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A Skeleton in the Family (A Family Skeleton Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 2013
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PRAISE FOR A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY:
"Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect—except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You'll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo."—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris.
“Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery makes a charming debut in A Skeleton in the Family. Georgia is fiercely loyal to her best friend, Sid, an actual skeleton who is somehow still ‘alive.’ When Sid see someone he remembers from his past life—who later turns up dead—Georgia finds herself trying to put together the pieces of Sid’s past as she works to hunt down a killer. Amateur sleuth Georgia, and her sidekick, Sid, are just plain fun!”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Cat Trick
"No bones about it, Leigh Perry hooked me right from the beginning. An unusual premise, quirky characters, and smart, dry humor season this well-told mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It's too bad Perry's sleuth is fictional--I'd invite Georgia over for dinner in a heartbeat." —Bailey Cates, national bestselling author of Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti
"A delightful cozy with a skeleton who will tickle your funny bone." —Paige Shelton, national bestselling author of If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion
About the Author
Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner, who is an award-winning mystery author, and the co-editor, with Charlaine Harris, of a series of New York Times bestselling fantasy-mystery anthologies, including Many Bloody Returns; Wolfsbane & Mistletoe; Death's Excellent Vacation; An Apple for the Creature, and Home Improvement: Undead Edition.
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Top customer reviews
Georgia Thackery is an adjunct college professor, single mother of a teen daughter, and has just moved back to her parents' house while they are on sabbatical out of the country. Also living in her parents' house is Georgia's best friend, Sid, who happens to be a skeleton. Yes, a skeleton, a living, breathing (well, no, he doesn't need to breathe) skeleton who inhabits the attic and sometimes the living room armoire when he needs to eavesdrop. Sid once saved Georgia when she was a child, and has lived with her family ever since. Georgia's sister does not acknowledge Sid. Madison, Georgia's daughter, is unaware he exists.
Sometimes, Sid can convince Georgia to take him on outings. Usually, he has to be in a zipper bag, but when an anime convention is in town, Georgia allows him to dress up and be out in public. It is while he is out that he sees a woman who triggers a memory that he can't place.
The story evolves into a search for what happened to cause Sid to become a skeleton found in a traveling carnival. Murder is in the mix, and the killer is still on the loose.
The book was an easy read, and the premise, while unusual, was rather clever. The series was recommended to me by a friend.
It has all the elements of a great cozy mystery all neatly written in a wonderful book.
Georgia Thachery returns to her hometown with her teenage daughter, Madison to start teaching English at the local college.
She is moving back into her parents house, they are on vacation for an extended period. Madison does not know that her mother and grandparents have a skeleton living in the attic!
Through no fault of Georgia's someone finds out about Sid (the skeleton), and that's when the fun starts. Both Georgia and Sid try to find out who Sid really was when he was alive, which gets them both into a bunch of trouble.
The book is great and well worth the read!
You could say a wise-cracking, walking-talking skeleton strains credulity, but you know the premise before you read this book so you can choose not to read it if you can’t get past that. I knew I could, so I read it and really enjoyed it.
The series is set in a small college in western Massachusetts. The main character is a single-mother adjunct English professor (who can’t seem to get a tenured position), and is the daughter of two fully tenured English professors at that college. She returns to the family home with her teen-aged daughter Madison to accept a year’s adjunct position while her parents are on sabbatical.
Home includes Sid, a skeleton who came home with her when she was 6 (read the book to understand how that happened). She has not allowed anyone to tell her daughter about Sid for the fear that Madison could not handle it, and keeping his existence a secret from a teenager is not easy.
I liked the characters, the dialog, the academic setting, and the humor in this book. No bones about it, Sid is a hoot. He probably has cracked every skeleton joke you could think of, so I wonder what the author is going to do for humor in the next book. I’ll have to read it to find out, and I plan to do that.