Slightly Murderous Intent by Lida Sideris/Review by Tim Suddeth

Slightly Murderous Intent
Lida Sideris

Level Best Books
October 2020
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Slightly Murderous Intent
by Lida Sideris

Review by Tim Suddeth

Slightly Murderous Intent, book four in the Southern California Mysteries series, is in the same vein as Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series with a snarky heroine who is fully capable of standing up for herself and backing up her wise-cracking mouth.

Corrie Locke worked as a young attorney working for a film studio but dreamed of one day having her own private investigators office. One evening, she and her boyfriend joined his best friend, Assistant Deputy District Attorney James Zachary, to celebrate his winning a big case with his boss and others in the office. The party broke up when someone came into the restaurant and took a few shoots at their table.

It could have been a fluke, or someone who was a terrible shot. Until later that night, the same man showed up outside James’s apartment.

Now it’s personal.

Corrie wasn’t about to trust her friends’ lives to a detective on her first case. With a group of friends with a variety of skills, and the lessons she’d learned from her famous PI father, she was going to make sure the man didn’t get another chance to improve his aim.

From homeless veterans to a dueling pair of restauranteurs, Sideris entertains us with a unique cast of characters. Working as an entertainment attorney was the first job the author had after law school and it shows with her knowledge of Corrie’s world and the life of an Assistant Deputy DA.

Although it’s the fourth in the series, you can start with this story and not feel loss. A quick read with a lot of action. Corrie is a woman you would not mind joining for a drink, or two.