A Skeleton in the Family (#1)

Next: The Skeleton Takes a Bow

A woman discovers the literal skeleton in her family’s closet in the first Family Skeleton Mystery!
Moving back into her parents’ house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery’s “Plan A.” But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends.
Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family’s skeleton. He’s lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.
Sid walks, he talks, he makes bad jokes, he tries to keep Georgia’s dog from considering him a snack.  And he manages to persuade Georgia to let him leave the house. But when she takes him to an anime convention—disguised as a skeleton, of course—he sees a woman who triggers memories of his past.
Now he is determined to find out how he died—with Georgia’s help.  But their investigation may uncover a killer who’s still alive and well and bad to the bone…


“A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology.”

RT Book Reviews

“An effortlessly narrated, meticulously crafted cozy mystery.”

The Big Thrill

“A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY is a very clever, engaging book with several LOL moments. I’m eagerly waiting publication of THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW."

Nightstand Book Reviews

“I had a grand time reading this fresh, original novel peopled (and skeletoned) with enchanting characters and a warm, engaging story. The undercurrent of the gift of love and loyalty between friends and family members gives this book a burnished glow of strength and peace. I totally loved every page and want to visit with Georgia and Sid again and again. Bring on book two of the series!”

Criminal Element

“I loved this unique fusion of paranormal, cozy, and academic mystery.”

Stuff and Nonsense

“The author’s dry humor and ability to poke fun at the pretentious is always evident and this eccentric mystery proves to be surprisingly grounded and realistic. I loved this fun mystery and can’t wait for a sequel that includes this bony and very likable sidekick.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“This is a fun read and before you go making assumptions about skeletons that walk and talk—think about it!!”

Meritorious Mysteries

“This off-beat paranormal cozy will resonate with a lot of different types of readers, from the single mom, to the professor, to the paranormal enthusiast. There is literally something for everyone!”

Debbie’s Book Bag

“Readers will not be able to resist smiling as they witness the predicaments that Georgia and Sid find themselves in […] Even readers who may not be fans of paranormal stories will find it hard to resist Sid’s charms and are likely to return for his next adventure.”

BOLO Books

“Light-hearted whodunit filled with amusing banter and a great cast of characters in this wonderfully crafted debut series. There’s no bones about it, I can’t wait for the next book in this exciting series.”

Dru’s Book Musings

“If you like cozy mysteries, I urge you to pick up A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY […] Georgia Thackeray and Sid make a terrific team. It’s an entertaining mystery involving a very special friendship.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques

“The author’s dry humor and ability to poke fun at the pretentious is always evident and this eccentric mystery proves to be surprisingly grounded and realistic. I loved this fun mystery and can’t wait for a sequel that includes this bony and very likable sidekick.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“Very clever writing and thoroughly enjoyable. Funny and exciting and a great book to read on a chilly autumn evening. A terrific start for this new series.”

Dollycas’s Thoughts

“This was a fantastic and charming cozy mystery with a hint of a paranormal twist.”

Kristen’s Book Jungle

“Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect–except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You’ll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo.”

Charlaine Harris, The New York Times bestselling author

“Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery makes a charming debut in A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY. Georgia is fiercely loyal to her best friend, Sid, an actual skeleton who is somehow still ‘alive.’ When Sid see someone he remembers from his past life-who later turns up dead-Georgia finds herself trying to put together the pieces of Sid’s past as she works to hunt down a killer. Amateur sleuth Georgia, and her sidekick, Sid, are just plain fun!”

Sofie Kelly, The New York Times bestselling author of Cat Trick

“No bones about it, Leigh Perry hooked me right from the beginning. An unusual premise, quirky characters and smart, dry humor season this well-told mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It’s too bad Perry’s sleuth is fictional — I’d invite Georgia over for dinner in a heartbeat.”

Bailey Cates, author of Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti

“A delightful cozy with a skeleton who will tickle your funny bone.”

Paige Shelton, national-bestselling author of If Bread Could Rise to the Occasion

“Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones! I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving lingers in our house with turkey pot pies made with the leftover meat and vegetables and stock from the skin and bones. And speaking of bones, I’ve just binged on a new discovery for me: Leigh Perry’s “Family Skeleton” series. Sid is the title bag of bones who doesn’t want to stay in the Thackery family’s closet. I started with the first one and am nearly through the third. Light, fun, and totally charming mysteries. Georgia and her teenage daughter Madison remind me of Joan Hess’s Claire Malloy and her daughter.”

Margaret Maron, award-winning author of Corpus Christmas, Bootlegger’s Daughter, and Up Jumps the Devil

Awards & Accolades


#4 Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Paperback Bestseller