The Spooky Cozy Booktacular: Review of The Skeleton Haunts a House by Leigh Perry

Sid the Skeleton bones up on clues to solve a Haunted House homicide in this mystery from the author of The Skeleton Takes a Bow

What holiday could bring more warmth to a skeleton’s chest cavity than Halloween? And when you’re a living skeleton who’s not supposed to be seen outside the house, it’s a welcome chance to get some fresh air and rub bony elbows with people. That’s why Sid doesn’t mind wearing a full-body dog suit and going as Scooby-Doo along with Georgia Thackery’s Velma to the Halloween Howl.

Sid can’t wait to go through the Haunted House—but he gets rattled for real when a genuine dead body is discovered. Trapped inside as the police quickly seal off the crime scene, Sid makes no bones about dropping the dog suit and posing as an actual skeleton. This murder is a skull-scratcher, but as long as Sid is on the inside, he might as well case the joint to figure out who used the cover of darkness to commit the perfect crime…

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The Spooky Cozy Booktacular continues with the cozy mystery starring an animated skeleton! Yup, you read that right. Sid is the co-star of the Family Skeleton Mystery series. He’d actually like to believe he’s the star and Georgia is just his sidekick, and the two of them often descend into that argument. Main star, co-star, side-kick or whatnot, these two certainly make a great team in this Halloween inspired instalment.

The mystery we have to solve is who killed college student, Kendall, during one of Mc Quaid Hall’s haunted house tours. We’ve got past acquaintances as suspects, new friends, heiresses in a quandary and long lost relatives too, to consider as possible suspects. The motives are murky as we have to unravel the character of the deceased to figure out just who might want her dead. I love how the mystery is plotted and the author takes us all over the place before revealing the Who and the real motive. It’s a fun ride. 

The setting: I have to say, being the big chicken that I am, I not a huge fan of haunted house tours and after reading this description and the way the scare actors think….. I may never go into one again! The descriptions of the tour and the behind the scenes look at the planning of the tours were a great, atmospheric addition to the book. 

The characters: One of my favourite parts of this novel is the introduction of the character, Brownie and his family too! His family runs the carnival where Sid used to live and he is brought in as a potential love interest for Georgia. Can’t wait to see more of that. He’s someone I suspect would be pretty open to Sid’s existence! 

We also finally get some quality page space with Georgia’s parents and boy are they entertaining! And most fascinating, Deborah has two potential love interests expressing their… well… interest!

And Sid, continues to be, Sid, with all his antics, sarcasm and in vain attempts to ‘live’ and sleuth with Georgia.

I reached inside and pulled out the phone, then put it into a zipper section on the side of the bag. “There. Now keep your jaw shut or my wallet will be in there, too.”

“You need to get a bigger bag, something with a see-through panel.”

“I’m sure I can find a perfect skull touring bag on sale at Macy’s, but until I do, you’ll have to deal with this one. Unless you want to stay home, that is.”

“No way! Sherlock Bones is on the case. And yes, you have to be Watson. You’re the doctor, right?”

Favourite scene: Brownie and his family go ‘undercover’ to try to get a suspect to confess. I can’t tell you if it was successful or not but it is certainly hilarious! 

The Halloween Element: Well, what more do you want? We’ve got a haunted house full of creepy gimmicks and crazy talented scare actors, murder and a skeleton that walks, talks and solves crimes! I think this is probably the most perfect Halloween cozy setup ever written!

Overall I give The Skeleton Haunts a House 4/5 bony but bonny espresso shots!

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