My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking is the 6th book in the ‘Family Skeleton’ mystery series and was written in 2019 by Leigh Perry. I’ve previously read and reviewed all the books in the series, and this one is definitely my favorite thus far. It seems each newly published tale is better than the last one. Before you read them, you need to know a few things to truly embrace the series.
Georgia is ~40ish adjunct English professor in New England. Her parents are both full-time professors at a different college, and she has a sister, Deborah, and a teenage daughter, Madison. There is also one other key person in Georgia’s life: Sid, a walking, talking skeleton. Now that you’ve picked your teeth off the floor and/or closed your mouth, stay focused! This series might have its roots in a bit of paranormal fun, but its heart and soul is truly realistic and wonderful. Few people know about Sid, so he’s more like a computer who can secretly interact with others to help George solve murders in her spare time. In this case, Madison’s dog brings home a bone. Georgia thinks it’s part of Sid, as the dog likes to bite the skeleton, but it’s not. From there, the entire family gets involved in solving this murder, including Georgia’s on-again/off-again boyfriend, Brownie, a carnie she came to know in an earlier book.
First off, the series has some of the best humor. When you have a dog and a skeleton, the trouble is endless. Toss in a few murders, and Georgia needs to be on her toes 24/7. She always is, but every once in a while, she slips up… and watching her back herself out of the situation is hilarious. Her colleague Charles is a main focus in this case, as he knew the person who likely belongs to the skeleton. Ten years ago, the two had been courting… and that’s all I’ll say, as I’m not a spoiler. Perry’s last few books in the series have been the kind you can’t put down. I tried to just read an hour’s worth, but I finished it all in a single setting. You breeze through them in a good way. They’re the perfect length and have a fine balance of complexity and levity.
I’m rarely a science-fiction or fantasy reader, but this series is one I won’t miss. I jumped on the chance to get an early copy of this book when I saw it was available on NetGalley. I wanted to save it until Christmas, since the book has a holiday theme, but I couldn’t last… I succumbed to the taunting as the lovable skeleton called to me every single time I opened Kindle. “READ ME” Sid said… so I did. And it’s fantastic. Clever and witty, full of heart and soul. It weaves back and forth seamlessly from Georgia’s personal life to Sid’s quest to be as real as he can possibly be to investigating the prime murder case. Georgia is beyond methodical, and I believe she can solve the case each time.
The conclusion is fierce… both in the mystery and in Georgia’s personal life. I pushed through about ~30 pages so quickly once the killer was revealed and the big-time chase scene got underway. It was a great ending, and I love the last two pages. I didn’t expect it to happen, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it yet, but it was thoroughly shocking in a good way. Can I please have the next one for Christmas in my stocking, Sid… this year? Thanks!
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