The Skeleton Takes a Bow is the second in A Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry. The main character is Sid, the really cool walking, talking skeleton in the attic who has been part of Georgia Thackery’s family since they lived in the home her parents still own and where she and her daughter currently live. When Madison takes Sid’s head to her high school class to use as Yorick in their production of Hamlet, she accidentally leaves him there overnight. When Georgia picks him up the next day, Sid’s convinced he witnessed (heard) a murder take place in the High School auditorium – however, no body is found!
Like its predecessor, The Skeleton Takes a Bow is funny, full of information regarding higher education and anatomy, and loaded with suspense. The characters, Adjunct Professor Georgia Thackery and her daughter Madison, Deborah, Georgia’s strait-laced sister, Byron the dog, and of course, Sid, are well-developed. I’d love to live next to the Thackery house, spend time with humbly intelligent Georgia and her precocious teenager. The premise is unique, the stories well written, and we can’t’ wait for book 3! – four stars – ROCCO LOTEMPIO
And the best performance as a skull goes to?
After years of hiding in the Thackery family house, Sid the skeleton is delighted to finally have his moment in the spotlight. He’s starring in a high school production of Hamlet. Well, not so much starring in as being a prop. At least part of him has a part?he’s using his head to play Yorick of ?Alas, poor Yorick” fame. Every day, Georgia Thackery’s daughter, Madison, who’s also in the play, brings in his skull, and every night, she takes him home...
Until one night when he’s accidentally left at school?and hears the sounds of someone being murdered. But the next day, there’s no body and no one seems to be missing.
Sid is not a numbskull?he knows what he heard. Georgia thinks he imagined it?until a week later when a body is found. Now Georgia and Sid will both need to keep their heads as they stick their necks out and play sleuth to catch the conscience of a killer