Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: The Skeleton Takes a Bow by Leigh Perry

Description (from cover):

'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 heard 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.'

My thoughts:

Who would have thought that I would enjoy a book about a skeleton that helps solve murders. Leigh Perry has done a fantastic job with creating a series that is a little different from the norm. I mean that in a good way. I find that the author uses a creative and unique idea and turns it into something worth reading. I also find the somewhat corny skeleton and bone jokes amusing. The author makes this book a fun read because it is something so drastically different. I love Sid's character and without him this book and this series just wouldn't be the same. 

This time around Sid finds himself playing a part in the local high school's performance of Hamlet. Although he doesn't having a speaking role, he does make a fantastic skull to be used as a prop in the play. Of course, Georgia and Madison have to go through some rigamarole to make sure that Sid is kept a secret, but Sid always finds a way to save the day. Sid overhears a murder taking place one night when he is left inside Madison's locker. However, the next day there's no clue that anything sinister ever took place. Sid is determined to prove that he heard something out of the ordinary occur and he doesn't let anything get in his way.

I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first in this series. As I stated before, Sid's character really brings a lot to this series and makes it so much more amusing. Not that the other characters pale in comparison or anything, I just enjoy Sid and his wisecracking ways. I highly recommend this book and this series to readers who love a different type of cozy mystery. I simply cannot get enough of these characters and hope that you can't either.

Overall Rating: 4.5

Title:  The Skeleton Takes a Bow
Author:  Leigh Perry
Series:  Family Skeleton Mystery #2
Publisher:  Berkley
Publication Date:  September 2, 2014
Pages:  304
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was purchased by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

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