Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Cattenhall College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Judy shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Judy was looking for is actually Sid.
Sid reveals that he and Judy are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Judy wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends IRL―none, really, unless you count the Thackery family―Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Judy, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy. Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper
Author: Leigh Perry
My Rating: 4.5/5
My Favourite Quote: “ You’d be surprised at the skills you can master when you’re stuck in a bag with nothing better to do.”
This book was such a fun reading experience! I had a smile on my face throughout most of this story. This book is a part of a series and while I haven’t read any of the other books, I found that this book stands alone very well.
I honestly think you can get a pretty good sense of the feeling of reading this book by just looking at the cover. This might just be a personal quirk but I adore the cover of this book, it is so very charming and slightly silly and it matches very well with the humor and feeling of this book.
In every way this book really does fit the phrase ‘cozy mystery’. You really do feel as though you are following Georgia solve a mystery in a small university town, and the mystery legitimately left me guessing until the very end.
When I first read the summary for this book I was interested to see how Sid the skeleton was going to be written and portrayed. And I’m happy to say, I really did enjoy how straight the addition of a living skeleton in a otherwise normal world was played. Sid is just a regular fixture of the character’s lives and I think there is something really endearing and fun about that. And in case you were wondering there are lots of good skeleton puns sprinkled throughout the book.
In brief, I think if you like the cozy mysteries generally and or the fun tone of the Sookie Stackhouse series, you will really enjoy this book! Personally, I really enjoyed the almost supernatural element of Sid within a more realistic mystery as it made it something really unique!
Also, I would like to say thank you so much to Diversion books for gifting this book to me!
If you have read this book I’d love to hear your opinions! Or if you have read other unique cozy mysteries I’d love to hear some recommendations!