Dead Body Language

Dead Body Language

Book - 1997
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Thirty-seven year old journalist, Connor Westphal, has relocated from San Francisco to Flat Skunk, a mining-turned-tourist town in the foothills of the Sierras, to start up her own weekly paper. Suddenly, dead bodies begin turning up in the most unusual places, setting Connor on a hunt for a killer. You might say Connor has a sixth sense when it comes to investigating...but she only has four of the usual five senses. Connor Westphal is deaf. But being hearing impaired doesn't stop Connor from pursuing the murderer. Without sound to distract her, she attends to subtleties that others overlook and ultimately unravels the mystery.
Publisher: Toronto : Bantam Books, c1997
ISBN: 9780553575866
Branch Call Number: PB FIC WARNE 3564
Characteristics: 275 p


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Sep 11, 2012

I picked up this book because it had a deaf person as the main character and was happy to read a review by a deaf person that said that the author did a good job of describing the main character's deafness.

I was not as excited about the book as others were, however. I found that there were a lot of characters in the story, but not much character development. Characters included the deaf newspaper reporter/owner, Connor, the sheriff, her assistant (the sheriff's troubled (?) son), Lacy, French, Jilda, Mickey,Sluice, Boone, Dan, Celeste, Beau, Risa, Reuben, Arden, and at least one or two more that were significant enough that the reader needed to remember each one. With so many, there was little chance to develop any of them, including the main characters.

Also, Conner's insistence in following information about the death of Lacy in order to have a good cover story in her ad/newspaper did not seem very real. There were quite a few twists and turns in the 274 pages, with a variety of reasons that someone might get killed. They included but were not limited to a bigamist preying on rich widows, someone stealing jewelry and making imitation copies to replace the originals, a vigilante, and several men cheating on their wives. (The author tried to liken it to mini-mysteries that Conner created for her paper but the connection was weak.)

I very much like the idea of the deaf protagonist and I do hope the next books in the series

Apr 30, 2010

a decent mystery, though characters seem somewhat stereotyped. Having the main character be deaf was interesting, but didn't seem to add to the story, and her actions seems to interfere with the police investigation.

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