Gambling with Murder


Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery
by Lida Sideris

About Gambling for Murder

Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Level Best Books (March 29, 2022)
Paperback, 260 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QYW2VYG

A late-night call is all it takes for rookie lawyer Corrie Locke to kiss her day job at the movie studio goodbye, and do what she does best: flex her sweet P.I. skills and go undercover to find a senior who’s missing from a posh retirement community. One small stumbling block: skirting past security to gain inside access to the exclusive Villa Sunset. Time to call in the heavy artillery. Besides former security guard turned legal assistant—now wannabe P.I.—Veera, Corrie relies on a secret weapon: her mother, a surprisingly eager addition to Corrie’s team. Armed with enough pepper spray to take down a band of Navy Seals, Mom impersonates a senior to infiltrate the Villa, Corrie and Veera in tow. Turns out the job’s not as easy as they’d thought. These seniors have tricks tucked up their sleeves and aren’t afraid of using them.

The action gets dicey when the missing senior case turns into attempted murder by a criminal mind who’s always one step ahead. Corrie’s hot on the trail, but finds more than she bargained for…when her mother becomes a target.


About Lisa Sideris

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, except without the homicides. Lida was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award and a Silver Falchion Award Finalist. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, rescue dogs and a flock of uppity chickens. To learn more, please visit:

Q&A With the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

When I was in sixth grade, I wrote a poem about horses and sent it to McCall’s magazine for a contest. I received an honorable mention (probably one of many, many such mentions). Oh, the wonderful feeling it gave me! I felt like a real writer. Decades passed (many decades) before I became a published author. Holding that first book, I knew I was a writer. 

What advice do you have for a new writer?

Never, ever, ever give up. You never know what door may open around the next corner. 

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Everything gets a little easier after reaching The End of the first draft. I enjoying editing the draft because that’s when all the clutter gets thrown out and new ideas may be worked in to liven things up. Editing is fun. It’s like combing out the knots in your hair, until all is smooth and shiny.

What is your favorite part of this story?

Every part that makes me smile or laugh is my favorite because I always hope it’ll do the same for my readers. I really like the opening scene of my latest because that’s what sets the stage, and gets the ball rolling for the direction my heroine life will be taking. 

Which Character was the most fun to write about? 

That’s tough because I enjoy them all. But I really enjoyed heroine Corrie’s mom, Victoria. She’s never played such a big role in the series. She’s a loving, caring, doting mother, who’s quick to jump in and help. But she’s also unpredictable and reveals a surprising amount of unexpected skills (unexpected by Corrie) that come in handy. 

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

The bad guys or girl. I like to write light-hearted stories featuring good people eager to help. Then these not so good characters show up, bent on deception and greed, and make other characters miserable. I don’t like writing their parts, but I do enjoy when they’re, hopefully, knocked off their feet and handed over to law enforcement. 

Author Links



Twitter: @lidasideris

Instagram: @lida_sideris


Purchase Links – Amazon 


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  1. Sounds like a fun mystery with a colorful cast of characters.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my latest release today! Much appreciated!

  3. Thank you so much for going on tour with this it sounds so good and anything to do with gambling sounds good to me. Wishing you a lot of new readers and ones that review like I do peggy clayton

  4. Great interview, Happy Book Birthday, Lida, Gambling With Murder sounds like a great mystery for me to enjoy and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  5. Thank you for sharing, this sounds really good!

  6. An interesting Q & A.

    I like the different profession for Corrie as a P.I.

  7. Thank you for the interview! Sounds like a great read and series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Looks like an intriguing read. Sweet.

  9. The book sounds like an intriguing read. Nice cover!

  10. I love everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  11. I like the excerpt and the cover. I look forward to reading this series


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