The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (#6)

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Dr. Georgia Thackery is back at home with her parents after finding a new adjunct position at Bostock College. Everyone is excited for their first family Christmas with nothing to hide. Why? Because Georgia’s daughter Madison is now in the know about Sid, their walking, talking family skeleton.

But their Christmas cheer is interrupted when the Thackerys’ dog Byron goes missing on a cold December night. When he’s finally found, he has a femur clutched between his jaws, and Georgia and Madison race to apologize to Sid for letting the dog gnaw on him yet again.

Except that all of Sid’s bones are present and accounted for. 

This bone is from somebody else, and when they trace Byron’s trail to an overgrown lot nearby, they find the rest of the skeleton. It’s the normal kind, not moving or telling jokes, and when the police come to take charge, they’re sure it was murder.

And one of Georgia’s adjunct friends could be implicated.

With tensions stirring at the college and everyone hiding a secret or two, Sid and Georgia must uncover the truth before the ghost of a Christmas past strikes again.


"Mirth and murder blend beautifully in Perry’s sixth whodunit featuring Sid [...] Perry tosses in helicopter parents and academic politics en route to a satisfying denouement. Cozy fans who enjoy their mysteries leavened with humor will find their funny bones tickled."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"This fast-paced and well-written whodunit immediately grabbed my attention [...] a solid plot, a lovable and quirky cast of characters, suspense and intrigue to keep me reading, engaging dialogue, a feel good atmosphere, and a few strategically-placed twists that enhanced my reading pleasure [...] by far, the BEST book in this delightfully endearing series."

Dru's Book Musings

"Loveable, well-written and endlessly engaging. The plot in THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING is exceptionally original [...] Sid and Georgia will delight readers of all ages and types [...] I truly enjoyed this holiday cozy and can’t wait for the next addition to this series. I am thrilled to recommend this book along with the entire series to cozy readers everywhere."

The Cozy Review

“Leigh Perry always manages to find new and interesting ways for the walking, talking skeleton to get out into the world and investigate murders […] If quirky cozies are your thing, I can’t recommend this series enough!”

Michelle’s Romantic Triangle

“Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill down your spine in Leigh Perry’s festive new mystery.”

Bolo Books

“[The Family Skeleton Series are] the perfect length and have a fine balance of complexity and levity […] It seems each newly published tale is better than the last one.”

This is My Truth Now

“THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING was purely delightful. Whether this book is your introduction to Sid or you want a chance to catch up with old friends, you’ll savor every page.”

Carstairs Considers

“Delightful light reading […] There is romantic romping, daily college student dealings, family fun, perpetual puzzles, copious curious characters and tenuous trust.”

Book Postmortem

“THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING excels at everything [readers] look for in a cozy mystery.”

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