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Slightly Murderous Intent (Southern California Mystery, #4)

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There's a shooter on the loose who keeps missing his target. But that doesn't stop him from trying again...and again. It's up to rookie lawyer and spunky sleuth, Corrie Locke, to find the gunman before he hits his mark...D.A. James Zachary, Corrie's hunky and complicated frenemy.

When Corrie is stuck with more questions than answers, she enlists a team with various strength
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 20th 2020
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Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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SLIGHTLY MURDEROUS INTENT: A Southern California Mystery (Corrie Locke Mystery Series Book #4) by Lida Sideris is the latest in this light mystery series featuring Corrie Locke. This is the first book I have read in this series and while the mystery plot stands on its own, I felt slightly confused in beginning until I caught up on some of the characters’ past interactions.

Corrie Locke is a young attorney for a film studio who is a
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you PICT and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Slightly Murderous Intent
By: Lida Sideris


Slightly Murderous Intent (a bit of an oxymoron don't you think?) is part of A Southern California Mystery series by Lida Sideris. The story is a clever juxtaposition of the serious subject of murder against a light and entertaining cast of characters.

From the start, I had cozy mystery vibes regarding this book. The he
InD'tale Magazine
Everything gets exciting towards the end, giving “Slightly Murderous Intent” a thrilling conclusion.

Read full review in the 2021 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Barbara Tobey
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An entertaining and engaging mystery. Since I live in Southern California that added to my enjoyment. There are some surprises. Sorry I haven't read any of the previous ones in this series. I do look forward to reading the next one. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley. ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Slightly Murderous Intent is a quirky mystery with plenty of twists and turns to throw you off the scent of the real culprit. I was surprised by the ending, though maybe I shouldn’t have been. I was also intrigued by the (I’m assuming) continuing story arc of the mystery surrounding Corrie’s dad’s death. It’s not a huge focus of this book but it clearly motivates her in her crime solving endeavors & stays at the back of her mind. It will be interesting to see how it ultimately plays out & who en ...more
Lin Perrett
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the advance copy. This book has it all. It is amusing how a gunman out to kill keeps missing the target. It has great characters and has twists and turns. Corrie Locke and her boyfriend Michael and her friend Veera set out to find the gunman to keep their friend James safe from harm. Will they solve the mystery in time?
Mary Hale
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the characters. It was amusing and fast paced but still had an element of a cozy Mystery. It reminded me of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Definitely recommend. ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
it's the first I read in this series and I want to read the others as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
It's well written, humorous and it kept met hooked.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
N.N. Light
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
My second visit to the world of Corrie Locke was not what I expected. I really enjoyed how Corrie was a deadly weapon without a weapon in her hands in book 3. I was taken aback a bit by her seeming inability to deal with bad guys at the start.

The team of Corrie and Veera is superb. Their interaction and Veera's humor really carry the book well. The story is a well-crafted mystery that will keep many readers guessing as to what is really going on. The story has many twists and turns and most of t
Paul Sparks
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit to not being a huge (modestly sized) fan of crime & thriller but these past few weeks I have read this wonderful and 2 others in the same genre and I am now a fan, maybe it’s the quirkiness and the humour in this book that makes its stand out for me but in these days pandemic and political doom and gloom a book that makes laugh is going to be a winner
Terry Ambrose
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
With nonstop action and twists galore, this light mystery kept me entertained from beginning to end. Corrie's a delightful protagonist with a can-do attitude and a closet full of weaponry, which kept me wondering which trick she'd pull out of the bag next.

The writing style is fast generally well-paced with dialogue playing the starring role. While I love that writing style, there were a few times when I had to backtrack because the description of action was a little too sparse.

Overall, this is
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this fun read, Corrie continues to vacillate between what should be a somewhat conventional job as a lawyer and her sense of adventure and aptitude for investigation. As a witness to the would-be assassin’s initial attempt to kill a member of the D.A. Office’s team, it is only natural she would insert herself into the investigation. After all, the potential targets include people she cares about.

She is aided in her search for the truth by Michael, her amazingly supportive boyfriend, and her u
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slightly Murderous Intent by Lida Sideris is the 4th book in the Corrie Locke mysteries series, and another great book. I loved her earlier books in this series, and this one did not disappoint. Corrie Locke is an attorney who works for a movie studio, but was raised by her father, a well known private detective. Not only is this book laugh out loud funny, it has a great mystery also. There are twists and turns around every corner. I found this book to be a quick read, with a well developed plot ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
You’d think I’d know by now not to start in the middle of a series. This is book 4, and the characters and their relationships are well developed at this point. I could have used a little more background as I felt a bit lost in the beginning. The author jumped right in, and it took me a while to catch up. As with most series, the story itself stands on its own… it’s just those little things that round out the story that would have made more sense or been more fulfilling if I’d read the earlier b ...more
Debbie Rozier
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
About the Book:
All Corrie wanted was to get her food! When she goes to find the manager to complain about not getting her food during a celebration dinner, Corrie thwarts a shooting. It looks like after further review one of her buddies, Assistant Deputy DA James Zachery is the target. Corrie, her boyfriend, Michael, Veera, her legal assistant / friend and a cast of characters help find out who wants James snuffed out.

Five Reasons why I really liked this book:
-Corrie’s choice weapon is a throwin
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’ve tried, but this book is just not for me.

I don’t like the main character; I don’t like the narration; I don’t like the dialogue. I’m sure the dialogue works better in audio or movie form, where you can just tune out of half of it.

I don’t like how Michael is constantly telling everyone who great Corrie is; I don’t like how Corrie has to check herself every time James looks her way.

I do like Abby. But this book is not about her.

I received an ARC through NetGalley.
T Olsen
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a case of dialogue overload, so if you manage to read this book without skipping a page or two, you are a very patient person. The book starts well, with some action, and the last part is great, with a very good pace. It's everything in between that's much too slow. ...more
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Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio, except without the homicides. Lida was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award for her first book in the Southern CA Mystery series. She resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds and a fl

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