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About the Author

Penney Warner, the prolific author that she is, has had over 50 books published, fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children, and has received national awards and garnered excellent reviews. She has been printed in 14 countries, including Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, India, Israel, Poland, Japan, and China. Penny Warner earned a Bachelor's degree in Child Development and a Master's degree in Special Education, and has taught child development at the local college for over 20 years. She also teaches writing tips at conferences across the country, including Pikes Peak, Whidbey Island, San Francisco, Jack London, and dozens of others, as well as belonging to Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, SCBWI, Women Writing the West, and California Writers Club.
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Product Details

  • Series: Connor Westphal Mystery
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers; First Edition edition (October 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880284669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880284667
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Mysteries these days do a lot more than mystify. Penny Warner always give us something to learn---and ponder. Who would have thought there were two legitimate sides whether or not to have a cochlear implant to enable hearing for the deaf? The author neatly wraps this conflict into Silence is Golden. And when you read this Gold Country mystery, you simply aren't where you were. You're there. Silence is Golden also has lots more lovin' between Conner Westphal and her lover Dan than in previous Warner mysteries, and a third party enters who is a threat to their long-time relationship. My gosh, and what a terrific book cover! How she acquired this authentic mine photo I'd like to know.
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She moved from San Francisco to Flat Skunk in the Sierra Nevada gold country to lead a serene life style. Lately life in the former boomtown is anything but peaceful. Connor Westphal is a bit skeptical when local resident Sluice Jackson, the town's eccentric and oldest living prospector, finds a gold nugget in the Buzzard Hill mine. The gold played out a long time ago but the owner is a little too quick, to Connor's way of thinking, to accept Sluice's claim and develop a plan that would invite investors.
While most of the town is infected with gold fever, Connor is busy getting reacquainted with Josh, her ex-lover from college. He and his young daughter and ex-wife are in town to obtain a cochlea implant for the child. When Josh's ex-wife is murdered the sheriff arrests him for the crime; Connor promises him she will find evidence to clear him. While Connor is trying to clear Josh, she comes to the attention of the real killer who is determined to silence her permanently.
Although the protagonist of SILENCE IS GOLDEN is deaf, she is much more aware of the world around her then people who aren't hearing impaired. She is very at ease in her own skin and leads a very extraordinary life (even if she could hear sound) as she jumps from one dangerous situation to another. Penny Warner is a creative writer who knows how to develop fascinating characters that turn her novels, especially this amateur sleuth tale, into action packed winners for readers.
Harriet Klausner
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It's immensely satisfying to enjoy a book by an author who's new to me. Penny Warner is one of several "new" authors I've been lucky to find this year. Her entertaining novel, Silence is Golden, is part of a series featuring journalist Connor Westphal, a smart and funny woman who happens to be deaf.

Set in the Sierra Nevada's Gold Country, the adventure begins when the town of Flat Skunk's oldest prospector, Sluice Jackson, discovers a gold nugget the size of a tooth on land owned by someone else. Soon, fortune seekers are everywhere. Also new to town, is Connor's old college boyfriend, Josh, his wife, Gail, and their daughter, Susie. When Gail is found dead in the trunk of her car, Josh is arrested and Susie taken away by Social Services. Connor's mission is to clear Josh's name. Adding to the excitement is the discovery of a corpse buried near old Buzzard Mine and Connor's suspicion that the appearance of more gold nuggets might be part of a scam. Given that Connor has a newspaper to run and lots of questions to ask, it's a good thing her sexy, P.I. boyfriend, Dan, is willing to help. Not that Connor needs much assistance. She's resourceful, tenacious, and an expert at lip-reading and interpreting facial expressions.

Interesting characters, a great setting, and a look at life from a deaf person's perspective make Silence is Golden a unique and worthwhile read. I look forward to reading more of Connor's adventures.
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