Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer. Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing…and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.
As part of my Netgalley requesting sessions of Labor Day weekend, I was intrigued by the cover and title of this book. You never know if you are going to like a book when you pick it out based on its cover. But I can tell you I really enjoyed this particular one. Lida Sideris managed to create a crazy and quite honestly absurd world, that I absolutely fell in love with.
The story line isn’t meant to be taken seriously. It’s laced with irony, humor and some really bizarre encounters. But as the main character gets sucked further into her investigations, I just couldn’t help looking forward to reading more. There’s a little of everything in this book, murder, catnapping, alien abductions.. Okay, so not real alien abductions. But her client believes it’s real and that’s all that matters, right?
Corrie is a likable character, that despite being surrounded by a ton of good looking men and some very crazy women, manages to maintain her cool… most of the time. But it’s the supporting characters that really shine in this book. You have Corrie’s Cheshire-smiling boss, Arthur who just seems to fly in and out of scenes on a whim. Bryce, who is so full of himself, that despite how obviously NOT interested, Corrie is, he’s still trying convince that he wants her and him to “be friends.” Veera is her tag along sidekick who always seems a little behind on the upkeep and yet, serves as a vital source of intimidation and comedic relief. In fact, I could see this as being a Castle meets the Office type of television show. That’s how crazy this cast of characters is and I’ve barely described a few of them.
The main story line was handled fairly well. I wasn’t sure exactly who was involved in killing Druby until it was brought to light in the book. This is due in part to the author not slipping a ton of obvious clues along the path, but also because when you discover who all is involved, you, too, will probably be scratching your head. Some of the more obvious suspects may not have this particular skeleton in their closets… but there’s definitely something hiding in there.
This was a highly entertaining book that was fast paced and an easy read. I would definitely suggest that if you are looking for a mystery that’s more on the lighter side of things, then check this one out!
Reviewer’s note: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.