The Skeleton Haunts a House

The Skeleton Haunts a House

by Leigh Perry
The Skeleton Haunts a House

The Skeleton Haunts a House

by Leigh Perry


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"The Skeleton Haunts A House, and the entire Family Skeleton Mystery series for that matter, is a fun-filled, action-packed read that engrosses the reader from the first page to the last. Highly recommended!” — Open Book Society

Pennycross is spooked after a student is murdered at a popular haunted house, and now it’s full scream ahead for English adjunct professor Georgia Thackery and Sid the Skeleton as they scramble to solve the case...

No bones about it, Halloween is Sid the Skeleton’s absolute favorite season! It’s the one time of year he can freely cavort around town with his best friend, English adjunct professor Georgia Thackery. Sid’s especially looking forward to Pennycross’s infamous Halloween Howl. The annual, month-long event celebrates all things spooky, but its main attraction is undoubtedly the haunt at “McHades” Hall.

Every October, to raise scholarship funds, McQuaid University transforms McQuaid Hall, the oldest building on campus, into an immersive haunted house experience, serving scares at the dilapidated mansion with swarms of student zombies, gallons of gag blood, and piles of plastic bones. But unfortunately, this year, visitors to McHades Hall stumble upon something unexpected—one very real murder victim...

McQuaid student Kendall Fitzroy was beloved by family, friends, and her boyfriend—no one knows why anyone would want to kill her. But with the community mourning a dead co-ed, the authorities threatening to shut down the attraction, and the University standing to lose thousands in donations, it’s up to Sid, Georgia, and the entire Thackery family to scare up some clues and unmask the haunt’s true ghoul before they strike again.

The third book in the Family Skeleton cozy mystery series by Agatha award-winning author Toni L. P. Kelner, writing as Leigh Perry, is sure to charm fans of Charlaine Harris and Sophie Kelly!

Praise for The Skeleton Haunts a House:
"This is a smart, fun book with lots of twists and a wry humor, making it the perfect Halloween book you can read late into the night and not have nightmares from."  — Crimereads

“One of the freshest and original voices in the subgenre of paranormal mystery.” — Talk Nerdy With Us

“Sid (he likes to think of himself as Sherlock Bones) and Georgia come through in the end, of course, and there’s a lot of fun (and a bit of romance) to be had along the way. Check it out.” — Bill Crider

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625676771
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2024
Series: The Family Skeleton , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 328,001
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Leigh Perry is the pseudonym for Toni L. P. Kelner, the author of the Laura Fleming mysteries and the "Where Are They Now?" series. She is also the author of numerous short stories, and co-edits bestselling urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Her short stories have been nominated for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards, and she has won the Agatha Award. Under her pseudonym Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton mystery series. Visit her at and

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Praise for the Family Skeleton Mystery Series:

"Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect—except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You'll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo."—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

“Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery makes a charming debut in A Skeleton in the Family. Georgia is fiercely loyal to her best friend, Sid, an actual skeleton who is somehow still ‘alive.’ When Sid sees someone he remembers from his past life—who later turns up dead—Georgia finds herself trying to put together the pieces of Sid’s past as she works to hunt down a killer. Amateur sleuth Georgia, and her sidekick, Sid, are just plain fun!”—Sofie Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Faux Paw

“No bones about it, Leigh Perry hooked me right from the beginning. An unusual premise, quirky characters and smart, dry humor season this well-told mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. It's too bad Perry's sleuth is fictional—I'd invite Georgia over for dinner in a heartbeat.” —Bailey Cates, New York Times bestselling author of Magic and Macaroons

"A delightful cozy with a skeleton who will tickle your funny bone."—Paige Shelton, New York Times bestselling author of If Onions Could Spring Leeks

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