Looking for a fun new cozy mystery series? Then be sure to read Leigh Perry’s The Skeleton Takes a Bow. Sid, the family talking skeleton, is finally getting his big moment in the spotlight and is starring in a local high schools production of Hamlet. Okay, so he is really just a prop in the play and it’s only his skull, but it’s a start. Everything is going great, until he is left overnight at the high school and overhears a murder taking place. The next day no one discovers a body. So he and his human friend Georgia decide to do some investigating.
Perry has such a knack with the wit in her dialogue. I find myself chuckling along with the characters. The bone puns are just one of the things I enjoy about this series. The characters are great and I am excited to see how they continue to develop. Everyone has a background that has been hinted at and I find myself craving to know more. Yes this is a cozy mystery, but it still has darkness and depth to the plot. Perry keeps her subject matter light with the aid of a talking skeleton, but some of the story is grittier. The combination of humor and suspense really keeps you hooked from beginning to end. This is a great series with lots of red herrings and crazy things happening.