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Monday, December 30, 2019

Murder: Double or Nothing: A Southern California Mystery by Lida Sideris - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Lida Sideris and her new book, “Murder: Double or Nothing”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a copy of the featured book!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Lida and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Please note that this giveaway is only available to US residents.  Sorry INTL residents – please check out other giveaways on this blog.

Murder: Double or Nothing:
 A Southern California Mystery
by Lida Sideris


GENRE: Mystery



Corrie Locke, newbie lawyer and daughter of a late, great PI, is learning the ropes at the Hollywood movie studio where she works--and where things are never what they seem. Life imitates art when a fictional murder attempt turns real--right before her eyes.

With more than a little help from friends and a crazy movie legend, Corrie trips down a trail littered with wisecracks, mysterious messages, and marginally legal maneuvers to track down the killer. Meanwhile, clues keep disappearing and Corrie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics keep escalating. Will her impromptu sleuthing skills be enough to catch the mysterious assailant before he takes her down?



He pedaled the bicycle hard and fast down the narrow, deserted alley, stealing glances behind him. It was a late, warm Friday afternoon somewhere on the eastside of Los Angeles where police protection was scarce and hoodlums plentiful. Two and three story buildings huddled together on both sides of the rider. Graffiti stained the walls.

Hunched over the handlebars, the cyclist whizzed past a dented metal dumpster, unsettling newspapers and milk cartons pressed against a doorway. The collar of a gingham dress shirt stuck up beneath his red pullover and a backpack flopped behind him. Chuck Taylors clinched his nerdiness, as did the argyle socks. He looked fresh out of a computer lab, on his way to the library. There was nothing unusual about him, if you didn’t count the bulging eyes, gritted teeth and heavy panting. His expression belonged on a trapped animal.

A black sedan barreled around the corner, tires grinding and coughing up pieces of asphalt. Leaning his torso out of the passenger window, a muscular guy in a white T-shirt clutched a revolver. He aimed at the cyclist, fired three times and missed.

The rider angled around a corner and skidded to a stop. Dropping the bicycle on its side, he stumbled over the upturned wheel moments before the car crushed the bike beneath its fat tires, spitting out a tangle of metal and chrome. The car parked, and two thugs spilled out. They raced after the cyclist, guns drawn. The nerd careened toward the side of a brick building and jumped up, arms outstretched above his head. The silver cuff around his wrist glinted as he grabbed the bottom rung of a fire escape ladder, legs flailing wildly. The ladder creaked and swayed. He’d barely started the climb when the hoodlums fired. And missed again.

“Oh, brother,” I whispered.

The nerd scrambled onto a landing and dove through an open window.



This book was an intriguing, interesting, suspenseful, fun, and entertaining mystery read!

I love a good mystery book and this one certainly fit the bill!

I really enjoyed the main characters, Corrie and Michael.  I really liked Corrie!!  She was smart, tough, brave, sassy, caring, considerate, and determined.  I also really enjoyed the flirty, witty banter between Corrie and Michael which certainly led to many LOL moments.

I also enjoyed the supporting characters.  There were quite a few characters in this book, but each one felt important and unique to the story line.

I also really liked that this book takes place in the LA Area and the Hollywood Scene.  It was fun having the glitz and glam of the Hollywood movie studio, where Corrie works, also play a significant role in the story.  I love the LA/Hollywood theme that was featured and it was almost like another character in the book.

This book had so many exciting, intriguing, suspenseful, and thrilling moments that kept this reader on her toes!!!

I really enjoyed reading this book and could not wait to solve the case and find out who the assailant was!!

This book has exceptional mystery crime solving structure with enough clues and excitement to keep you guessing, but still practical and realistic.

This book has several components of a cozy, but still has enough of the mystery, suspense, and intrigue elements to stand on its own.

There were a few predictable scenes.  However, there are still many unexpected twists and turns and misdirection’s that you won’t see coming!

This book has a creative story line with well executed plot points, excellent mystery thriller structured scenarios, fantastic writing style with detailed scenes, relatable characters, is fast paced, and keeps you fully engaged and entertained.

This book is book three in the Southern California Mysteries Book Series.  It can be read as a standalone.  I had not previously read the other two books in this series before reading this book and was not lost or confused while reading this book.  However, there seems to be character and story line overlaps.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!  I think all mystery and suspense readers will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Lida Sideris' first stint after law school was a newbie lawyer's dream: working as an entertainment attorney for a movie studio...kind of like her heroine, Corrie Locke. Lida lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, rescue dogs and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award for her first book.







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  1. Lida ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

    1. Thank you SO much, Ally, for hosting me today - it's a pleasure to visit your lovely site. I appreciate your taking the time to read and review! Again, much appreciated - very glad you enjoyed! Happy New Year to you!

  2. Such a great beginning. Draws you right in!