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Summary

Most families have skeletons in their closets

Moving back into her parents' house with her teenage daughter had not been Georgia Thackery's Plan A. But when she got a job at the local college, it seemed the sensible thing to do. So she settled in and began reconnecting with old friends.

Including Sid. Sid is the Thackery family's skeleton. He's lived in the house as long as Georgia can remember, although no one, including Sid, knows exactly where he came from and how he came to be a skeleton.

Sid walks, he talks, he makes bad jokes, he tries to keep Georgia's dog from considering him a snack. And he manages to persuade Georgia to let him leave the house. But when she takes him to an anime convention disguised as a skeleton, of course he sees a woman who triggers memories of his past.

Now he is determined to find out how he died with Georgia's help. But their investigation may uncover a killer who's still alive and well and bad to the bone.

First in a new mystery series!

©2013 Toni L. P. Kelner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Carôle
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 14-02-15

Well read and well written!

A great escapist novel, for when you don't want to read anything Kevvy that you equally don't want to read anything too stupid. An original murder mystery episode, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • Y
  • 11-04-17

Getting to the bare bones of a crime!

I found it a little difficult to get into the book at first, I didn't find it had much substance, but as I use it to walk to I stuck with it up to the 2 hour point and then it started to flesh out. Back stories started t come out and the story became more interesting. Some of it is predictable, however, I didn't guess the criminal which was a pleasant surprise.

The narrator was good and her conversations between characters was discernible. Overall really enjoyed, great fun, and don't take it to heart.

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easy listening mystery.

Any additional comments?

enjoyed this story of geargia and sid trying to find out who he was.
well written by leigh perry and performed by Katina katlin.
looking forward to the next books in the series.

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Bones in the house.

In this book we meet the main characters in what promises to be a good series. One for the wish list.

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Lighthearted fun.

This was a nice little romp into fantasy land with a bit of a crime twist. Okay, so the whole idea is nothing new; but as a book it works well if you want something that won't tax the old grey cells, yet is well written enough to satisfy for a slightly more serious listen. The only problem I had was the fact that the author expected you to have knowledge about the intricacies of how the American college system works. However, I'm in the UK, so that lack of understanding could just be a cultural thing. Therefore I'm not marking the story down.

I have enjoyed the E.J Copperman 'Haunted Guesthouse' series, and this book is very reminiscent of those books.

The narrator was pleasant enough. Plus the sound engineering was of decent quality, something that has been an issue with certain downloaded books.

On the strength of this first book I have decided to give the next two books a go, and I hope they read in the same vein.

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odd story line-gets better

another book which takes a little time to get "into" but enjoyed non the less. I may be tempted into trying another in the series..

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bored

sorry. not my cup of tea. nothing to keep me hooked. could well appeal to others. listen and return or keep as appropriate.

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  • Craig
  • 11-05-14

Fun for all ages

If you could sum up A Skeleton in the Family in three words, what would they be?

Just plan fun.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sid, a very likable skelton

What does Katina Kalin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Characters' personallities

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed the entire time I listened

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to many, many sequels.

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  • A reader in Southborough
  • 02-10-13

Stimulating mystery with a wise-cracking skeleton

Who was your favorite character and why?

Georgia Thackery. She's independent, witty, and strong. She loves her daughter and her best friend, Sid, and would do anything to help them.

Any additional comments?

Very good depiction of academia and all its politics. Very good banter between Sid and Georgia.

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  • Chalis
  • 09-03-14

A Fantasy Mystery

Sometimes I am in the mood for a "cosy" style mystery. A mystery that has an intriguing plot, likable characters, an interesting setting, a bit of humor, and moves along at a relaxed, steady pace. For me this was that kind of book.

In order to enjoy this book you will need to be able to suspend your disbelief to accept a skeleton who walks, talks, and loses a few bones when he's feeling down, You must also accept that this skeleton (whose name is Sid) has been part of a family for over 30 years.

Main character Georgia Thackery is a college professor, daughter of two college professors. I know almost nothing about the academic world, so this aspect of the story was interesting to me.

Narrator Katina Kalin is excellent. I was never confused about which character was speaking. And I was never distracted by extreme character "voices".

This is a book you can listen to while driving, doing chores, going to sleep, or just relaxing. I found the book to be very entertaining. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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  • T. Miller
  • 13-04-18

If you want fluff, this is your book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If my friend was looking for something with minimal plot, but some interesting plot devices, then yes. The idea behind the book - a walking, talking skeleton in the family - is a good one, but the book doesn't do much to deliver. If you don't want to think too hard about the story you are listening to, if you are looking for some fluff to read, then it isn't a bad choice.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I did not mind the narrator when she was doing any voice except Sid. Generally, she was clear and had a pleasant tone. But when she spoke for the skeleton, she tried to drop her voice, which made it not only quieter but harder to understand. Unfortunately, the skeleton is a chatty main character, so a listener gets subjected to this voice quite often.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

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  • Customer
  • 03-01-16

Good mystery

This was a pretty silly story but I found myself getting caught up in the mystery. I did listen to the whole book but not sure I'll continue the series.

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  • Kaye Sena
  • 20-02-15

More siljy than funny

I kept hoping this story would endear itself to me, but it never did.
Hard to believe it was first in a series.

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  • A. Moose
  • 22-01-15

Pleasant, but disjointed cozy mystery

Would you listen to A Skeleton in the Family again? Why?

No, once was enough. It is a hard story to classify. It's not your typical cozy mystery because one of the main characters is a skeleton. It's not a good paranormal mystery because the "unworldly" aspect of the book is dealt with in a matter of fact manner and with little interest.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The biggest problem was the lack of character development.

The teenaged daughter is just a typical teen. The mom is an adjunct professor whose claim to interest is her constant bemoaning her job choice. Sid, the skeleton, has no memory of his life and only knows what he's read in books. All in all not a great cast.

The mystery is to figure out who Sid had been in life and why he died.

Which scene was your favorite?

Georgia taking Sid to be analyzed for Sex, age, ethnicity, etc...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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  • Kate
  • 05-01-15

A book for someone under the age of 14.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It depends on whether it's being written for adults or children!

What do you think your next listen will be?

Another Diana Gabaldon book, probably.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Katina Kalin?

Depends upon the book.

Do you think A Skeleton in the Family needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Again, if it's being written for children it would make a promising series, but otherwise no.

Any additional comments?

A disappointment.

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  • lynda
  • 02-10-14

Fun Listen

This was a fun book to listen to and I am going to get the next one as well

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  • eclectic_pet
  • 11-08-14

Unexpectedly witty!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The cover caught my attention, the story kept it. I laughed out loud as I drove to and from work.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sid was funny with his 'bad' bone jokes. As the story progressed, I wanted to know more about him.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A real skeleton in the closet!

Any additional comments?

Awaiting the next book in the series!