I felt so familiar with Georgia Thackery and her family (daughter, Madison best friend Sid, who happens to be a skeleton), that I was a little surprised to open this book and find that it's only the second in the series.
In this installment, Madison, who's playing Guildenstern in her high school production of Hamlet, asks if Sid can provide his skull for the part of Yorick. She and Sid double-team her mother, making it impossible for Georgia to say "no". But the rule is that Sid's skull stays in Madison's locker during classes, and comes home with her every night.
Unfortunately, as was bound to happen, Madison forgets Sid's skull backstage one evening. She and Georgia rush over as soon as they can, but the building is locked up tight. The next day, Sid informs Georgia that he's certain he heard a murder being committed in the auditorium. They watch the news for a few days, and though nothing is reported, Sid insists that he heard what he heard.
This being a murder mystery, it's obvious that he was right.
I wouldn't go as far as to say that I'd like a skeleton for a best friend, but Sid is a pretty cool guy. And although his jokes are kind of lame, he's pretty smart. He and Georgia and Madison (who are pretty darned cool themselves) make a great detecting team.
I'm looking forward to their next adventure!
FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book for review.