Dead Body Language Reviews
"Penny Warner's Dead Body Language features an unconventional female sleuth Connor Westphal, an ex-Chronicle reporter who now publishes her own small Gold Country newspaper, lives and works in Flat Skunk. What raises the book above the ordinary is its heroine, deaf since an attack of meningitis when she was four. Connor's disability doesn't keep her down one bit. From Connor we learn about lip reading, sign language, and writing styles on the TTY. The novel is enlivened by some nice twists, an unexpected villain, a harrowing mortuary scene, its Gold country locale, and fascinating perspective on a little known subculture."
"Connor Westphal is a lively amateur sleuth. Warner renders the world of the deaf well, without dominating the text. There is quite a good bit of satire about jargon, especially in the world of undertakers. The writing is clear and direct, and the pace of the plot keeps moving well."
(On their list for Best Paperback Original for 1997)
"Connor Westphal happens to be deaf. Her character is drawn in superb detail and impressive realism. If the author is not herself deaf, then she has done her homework extremely well. If she is, she has given the readers a detailed and correct picture of the everyday challenges of being Deaf in a hearing world."