GENRE: Mystery (light-hearted)
SERIES: The Southern California Mysteries (Book 2)
About the Book
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 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?
Read an Excerpt
I moved toward the pick-up and stopped behind Squalley’s Honda. The flat had been fixed, but the dent in the bumper hadn’t been touched. So why was the car still hitched to Ian’s truck? “Veera, keep a sharp eye out.”
“I only do sharp.” She scanned the grounds. “You think the body’s still in that trunk?”
I pulled out an extra slim screwdriver and paperclip from my purse. “No, but there should be some sign that the body was in there.” I hoped. I shoved the ends of the paperclip and screwdriver into the keyhole.
After a good amount of twisting and pumping, the trunk clicked and lifted slightly. “Bingo.” I peered inside.
“What do you see?” Veera edged toward me. She leaned in to peek in the trunk. “Oh my.”
The second book in the Southern California Mystery Series, Murder Gone Missing works well as a stand-alone book. There was some obvious crossover from the first book and it was filtered in when needed.
The dialogue is quirky and fun, the red-herrings entertaining, and the resolution satisfying. I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of secondary characters. Their presence added volume to the book but not necessarily substance.
However, if you’re in the mood for some witty fun with a twist of mystery, this is a perfect book for a lazy day read.
About the Author
Lida Sideris is the author of the Southern California Mystery series, the latest of which, MURDER GONE MISSING, was published by Level Best Books.
She writes soft-boiled mysteries and was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship award.
Lida Sideris will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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July 24: Jane Reads
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