Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Skeleton Takes a Bow -- Leigh Perry

This is the second adventure of Sid, the sentient skeleton (that's not the author's phrase; it's mine.  I liked its hissability).  I like Sid.  He's the most unusual amateur sleuth around.  Sid lives in the Thackery family attic, and his existence is known to only a few.  In this book, he interacts with Georgia Thackery, an adjunct English prof, her daughter, Madison, and her sister, Deborah.  

As you can imagine, Sid doesn't get out much, so he's really happy when he gets the part of Yorick in Hamlet at Madison's school.  Well, okay, not all of him. Just the skull, which Madison takes to school in a bowling bag.  Things get complicated when she forgets him one night, because while he's bagged up in the theater, he overhears a murder.

Georgia believes him, but she can't very well go to the police and tell them how she knows about the murder.  She makes an anonymous call, but there's no sign of a body, so the cops don't investigate any further.  Complications ensue.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the academic stuff about the lot of adjunct faculty and the importance of the SATs.  The book is also very funny, and Sid is a great character.  Not to slight the humans.  Georgia, Madison, and Deb are fun, too, but it's Sid who steals the show.  If you like a good cozy, this is one to look for.  

5 comments:

Gerard said...

Sounds like a good one but Sheila already took care of the bowing. http://youtu.be/q-8kKH4COvg

Unknown said...

Good one.

sara said...

I can't wait!

Unknown said...

You'll get a big kick from it.

Anonymous said...

One can only imagine what the late Ellen Nehr would have had to say about a skeleton detective.


Jeff