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Dead Body Language (Crime Line.) Paperback – May 5, 1997
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Her other mystery series features event planner, Presley Parker, and is set in the San Francisco Bay Area. HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY, offers a wedding on Alcatraz, HOW TO CRASH A KILLER BASH, features a Murder Mystery Party at the de Young Museum, HOW TO SURVIVE A KILLER SÉANCE, presents a Séance Party at the Winchester Mystery House, and HOW TO PARTY WITH A KILLER VAMPIRE is set in Colma, the City of Souls. HOW TO DINE ON KILLER WINE offers a mystery in the Napa Wine Country.
Her middle-grade mystery, CODE BUSTERS CLUB: SECRET OF THE SKELETON KEY, was nominated for an Agatha Best Juvenile Mystery Award. It features four kids who solve a mystery by cracking codes in each chapter. The second book in the series, CODE BUSTERS: THE HAUNTED LIGHTHOUSE, is set on Alcatraz. (Join the Code Busters Club at www.codebustersclub.com.) Her non-fiction book, THE OFFICIAL NANCY DREW HANDBOOK, was nominated for an Agatha Award.
She writes a column for the local newspaper on family life in the Valley, creates fund-raising murder mystery events for libraries across the country, and teaches child development at Diablo Valley College. She can be reached at http://www.pennywarner.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Even with all the negatives, I still think there is hope for this series. I know Penny Warner had written other Connor Westphal books. I hope the writing has matured.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Very nice cozy mystery with an very near authentic deaf character. Her superpowers are pretty much in line with other female amateur sleuths in cozy mystery style. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nell Fleming
This is a murder mystery with the central character totally deaf. It explains in great detail the difficulties of the deaf in the hearing world. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert A. Hersch
My primary interest, in choosing this book, was its deaf main character. Its well written, a good mystery, enough interesting characters, and Connor's deafness is a frequent... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Michael A. Hagstad
Our heroine owns and prints out a weekly newspaper. She also writes a weekly mystery puzzle for the paper. She has an admirer in the sheriff's office. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Unknown
I enjoyed the concept of this book. The little tid bits through out to help you solve the mystery. I do enjoy the creative ways that Connor deals with her day. Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by j d cooper
While the writing or plot wasn't anything exceptional, I'm glad I gave this book a shot. I was intrigued by the idea of a deaf detective, and Ms. Warner did not disappoint. Read morePublished on May 5, 2013 by colormehappy91
I love Conner, she has spunk. The Gold Country makes a great setting. This is an easy read for ages 9 to 90.Published on April 6, 2013 by A. Duncan
The main character, a young deaf woman reporter, helps this stand out from other mysteries. Seeing how she navigates her world was as interesting as the mystery itself. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Kindle Customer