The Skeleton Makes a Friend (#5)

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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 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.


“Whodunits don’t come much funnier than Perry’s suspenseful fifth mystery featuring 'an ambulatory skeleton named Sid.'”

Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

"This series just keeps getting better […] This is a solidly readable, writerly, thoroughly enjoyable mystery […] I can’t imagine it being better, honestly. I’m looking forward to more from Sid and Georgia.”

Nonstop Reader

“Fans of Sid will delight in watching him navigate the challenges of having his first “outside” friendship while never straying to far from his smart-alecky roots.”

BOLO Books

"What a treat to see another side of Sid as he makes a friend via an online game [...] The author did a great job in staging this mystery [...] The characters are well-developed and the dialogue is engaging [...] Overall, this was one of the best book in this delightfully endearing series and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Sid, Georgia and the gang."

Dru’s Book Musings

“Kudos to the author for delivering one of the best in the series with this one.

This Is My Truth Now

“I love this series and I loved this story.”

Escape With Dolly Cas

“Ready for a light-hearted, slightly paranormal mystery? The Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry might be for you. This series is so unique, and the wise-cracking investigating skeleton never gets in the way of the mystery, but only adds to the fun.”

The Book’s The Thing