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The Skeleton Makes a Friend By Leigh Perry: Review/Giveaway

IN THE January 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of The Skeleton Makes a Friend, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Sid never intended to catfish his online gaming group, but when one is a sentient, ambulatory skeleton, posting a real selfie is not an option. That’s why Sid assumed the not-so-subtle identity of Skalle Beinagrind – translated from Swedish and Icelandic as “Skull Skeleton” – for his Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game of Runes of Legend. Having lived with adjunct professor Georgia Thackery’s family since she was six years old, Sid’s inexplicable presence is fully accepted and matter-of-fact. It’s why he has accompanied Georgie and her daughter Madison to their rented lake cabin in New Hampshire while Georgia teaches at Overfeld College’s high school summer enrichment program. Sid thought he was being discreet when he joined an online gaming group, but fellow gamer Jen Cater-Brame is clever enough to track him down at their cabin. Jen is seeking Skalle for his self-proclaimed detective skills, as one of their members has gone missing from the game, and she knows that something must be wrong.mystery

Sid having a detachable head as well as a hand quick with a cellphone proves instrumental in stakeouts and break-ins, which results in discovering that “Erik Bloodaxe” is not just on vacation and that he has a connection with Overfeld’s experimental new program. While Georgia enjoys teaching the advanced high schoolers boarding at the college, someone seems intent on sabotaging Overfeld and its already shaky future. The town-and-gown rivalry is at a high pitch, with locals being led by none other than Jen’s mother. While Sid uses his unique skills to investigate and do a little inside duffle bag eavesdropping, Georgia still has to contend with academic politics, an overbearing professor, and continual threats against the institution.

What is so delightful about this series is how naturally it incorporates Sid into the series without needing an explanation for his existence. His friendship and bond with the Thackery family is heart-warming, while his love of movies, pop culture, and of course, online gaming is an entertaining delight. Continuing to be fascinating is the depiction of the life of an adjunct professor, with Georgia never entirely secure in her profession and always battling with administrators, tight budgets, and precocious students. Topical issues arise with the MeToo movement, but not in the way one would expect. An all-too-brief appearance by her parents reveals that the protective paternal bond remains strong well into adulthood, with the results being cheer-worthy and hilarious. This is the one of funniest, moving, and undeniably fun mystery series being written today. That a talking skeleton the hero is just the icing on the cake.

To enter to win a copy of The Skeleton Makes a Friend, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “skeleton friend,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 12, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Also listen to our new mystery podcast where mystery short stories and first chapters are read by actors! They are also available on iTunes and Google Play.

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debbie Price January 5, 2019 at 11:00am

This cover is adorable!


2 Lynn January 5, 2019 at 11:03am

Sounds like a wonderful read, thanks for offering to us!


3 Kelly Braun
Twitter: @69steelers2
January 5, 2019 at 11:43am

Soooooo, another new-to-me author- Thanks for the review!
Kelly B


Twitter: @schnappy2
January 6, 2019 at 2:16am

Sounds like a really fun read! Thanks for the chance. JL_Minter (at) hotmail (dot) com


5 Carl January 6, 2019 at 9:51am

The Family Skeleton series cracks me up, what a brilliant and novel idea! Thanks for the chance to win a copy! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com


6 Kathleen Kendler
Twitter: @Kathleen
January 6, 2019 at 10:20am

sounds interesting. Love the cover! kckendler at gmail dot com


7 Sue January 6, 2019 at 12:09pm

I would love to win a paperback copy of this book to complete my collection! I LOVE Sid and this is the only one so far that I have only in eBook form.


8 Linda Herold
Twitter: @Linda
January 6, 2019 at 4:27pm

Wow! This sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win it! lindaherold999(at)gmail.com


9 Robin L. Coxon January 7, 2019 at 11:51am

The Skeleton by Leigh Perry is hilarious at times and I love reading this series. Thanks for your review. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com


10 DOWARD WILSON January 7, 2019 at 4:55pm

Love this series. Thanks for the chance to win.


11 KarenM January 8, 2019 at 5:29pm

This is such a fun series. Glad to see another book is available.

karen94066 at aol dot com


12 Anna Kittelson January 8, 2019 at 6:30pm

Love this author and this series!


13 Coco Ihle January 9, 2019 at 9:23am

I LOVE this series. It’s laugh out loud funny and I thoroughly enjoy reading them!!! I hope I win a copy of The Skeleton Makes a Friend.
Coco Ihle


14 Coco Ihle January 9, 2019 at 9:27am

Opps, I think I goofed. I lOVE this series. It’s laugh out loud funny and I thoroughly enjoy reading them!!! I hope I win a copy of The Skeleton Makes a Friend.
Coco Ihle


15 Dianne Casey January 9, 2019 at 4:52pm

This is a new series to me and I’m really looking forward to starting it. Sounds like a fun series.


16 Anne
Twitter: @anne
January 13, 2019 at 12:25pm

An enjoyable series. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.


17 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
January 22, 2019 at 11:03am

We have a winner!


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