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Most families have skeletons in their closets… Moving back into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery’s “Plan A.” But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as lon Most families have skeletons in their closets… Moving back into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery’s “Plan A.” But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton. Sid walks, he talks, he makes bad jokes, he tries to keep Georgia’s dog from considering him a snack. And he manages to persuade Georgia to let him leave the house. But when she takes him to an anime convention—disguised as a skeleton, of course—he sees a woman who triggers memories of his past. Now he is determined to find out how he died—with Georgia’s help. But their investigation may uncover a killer who’s still alive and well and bad to the bone…


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Most families have skeletons in their closets… Moving back into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery’s “Plan A.” But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as lon Most families have skeletons in their closets… Moving back into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery’s “Plan A.” But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends. Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton. Sid walks, he talks, he makes bad jokes, he tries to keep Georgia’s dog from considering him a snack. And he manages to persuade Georgia to let him leave the house. But when she takes him to an anime convention—disguised as a skeleton, of course—he sees a woman who triggers memories of his past. Now he is determined to find out how he died—with Georgia’s help. But their investigation may uncover a killer who’s still alive and well and bad to the bone…

30 review for A Skeleton in the Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    3 1/2 stars to A Skeleton in the Family! In my scale, a 3 means it was good and I liked the book but not thirsting to read the author's next release whereas a 4 notes that it was a really good book and I'm definitely ordering the next one. This one gets a 3 1/2 as given the premise (a talking skeleton!), I was quite surprised by my ability to suspend any disbelief at how this occurred and just go with the story. I'm curious if we'll ever find out why the skeleton could talk so I gave it between 3 1/2 stars to A Skeleton in the Family! In my scale, a 3 means it was good and I liked the book but not thirsting to read the author's next release whereas a 4 notes that it was a really good book and I'm definitely ordering the next one. This one gets a 3 1/2 as given the premise (a talking skeleton!), I was quite surprised by my ability to suspend any disbelief at how this occurred and just go with the story. I'm curious if we'll ever find out why the skeleton could talk so I gave it between a 3 and a 4... by the way, I rarely give out a 5 unless I can't even put the book series down -- you know -- passing up dinners with friends, skipping movies, not sleeping much until I finish the current book, etc. Doesn't happen all that often but when it does, I am hooked! If you are able to just go with the fact that the main character has a best friend who is a skeleton, and that no one else (well mostly no one else) knows he can talk, then you have a stronger chance of wanting to stick with it. The main character isn't trying to figure out a murder for just any reason -- she wants to help Sid rather than out of boredom or curiosity on keeping up the sleuthing like in so many other cozies. I'm interested in what happens next but probably won't get back to it until after I finish more in my Reading Challenge and sampling different cozy styles again. Good start - thanks Leigh Perry! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    I wanted a paranormal fantasy series for October and thought I'd give this a try. I didn't have high expectations going into it, figured this would just be plain silly at best or just dumb. But boy was I wrong, I loved the mother/daughter from the first chapter on, the mom Georgia is into pop culture and raised her daughter to be a geek as well. Madison is a huge otaku with a love for manga and anime and they both attend a con together. Sid, the skeleton is endearing as well, reading the Harry P I wanted a paranormal fantasy series for October and thought I'd give this a try. I didn't have high expectations going into it, figured this would just be plain silly at best or just dumb. But boy was I wrong, I loved the mother/daughter from the first chapter on, the mom Georgia is into pop culture and raised her daughter to be a geek as well. Madison is a huge otaku with a love for manga and anime and they both attend a con together. Sid, the skeleton is endearing as well, reading the Harry Potter books, his favorite movie being the Nightmare Before Christmas. So with characters like these how could I fail to love the book. I'm reading the next in this series for sure.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    A Skeleton In The Family is the first book in the Family Skeleton series. Even the author says this is a little off the wall and I have to agree, but I loved it and look forward to more books in this series. Georgia and her teenaged daughter, Madison, have moved back to the family hometown, where she has gotten a teaching position at the local college. Georgia is looking forward to catching up with Sid, who is a skeleton. The Thackery family has "owned" Sid the skeleton for around thirty years and A Skeleton In The Family is the first book in the Family Skeleton series. Even the author says this is a little off the wall and I have to agree, but I loved it and look forward to more books in this series. Georgia and her teenaged daughter, Madison, have moved back to the family hometown, where she has gotten a teaching position at the local college. Georgia is looking forward to catching up with Sid, who is a skeleton. The Thackery family has "owned" Sid the skeleton for around thirty years and Georgia had named him Sid when they "rescued" him from a traveling carnival. This book centers around Sid wanting to know who he is and how he came to be dead. Georgia and him get a lead on a lady professor that looks familiar to Sid and sneak into her house, only to find that she has been murdered. A couple strange events had happened at college and they are wondering if she was killed or if she was a victim of burglary gone wrong. I admit, I had my doubts when I started the book, but quickly changed to loving it. And Sid has some of the best lines. They be corney, but still, they made me laugh. Looking forward to book #2.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    It was very easy to get lost in this entertaining, wonderful story. When I first heard of this book, I was like..."What?" It sounded so unlike any other cozy mystery (or other book) I had ever read. I was right. It was like nothing else I had ever read and I LOVED every minute of it! From the moment I met Sid the skeleton I was hooked! Indeed, I myself wish I had a Sid. The friendship of Sid with lead character Georgia is absolutely enchanting and fun! I was wrapped up in every bit of their dial It was very easy to get lost in this entertaining, wonderful story. When I first heard of this book, I was like..."What?" It sounded so unlike any other cozy mystery (or other book) I had ever read. I was right. It was like nothing else I had ever read and I LOVED every minute of it! From the moment I met Sid the skeleton I was hooked! Indeed, I myself wish I had a Sid. The friendship of Sid with lead character Georgia is absolutely enchanting and fun! I was wrapped up in every bit of their dialog. Best friends since she was just a little girl, you can tell there is nothing they wouldn't do for each other. And as the story progresses that becomes all too true. I also enjoyed Georgia's relationship with her daughter Madison and Sid's relationship with Georgia's sister Deborah. I looked forward to turning each page to see what would happen next. Make sure to add this book to your To Be Read stack!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately so I figured let’s pick up a cozy especially if we can find it on audio! A Skeleton in the Family was 100% what I needed. It’s book 1 in a series so if looking for a new cozy series to get into, I recommend picking this one up. I love that our main sleuth character is an adjunct professor trying to make it, she’s a single Mom and her best friend is Syd, the Skeleton who lives upstairs. I really like that this first book is about investigating what happen I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut lately so I figured let’s pick up a cozy especially if we can find it on audio! A Skeleton in the Family was 100% what I needed. It’s book 1 in a series so if looking for a new cozy series to get into, I recommend picking this one up. I love that our main sleuth character is an adjunct professor trying to make it, she’s a single Mom and her best friend is Syd, the Skeleton who lives upstairs. I really like that this first book is about investigating what happened to Syd. I think if you enjoy cozies with that touch of paranormal, you’ll really like this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    AngryGreyCat

    This is the 1st in the Family Skeleton series. I will admit to having some deep reservations about reading this, I mean come on, a skeleton named Sid, as one of the main characters? It seemed like it would be a little silly. Well, I started and finished it last night and I really liked it!. The sleuth is Georgia Thackery, an adjunct professor, who just moved home to her parents’ house while they are out of the country on sabbatical. Sid has been in the family since childhood. Georgia has a teen This is the 1st in the Family Skeleton series. I will admit to having some deep reservations about reading this, I mean come on, a skeleton named Sid, as one of the main characters? It seemed like it would be a little silly. Well, I started and finished it last night and I really liked it!. The sleuth is Georgia Thackery, an adjunct professor, who just moved home to her parents’ house while they are out of the country on sabbatical. Sid has been in the family since childhood. Georgia has a teen daughter, who she brings with her and together, the three of them make for a delightful family. Georgia is an intelligent, strong-willed, independent sleuth. Sid is smart and witty and the relationship between them is both touching and comic. The first case involves solving Sid’s murder as he starts to recover some memories from his life before he came to the Thackery household. A great cozy read and I will definitely read more in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    This has to be by far the BEST cozy mystery I have read! Sid is a lovable character even if he is dead! Georgia and Madison are a fun mother daughter team who seem to live life to the fullest! Georgia is an adjunct professor who goes wherever she's needed. This time she lucks out and has the chance to stay at her parents house, where she can renew her friendship with Sid, the resident family skeleton, literally! Hiding Sid from Madison while trying to solve his murder is hysterical and Georgia play This has to be by far the BEST cozy mystery I have read! Sid is a lovable character even if he is dead! Georgia and Madison are a fun mother daughter team who seem to live life to the fullest! Georgia is an adjunct professor who goes wherever she's needed. This time she lucks out and has the chance to stay at her parents house, where she can renew her friendship with Sid, the resident family skeleton, literally! Hiding Sid from Madison while trying to solve his murder is hysterical and Georgia plays it right! Sid's sense of humor kept me chuckling until the very end! Speaking of the ending: Fantastic, Great, Cannot wait to read the next book!!! This is for sure my next kindle purchase!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5* A weird and quirky storyline, but engaging enough. A "living" skeleton, that's been in the Thackery family since Georgia was six, decides he now wants to know who he was, and how he came to be a skeleton. Solving that mystery will set loose a series of events, and another dead body, this one in the flesh, so the mystery thickens. Can Sid and Georgia solve the mysteries, and keep themselves safe in the meantime, as it seems that not everyone wants Sid's past life revealed. The plot isn't over 3.5* A weird and quirky storyline, but engaging enough. A "living" skeleton, that's been in the Thackery family since Georgia was six, decides he now wants to know who he was, and how he came to be a skeleton. Solving that mystery will set loose a series of events, and another dead body, this one in the flesh, so the mystery thickens. Can Sid and Georgia solve the mysteries, and keep themselves safe in the meantime, as it seems that not everyone wants Sid's past life revealed. The plot isn't over complicated, the characters, including Sid, the skeleton, are likeable, and the writing is good. I find that some cozies can have weak writing, but just because a storyline is cute, and not necessarily complex, does not mean the writing should be mediocre. All in all a well structured and entertaining read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LORI CASWELL

    Most families have skeletons in their closets… But Sid is a very special skeleton. He and Georgia Thackery have been friends for as long as she can remember. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton. Georgia has accepted a job back in her hometown and her parents are away on sabbatical so she has moved back into the family home with her teenage da Most families have skeletons in their closets… But Sid is a very special skeleton. He and Georgia Thackery have been friends for as long as she can remember. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton. Georgia has accepted a job back in her hometown and her parents are away on sabbatical so she has moved back into the family home with her teenage daughter, Madison. But her daughter knows nothing about Sid. He lives in the attic and stays out of sight whenever Madison is at home. Sid walks, talks, reads and as far as Georgia know never sleeps. He even convinces Georgia to take him out of the house. That’s when things get crazy. He sees a woman who triggers memories of his past. Now he wants to know how he died and ended up living with the Thackerys. Georgia agrees to investigate a bit and leads that to “a killer who’s still alive and well and bad to the bone…” Dollycas’s Thoughts This is a really fun premise for a mystery series. Sid is a complete treasure. I want a Sid of my own and after you read this you will too! Georgia is wonderful too. She is a professor who just can’t get on the tenure track at any nearby colleges. But she doesn’t let it get her down. She has a very positive attitude and a great daughter. Her parents are both professors and have been for a long time which is why they are able to take a sabbatical. I am sure they will sow up in a future installment. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away so I will just say that the mystery of Sid leads to a current mystery that circles back to the past. Very clever writing and thoroughly enjoyable. Funny and exciting and a great book to read on a chilly autumn evening. A terrific start for this new series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    A Skeleton in the Family is a humorous cozy mystery with endearing main characters. I liked how well Georgia and Sid worked together. The mystery itself is discovering who murdered Sid but what if the killer is still alive and ready to silence Georgia forever? Good pacing with an ending I wasn't expecting. Can't wait to read more. My Rating: 5 stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N A Skeleton in the Family is a humorous cozy mystery with endearing main characters. I liked how well Georgia and Sid worked together. The mystery itself is discovering who murdered Sid but what if the killer is still alive and ready to silence Georgia forever? Good pacing with an ending I wasn't expecting. Can't wait to read more. My Rating: 5 stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I'm a latecomer to this series, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Family Skeleton Mystery series. I was hooked right from the opening chapter. I found this to have a unique theme in terms of the paranormal. Sid is a fantastic character - smart, funny and sarcastic. The relationship between Georgia and Sid was perfect. I love how he became a member of the family and how this story ends. The secondary cast of characters - Georgia's sister and daughter - round out the story nicely. I' I'm a latecomer to this series, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Family Skeleton Mystery series. I was hooked right from the opening chapter. I found this to have a unique theme in terms of the paranormal. Sid is a fantastic character - smart, funny and sarcastic. The relationship between Georgia and Sid was perfect. I love how he became a member of the family and how this story ends. The secondary cast of characters - Georgia's sister and daughter - round out the story nicely. I'm looking forward to hopefully meeting Georgia's parents in a future book. The mystery was engaging and kept me on my toes. I was surprised by the identity of the killer and it was revealed in a climactic manner. I have already put the second book in the series on hold at my local library. I want to catch up before the next book in the series is released.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner, of the former "Where are They Now?" series. Georgia is a single mother who shuffles between college adjunct teaching jobs since she hasn't been one of the fortunate to get a tenured position. She is back in Pennycross staying at her parent's house and starting a new adjunct teaching job. Her life is busy, but average...except for the the "ambulatory skeleton" named Sid that she grew up with. Since she was six years old and Sid came to her rescue, Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner, of the former "Where are They Now?" series. Georgia is a single mother who shuffles between college adjunct teaching jobs since she hasn't been one of the fortunate to get a tenured position. She is back in Pennycross staying at her parent's house and starting a new adjunct teaching job. Her life is busy, but average...except for the the "ambulatory skeleton" named Sid that she grew up with. Since she was six years old and Sid came to her rescue, the Thackery family has had Sid "living" with them. Sid is glad to have Georgia back home and resume their amigo relationship. Georgia's teen girl, Madison, is into manga and is excited to attend a manga convention called Mangachusetts. Sid devises a costume that will allow him to go to the convention as Lord Death and have a little fun. Everything works perfectly and nobody realizes that a ghostly skeleton was among them. But Sid recognized a woman from his life before he awoke all bones. Dr. Kirkland is the only clue to who Sid may have been when he was breathing. So Georgia and Sid go about investigating who Sid had been, and find Dr. Kirkland murdered...and evidence that Sid was murdered too. Now, they are trying to find the killer out of self-preservation. Georgia is one of the few "mom" characters that I really enjoy. She is smart, fun, responsible, and loyal. She isn't too chatty as a narrator either. Sid, the family skeleton, is a unique and fresh character and a delightful side-kick. He is a ghostly skeleton who loves puns and one-liners, reads voraciously, and loves The Nightmare Before Christmas. He is the best friend providing moral support to Georgia, like when she was facing being a single parent. I grew fond of the character quickly and wanted to see him happy. That is an accomplishment with a skeleton! Madison is an enjoyable child with a low drama factor and is reasonable. Thank You! Dorothy, Georgia's sister, has a bad attitude that I didn't care for, but does speak to family dynamics in general. Fletcher Wildman is a Journalism adjunct and reporter who is the romantic interest in the story. Fletcher gets mixed reviews for being a stereotypical reporter. There is Dr. Kirkland's dog, an Akita named Byron, who joins the ragtag little family as well. Dr. Charles Peyton is a "dapper" history professor and old friend of Georgia's who I loved and hope he gets more than a bit part in the next novel. The small college town of Pennycross is the setting, which has McQuaid Univeristy and also Joshua Tay University. The colleges have room to be developed in subsequent novels since this book mainly utilized the prejudice against adjunct teachers and the pressure of doctoral dissertations. The plot is solid for a debut: find out how Sid became a skeleton with evidence of a head trauma and knife wound. He has no memories of his life but recognizes a Joshua Tay University professor. That is the starting point and the avenues for investigation are logical. The pacing remains steady and light with information revealed piece-meal. The climax was dramatic - my thanks. The killer was kept hidden until the very end, and while hints were given in a general sense, this isn't like a traditional mystery with a laundry list of suspects to eliminate. The wrap-up provides closure for an important element of the story and sets up the next novel nicely. This is a great paranormal cozy with plenty of humor, mystery, and a smidgen of romance culminating in a light, enjoyable, and quirky debut novel. Rating: Near Perfect - Buy two copies: one for you and one for a friend. Join me at Mysteries and My Musings book blog http://www.mysterysuspence.blogspot.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This was just what I needed. I laughed and smiled and devoured this little book. It was such a fun, joyful little thing and I will surely continue with the series!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is a fun, clever mystery of the cozy-flavor, told with a lot of wit and charm. It features an adjunct English professor and single mother named Georgia Thackery who has to scramble to keep herself and her teenaged daughter Madison afloat. When she gets a temporary job at a local university they move into her parents' house while the parents are overseas. The Thackery family has a literal skeleton in the family, Sid, who's been Georgia's companion since her early childhood, and the story con This is a fun, clever mystery of the cozy-flavor, told with a lot of wit and charm. It features an adjunct English professor and single mother named Georgia Thackery who has to scramble to keep herself and her teenaged daughter Madison afloat. When she gets a temporary job at a local university they move into her parents' house while the parents are overseas. The Thackery family has a literal skeleton in the family, Sid, who's been Georgia's companion since her early childhood, and the story concerns them solving the mystery of Sid's murder. Throughout the book there are many pithy observations about the stratification and hierarchies of the academic lifestyle and social culture, and the lengths that Georgia and the other instructors have to go to in order to survive it. It would all be very depressing if the madcap antics of the investigation (part of which is set at an anime/manga convention!), didn't always stay in the forefront. There were a couple of points I didn't quite get (why was Sid so set against meeting Madison?), and I really didn't warm up to the Thackerys as much as I did to Tilda in the Blast From the Past series (published as by Toni L.P. Kelner), but it was quite a fun read. Unrelated to the current comments, perhaps due to my relative unfamiliarity with the cozy genre, I kept wondering how other authors would have written the same characters and situations. There's the desperation of the single mother, the angst of the teen daughter, some grisly murders, some spooky settings, some off-beat secondary characters, the dead guy who's haunting them all... It would be fun to see the same thing done by Brian Keene and Laurel K. Hamilton and Dean Koontz and Tanya Huff and so on to see what different novels would result.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Andersen

    I really enjoyed this book. Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner. I thought this was a nice first book in a new cozy mystery series. Georgia Thackery has been stuck teaching as an adjunct professor since finishing grad school. Her latest job takes her to the college where her parents are tenured professors. Her parents are on sabbatical, so Georgia and her daughter are able to live at their house. Georgia was happy to spend time with her best friend Sid, who is a skeleton that lives i I really enjoyed this book. Leigh Perry is a pseudonym for Toni L.P. Kelner. I thought this was a nice first book in a new cozy mystery series. Georgia Thackery has been stuck teaching as an adjunct professor since finishing grad school. Her latest job takes her to the college where her parents are tenured professors. Her parents are on sabbatical, so Georgia and her daughter are able to live at their house. Georgia was happy to spend time with her best friend Sid, who is a skeleton that lives in her parents' attic. There isn't a lot of dwelling on why Sid the skeleton can walk and talk and pull himself together, Sid just is. There was a couple pages of confusion for me when the book started talking about a carnival, but it resolved itself pretty quickly. The mystery was good, there were some red herrings to keep you guessing. I liked Georgia, Sid and Georgia's daughter, who is an anime-crazy high school student. I think this is a great set up for a series and I can't wait to read Georgia and Sid's next adventure!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I was not sure about the skeleton angle, but I loved it. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were enjoyable and the friction between the sisters kept the story moving. It was refreshing to read a book where the mother and daughter got along. The skeleton, Sid, made the story enjoyable. Leigh Perry did a wonderful job of figuring out problems that would arise and had clever solutions to them. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I was not sure about the skeleton angle, but I loved it. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were enjoyable and the friction between the sisters kept the story moving. It was refreshing to read a book where the mother and daughter got along. The skeleton, Sid, made the story enjoyable. Leigh Perry did a wonderful job of figuring out problems that would arise and had clever solutions to them. I can't wait for the next book to come out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    this was a neat, refreshing cozy mystery. I really liked the humour and the tiny slice of supernatural (Sid). I even didn't mind the first-person present-tense too much:P I did find the foreshadowing at the end of each chapter a bit annoying as the book went on, but it wasn't a big issue. this was a neat, refreshing cozy mystery. I really liked the humour and the tiny slice of supernatural (Sid). I even didn't mind the first-person present-tense too much:P I did find the foreshadowing at the end of each chapter a bit annoying as the book went on, but it wasn't a big issue.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Ok, I had to suspend disbelief a lot to accept a walking, talking skeleton. In fact, I almost put the book down when Sid the skeleton made the scene. However, I kept on reading, and I'm glad I did. Perry is so good at character development that I was sucked into the story just because the people were all so interesting. Perry also told the story in the first person, which helped a lot in accepting Sid as a character. The mystery in this first-in-a-series book revolves around who killed Sid and w Ok, I had to suspend disbelief a lot to accept a walking, talking skeleton. In fact, I almost put the book down when Sid the skeleton made the scene. However, I kept on reading, and I'm glad I did. Perry is so good at character development that I was sucked into the story just because the people were all so interesting. Perry also told the story in the first person, which helped a lot in accepting Sid as a character. The mystery in this first-in-a-series book revolves around who killed Sid and why, and also who killed a local zooarchaeologist and why. Are the two murders connected? What kept me particularly interested in the story were the humorous touches, especially all the references to the hard life of an adjunct faculty member in a college. Having worked in a college myself, I know all too well that Perry wasn't exaggerating anything! The banter between Georgia and Sid was witty as well. As for the mystery, I never guessed who the killer was, but I thought the after-the-mystery-was-solved chapters wrapped up the loose ends a bit too quickly and unbelievably. However, I realize that this novel served to set up the characters for the next book in the series, which so far has 4 volumes. Will I read another one? Oh yes. Recommended, especially if you like a rather quirky mystery.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    I've been wanting to read this for a long time - it's actually been on my TBR since 2015. I'm so glad I finally made the effort because this quirky book is the best cozy mystery I've read in a while. The premise is a bit unusual, so I thought it might be too silly. But it wasn't! I instantly liked Georgia and her daughter and fell completely in love with Sid. He actually reminds me a bit of Harry Dresden's "Bob". Read it in record time and will definitely be continuing with the series! I've been wanting to read this for a long time - it's actually been on my TBR since 2015. I'm so glad I finally made the effort because this quirky book is the best cozy mystery I've read in a while. The premise is a bit unusual, so I thought it might be too silly. But it wasn't! I instantly liked Georgia and her daughter and fell completely in love with Sid. He actually reminds me a bit of Harry Dresden's "Bob". Read it in record time and will definitely be continuing with the series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    K.T. Katzmann

    Firstly, it's refreshing to have a book from the perspective of the adult who's hiding the family magic secret from the teenager for once. It's the "Mirror, Mirror" version of a YA novel. Georgia has a teen daughter, a crappy adjunct professor job, and a skeleton in the closet. His name is Sid, and he's a sarcastic anime fan whom Georgia's family has been hiding since she was six. As the family settles after a move, Georgia's effort to keep Sid's existence from her daughte are complicated. He Firstly, it's refreshing to have a book from the perspective of the adult who's hiding the family magic secret from the teenager for once. It's the "Mirror, Mirror" version of a YA novel. Georgia has a teen daughter, a crappy adjunct professor job, and a skeleton in the closet. His name is Sid, and he's a sarcastic anime fan whom Georgia's family has been hiding since she was six. As the family settles after a move, Georgia's effort to keep Sid's existence from her daughte are complicated. He goes to an anime convention. That's not the issue. They pull it off with strong enough cosplay, honestly. Still, he sees someone he knows, which is the first hint ever of a memory of his pre-death life. Time for Georgia help her best friend solve his own murder. It felt like it took a little while for the mystery to really start rolling. As a writer of supernatural mysteries, I totally forgive that. I had to do some initial world-building as well, and the interactions between the cast more than makes up for it. After that, I had a little more issue with the pace. It's really weird to me that, it's continues for over three weeks since the beginning of the investigation. Well, there's no police captain screaming at them, I guess. For most of the book, I didn't exactly get a sense of dramatic urgency. Maybe that's just my preferences as a mystery writer coming out; my own Murder With Monsters happens over a long weekend, whereas this takes about a month to unfold. I'll keep an open mind; this could be one of those "cozy" mysteries I've heard about. The pace does get suitably frenetic and the stakes tense by the last act. Here are some of the many reasons I enjoyed it. -Georgia and Sid have no fancy CSI equipment, and their investigation tactics are plausible and clever. -I love how Leigh uses actual geek terminology instead of making up weird-ass fictional franchises, as many are wont to do. - The flashback to the main character meeting the skeleton at a childhood carnival catastrophe is ADORABLE. -The patter is great. "Truly you are the Houdini of skeletons. Though I guess, at this point, Houdini is the Houdini of skeletons" Despite my issues with the pacing (or, y'know, unfamiliarity with the subgenre), I'll definitely be picking up Skeleton Takes a Bow. Us monster mystery writers have to stick together. If you could provide enough of a regular special effects, this would make a hell of weekly mystery show.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vilia

    Review from Backchatting Books If you are in the mood for a smart but off-beat cozy mystery then "A Skeleton in the Family" might just be for you. Georgia Thackery is an adjunct professor which means that she is poorly paid and has no job security even though she is fairly bright. She moves into her parents’ home temporarily with her daughter Madison and reunites with her best friend Sid who is…a walking, talking skeleton. Sid convinces her to take him to an anime convention where he spots a woma Review from Backchatting Books If you are in the mood for a smart but off-beat cozy mystery then "A Skeleton in the Family" might just be for you. Georgia Thackery is an adjunct professor which means that she is poorly paid and has no job security even though she is fairly bright. She moves into her parents’ home temporarily with her daughter Madison and reunites with her best friend Sid who is…a walking, talking skeleton. Sid convinces her to take him to an anime convention where he spots a woman from his pre-skeleton days. Georgia is a single mother who is trying to survive in a cut-throat industry and raise her daughter. There is a saying in academia which is ‘publish or perish’. It’s a vicious circle as Georgia doesn’t have the time to get her name in academic journals because of the heavy workload universities give adjuncts but she can’t become tenured unless she does. Short term contracts at different universities are the best she can hope for. Her relationship with her sister Deborah is complicated as the woman can’t seem to understand why Georgia can’t ‘get her life together’ and refuses to acknowledge the existence of Sid. Georgia first met Sid when she got lost at a circus. Somehow he came to life to protect her and followed her home. Sid cracks really bad jokes about skeletons and bones but he supports Georgia whenever she needs him. Sid has his fair share of problems such as not remembering anything about his life when he was alive and being afraid of being abandoned. He gets frustrated when Georgia reminds him that he can’t walk around outside given his physical appearance as apart from that, he is basically alive. Some of the funniest sections of the book come from Sid trying to fend off a dog that has a taste for bones. The mystery is a bit slow at the beginning while we wrap our heads around a sidekick skeleton but it picks up pace as it goes along. There are a good dose of red herrings and clues sprinkled along the way so you should have a fairly good idea whodunnit by the end. When Georgia and Sid start investigating the mystery of who Sid is and how he died, they are quickly confronted with a modern death that might just be connected. There is a mild romance of sorts in the background but it never overshadows the main plot. You can read this book for the relationship between Sid and Georgia, the novelty of a walking, talking sidekick skeleton or even for the engaging mystery set in a university but just make sure you read it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leslye ✴

    In this month's GR newsletter, I noticed author Charlaine Harris recommending this cozy-mystery series. As soon as I took a peek, the cover made me giggle! So I read the free preview and I was hooked in the first chapter as Sid came clattering down the hall! Dr. Georgia Thackery is an adjunct English professor at a small Massachusetts college who moves into her parents house with her teenage daughter, Madison. This family literally has a skeleton in the closet- well, make that the attic! A skelet In this month's GR newsletter, I noticed author Charlaine Harris recommending this cozy-mystery series. As soon as I took a peek, the cover made me giggle! So I read the free preview and I was hooked in the first chapter as Sid came clattering down the hall! Dr. Georgia Thackery is an adjunct English professor at a small Massachusetts college who moves into her parents house with her teenage daughter, Madison. This family literally has a skeleton in the closet- well, make that the attic! A skeleton named Sid lives in the attic, as he has since he saved Georgia when she was a young girl. Sid walks, talks, reads, can use a phone and computer and can be collapsed into a suitcase for traveling purposes. But Sid doesn't know who he really is- or was, in his past life. Georgia and Sid begin to investigate Sid's previous (human) life which leads to break-ins, suspicious behavior, assaults and murder with multiple oddball suspects. The author uses dry humor and wit to bring Sid to life. With occasional nods to bones falling off and dogs taking nips at tasty tibias, the conversations between these two best friends is as normal as any other sleuthing duo. This was a fun book! I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good cozy-mystery with a unique paranormal twist. I'm looking forward to reading more and hope this is just the beginning of a long series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trina (aNovelReader)

    This cozy mystery has it all. For someone who is just a pile of bones, Sid is by far my favorite cozy mystery sleuth. He has so much depth (ha) for a dead person and his likeability factor is off the charts. He's witty, caring, nostalgic, sensitive, and handsome in a clean-cut, boney sort of way. While the story is about Sid, it is so much more. The writing is outstanding. Even when Sid wasn't in a scene, his adopted family was just as likable. Georgia Thackery, an adjunct English professor at t This cozy mystery has it all. For someone who is just a pile of bones, Sid is by far my favorite cozy mystery sleuth. He has so much depth (ha) for a dead person and his likeability factor is off the charts. He's witty, caring, nostalgic, sensitive, and handsome in a clean-cut, boney sort of way. While the story is about Sid, it is so much more. The writing is outstanding. Even when Sid wasn't in a scene, his adopted family was just as likable. Georgia Thackery, an adjunct English professor at the local college, is a single mom to teenage Madison and sister to one of the town's locksmiths, Deborah. Georgia struggles to maintain a stable environment for Madison while constantly having to change jobs as an adjunct professor. Throw in a murder (or two) and you have two amateur sleuths, Georgia and Sid, for twice the fun. All the plot points were well "fleshed out" creating a seamless work of fiction. I was torn as I wanted to keep reading but at the same time didn't want the story to end. And the ending was perfectly done I might add. The Thackery's have a unique family dynamic that works. Sid is not just a skeleton, he is part of the family. Highly recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    C.

    This cozy mystery was such fun to read,with an interesting mystery as a plus.I would have finished this in one sitting if I hadn't had too many errands to run for two days,then fell asleep early. If you enjoy quirky humor in TV shows like The Munsters,and Bewitched,then you would love 'Sid' the skeleton in this humorous cozy.He has such a delightful,fun personality,and the relationship between him and the heroine[Georgia] brings even more pleasure to the story. After an outing to an animime conven This cozy mystery was such fun to read,with an interesting mystery as a plus.I would have finished this in one sitting if I hadn't had too many errands to run for two days,then fell asleep early. If you enjoy quirky humor in TV shows like The Munsters,and Bewitched,then you would love 'Sid' the skeleton in this humorous cozy.He has such a delightful,fun personality,and the relationship between him and the heroine[Georgia] brings even more pleasure to the story. After an outing to an animime convention where Sid recognizes someone from his past life,he becomes obsessed with finding out his history which he can't remember.Georgia agrees to help and thus begins the very engaging mystery with plenty of humor and dastardly happenings along the way. I am a Newbie to reading this genre,but I hope to find many more as entertaining to read as this one was. I hope this author writes many more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Wednesday afternoon I finished A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry. This was a book suggested to me by my friend Karen and suggested during the #saveourcozies read-a-long. I could not find it in store near me but my wonderful library had it and I could not wait to read it. I was THRILLED with it, as much as it is a cozy paranormal mystery it really did not feel paranormal if that makes sense. It was so well written and oddly plausible in a pleasing way. I quickly fell into step with story an Wednesday afternoon I finished A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry. This was a book suggested to me by my friend Karen and suggested during the #saveourcozies read-a-long. I could not find it in store near me but my wonderful library had it and I could not wait to read it. I was THRILLED with it, as much as it is a cozy paranormal mystery it really did not feel paranormal if that makes sense. It was so well written and oddly plausible in a pleasing way. I quickly fell into step with story and loved every minute of it. It was funny, it was sad and it was endearing and it was wonderful. Great story, great characters and lots of heart. I was so sad to learn this series has been canceled and I truly hope that author Leigh Perry finds away to bring Sid to a new publisher or self publishes this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 84. This one started slow. A lot of time is spent explaining the world of academia and particularly the world adjunct professors. That aside, it is a decent mystery involving actual historical research, journalistic ethics, and a single mother making her way through the tough jungle of the college world. Sid the skeleton is a hoot, especially when a dog (gasp horror-he might eat Sid's bones) moves in the house. The mystery plot was well spelled out as was the tension between siblings. I 2020 bk 84. This one started slow. A lot of time is spent explaining the world of academia and particularly the world adjunct professors. That aside, it is a decent mystery involving actual historical research, journalistic ethics, and a single mother making her way through the tough jungle of the college world. Sid the skeleton is a hoot, especially when a dog (gasp horror-he might eat Sid's bones) moves in the house. The mystery plot was well spelled out as was the tension between siblings. I enjoyed the read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Good beginning to a new series. Not as light a reading as most cozies, IMO. Lots of explanation about “adjunct” teachers. Still a fun book about a walking, talking skeleton.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stef

    Good, spoopy book. I mean, what’s not to love about a wacky, walking, talking skeleton in the family. Interesting mystery that lays down some decent foreshadowing as well as some neat twists. I loved it because it was so silly and fun. One criticism: the dog in the book is an Akita . . . the one on the cover seems to be a Shiba Inu . . . how dare they mix up the doggos. But seriously, it was a really fun and easy read after the heaviness of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and I again blame @oliviareadsa Good, spoopy book. I mean, what’s not to love about a wacky, walking, talking skeleton in the family. Interesting mystery that lays down some decent foreshadowing as well as some neat twists. I loved it because it was so silly and fun. One criticism: the dog in the book is an Akita . . . the one on the cover seems to be a Shiba Inu . . . how dare they mix up the doggos. But seriously, it was a really fun and easy read after the heaviness of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, and I again blame @oliviareadsalatte for posting a pic of this and making me want to check it out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Too often Cozy mysteries follow a predictable formula. Girl has cute job,finds body, meets love interest, solves mystery while being cautioned by police, gets romantically involved with love interest, the end. I love it when I find a series that totally explodes the formula and goes in a completely different direction. The Family Skeleton Series by Leigh Perry is one of those creative, completely enjoyable, breath-of-fresh-air cozy mysteries! Georgia Thackery's family has a skeleton in its closet Too often Cozy mysteries follow a predictable formula. Girl has cute job,finds body, meets love interest, solves mystery while being cautioned by police, gets romantically involved with love interest, the end. I love it when I find a series that totally explodes the formula and goes in a completely different direction. The Family Skeleton Series by Leigh Perry is one of those creative, completely enjoyable, breath-of-fresh-air cozy mysteries! Georgia Thackery's family has a skeleton in its closet. Literally. Sid is a skeleton, but he walks, talks and loves his family. He came to life one day when Georgia was a little girl and in danger. Sid has lived hidden in the family home ever since. Now Georgia is a grown woman with a college-age daughter. She moves into her parents' house while they are on sabbatical. Not only does she have the stress of being an adjunct professor at the college where her parents are tenured, she also has to hide Sid from her daughter while helping her favorite bone dude discover his past. Georgia finds that investigating Sid's murder can be a dangerous undertaking. But she is bound and determined to help Sid discover his identity and find out who killed him. This mystery was such fun to read! I found myself rooting for Sid and Georgia, while hoping the daughter would somehow discover Sid and love him as much as her mother does. The backstory of the relationship between Sid and the Thackery family was believable and fantastic at the same time. I enjoyed Georgia as a main character. She is a nice person with a bit of a feisty edge brought about by family issues, job stresses and life mistakes. Her issues are things we all find ourselves dealing with in mid-life. The academic setting is interesting, and adds to the atmosphere of the story. The mystery is perfectly paced, with just enough subplots to round out Sid's backstory and his present day place in the Thackery family. All in all, a great mix of humor and mystery. The paranormal edge of the story (it isn't exactly normal for a family to have a sentient skeleton hidden in their home) was not overdone but perfectly presented as a part of normal life for the family. There are three books in the Family Skeleton series. A Skeleton in the Family is the first. The series unfortunately was a victim of the recent purging of many cozy mystery books from Berkley Publishing. But, Perry has announced online that she has found a new publisher and the series will continue! Sid lives! To discover more about Leigh Perry and her books, visit her website: www.leighperryauthor.com

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chance Lee

    Going into this book I was a bit nervous. The concept is absurd. I miss Toni Kelner's (now known as Leigh Perry) last protagonist, Tilda Harper. And, I'll say it again, the concept is too silly to be believe. But Kelner... Perry... whoever she is, she makes it work. The skeleton concept just works right off the bat. It's treated as a joke in all the right ways: goofy bone puns, clever ways to break into houses involving bones and doggy doors, etc. Other than that, it's serious and sincere. That co Going into this book I was a bit nervous. The concept is absurd. I miss Toni Kelner's (now known as Leigh Perry) last protagonist, Tilda Harper. And, I'll say it again, the concept is too silly to be believe. But Kelner... Perry... whoever she is, she makes it work. The skeleton concept just works right off the bat. It's treated as a joke in all the right ways: goofy bone puns, clever ways to break into houses involving bones and doggy doors, etc. Other than that, it's serious and sincere. That could be said of the whole book, it's serious and sincere, but with a wicked streak of humor. (In a life-of-death situation, Georgia thinks, "Great. Even murderers had career advice for me.") Both Georgia and Sid are thoughtful, non-judgmental people. Yes, they have their conflicts. They're not perfect. But they're not going around and snarking on other people either. Sid is completely open-minded about the possibility that he might have been gay when he was alive, and Georgia shows great empathy when it comes to a colleague's unique living situation. The narrator of this book, Georgia Thackery, is an adjunct college professor. There are all sorts of fascinating details about this grueling job. Plus, Georgia seems to be a perfect combination of Tilda Harper's stellar research ability with Laura Fleming's (Kelner's first heroine) family dynamic (Georgia and her sister have a relationship best described as "teeth-grittingly tense"), with even a sprinkle of classic computer programming knowledge thrown in for good measure. The plot is pretty low-key, but driven steadily along by the fact that Georgia and Sid, the skeleton, never stop working. They are constantly working toward the conclusion. Evidence doesn't just fall into their laps. Nothing comes up randomly. Through Googling, library research, and networking, they figure everything out. It's inspiring how resourceful they are, and it shows you how much can be accomplished by putting two skulls together. I hope this book doesn't get lost in the shuffle of "re-branding" Kelner as Leigh Perry. I don't understand that side of the publishing industry, or the road leading to this decision. All I know is that this is her strongest book to date, I love it, and I hope it gets recognized.

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