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The Skeleton Makes a Friend

(Family Skeleton Mystery #5)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 s ...more
Kindle Edition, 227 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Diversion Books (first published September 4th 2018)
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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 l ...more
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series and I loved this story.

The prestigious Overfeld College has hired Georgia Thackery for their summer program for high schoolers. She, her daughter Madison, and Sid, the skeleton have settled in nicely at a cabin of one of her parent’s former students. That it is right next to a lake makes taking this position almost like a vacation. When a teenager shows up with her mother in tow looking for someone Georgia has never heard of things get very interesting. Espe
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
4 ½ stars
I absolutely love this series, the books are getting better and better as they go along. The characters are so great starting with Georgia the main character and narrator then the skeleton himself Sid rounded out by Georgia’s daughter Madison. They form such a perfect (view spoiler)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun volume in this fine fantasy/cozy mystery series. Sid the skeleton is involved with an online gaming group and Georgia is teaching a summer school class at a small college when they become involved in another murder mystery. The mystery aspect worked better for me this time around; my early conclusions were totally off base, but the real solution was more satisfactory. Good humorous story for mystery and fantasy fans! (Also loved the cover with the skeleton wearing a swimming snorkel. ...more
Mark Baker
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
Dr. Georgia Thackery has landed a summer job teaching a high school enrichment program on the campus of Overfeld College. Even better, she's found a semi-private cabin on a nearby lake to rent, meaning that her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid, are able to accompany her. Even better, they are isolated enough that Sid, who is a living skeleton, can get outside the house occasionally. Their solitude is interrupted when a teen shows up asking to meet Sid. She is a member of Sid's clan in ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I've only read one book in this series before (the first) but it struck a cord then, and it definitely did again with this one. There is just something completely unique about a walking skeleton sidekick that you just don't get in your average cozy mystery- Sid really makes this series such a fun ride! Of course Georgia and Madison are great too, but come on now- A WALKING SKELETON. Hn.

I really wondered at this mystery, an
Neil Plakcy
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first in this series, but I got enough back story that I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Very clever insights into academic life, coupled with great writing and intriguing characters. I loved all the "business" of the skeleton getting around, and found him to be a surprisingly warm character. I definitely want to read the rest in this series.
Dawn Michelle
Well. That was one amazing read. One of the best cozy mysteries that I have read in a good long time.

Leigh Perry has got her Sid mojo back and this one was nothing but pure delight even after I figured out who the bad person was. It actually did not ruin it for me at all as I wasn't sure about the "why" [I missed a few queues at the beginning that would have clued me in] and the reveal is something you will not ever forget. One of THE BEST reveals in a very long time.
The author writes nerdy ga
Lisa Morin
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sid is back in this quirky cozy mystery by Leigh Perry.
I have to say, a skeleton as a protagonist is quite unique and the way the author writes such an outstanding story that revolves around that is truly amazing.
Georgia Thackery is an adjunct professor, and her teaching assignment takes her to Overfeld College, which has some skeletons of its own.
This story involves a role playing game that has Sid learning the ups and downs of friendship as well as learning about himself.
As the mystery unravel
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Another great installment to this great cozy mystery series! Georgia took a summer teaching job at a different college and while one would hope murder would not follow luck feels otherwise. While searching for a missing gaming friend of Sid's they make a horrible discovery that leads to surprises and danger. The skeleton is a nice touch that really sets this series apart. Great for fans of cozy with a to
Jerri Cachero
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sid is back !

I loved Sid's latest mystery! When a game played is murdered, Sid and the whole crew (even Byron!) swing into action.

The mystery was fast-paced, filled with "red herrings" and kept me guessing until the end. I enjoyed seeing even more of Sid's character come to light. Leigh Perry has created a character that is more "human" than skeleton!

Another winner!
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
My favorite book in the series, so far! Fantastic storyline, wonderful supporting characters, and Sid really gets to show his heroic side!
Loved it!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
I am so happy to see Sid again! If you haven’t met Sid, he is the Thackery family skeleton. No, not the skeleton in the closet – the skeleton who sometimes lives in the attic! It is summertime now, and Georgia, her daughter Madison, and Sid are in New Hampshire. The characters continue to be fabulous, Sid is as entertaining as ever, and the mystery is unique.
Georgia is an adjunct professor, having no permanent teaching position. Sid and Georgia have been best friends since she was six years old
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
THE SKELETON MAKES A FRIEND marks the fifth mystery featuring Sid and his best friend Georgia as amateur sleuths. This book is delightful – one of my best reads of the year.

I LOVE Sid! He is one of my favorite literary characters ever. What is there not to like about a walking, talking skeleton sidekick who is smart, witty, thoughtful, and a loyal friend? Granted, a skeleton main character does require a bit of suspending reality, but, truthfully, Perry has made Sid so totally down to earth and
Peggy R
I have to say, I was surprised at how quickly I took to this series. I set a goal this year to read series that have been on the TBR pile for too long. I had heard plenty of great things about this series, and I had bought the first book at a library book sale, so it went on the list. I have managed to make my way through all the books to the most recent release. This has honestly become one of my favorite series in the genre. To start, it has a clever premise. Something that might sound a bit s ...more
Grace Koshida
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Georgia Thackery is enjoying her summer job teaching an enrichment class for high schoolers at prestigious Overfeld College. The gig comes with a rustic cabin right where Georgia can relax with her daughter Madison, and Sid the Skeleton. But their time together is interrupted by a teenager named Jen who is looking for her online gaming friend (Sid). Jen is worried about one of their gaming members who has gone missing for real. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowes ...more
Sherry Fundin
This creatively written cozy mystery swept me up and carried me away, through lots of danger with plenty of suspects that kept me guessing while I laughed my way through it, step by step, with fabulously funny characters and dialogue.

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Aug 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-intrigue
3.5 stars. Definitely at least 4 stars for Sid the skeleton :-) Easy and pleasant to read.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sid’s friend through an online gaming party tracks him down to where he, Georgia, and Madison are living during Georgia’s summer adjunct job. After a quick cover up by Georgia, Sid wants to get involved with what Jen needs. Jen got the idea that he is somewhat of a detective and one of their gaming friends has gone missing. Georgia agrees to help Sid and they uncover not only a dead body but something much more sinister going on at Overfeld College.
Charles, the Doctors Thackery, a professor wit
Lisa Elizabeth
This book was a wonderful instalment in this series. The relationships are wonderful and complex and the characters that the author introduced were so multi-faceted. I didn’t know it was possible to love a skeleton as much as I do, but Sid is wonderful and his relationship with Madison and Georgia is the heart blood of this series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
Anna Fox
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Sid, of course, who wouldn't love a walking, talking, tech savvy skeleton? Sid, Georgia and her daughter, Madison are back at at a college and thanks to a friend have a nice cabin to stay in while Georgia is teaching. This time Madison gets more involved in solving the murder and Sid makes a friend outside the Thackery family. Charles is also working at the same college. This series is fun and well written. Since Georgia is an adjunct the setting changes in each book.

I received an eARC fr
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Skeleton Makes a Friend is the 5th book in the Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry. It's due out 6th Nov, 2018 from Diversion Books and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

I'm a huge fan of paranormal cozies and this series just keeps getting better. There is a large chunk of necessary suspension of disbelief going in; the main character Georgia has a best friend who's a walking talking skeleton. That being said, there are so
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. The mysteries are always interesting, I like Georgia, her daughter and Sid. I love the way the author comes up with great ways to use Sid realistically. Liked the parents and wished they all went on vacation or sabbatical together and all 5 of them have a great mystery to solve.

In this one, the author uses Sid as she has in the past in terms of how he investigates, but the manner she develops to get him involved in the mystery is new and IT MAKES SENSE. How would a skeleton m
Marty Tool
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't even explain how much I love these books. This is book 5, you don't need to have read the previous for the world building, but you're cheating yourself to know these characters better, the history and the fun in them.
This has Georgia teaching at yet another college with her daughter and skeleton best friend Sid. Of course there's a murder, it's a cozy after all, with a good mystery other than the murder. Many different avenues for Georgia and Sid to examine and investigate. This time dau
Megan W. (pnwbookworm)
This cozy mystery series is super fun and a really great for October! It features a living skeleton who has a penitent for investigating and sticking his imaginary nose into everything. He lives with a family that took him in after he saved the main character when she was a kid. This installment in the series is just as good as the rest, in fact it was probably a little better because Madison is one of my favorite characters and she had a much bigger role in the story. This story focuses a lot o ...more
Great imagination! We've all read ghost stories, but this is the first I've ever read with an ambulatory skeleton and where all the cuss words are the names of bones. As the publisher's blurb suggests, the action takes place on a college campus where Georgia is a summer replacement prof and is staying at a cottage nearby with the family dog, her teenaged daughter, and Sid their longtime friend who just happens to be an ambulatory skeleton. From her family Georgia learns about internet based role ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this is the 5th in a series this is my first introduction to this series. I really enjoyed this story and was did not figure out who the culprit was until the very end. I also will go back and read the first four books in the series before the next one comes out. The story follows Georgia, a professor and her friend Sid the skeleton. Yep a skeleton. Truly and interesting premise for a cozy. A fun cast of characters and good paced story.
Rima Aiello
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so much and find myself so excited every time a new installment comes out! This series is just so different, it doesn't really delve into paranormal, but has Sid. The way the family in the story plays off each other is just so real and believable, even with Sid. This latest installment was perfect, the story, the characters, everything. I cannot wait for more!
The Skeleton Makes a Friend by Leigh Perry is A Family Skeleton Mystery series. Georgia Thackery along with her daughter, Madison and best friend and skeleton, Sid are spending the summer in Overfeld, New Hampshire. Georgia is teaching a creative writing seminar as part of a high school enrichment program at Overfeld College. The three of them are swimming in the lake when Jen Cater shows up looking for Skalle Beinagrind. Skalle is a gaming friend of Jen’s from Runes of Legend who was bragging a ...more
How wonderful to get to spend some time with Sid, the most awesome skeleton in the world. Along with his flesh and blood family, Georgia and her daughter Madison, Sid is spending time with them at a cabin while Georgia is teaching. As an adjunct professor, she moves around a lot. I was glad that Madison is with them. Sid is also, it turns out, a gamer - he's a techie skeleton and he makes a friend online. When he posts a photo of the lake, one of the gamers recognizes it and shows up to ask Sid ...more
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