Oh, thank fuck it’s Friday! Not only because ugh, work but I’ve got a sweet new review and giveaway for ya’ll. Skeleton Makes a Friend is a cozy mystery told from the POV of a single working adjust mom, who takes care of her middle grade daughter and…an animated skeleton friend.
Everything else is perfectly normal contemporary setting. There’s cell phones, MMORPG playing, and card tournaments at the local game shop and all that current jazz. But there’s Sid the Skeleton. Able to assemble and disassemble himself, pick locks, make expressions, and can use his skull and hands as individual pieces!
It sounds weird. But it works and it doesn’t feel weird.
About Skeleton Makes a Friend
I received this book for free from Great Escape Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: The Skeleton Makes a Friend
Author: Leigh Perry
Pub. Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher Diversion Books
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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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 IRL—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.
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Skeleton Makes A Friend Excerpt:
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
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
“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
“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
“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.
IMHO: Skeleton Makes a Friend
Skeleton Makes a Friend is the fifth book in Family Skeleton Mystery series. I haven’t read any of the other books, but you better believe I’ll be going back to do so now!
An easy five star read.
- Fun & funny. Actually laughed and guffawed and awed.
- LOVE Georgia’s parenting, & her and Madison’s relationship
- LOVE how Georgia’s job isn’t upper class monetarily or privileged. Not only does the nomadic nature make all the cases more interesting and diverse, but the uncertainly is very relatable for adults, especially single moms.
- It’s current, but not in a cheesy try hard way. But in a way that authentically fits Georgia and shouldn’t cause any vicarious embarrassment.
- Georgia and Sid make a great investigative team. They have an unusual relationship for sure, that’s sweet and adorkable.
- There aren’t any remarkably stupid or outlandish antics that stretch my willingness to believe or irritate me. Georgia is prudent and responsible, taking only calculated important risks.
- Handles rape and #MeToo VERY well. And ya’ll know how strict I am on that kind of stuff.
- Did not know what would happen next at all, kept me reading and guessing all the way through.
- As someone who knows the value of internet friends and relationships, I really love and appreciate how that’s handled as well. Cozy mysteries tend to run older than other genres which doesn’t always lend itself well to such issues.
- Geek love & pride! (And Georgia gets her old Mom jokes in too lol)
- No problems reading it out of order, if you haven’t read the rest like me.
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