Today I’m a stop on the blog tour for the release of Leigh Perry’s new book, The Skeleton Makes a Friend, the fifth cozy in the ‘A Family Skeleton Mystery’ series. I’m very excited to participate on this tour and have lots of treats to share with you besides my review.
Let’s start off with an opportunity to win a print copy of the book and some swag from the author @ Rafflecopter giveaway Isn’t this cover amazing?
About the Book
The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
Diversion Books (November 6, 2018)
Paperback: 280 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GT39K2X
Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid.
Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy.
Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper.
About the Author
Author Website: http://leighperryauthor.com/
Author Facebook: https://twitter.com/Family_Skeleton
Sid’s Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/LeighPerryAuthor
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My Review of The Skeleton Makes a Friend
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Where do I begin with this review? Of all the concepts one could create, this truly is a stunning and clever series. A skeleton is alive. It once belonged to a man, but he was murdered. “How?” you ask. You’ll have to read one of the earlier books to find out, but I promise, it’s 100% worth it. This is in my top ten series of all times… between creativity, character growth, cozy settings, unique approaches, ability to do almost anything and get away with it, and well… tons more reasons. But let’s focus just on Leigh Perry’s latest book in the Family Skeleton Mystery series, The Skeleton Makes a Friend.
Sid’s lonely. He can only talk to Georgia — his best friend and caretaker. Although he’s able to move on his own, Sid’s smart enough to know if anyone found out his secret, his ‘life’ would be over. Other than Georgia, her parents, her sister, and her daughter are the only other 4 people who know anything about Sid. Georgia is an adjunct professor who goes from college to college teaching English courses. Everywhere she goes, someone dies. And Sid feels compelled to figure it out. The poor bony guy’s got nothing else to do but play video games and search the Internet. And video games is exactly what leads him to playing amateur sleuth again in this caper.
I laughed at least once a page while reading this book. Sometimes it’s a chuckle, other times I have to cover my mouth and try not to cry. Perry’s hilarious, and I can only imagine what she’s like in real life. She adeptly balances humor knowledge by carefully educating readers on various topics… such as video games, college life, skeletons, novels, etc. It’s the kind book where you feel connected the whole way through, and even if there are a few pages focusing on side stories other than the actual murder, you’re turning the pages feverishly to indulge yourself in as much as you can. I could read these all the time and never get bored.
Georgia is just cool. She is respectful, but if you cross her, she can push back in clever ways. Madison, her ~16-year-old daughter, has been a minor character in the past, but she’s front and center in this edition, and I’m glad to see how it unfolded. By showing us how both a ~40-year-old and a ~16-year-old (as well as a skeleton) try to solve a murder, it’s a fresh perspective. They have to work together on different levels, but it all makes complete sense. When Georgia and Sid find the body, even though Sid is dead and can’t smell things, I wrinkled my nose by his (okay, fine, it was Perry’s) description. Who goes in search of a foul smell when it’s not in your own office or home? Run away… but not Georgia… she locks Sid in a suitcase and sets him loose in the dark, only to see him come running full-speed at her when he finds a dead body that’s been idling (good word choice, right?) for days!
I rarely read sci-fi or fantasy, and I’m not sure I can truly say this falls in those categories… but Sid is a walking / talking skeleton, and the last time I checked, that’s not a real thing, so I suppose I have to say I’m loving the fantasy stuff these days! Just don’t tell anyone I said that. This is a high recommendation from me… I really love the caliber of the writing, characters and plot. This one has a witty approach to the reason why the victim died, and I can’t say anything more without giving away the plot. Rest assured, it was definitely unintentional on some level, but still… it had so many connections, it made red herrings a feast for the eyes. Kudos to the author for delivering one of the best in the series with this one.
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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and 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 find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also 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. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.