The Skeleton Paints a Picture (Family Skeleton Series #4)

The Skeleton Paints a Picture (Family Skeleton Series #4)

by Leigh Perry

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Overview

“Dr. Georgia Thackery is smart, resourceful, and determined to be a great single mom to her teenager. Georgia is normal in every respect—except that her best friend happens to be a skeleton named Sid. You’ll love the adventures of this unexpected mystery-solving duo.” —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too.

The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision.

Initially, police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it—until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she’d realized...

“A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology.” — RT Book Reviews on A Skeleton in the Family

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635760460
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Series: Family Skeleton Series , #4
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 139,016
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Leigh Perry is the author of the Family Skeleton Series: A Skeleton in the Family, The Skeleton Takes a Bow , and The Skeleton Haunts a House.

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The Skeleton Paints a Picture (Family Skeleton Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book, adjunct English professor, Dr. Georgia Thackery, is temporarily away from her family while she teaches writing classes in a small art college in Massachusetts. Enter a murder and a series of art thefts, and a well-paced and intelligent mystery ensues. If you've not already done so, you should read this series from the start. Each book is a stand-alone read, but the lives of the core characters change and grow as the series progresses. The main characters include Doctor Georgia Thackery plus: her young teen daughter, her parents (tenured English professors), her sister, her dog, and, of course, a walking and talking skeleton named Sid. How he became part of the family can be found in the 1st book in the series. As to who he is, that is a mystery that is slowly solved over the 1st few books. This unique series is one of my favorites. The characters are appealing. The dialogue is sharp, smart, and real. Just as there is in real life, there is humor, drama, and sadness in the lives of the characters. The mysteries are solid and have numerous red herrings and plot twists. The stories have consistent pacing. Best of all, this series has Sid.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
OMG I want to have a dance party with Georgia and Sid in this humorous mystery of theft and murder with dialogue and situations that almost had me rolling around on the floor with laughter and amazement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great mystery, bony best friend
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I'm glad she found another publisher. This series is based on a very clever premise--The main character has grown up with a sentient, talking, mobile skeleton in her life. The whys and hows of it are not known, but just accepted. The two, Georgia and Sid, make a great odd couple who work well together solving murders and supporting each other. Put aside the impossibility and have a good time!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I am so happy this series has found a new home. Georgia Thackery has a new position at Falstone College of Art and Design, which meant moving out of her parents home but leaving her daughter there to stay in her school. That means Georgia gets a little lonely and all the snow falling doesn’t help. One day she arrives home from work to find 2 large boxes waiting on her porch. Imagine her surprise when she opens the first on to find her pal Sid. Sid the skeleton would walks and talks and loves to shovel snow. Sid has lived with her family since Georgia was six. His arrival was just what she needed. Then Sid wakes her up in the middle of the night telling her he found something. She bundles up and trudges out in the snow following Sid to what appears to have been a car accident. The driver did not survive. Georgia is shocked to learn the victim was part of her department at the college and she and Sid start to think her death was not an accident but murder. Especially when the police started questioning her more about the case. They decide to use Sid’s mad computer skills to start an investigation of their own. I want my own Sid! What a cool thing to have. Who wouldn’t want a friend like him? He is a great sounding board, gives awesome advice, doesn’t sleep and loves to clean and cook and is an excellent assistant sleuth! We meet a whole new cast of characters with Georgia’s new job. It is a crew full of artists and the English professors that teach the classes that are part of the general curriculum for students to get their degrees. They are a unique group. Georgia does have a past history with one of the profs, but can barely stand to be around him now, he is kinda creepy. Leigh Perry has made my day by continuing this series. Georgia and Sid are two of my favorite cozy characters. At no time do you feel as if Sid is beyond the realm of possibility. The relationship he has with Georgia and family seems perfectly real. I don’t even think that is this any kind of a paranormal story when I am reading. Sid just IS and I have accepted that – at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The author also gives us a solid mystery to solve. Who would want to kill the woman who runs the writing lab at the college? Full of twists and turns and a lot of digging by Sid brings forth several suspects. Georgia enlists the help of a couple of students to try to draw out the real killer. The pace was brisk, the dialogue was just right and the drama was at the perfect level. There are also many laugh out loud moments, your funny bone will be tickled. Sid antics just crack me up and had me cheering when he saves the day at the end of the story. This is a great series but with a new publisher this one can be read all on its own, but I bet you will want to go back and read the first three too!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I am so happy this series has found a new home. Georgia Thackery has a new position at Falstone College of Art and Design, which meant moving out of her parents home but leaving her daughter there to stay in her school. That means Georgia gets a little lonely and all the snow falling doesn’t help. One day she arrives home from work to find 2 large boxes waiting on her porch. Imagine her surprise when she opens the first on to find her pal Sid. Sid the skeleton would walks and talks and loves to shovel snow. Sid has lived with her family since Georgia was six. His arrival was just what she needed. Then Sid wakes her up in the middle of the night telling her he found something. She bundles up and trudges out in the snow following Sid to what appears to have been a car accident. The driver did not survive. Georgia is shocked to learn the victim was part of her department at the college and she and Sid start to think her death was not an accident but murder. Especially when the police started questioning her more about the case. They decide to use Sid’s mad computer skills to start an investigation of their own. I want my own Sid! What a cool thing to have. Who wouldn’t want a friend like him? He is a great sounding board, gives awesome advice, doesn’t sleep and loves to clean and cook and is an excellent assistant sleuth! We meet a whole new cast of characters with Georgia’s new job. It is a crew full of artists and the English professors that teach the classes that are part of the general curriculum for students to get their degrees. They are a unique group. Georgia does have a past history with one of the profs, but can barely stand to be around him now, he is kinda creepy. Leigh Perry has made my day by continuing this series. Georgia and Sid are two of my favorite cozy characters. At no time do you feel as if Sid is beyond the realm of possibility. The relationship he has with Georgia and family seems perfectly real. I don’t even think that is this any kind of a paranormal story when I am reading. Sid just IS and I have accepted that – at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The author also gives us a solid mystery to solve. Who would want to kill the woman who runs the writing lab at the college? Full of twists and turns and a lot of digging by Sid brings forth several suspects. Georgia enlists the help of a couple of students to try to draw out the real killer. The pace was brisk, the dialogue was just right and the drama was at the perfect level. There are also many laugh out loud moments, your funny bone will be tickled. Sid antics just crack me up and had me cheering when he saves the day at the end of the story. This is a great series but with a new publisher this one can be read all on its own, but I bet you will want to go back and read the first three too!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I am so happy this series has found a new home. Georgia Thackery has a new position at Falstone College of Art and Design, which meant moving out of her parents home but leaving her daughter there to stay in her school. That means Georgia gets a little lonely and all the snow falling doesn’t help. One day she arrives home from work to find 2 large boxes waiting on her porch. Imagine her surprise when she opens the first on to find her pal Sid. Sid the skeleton would walks and talks and loves to shovel snow. Sid has lived with her family since Georgia was six. His arrival was just what she needed. Then Sid wakes her up in the middle of the night telling her he found something. She bundles up and trudges out in the snow following Sid to what appears to have been a car accident. The driver did not survive. Georgia is shocked to learn the victim was part of her department at the college and she and Sid start to think her death was not an accident but murder. Especially when the police started questioning her more about the case. They decide to use Sid’s mad computer skills to start an investigation of their own. I want my own Sid! What a cool thing to have. Who wouldn’t want a friend like him? He is a great sounding board, gives awesome advice, doesn’t sleep and loves to clean and cook and is an excellent assistant sleuth! We meet a whole new cast of characters with Georgia’s new job. It is a crew full of artists and the English professors that teach the classes that are part of the general curriculum for students to get their degrees. They are a unique group. Georgia does have a past history with one of the profs, but can barely stand to be around him now, he is kinda creepy. Leigh Perry has made my day by continuing this series. Georgia and Sid are two of my favorite cozy characters. At no time do you feel as if Sid is beyond the realm of possibility. The relationship he has with Georgia and family seems perfectly real. I don’t even think that is this any kind of a paranormal story when I am reading. Sid just IS and I have accepted that – at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. The author also gives us a solid mystery to solve. Who would want to kill the woman who runs the writing lab at the college? Full of twists and turns and a lot of digging by Sid brings forth several suspects. Georgia enlists the help of a couple of students to try to draw out the real killer. The pace was brisk, the dialogue was just right and the drama was at the perfect level. There are also many laugh out loud moments, your funny bone will be tickled. Sid antics just crack me up and had me cheering when he saves the day at the end of the story. This is a great series but with a new publisher this one can be read all on its own, but I bet you will want to go back and read the first three too!
ItsANovelThing More than 1 year ago
Picture this... a skeleton, dressed in a ski mask, winter coat, and boots, snow blowing your driveway. This is normal for Dr. Georgia Thackery and her BFF Sid, the human skeleton. In this book, Dr. Thackery is an English adjuct faculty at a New England art school and soon after her (and Sid's) arrival, they discover a murder and an art thief. But are the two connected? Dr. Thackery must dodge suspicious questions from local police, fight for a tenure position, ward off a pushy colleague who she formerly dated, and catch an art thief. With the help from Sid and some new acquaintances along the way, Dr. Thackery finds herself in a tricky situation. Each book in this series gets better and better. I love the personality of Sid, he is written so well and I can picture him easily in my mind with all his expressions and antics he gets up to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a good read the series is with the best. Funny and a good mystery as well. I have been waiting for the next one to be out. Thanks to Ms.Perry for a great read!
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
Leigh Perry has topped herself in Book 4, so if you are a Sid the Skelton fan, you will be quite happy! yes, I love Sid and his family, but the side things a reader learns along the way to solving a mystery are very interesting to me. Maybe part of it is because I used comic books for a reading unit with sixth graders and 2 of my children have worked as adjuncts. A skeleton in snowy weather can be very determined and very helpful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As with all of the books in this series, this one was great. The plot is well thought out and has enough twists to keep you guessing. The characters are well fleshed out, we'll, maybe not one of them. Lol. It's a great series that makes you yearn for more.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Sid Finds a Body in the Snow It is always nice to see a series I have enjoyed find a new publisher. That’s the case with the Family Skeleton series by Leigh Perry. The Skeleton Paints a Picture marks a slight shift in the series, and it will be interesting to see if it will continue. Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery has found a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design. In fact, the majority of the department is made up of adjunct since the main focus of this small college is art. She took the job for the spring semester and moved up by herself, leaving her daughter with Georgia’s parents to finish off the school year where they’d been living. However, Georgia is starting to feel lonely and isolated, so she is thrilled when she finds that Sid has mailed himself to her. Sid takes a little explaining. You see, he’s a living, breathing skeleton. Well, not actually breathing, but you get the idea. He and Georgia have been best friends since he saved her as a girl. All of this is set up in the previous books in the series. One of Sid’s traits is that he never sleeps, so after Georgia goes to sleep that first night, he decides to go for a walk. They are isolated enough he isn’t worried about being seen, but he doesn’t expect to find a woman dead at the scene of an accident. He quickly goes to get Georgia, who calls the police. The victim worked in the writing lab at the college, but Georgia didn’t know her well. The police think Georgia is hiding something when she answers their questions, but they have no idea that she is covering for Sid. So Georgia and Sid begin to try to figure out if this is more than the accident it appears to be. What will they discover? Obviously, when you have one half of a sleuthing duo who needs to keep his identity hidden, it makes things a little more challenging. Leigh Perry does a great job of writing around that, finding jobs for Sid to do and ways for him to get out of the house without freaking people out. Between Sid and Georgia, we do get a great sleuthing duo faced with a good puzzle. The mystery heads off in some surprising ways. The ending seems a bit abrupt and rushed, but it does make sense based on what has come before. The shift I mentioned earlier comes in the way of recurring characters. While Georgia’s family members are mentioned, Sid and Georgia are the only characters who have appeared in previous books. Fortunately, they are very real characters. Yes, even the skeleton. I don’t know if this is a sign of things to come, but they are strong enough to carry the series. Of course, they aren’t the only characters in this book. Georgia’s co-workers make wonderfully strong suspects. I did find a couple of pages in the middle of the book annoying as just a taste of PC is shoved in. It felt forced, which was ironic because I can see how it could have been handled much better based on some of the characters in the book. This is more than made up for by the humor. We get lots of bone puns and jokes over the course of the book. I love these, and the way that Sid and Georgia interact. These books really are a lot of fun. I normally avoid paranormal cozies, but I’m so glad I made an exception for them. Make no bones about it, if you enjoy a good mystery, you’ll enjoy The Skeleton Paints a Picture. This is a fun book that will leave you hoping Sid still has a very long life ahead of him. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Make no bones about it, you’re going to love THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE! I can’t begin to describe how happy I was when I heard there was going to be another book in the Family Skeleton Mysteries. The wait was excruciating, but totally worth it! It was delightful to be back with Sid the skeleton, and his living flesh and blood besty, Georgia. This fourth installment finds Georgia living in a new town for her work. A lonely Sid surprises Georgia by having himself shipped to her. It doesn’t take long after Sid’s arrival for death to be on their doorstep again, and the buddies are off on the hunt for answers. THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE is fantastically fun, and fast paced mystery. With more twists and turns than there are bones in the human body, Leigh Perry had me guessing with every turn of the page. I was holding my breath as through the exciting reveal, and was smiling as I read the final sentence. With this series finding a new publisher, a few things have changed. One - the cover graphics. But they’re still delightful and capture the mood of the series. Two – you won’t find this book in “mass market” paperback. It is in print, but in “trade” (larger, and thinner) paperback. Three – the writing has changed . . . for the better! That’s something I would not have thought possible, but author Leigh Perry really outdid herself with, THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Skeleton Paints a Picture by Leigh Perry is the fourth tome in A Family Skeleton Mystery series. Dr. Georgia Thackery is working at an adjunct at Falstone College of Art and Design (FAD) in Falstone, Massachusetts. Georgia arrives home (the borrowed bungalow) and finds two packages on her porch. She opens them to find her best friend, Sid inside—a walking, talking skeleton. Sid was feeling lonely (too many grad students at the Thackery home) and decided to visit Georgia (who was equally lonely). That night Sid (who doesn’t need to sleep) is out exploring the backyard and spots a car crashed in the woods behind the bungalow. When Georgia and Sid check it out, they find the body of a woman. The next day, Georgia discovers the victim is Kelly Griffith who ran the writing lab at FAD. Georgia and Sid believe there is something off about Kelly’s death and start researching the victim (and faculty—Sid is whiz with computers). It seems that Kelly was involved in her own investigation and it ended up getting her killed. Can Georgia and Sid follow the trail and find Kelly’s killer? The Skeleton Paints a Picture is nicely written and easy to read (has good pacing/flow). I just love Sid. He is such an entertaining and unique character (Sid will provide many laugh out loud moments) and Georgia is the perfect counterpart for him. I like that their relationship is changing and developing into a partnership (a team). I especially like the creative “swear” words that they utilize. The author has certainly found some creative ways for Sid to get out and explore the world as well as investigate (Sid just loves snow blowers). I do want to mention the author included a “gender fluid” character. I applaud the author for tackling a gender fluid character and her handling of it (though it was confusing to read about the character without the gender specific pronouns). My rating for The Skeleton Paints a Picture is 4 out of 5 stars. The mystery is medium complexity. I think some readers will be surprised by the solution (pay very close attention & it can be solved). I did miss Georgia’s parents and daughter (Madison) in this installment. I hope they return in the next book in A Family Skeleton Mystery series. While The Skeleton Paints a Picture is the fourth book in this series, it can be read alone. Personally, I am glad I have read each book in the series. I believe you will be missing out by not reading the first three books (you find out more about Sid and how he joined the family, Georgia’s teaching history). The Skeleton Paints a Picture is a humorous (Sid makes a funny “humerus” pun in story) cozy mystery that will delight many readers. I am glad that Sid is back!