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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A work of genius and pure entertainment, Murder Gone Missing: A Southern California Mystery by Lida Sideris has everything readers want in murder, sleuth, and mystery. Daughter of a reputable PI, Corrie has almost made up her mind to have nothing to do with private investigation work, but when her best friend, Michael Parrish, inadvertently gets himself involved in a crime scene, Corrie Locke can’t hold herself back. She knows she is the only hope he has to prove his innocence.
Michael has had issues with his boss and a strong argument had ensued earlier in the day, all related to work. Michael had come back to Big Mac’s office with a strongly worded letter to throw at him, only to discover his body, stabbed with a knife. In that moment of trepidation, Michael had left the letter behind. But when he came back with Corrie, everything was gone, including the body, and the crime scene was clinically clean. Now, Corrie must find the body of Big Mac and the killer before her best friend gets arrested for murder.
This is a novel with a powerful premise — the protagonist’s friend has just implicated himself in a crime and there are no clues as to who the real killer is or where he could be. Corrie is a kick-ass kind of character, intelligent and gifted. Her relationship with Michael is interesting and readers will understand that she is driven both by the feelings she has for him and her fear of losing him. The narrative is suspenseful, the prose flawless and exciting, and the narrative voice arresting. Lida Sideris knows how to get the reader’s attention, but the real skill is how she manages to hold that attention till the end. Murder Gone Missing: A Southern California Mystery is a work of pure entertainment. Brilliantly imagined and cunningly executed!