The Skeleton Takes a Bow (Family Skeleton Series #2)

The Skeleton Takes a Bow (Family Skeleton Series #2)

by Leigh Perry
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The Skeleton Takes a Bow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny , awesome , Can't wait for the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is as good as the 1st book in the series. The mystery is solid. I'm happy to see the main characters have returned, and Sid the skeleton is still a charming and plausible plot oddity. These books have a nice balance between mystery and humor.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Fun cozy, good humor, fun read and I love Sid
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sid Becomes an Ear Witness 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. You see, this series features Sid, a walking, talking skeleton. He’s best friends with our main character, Georgia Thackery. Sid walked into her life when she was kid, and he’s still there. Georgia is an adjust professor and single mother, currently living at her parent’s house while she teaches at a local college. Want more background on Sid? That was the subject of the first book in the series. This book does a good job of not spoiling that book, so you can read them in either order. It’s Georgia’s daughter, Madison, and Sid who conspire to get the trio into the latest mystery. See, Madison is in the drama department at her high school, and the spring play is Hamlet. She figures that Sid would be perfect as Yorick, and Sid is always looking for a way to get out of the house, something he can’t normally do without frightening people. Georgia is more hesitant, but she eventually goes along. However, one night early into rehearsal, Madison gets distracted leaving school and accidentally leaves Sid’s skull backstage. That night, Sid hears two mean fighting, then one gets hit over the head and dies. Sid doesn’t know who they are, and the body has been moved before school starts the next day. Fearing that Madison might not be safe at school, Georgia and Sid start to investigate. Without a body, the police won’t take anything they say seriously. But who was the victim? Where is his body? Can they find the killer? As I said, there is a nice twist on the cozy formula here since Sid and Georgia have to work out the victim before they can identify the killer. The plot seems a little slow at the beginning, but as the book goes along, you see that the author was setting things up for later in the book. The plot gains speed as it goes along until it reaches the logical climax. One thing I love about these books is that, while we have a living skeleton, Sid has to keep his existence a secret. He rarely gets to leave the house, and if anyone does happen to spot him, they freak. This adds a level of believability to the story that I truly appreciate. It does make it a little harder to keep him part of the action, but the author does a great job of believably making him an important part of the story. Yet Sid isn’t a skin and bones character. He is fully fleshed out in a way that makes him so real. The same goes for the rest of the cast, all of whom are wonderful. I don’t normally stick my toe in the paranormal end of the cozy spectrum, but this premise intrigued me enough I had to give it a shot. Outside of Sid, there is nothing paranormal about the book, so that element is very light and shouldn’t bother most cozy fans like me who avoid that kind of thing. So pick up The Skeleton Takes a Bow today. Its unique take on the cozy formula will leave you happily turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book. It takes your mind off of your own problems and gives you a laugh. I want a friend like Sid and as long as you keep him alive I have him even if only in a book.
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
It could be a cheap shtick to have a "live" skeleton as part of your family, but Leigh Perry makes it work for me. It's an easy suspension of belief. Here we have the combination of teenage angst, with high school drama (literally and figuratively) and a skeleton who is learning to expand his abilities. And timely those abilities are! A murder with no evidence of its existence is just the start. You have to love Sid's starring role at the curtain call of Hamlet. All in all--good fun.
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Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Leigh Perry brings readers the second book in her Family Skeleton Mystery series, The Skeleton Takes a Bow. This series takes the old saying, "skeleton's in the closet' to a new level. Sid, the walking, talking skeleton is a remarkable character. Readers who take the time to embrace new ideas of what a character can and should be, will love this one! Perry's writing has paranormal elements, good old fashioned sleuthing and a wry sense of humor. This is a book and series readers won't soon forget! What I liked: There were several things that I liked about this book. The Skeleton Takes a Bow is the second in the series. Leigh Perry introduced Sid in the first book and described his relationship with Georgia. That's about all the background the reader needs to have in order to enjoy this book. It might be hard for some readers to adjust to Sid, the skeleton being a real character, but he is definitely the character that defines this series. I think Perry is really on to something with this idea. I wonder what other inanimate objects could possibly be characters? There is certainly tons of potential with this series and readers are in for a treat with Sid. In this particular book, Perry also uses one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, Hamlet. I thought this was a nice touch and a great nod to one of the greatest literary genius' of all time. Hamlet, also takes a bit of poetic license with characterizations. Using Sid to be Yorick's skull was a fantastic idea and I think it worked really well for this book. I was a little surprised that the story did not focus more on the production of the play, for the mystery aspects, but the SAT test ring was also a great plot line. The mystery itself was not what I expected but definitely believable and interesting. When Sid ends up at school overnight, he thinks he hears what could have been a murder. I liked the way Perry went about bringing Sid and Georgia into the investigation. It turns out that this mystery was about something totally different than the school's production of Hamlet. I liked the test ring plot because it was unusual and it fit with the idea that this is an unusual series. I like being surprised and this one really did that. What I didn't like: Georgia and Madison are wonderful characters, but they are a bit more secondary to the story. Sid is the star of the show and that is perhaps, not what what Perry originally envisioned. I think Sid was supposed to be more of a sidekick. That's not to say that this is bad, because I think Sid is amazing. It's one of those situations where the story just kind of takes over. Bottom Line: I like this series. It is certainly unusual and in the world of cozies that is a very good thing. I like the fact that Perry takes an inanimate object and makes him an amazing character. Sid is wonderful. There were a few hiccups here in there in the pacing of things and I wish that Georgia had a bigger role, but all in all, a good addition to the series.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I absolutely love Sid!!! What a hoot it would be to have my own Sid :) I couldn’t wait to read this book and Leigh Perry did not disappoint. I read the whole book in one sitting. Georgia and Madison are great characters too. When Sid claims to have heard a murder happen they try to do everything right, even when no dead body is found. When all their efforts fail they have no choice but to investigate even if they put every bone in their bodies on the line. 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. He can read and surf the internet and he is Georgia’s best friend and has been since she was a child. If you haven’t read A Skeleton in the Family you have to read that book first, then jump right into this one. You will not be sorry. These story will not only tickle your funny bone, it will delight your mind as well. The worst part is waiting whole year for Book #3.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
i've cut my author list down, just got too far bewhind in my reading, however, leigh perry is in the top 5 on my to buy list and i'm glad she is. this series is different and intriguing. not just a mystery, there is a lot of humor too. picture a skeleton that can walk and talk, but can't eat or drink, has no brain but can think, has no heart, but has emotions. he lives with a mother and daughter that totally accept him as a part of the family. i can't wait for the nest story. this series besides being a very good mystery, is a real hoot to read!! love it!!
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The main character Georgia is a totally likeable character, hard working, single mother and dealing with a skeleton who doesn't stay in the closet. The story involves Sid being a prop in Madison's school play who over hears a murder. How do you solve a murder when you have no body and you don't know who was murdered? It makes it a little tricky and it is very well done. I eagerly await the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sid the skeleton, that is. It's hard to believe that Leigh Perry can make a skeleton as a character believable, but she does. Georgia Thackery, Madison her daughter, and Deborah her sister are all believable and cheerworthy! When Madison convinces her mom to allow her to take Sid's skull to her high school as a prop for Hamlet, no one could imagine that Sid would hear a murder. Soon Georgia, Madison, and Sid have a plan to sleuth out the murder, but who knew that Georgia's investigation into the Seacrest Foundation would intersect at the high school. Adams' family dynamics work for this family that sleuths together. I hope the wait for the next mystery won't be too long!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Skeleton Takes A Bow is the second book in the A Family Skeleton Mystery series. No bones about it, but Sid once again has most of the good lines in this book. Georgia Thacker's daughter, Madison, has a role in her high schools production of Hamlet. Madison is able to convince her mother to let her take Sid's skull to school to use as a prop in the play. One day Madison forgets to bring Sid home and the next day he tells Georgia that he heard what he thinks was a murder in the schools auditorium. After an "anonymous" tip from Georgia the police find nothing at the school. Then when a body is found, it is a woman, but there does seem to be some connection to school. Georgia and Sid become to wonder if they the two are related. As Sid and Georgia investigate, they find that illegal activities surrounding the taking of SAT tests maybe at root of deaths. When Georgia is attacked in the school after parent meeting, they know they must be getting close and need come up with who the killer is before they strike again. All the characters are enjoyable and believable...well except for Sid. But Sid is the reason that I enjoy the series. Just suspend your thoughts about a what a skeleton can or cannot do and enjoy the series. Looking forward to seeing what Sid's flanges will be up to next. Oh and of course Georgia and Madison, too.