The Skeleton Paints a Picture (#4)

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Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too.

The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision.

Initially, police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it—until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she’d realized…


“THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE is the best book in the series to date.”

BOLO Books

“A well-written and tightly woven whodunit. ”

Dru’s Book Musings (#4)

“This was a great story and mystery, different from the last three but built on the magic and mystery solving duo I love.”

A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery

“I never thought I would find the friendship between a woman and a skeleton to be so charming, moving, or enviable. The murder plot is just as complex and unpredictable, making it a winning entry in the always entertaining field of academic mysteries.”

KRL News & Reviews

“Make no bones about it, if you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll enjoy THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE. This is a fun book that will leave you hoping Sid still has a very long life ahead of him.”

Carstairs Considers

“THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE is a mystery that once again proves that Leigh Perry is one of the finest authors of modern humorous cozies [...] The Family Skeleton series is wonderful fun, and can be read by all ages of mystery lover.”

Mutt Cafe

“Another enjoyable book in this series! The mystery is perfectly paced, with plenty of humor, investigation and college professor drama. Sid and Georgia make a great team.”

My Interdimensional Chaos

“It is a story that is [...] full of compassion, thoughtfulness, [and] gentleness.”

goo blog (Japan)

”5 stars all the way! […] A must read for anyone who likes their books a little more unusual than the norm!”

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