07 December 2023

Murderous Means: A Southern California Mystery by Lida Sideris Book Tour!

About Murderous Means


Murderous Means: A Southern California Mystery 

Cozy Mystery 6th in the Series 

Setting - California Level Best Books (December 5, 2023)

Print length ‏ : ‎ 315 pages 

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CKYGV5YH 

Corrie Locke may not be the best rookie lawyer in town, but when it comes to catching a killer, let's just say, she's got enough skills to bring a band of shifty-eyed suspects to their knees.

When the wealthy matriarch of the dysfunctional Means family dies in her sleep, the family is convinced her death was anything but peaceful. They hire Corrie to prove it, but the only evidence they have to go on is a psychic's half-baked vision that it was murder. To put the matter to rest, Corrie sets her sights on proving the psychic is a fraud. After all, everyone knows psychics are crack-pots, don't they?

But what should be a simple investigation morphs into something deadly. The deeper Corrie digs, the more bizarre clues are revealed, and a possible witness is found dead. As tempers rise, it's up to Corrie to catch a killer... who's about to strike again.

About Lida Sideris

Lida Sideris is the author of the Southern California Mysteries. After graduating law school, Lida managed to snag a newbie lawyer's dream job: working as an entertainment attorney for a movie studio…kind of like her heroine, Corrie Locke... except without the homicides. Lida is a recipient of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award and a 2x Killer Nashville, Silver Falchion Award finalist. Lida lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, rescue dogs, and a flock of uppity chickens. To learn more, please visit www.LidaSideris.com

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Recipe Guest Post – Taco Bar

My heroine, Corrie Locke, is a lawyer with sweet P.I. skills, thanks to her late great P.I. dad. Skills that Corrie’s mother, Victoria, vehemently disapproved of…until GAMBLING WITH MURDER, book #5 in my Southern California Mysteries. Victoria played a big role in solving the crime in that book and now, she’s singing a different tune about her daughter’s case-cracking. Victoria is not only very enthusiastic about joining her daughter in investigating, she invites herself along…often. Too often, if you ask Corrie. 

Victoria is a gourmet cook, who, in my latest book, MURDEROUS MEANS, makes herself useful by both making dinner for the questionable Means family and by snooping around their house. Corrie can’t complain. Her mother’s cooking is fabulous, and she’s got a way of making people talk. I can’t divulge how she makes them talk, but I can share a recipe.  Victoria serves up a taco bar for the Means family one night and here is her most popular taco recipe:

Chicken Tacos


1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat

1 medium yellow onion sliced thinly or diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup of chicken broth

1-2 T avocado oil

1 T. cumin

1 T. chili powder

1 T. paprika

1 t. salt

½ t black pepper

Suggested toppings: avocado or guacamole, jalapenos, pico de gallo*, cilantro

12 Corn or flour tortillas (warmed) or serve in butter lettuce cups

In a small bowl, mix spices and season chicken with the mixture. Heat avocado oil in a pot or large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. 

Add onion and cook for three minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes, until onion is translucent. 

Add chicken in a single layer (in batches, if needed) and cook for two minutes on each side. Add all the chicken and the broth, and cover. Cook for thirty minutes on simmer. Add more broth if needed.

Remove the chicken and shred and serve.  

Easy Peasy Pico de Gallo topping

1 medium tomato, cut into chunks

¼ medium red onion, sliced

1 T chopped fresh cilantro

2 garlic cloves

½ small jalapeno pepper, seeded

½ t. salt

Place ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times or finely chop ingredients by hand and gently mix in a bowl.



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  1. Lida Sideris07 December, 2023

    Thank you so much for hosting me and my recipe today!



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