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Silence is Golden (2003)

by Penny Warner

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The references to Deaf culture were useful and I even liked Connor's spark at the beginning of the book, not even the reminders of who the characters are (it's the sixth book in the series but the first one I read) excessively annoying. But as the mystery progresses Connor gets stupider along with the plot. Why on earth does a deaf person decide to sneak into a presumed killer's home alone? Furthermore, she's supposed to be an investigative detective, how on earth hasn't she figured out this is not a good idea? or, at the very least, learned to check by sight on her way out?

Then there's strange moments, like when she's trapped in a dark place and decides to name drop not just Hellen Keller but the Miracle Worker (the scene is otherwise really interesting). Or the way she silently apologizes to her mother after she escapes certain death and uses a swear word out loud. WTF.

The ending was cliched, but, now again, so were all the feelings the main character has through the book (e.g. guy hot, little girl = sweet, other woman = bitch).
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  askajnaiman | Jun 14, 2016 |
The references to Deaf culture were useful and I even liked Connor's spark at the beginning of the book, not even the reminders of who the characters are (it's the sixth book in the series but the first one I read) excessively annoying. But as the mystery progresses Connor gets stupider along with the plot. Why on earth does a deaf person decide to sneak into a presumed killer's home alone? Furthermore, she's supposed to be an investigative detective, how on earth hasn't she figured out this is not a good idea? or, at the very least, learned to check by sight on her way out?

Then there's strange moments, like when she's trapped in a dark place and decides to name drop not just Hellen Keller but the Miracle Worker (the scene is otherwise really interesting). Or the way she silently apologizes to her mother after she escapes certain death and uses a swear word out loud. WTF.

The ending was cliched, but, now again, so were all the feelings the main character has through the book (e.g. guy hot, little girl = sweet, other woman = bitch).
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  Evalangui | Aug 22, 2014 |
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Connor Westphal is a deaf woman who is a newspaper editor in Flat Skunk, a small town in what was once California Gold Country. And may still be: A local man claims to have found gold in an old mine, along with old bones he claims belongs to an ancestor. The small ensuing gold rush brings to town Connor's ex-lover, with his ex-wife, who gets murdered.… (more)

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