Synopsis: Adjunct English professor Georgia Thackery has a new job teaching at Falstone Art and Design University, known as FAD to its students and faculty. It’s lonely isolated in a borrowed bungalow during a winter of record-breaking snow, until, that is, she receives a package with the body of her best friend, Sid. Sid is a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. She’s used to the oddities of having an ambulatory bag of bones as a best friend, but for him to mail himself to her is unusual, even for Sid. It turns out that Sid, who normally lives with Georgia’s extremely busy parents, was lonely, too.
The two of them make plans for a cozy semester: reading, watching movies, Georgia grading papers and doing research while Sid games and works on homework for his online class. It might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t gone out wandering the first night and spotted a crashed car. When they go to investigate, they find the driver, apparently dead from the crash.
Initially police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it–until Georgia finds out the body she found hit closer to home than she’d realized…
My review: How to make a crime story a bit more original – add a walking, talking, internet surfing skeleton! My introduction to this series and it didn’t disappoint. Full of lots of quirks such as the amount of different names for bones that can be used instead of swear words. I really did like the skeleton although it took a few chapters for me to get sued to the idea. Very inventive in the way he could be used to sneakily watch people for signs of criminal activity while pulling double duty as an artists model
Lots and lots of plot twists. I think nearly everyone on campus was accused of the murder and art theft. It flows well, it’s a fairly quick read. There’s a slimy creep and lots of well defined characters. I’m really looking forward to the next one and happy to go back and check out the first three books
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