The Skeleton Takes a Bow (#2)

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And the best performance as a skull goes to… 

After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spotlight. He’s starring in a high school production of Hamlet. Well, not so much starring in as being a prop. At least part of him has a part—he’s using his head to play Yorick of “Alas, poor Yorick” fame. Every day, Georgia Thackery’s daughter, Madison, who’s also in the play, brings in his skull, and every night, she takes him home…

Until one night when he’s accidentally left at school—and hears the sounds of someone being murdered. But the next day, there’s no body and no one seems to be missing.

Sid is not a numbskull—he knows what he heard. Georgia thinks he imagined it—until a week later when a body is found. Now Georgia and Sid will both need to keep their heads as they stick their necks out and play sleuth to catch the conscience of a killer…


“The quirky and delightful Family Skeleton series continues [...] This mystery moves effortlessly with good plotting, amusing dialogue and a suspenseful and funny ending. Georgia’s endearing family of crime solvers will have readers clamoring for the next in the series.”

RT Book Reviews

“The humor and wit are razor sharp […] The plot succeeds in connecting various threads in an unexpected but logical conclusion. Leigh Perry, the pen name of Toni Kelner, shines in this delightfully funny and unique series that blends paranormal with mystery and academic satire.”

Kings River Life Magazine

“This newest in the Family Skeleton Mystery series is absolutely terrific. Yet again, Perry has come up with a fantastic concept that has never been done […] Such a fun read […] Perry has, yet again, come up with a barrel of surprises.”

Suspense Magazine

“This is a great cozy filled with sparkling humor and lots of twists and turns […] [the] sense of family love and loyalty is pervasive throughout the story. Every cozy lover will revel in THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW.“

Criminal Element

“THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW is greatly entertaining and a fun read […] I highly recommend THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW to fans of cozies in general and especially those who enjoy light hearted paranormal mysteries. I look forward to reading the next installment.”

Open Book Society

“As we get to know this very likable group of people, we can’t wait to see what they will do together next. Thoroughly entertaining read!”

Nightstand Book Reviews

“A light-hearted cozy style mystery with slight paranormal overtones […] [a] traditional mystery with great characters, interesting subplots and a satisfying mystery […] Leigh Perry manages to infuse her story with vast amounts of humor.”

BOLO Books

“This story is so much fun to read. It is one of those stories where it is so easy to let go of reality and believe Sid the Skeleton, can walk and talk and think […] You will not be sorry. These story will not only tickle your funny bone, it will delight your mind as well.”

Escape with Dollycas

“In THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW, the family love and humor are forefront in an enjoyable mystery […] Perry skillfully weaves together Georgia’s life as an adjunct professor, Madison’s school life, family life, and a murder investigation […] THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW deserves applause for its refreshing departure from the cozy mystery formula. The cast is an unusual family including a skeleton. There’s a great deal of humor, often due to the long friendship between Georgia and Sid.”

Lesa’s Book Critiques

“As much as I enjoy the cozies I read (or I wouldn’t keep reading them), it’s fun every so often to find a twist on the genre. That’s definitely the case with the Family Skeleton mysteries. THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW is the second in the series, and it’s a lot of fun [...] So pick up THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW today. Its unique take on the cozy formula will leave you happily turning pages.”

Carstairs Considers

“The book [is] very funny, and Sid is a great character. Not to slight the humans. Georgia, Madison, and Deb are fun, too, but it’s Sid who steals the show. If you like a good cozy, this is one to look for.”

Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine