Leigh Perry

Leigh Perry is the pen name under which Toni L.P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime.

Find Perry on her website, or follow her on Twitter @ToniLPKelner or @Family_Skeleton.

Bibliography

  • Family Skeleton Series
    A Skeleton in the Family (#1)
    Leigh Perry
  • Family Skeleton Series
    The Skeleton Takes a Bow (#2)
    Leigh Perry
  • Family Skeleton Series
    The Skeleton Haunts a House (#3)
    Leigh Perry
  • Family Skeleton Series
    The Skeleton Paints a Picture (#4)
    Leigh Perry
  • Family Skeleton Series
    The Skeleton Makes a Friend (#5)
    Leigh Perry
  • Family Skeleton Series
    The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (#6)
    Leigh Perry
     

Reviews

Family Skeleton Series

A Skeleton in the Family (#1)
“A very touching and entertaining whodunit. The mystery is intelligent and nicely done with fun insights into academia and anthropology.”

RT Book Reviews

“A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY is a very clever, engaging book with several LOL moments. I’m eagerly waiting publication of THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW."

Nightstand Book Reviews

“I had a grand time reading this fresh, original novel peopled (and skeletoned) with enchanting characters and a warm, engaging story. The undercurrent of the gift of love and loyalty between friends and family members gives this book a burnished glow of strength and peace. I totally loved every page and want to visit with Georgia and Sid again and again. Bring on book two of the series!”

Criminal Element

“I loved this unique fusion of paranormal, cozy, and academic mystery.”

Stuff and Nonsense

“This off-beat paranormal cozy will resonate with a lot of different types of readers, from the single mom, to the professor, to the paranormal enthusiast. There is literally something for everyone!”

Debbie’s Book Bag

The Skeleton Takes a Bow (#2)
“The quirky and delightful Family Skeleton series continues [...] 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 […] The plot succeeds in connecting various threads in an unexpected but logical conclusion. 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

“This newest in the Family Skeleton Mystery series is absolutely terrific. Yet again, Perry has come up with a fantastic concept that has never been done […] Such a fun read […] Perry has, yet again, come up with a barrel of surprises.”

Suspense Magazine

“This is a great cozy filled with sparkling humor and lots of twists and turns […] [the] sense of family love and loyalty is pervasive throughout the story. Every cozy lover will revel in THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW.“

Criminal Element

“A light-hearted cozy style mystery with slight paranormal overtones […] [a] traditional mystery with great characters, interesting subplots and a satisfying mystery […] Leigh Perry manages to infuse her story with vast amounts of humor.”

BOLO Books

The Skeleton Haunts a House (#3)
“This fun cozy paranormal mystery provides a unique look at the investigative process when one of the sleuths has been distilled down to bare bones—literally [...] The characters are fun and the wacky situations escalate nicely to the exciting climax.”

Night Owl Suspense

“Leigh Perry does a marvelous job utilizing the humorous aspects to full effect as there are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. However, the sense of family togetherness is what truly makes THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE perfect [...] each and every aspect of THE SKELETON HAUNTS A HOUSE is a true delight.”

Fresh Fiction

“Sid and Georgia are an amazing duo. They complement each other very well and part of the reason why I love original and creative cozy-mysteries such as this one."

Night Owl Book Cafe

“The perfect mystery to cozy up with on Halloween or any other time of the year.”

Kings River Life Magazine

"Leigh Perry is a wonderful author. Not only does she pen an awesome mystery, but she makes you forget that one of the lead characters is dead and a skeleton, even though it’s of course mentioned in the story many times. She has given a personality and a soul to a walking stack of bones and it works!”

Lisa K’s Book Reviews

The Skeleton Paints a Picture (#4)
“THE SKELETON PAINTS A PICTURE is the best book in the series to date.”

BOLO Books

“This was a great story and mystery, different from the last three but built on the magic and mystery solving duo I love.”

A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery

“I never thought I would find the friendship between a woman and a skeleton to be so charming, moving, or enviable. The murder plot is just as complex and unpredictable, making it a winning entry in the always entertaining field of academic mysteries.”

KRL News & Reviews

“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.”

Carstairs Considers

“Another enjoyable book in this series! The mystery is perfectly paced, with plenty of humor, investigation and college professor drama. Sid and Georgia make a great team.”

My Interdimensional Chaos

The Skeleton Makes a Friend (#5)
“Whodunits don’t come much funnier than Perry’s suspenseful fifth mystery featuring 'an ambulatory skeleton named Sid.'”

Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

"This series just keeps getting better […] This is a solidly readable, writerly, thoroughly enjoyable mystery […] I can’t imagine it being better, honestly. I’m looking forward to more from Sid and Georgia.”

Nonstop Reader

“Fans of Sid will delight in watching him navigate the challenges of having his first “outside” friendship while never straying to far from his smart-alecky roots.”

BOLO Books

"What a treat to see another side of Sid as he makes a friend via an online game [...] The author did a great job in staging this mystery [...] The characters are well-developed and the dialogue is engaging [...] Overall, this was one of the best book in this delightfully endearing series and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Sid, Georgia and the gang."

Dru’s Book Musings

“Kudos to the author for delivering one of the best in the series with this one.

This Is My Truth Now

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (#6)
"Mirth and murder blend beautifully in Perry’s sixth whodunit featuring Sid [...] Perry tosses in helicopter parents and academic politics en route to a satisfying denouement. Cozy fans who enjoy their mysteries leavened with humor will find their funny bones tickled."

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"This fast-paced and well-written whodunit immediately grabbed my attention [...] a solid plot, a lovable and quirky cast of characters, suspense and intrigue to keep me reading, engaging dialogue, a feel good atmosphere, and a few strategically-placed twists that enhanced my reading pleasure [...] by far, the BEST book in this delightfully endearing series."

Dru's Book Musings

"Loveable, well-written and endlessly engaging. The plot in THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING is exceptionally original [...] Sid and Georgia will delight readers of all ages and types [...] I truly enjoyed this holiday cozy and can’t wait for the next addition to this series. I am thrilled to recommend this book along with the entire series to cozy readers everywhere."

The Cozy Review

“Leigh Perry always manages to find new and interesting ways for the walking, talking skeleton to get out into the world and investigate murders […] If quirky cozies are your thing, I can’t recommend this series enough!”

Michelle’s Romantic Triangle

“Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill down your spine in Leigh Perry’s festive new mystery.”

Bolo Books

“[The Family Skeleton Series are] the perfect length and have a fine balance of complexity and levity […] It seems each newly published tale is better than the last one.”

This is My Truth Now

“THE SKELETON STUFFS A STOCKING was purely delightful. Whether this book is your introduction to Sid or you want a chance to catch up with old friends, you’ll savor every page.”

Carstairs Considers

“Delightful light reading […] There is romantic romping, daily college student dealings, family fun, perpetual puzzles, copious curious characters and tenuous trust.”

Book Postmortem

Awards & Accolades

Family Skeleton Series

A Skeleton in the Family (#1)
USA

#4 Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Paperback Bestseller

The Skeleton Takes a Bow (#2)
The Skeleton Paints a Picture (#4)
The Skeleton Makes a Friend (#5)
The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (#6)