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Dead Body Language [Paperback]

Penny Warner
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May 1 1997
Thirty-seven year old journalist, Connor Westphal, has relocated from San Francisco to Flat Skunk, a mining-turned-tourist town in the foothills of the Sierras, to start up her own weekly paper. Suddenly, dead bodies begin turning up in the most unusual places, setting Connor on a hunt for a killer. You might say Connor has a sixth sense when it comes to investigating...but she only has four of the usual five senses. Connor Westphal is deaf. But being hearing impaired doesn't stop Connor from pursuing the murderer. Without sound to distract her, she attends to subtleties that others overlook and ultimately unravels the mystery.


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Winner of the 1998 Macavity Prize for Best First Mystery!


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Winner of the 1998 Macavity Prize for Best First Mystery! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Warner's Heroine Not Your Usual Working Stiff July 29 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If the Mystery Writers of America had an award for "Most Unusual," Penny Warner's "Dead Body Language" is a sure-fire candidate. From the very first sentence, Warner's Connor Westphal captivates us with her unique blend of humor, mystique, and just plain weirdness: "I licked the tip of my murder weapon, then hesitantly sipped my mug of coffee as if it were strychnine." Not to worry--Connor's one of the good guys. Her "murder weapon" is a pencil (she's devising a mystery puzzle for her weekly newspaper) and the only thing wrong with her coffee is that it's a poor substitute for her beverage of choice, a Starbuck's mocha.

Connor lives in Flat Skunk, an old gold mining town near Sacramento. The town's inhabitants are engagingly eccentric--the cast of characters includes "Sluice" Jackson (a crazy old prospector), Celeste Camborne (a "grief counselor" for the Memory Kingdom, a local mortuary chain), and Beau Pascal (proprietor of the Mark Twain Slept Here Inn).

The plot of "Dead Body Language" is well-constructed and entertaining. When Lacy Penzance, a prominent citizen of Flat Skunk, turns up dead in the town cemetery, Connor decides to do a little digging around to uncover the truth. Connor's detecting skills are even more impressive when we consider that she is deaf.

All in all, "Dead Body Language" is well-paced and nicely balanced between character development and action. Warner intersperses humorous comments and situations throughout the novel, preventing it from becoming dreary or overly serious. "Dead Body Language" is definitely worth a read!
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Connor Westphal left the fast paced city lifestyle of San Francisco to
move to the restored mining town of Flat Skunk. Connor left behind a cheating
lover and two doting parents to restart the local newspaper. The newspaper
and the reconstructed restaurant she has turned into her living quarters are
a result of a legacy from her grandmother. Although the town's pace is slow
and there is little sensationalism to report, Connor is contented with her
life. Her serenity abruptly ends when the town matriarch is found dead lying
atop of her spouse's grave. This is one day after the woman wanted to place
an ad in the paper seeking information leading to finding her missing sister.
The corpse is laid out to make it seem like a suicide instead of a homicide.
..... Connor senses a sensational story, the kind she has tried to cover ever
since settling in the town. Connor, who happens to be deaf, proves
resourceful as she is able to get people to let their guard down and answer
her inquiries. The trail is twisting with many side roads that lead to
nowhere, but when the pieces click into place, she discovers that the answers
may prove hazardous to her health.
..... The world as seen and heard through a hearing impaired individual is
brilliantly brought into focus by Penny Warner in her cerebral novel, DEAD
BODY LANGUAGE. The heroine finds being deaf is a minor nuisance to be lived
with as she makes the reader believe in her abilities to interact with regular
hearing individuals. The mystery is tight and complex, making it a fun
puzzle to be solved. Ms.
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4.0 out of 5 stars CONNOR IS A GREAT ADDITION TO THE GENRE! Dec 28 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
CONNOR TOOK OVER HER GRANDFATHER'S NEWSPAPER IN FLAT SKUNK. SHE REPORTS THE NEWS, MAKES UP LOCKED-ROOM-MYSTERIES AND REFURBISHESHER DINER-HOME AND OLD CHEVY. IF THAT ISN'T ENOUGHT,SHE HAS A HEARING DOG(CASPER), A GORGEOUS ASSISTANT(MIAH) AND A FRIEND IN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.THINGS ARE GOING ALONG GREAT,WHEN A STRANGER ARRIVES IN THE OFFICE NEXT DOOR CLAIMING TO BE BOONE'S YOUNGER BROTHER. CAN CONNOR TRUST HIM? BEFORE THAT IS SORTED OUT, THE TOWN'S BEST KNOWN MATRON IS FOUND, DEAD, ON HER HUSBAND'S GRAVE.CONNOR MUST SOLVE THE MYSTERY. SHE DOES, BUT NOT BEFORE SEVERAL, VERY NEARLY SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS ARE MADE ON HER LIFE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very good books Aug. 30 2000
Format:Paperback
well dead body language is a very good book,i must tell you i could not put it down ,the novel was a great stump in the end on who did it,but in the end i love the book about deaf person name connorn, so as a deaf person i always enjoy a good books to read but in the end this book really heart stoping tale of a good mystery books,so now i am reading my fourth book of the series,and i tell you it was little funny and witty humor as well,so i have to thank penny warner for the books that she write i just cannot wait for her next book,thank amazon,com for having this book for me.
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