Dead Body Language Paperback – May 1 1997
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Really liked the strong main character, a woman who just happens to be deaf. Didn't like typos and other errors. Distracting!Published on April 12 2013 by CatW
As a deaf person, I was hesitant to pick up this book because many books written about deaf individuals are inaccurate. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2000 by E. Morse
It was a wonderful surprise to discover Dead Body Language when it first came out, because we finally see a main deaf character. Read morePublished on July 26 1999