Gambling with Murder by Lida Sideris

Gambling with Murder by Lida Sideris
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Rose

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.

This is actually the fifth book in this series and, no worries, it reads very well as a standalone. My only regret is that I didn’t get to know these characters earlier! I will definitely rectify that forthwith by buying the earlier books in the series. As with every series, I’m sure reading the books earlier in the series gives the reader a richer journey as they get to know the characters better with each book and see how their interactions make them grow.

That being said, I absolutely loved the characters – but my favorite, hands down, was the mom. She was a hoot. Corrie is so afraid her mom was going to be upset with Corrie following in her late father’s footsteps and turning more toward private investigations, but instead Mom jumps in feet first to help Corrie and Veera out with the case.

There are many twists and turns to this case. Although it started off with a plea to find a missing resident from a luxury retirement villa (just a note… I’m ready to move in from the descriptions.. wow!), it soons turns into a lot more. These seniors take things seriously.

I highly recommend this book… and now I’m on the way to pick up the earlier four in the series. Thanks, Ms. Sideris!

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Diane Eral says

    This book sounds like a very good read. I will have to get the other four books in the series to get caught up for this one! Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Lida Sideris says

    Thank you, Rose, for the marvelous review! I appreciate you taking the time to read and review. Many thanks again!

  4. Great review

  5. Great excerpt and giveaway. 🙂

  6. Lida Sideris says

    Thanks so much for the marvelous review, Rose! And thank you for taking the time to read and review. Much appreciated! 🙂

  7. I like the cover and think the book sound good.

  8. Thanks for the chance!

  9. cool

  10. Rita Wray says

    Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

  11. Eva Millien says

    Gambling with Murder sounds like a thrilling mystery for me to enjoy, Lida, thanks for sharing it with me and good luck with the tour! Thanks, Rose, for sharing your review! Have a wonderful day!

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