Monday, November 12, 2018


I'm so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for
Book 5 in the Family Skeleton Mysteries
by Leigh Perry

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.

Sid unzipped the rest of the way, pulled himself out of the suitcase and back together, and tried to turn the knob. “It’s locked.”

“Can you open it?”

“Easy peasy,” he said, pulling a set of lock picks from inside the suitcase. My locksmith sister Deborah probably hadn’t realized that teaching my daughter Madison how to pick locks was tantamount to teaching Sid. Madison had shared everything she’d learned with him, and he’d promptly ordered his own picks online. “You really should learn to do this, Georgia. It’s not that hard.”

Despite his assurance, it seemed to take an awful long time to get the door open. Or maybe it just seemed like a long time because I kept looking down the stairs, worried that somebody would hear us and come to see what was going on.

Finally there was a loud click, and Sid said, “Nailed it!” He opened the door, and cold air streamed out.

“Brr!” I said. “Wouldn’t you know that a department with everybody on vacation would be the one with overachieving air conditioners?” The window unit in my classroom had gone out twice. “Not to mention the waste of electricity.”

“You can complain about it later,” Sid said. “Come on.”

I followed him into the human resources department, pulling the empty suitcase along.

There were four more closed doors: three offices labeled with names and one marked File Room.

“Here we go,” Sid said, using his picks on one of the office doors.

This lock was easier to deal with, which was a relief, but unfortunately, the smell seemed to be coming from that office. “I’m going in.”

“Remember what I said. Get in, look around fast, get out.”

“Got it.” He stepped inside.

Between the cold, the horrid stink, and the fear of being caught, I was hoping that Sid would be swift, but I was surprised when he came out in under two minutes. “That was fast. Did you find something?”

“Don’t go in there.”

“I wasn’t going to—”

Then I looked at him.

He shouldn’t have been able to look like anything but bone-colored, but somehow he seemed paler than usual, and his bones were so loose he was nearly falling apart. “What’s wrong?”

“He’s in there. At least I think it’s him.”

“Did he see you?” I said stupidly.

He slowly shook his skull, and only then did I realize what it was we’d been smelling.



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Sid the skeleton is back in, THE SKELETON MAKES A FRIEND, and he’s in great form. Well, for a skeleton he is. 😉 Author Leigh Perry has once again outdone herself. Just when I think I’ve read the best this series has to offer a new installment comes along and blows the others out of the water!

Not only is it hysterically funny, THE SKELETON MAKES A FRIEND is a stellar whodunit that had me turning the pages quicker and quicker. With each new chapter I became more captivated by this story as author Perry effortlessly changes the tone of the tale as I read it. I was laughing till I cried one minute, then crying over a heartwarming scene the next. And the reveal, well, I never saw it coming.

If you haven’t read this series, you have got to start. If you’re not into para-cozies no worries. You sort of forget Sid is a skeleton. Honestly, he’s just so delightful he’ll have you wanting a skeleton of your own.

About the Author


 Leigh Perry is the author of the Family Skeleton Series: A Skeleton in the Family, The Skeleton Takes a Bow, The Skeleton Haunts a House

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  1. Thanks, Lisa. This sounds great! Happy Monday, to you.

  2. Thank you for your wonderful review on "THE SKELETON MAKES A FRIEND" by Leigh Perry and for being part of the book tour. It reaffirms my desire to read this fabulous book. After reading the excerpt, I can't wait for the opportunity to read the book.
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  3. I was lucky enough to get an ARC and gave it 5 stars. I love how the author comes up with realistic ways for Sid to participate in these adventures.

  4. The book sounds amazing, Thanks for your great generosity.