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Right to Remain Silent Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1998

4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Connor Westphal Series

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From Library Journal

This paperback series (e.g., Sign of Foul Play, Bantam, 1998) features an exciting deaf protagonist, northern California surrounds, and unusual, addictive characters. Connor Westphal, reporter for Flat Skunk's newspaper, navigates her world by reading lips and speaking. When police accuse a deaf man of killing his wealthy preservationist mother, the man's brother asks Connor for help. The accused escapes; his brother, afraid of being followed, disappears; the victim's house suspiciously burns; and Connor, searching for a lost will and the real killer, visits a murky old silver mine. Entertaining action and a nifty heroine, with just a taste of frontier flavor; highly recommended.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Connor Westphal is drawn into another mystery in Flat Skunk when the local historian dies, is resurrected, and dies again! Hot on the story of this unexpected event, Connor stumbles across the murdered woman's son, a deaf man who has been misdiagnosed for years. Working to clear his name for his mother's murder turns out to be more than she bargains for. Staying one step ahead of the killer, locating a missing will, and getting out her weekly paper are all just part of a day's work for amateur sleuth Connor Westphal in the third book of this popular series by Penny Warner.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crimeline (December 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553579622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553579628
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,703,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Penny Warner has published over 60 books for both adults and children. Her first mystery series featuring Connor Westphal, a deaf reporter in the California Gold Country, won a Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, and was nominated for an Agatha and an Anthony Award. Books in the series include, DEAD BODY LANGUAGE, SIGN OF FOUL PLAY, and RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. All are available on Kindle.

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 pennywarnerink@yahoo.com.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Penny Warner's latest book, Right to Remain Silent, (as well as her other two Connor Westphal mysteries, Dead Body Language and Sign of Foul Play), besides being a fun, modern mystery, could be an excellent companion to any text teaching students of Sign Language or Deaf Studies. The comings and going of Connor and local characters from Flat Skunk with frequent references to ASL, lip reading, use of TTY and Relay calls, and daily communication between deaf people or deaf and hearing are accurate and insightful. I could picture Connor signing from Warner's descriptions. I look forward to the next book.
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Investigative journalist Connor Westphal may be deaf, but she will not allow her physical impairment prevent her from obtaining her goal which is climbing upward in her chosen profession. The Eureka reporter soon learns that Sparkle Bodie, the most unpopular person in Gold County, California, just died. However, the elderly woman was apparently smothered by someone using a pillow while she was in the hospital for less than an hour.

Because of her public exposure of family secrets, many individuals had motives to kill Sparkle. However, the police hone in on Sparkle's deaf son Caleb as the prime suspect. Connor, knowing she already has the possibility of the story of the year, believes the lad is an easy mark to pin the blame on for the murder. As Connor begins to make inquiries, more killings occur, making the intrepid reporter wonder if she may just find her byline in the obituary column.

RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT, the third Connor Westphal amateur sleuth stories, is a great who-done-it due to the warm, witty star. The murder mystery is well designed and filled with growing suspense, while the ensemble adds intensity to the exciting story line. However, what makes this series worth reading is Penny Warner's insight into the life of a deaf person which she cleverly intertwines within the remarkable plot. This reviewer recommends the entire series (DEAD BODY LANGUAGE and SIGN OF FOUL PLAY) for a refreshingly unique reading experience.

Harriet Klausner
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Yeah, yeah, cheesy pun- but this is definitely my favourite book in Warner's outstanding Connor Westphal series. While all the books are well-plotted mysteries and informative glimpses into the Deaf community, the juxtaposition of the three Deaf/deaf characters in this book is revealing: Connor is well-educated, but an outsider in both Deaf and hearing company because of her oral orientation; Caleb is at the other extreme, completely uneducated and unable to communicate conventionally; and the proprietor of the local Deaf club, who makes a cameo appearance, is well-educated, witty, and non-oral.
Add to the political mix a thrilling murder with countless twists, a few dramatic scrapes for Connor, and an accurate description of a few vulgar signs to try out on your friends (::grin::), and "Right to Remain Silent" is a winner!
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Warner writes well, and her exploration of the deaf world is fascinating. Right to Remain Silent contains serious mis-information regarding "blue-babies", and such seriously flawed research on Rhesus-negative that I can only hope the readers don't remember the content. The mininformation in this book could be dangerous or fatal towards your progeny if you are an Rh- woman. (See March of Dimes RHDisease)and (pubs@unlvm.unl.edu for Well Water, Nitrates and the "Blue Baby" Syndrome Methemoglobinemia)
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