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The Skeleton Takes a Bow, The Family Skeleton

“This is a great cozy filled with sparkling humor and lots of twists and turns ... Every cozy lover will revel in The Skeleton Takes A Bow." — Criminal Element

English adjunct Georgia Thackery and her best friend, Sid the skeleton, must find a murderer and the victim after the local high school auditorium becomes the scene of a late-night murder...and Sid is the only witness!

Against her better judgment, Georgia allows her daughter Madison to sneak Sid into the Pennycross High School Drama Club’s spring production of Hamlet. As a bona fide member of the Thackery family, Sid is thrilled to lend a hand—or in this case, a skull—to help Madison’s thespian pursuits. But when Sid accidentally overhears a murder occurring off the stage, he and Georgia suspect something’s rotten in the state of...well, Massachusetts.

As an adjunct English professor, Georgia is familiar with Hamlet’s typical body count. So, she knows the scene Sid heard from the wings—long after rehearsals ended and the high school closed for the night—was definitely off-script. But how can she and Sid investigate a murder if the victim’s corpse is nowhere to be found?

It seems like a dead end. But even a bare bones investigation is better than none at all, because if Georgia and Sid don’t act quickly, Madison and her classmates could be in danger of something far worse than stage fright...

Readers will be delighted by the second book in the Family Skeleton cozy mystery series by Agatha award-winning author Toni L. P. Kelner, writing as Leigh Perry—perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris and Bailey Cates!

Praise for The Skeleton Takes a Bow:
“This mystery moves effortlessly with good plotting, amusing dialogue and a suspenseful and funny ending. Georgia’s endearing family of crime solvers will have readers clamoring for the next in the series.” — RT Book Reviews

“The humor and wit are razor sharp ... Leigh Perry, the pen name of Toni Kelner, shines in this delightfully funny and unique series that blends paranormal with mystery and academic satire.” — Kings River Life Magazine

“The family love and humor are forefront in an enjoyable mystery ... THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW deserves applause for its refreshing departure from the cozy mystery formula.” — Lesa’s Book Critiques

Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is the pseudonym for Toni L. P. Kelner, the author of the Laura Fleming mysteries and the "Where Are They Now?" series. She is also the author of numerous short stories, and co-edits bestselling urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Her short stories have been nominated for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards, and she has won the Agatha Award. Under her pseudonym Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton mystery series. Visit her and

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