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The Skeleton Paints a Picture
October 5, 2017
The Skeleton Paints a Picture A Family Skeleton Mystery (#4) by Leigh Perry Diversion Books Diversion Publishing General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 10 Oct 2017
Three cheers for Sid, the skeleton that any woman would want for a best friend, confidant and fellow investigator. The Skeleton Paints a Picture is a mystery that once again proves that Leigh Parry is one of the finest authors of modern humorous cozies. I absolutely love this fun, lighthearted series that shows that friendship is more than skin deep.
Georgia Thackery is once again an adjunct, this time at Falstone Art and Design University. Far from home and surrounded by snow, life is lonely - until Sid mails himself to the cottage she is staying at. Life is looking up, filled with visions of grading papers, late night movies and dance parties. Unfortunately during some late night exploration Sid discovers a body. It looks like an accident, and Georgia doesn't recognize the woman. But the police aren't so sure it was an accident and the woman is one of Georgia’s coworkers. Sid is eager to investigate and his eagerness is infectious.
I like the way Leigh Perry brings up current issues, from the effects of social media on copyright to gender fluidity. Her plots are always well planned and provoke thought while entertaining. The Family Skeleton series is wonderful fun, and can be read by all ages of mystery lover. I loved The Skeleton Paints a Picture and look forward to Leigh Perry’s next exciting novel.
5 / 5
I received a copy of The Skeleton Paints a Picture from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Sid is back!
Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery has a new job teaching at Falstone Art and Design University, known as FAD to its students and faculty. It's lonely isolated in a borrowed bungalow during a winter of record-breaking snow, until, that is, she receives a package with the body of her best friend, Sid. Sid is a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. She’s used to the oddities of having an ambulatory bag of bones as a best friend, but for him to mail himself to her is unusual, even for Sid. It turns out that Sid, who normally lives with Georgia's extremely busy parents, was lonely, too.
The two of them make plans for a cozy semester: reading, watching movies, Georgia grading papers and doing research while Sid games and works on homework for his online class. It might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t gone out wandering the first night and spotted a crashed car. When they go to investigate, they find the driver, apparently dead from the crash.
Initially police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it--until Georgia finds out the body she found hit closer to home than she’d realized...