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DEAD BODY LANGUAGE (A Connor Westphal Mystery Book 1) by [Warner, Penny]
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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!

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publication Date: May 24, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00865SOFO
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By E. Morse on January 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a deaf person, I was hesitant to pick up this book because many books written about deaf individuals are inaccurate. However, this book is a very accurate portrayal of a deaf character. Not only that, Conor is a funny, gutsy and likeable character. The book ended much too soon for me and I'm off to buy her other 3 books now!
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"Dead Body Language" by Penny Warner is a unusual read. While I did manage to finish the book and was entertained to some extent, it was not the genre of mystery I like. As a free download, it was worth the price. Don't get me wrong. I think that the premise of a deaf protagonist was what made me download the book in the first place, and I believe there could be a niche for that, but Connor Westphal was a bit too ditsy to pull it off. There were several things that kept bugging me as I read. She owned a weekly newspaper that was mostly managed by her teenager helper. She had a Service Dog for a deaf person that had to have had cast-iron kidneys and no need for food. I couldn't figure out the need for the dog in the storyline since it never traveled with her anywhere. I would have thought it would have been her constant companion. And finally....Connor's brains seemed to turn to tofu when a decent looking male appeared on the scene. The romantic by-play was just plain weird.

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.
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It was a wonderful surprise to discover Dead Body Language when it first came out, because we finally see a main deaf character. Reading this book, the author really gives the reader a glimpse of what it is like to be deaf. I liked the scene where Connor Westphal was trying to lipread Lacy Penzance. The plot was great and kept me guessing until the very end!
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I am a big fan of other books by this author so I was excited to start reading this series. I thought the mystery was a good one. Lots of twists and turns. Some parts of the story were confusing but I think this was due to poor editing than actual writing. Many words were misspelled, letters were dropped/added, and it seems whenever there was a word with a "r-n" spelling (ex. such as corner), the r-n was replaced by an "m" (comer). Very confusing.
As some other reviewers have said, it was odd how the dog was introduced but then ignored. Connor worked long hours, sometimes staying away from home overnight, without ever making arrangements for the dog. The dog was a service dog but always stayed home alone. Connor did have a doggy door for her so at least she was able to go outside, but never seemed to need food or water.
It also seems like her teenage assistant was the one doing all the work. Her dream was to run a newspaper but it seems like Miah was the one doing all the work. Connor said the sheriff liked her because she gave a job to his "troubled" son, but Miah seemed to be the responsible and reliable one. He was the one holding the newspaper together.
I think the series could be interesting. I'm interested enough to download the next one.
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Being deaf myself I've been looking for a book like this for a long time .I was surprised that this was a series so I just bought th 4th book for my Kindle. I would highly recommand this series .Thank you Ms. Warner for recongizing the deaf.I agree that there are formating issues,but it's readable.Also about the dog it bothered me too.I would imagine the writer would claim " artistic license".
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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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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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