really happened. It will keep you guessing as to what is going on from beginning to end with all the twists to keep the pages turning.

Murderous Means has a slew of characters that make the story more interesting and help Corrie in her investigation. Murderous Means kept me on my toes without a dull moment to be had.

Murderous Means is a fascinating story with many secrets that it holds on and slowly releases them as I raced to the end as I had to know who did it and why. And let me tell you I was shocked to find out the truth behind it all. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

I highly recommend Murderous Means to all murder mystery fans! Grab a copy of Murderous Means today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lida Sideris is the author of the Southern California Mysteries. Slightly edgier than the usual cozy mystery, the series is loosely based on the author’s former life, working as an entertainment attorney for a movie studio…kind of like her heroine, Corrie Locke... except without the homicides. Lida is a recipient of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award and a 2x Killer Nashville, Silver Falchion Award finalist. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, rescue dogs, and a flock of uppity chickens. To learn more, please visit

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Marcy Meyer said...

Great cover art. Looks amazing. Sounds like a good mystery.

traciem said...

What comes first, the plot or characters?

Lida Sideris said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today and thank you very much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

Sherry said...

I liked the excerpt.

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

Kim said...

This sounds good. Thanks for sharing your review thoughts.