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Author Biography: Penny Warner is the author of over twenty-five books, including five in the Connor Westphal series. Dead Body Language was nominated for an Agatha award and won a Macavity award for Best First Mystery. Warner teaches child development and sign language at local colleges. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She lives and writes in Danville, California.
Croaked in Calaveras
Buford the Bullfrog is dead.
And thats only the beginning.
Connor Westphal, the feisty deaf publisher of the weekly Eureka! jumps into the annual Jubilee festivities when her sidekick and main squeeze, private eye Dan Smith, is retained by Bufords jockey to find the murderer. With the help of Sheriff Elvis Mercer and the eccentric denizens of Flat Skunk, Connor and Dan think itll be a snap, until the sheriffs son Jeremiah comes under suspicion—and a human body surfaces in Critters Creek, along with a lot more dead frogs. Connor knows Jeremiah is innocent, and with the aid of a new blind friend, sets about finding out who is killing the frogs—and people—of Calaveras County.
Advance Praise for Blind Side
Hurrah for Connor Westphal, the warmest, funniest, and most likable amateur sleuth in mystery writing today! Every trip back to Penny Warners town of Flat Skunk is always worth the price of admission, but Blind Side is my favorite so far. With an amazing cast of colorful characters, laugh-out-loud humor, chili-covered frogs, and the best literary treatment of a jumping amphibian festival since 1867, this book has it all. Mark Twain would be proud!
—Rick Riordan, Edgar winner and author of The Last King of Texas
With a colorful cast of characters, a quick-paced plot, and a resourceful heroine whos as unusual as she is appealing, Penny Warner delivers another winner. Blind Side is lively entertainment that both surprises and satisfies.
—Jonnie Jacobs, author of Murder Among Strangers
and Witness for the Defense
Posted December 9, 2008
In Calaveras County, California everyone expects Dakota Webster to again win the annual Jumping Frog Jubilee except perhaps rival Jeremiah ¿Miah¿ Mercer. Dakota¿s frogs are so good at the event he has become the most famous participant since Mark Twain placed Angels Camp on the map. <P>However, this year a new champion will be crowned as someone murders Dakota¿s top gun, Buford the Bullfrog. An outraged Dakota hires private investigator Dan Smith to uncover the identity of the dastardly culprit. Preliminary evidence points towards Miah, who works for Dan¿s girlfriend, Flat Skunk newspaper publisher Connor Westphal. Back in high school Miah and Dakota were friends, but a falling out has turned them into bitter competitors. Though not quite as serious to the participants and fans as the murder of a champion jumping frog in Calaveras County, a human homicide follows and that brings the law into the investigation. Dan, realizing that Miah is the prime suspect, reevaluates who killed Buford, why, and the link to the other homicide. <P> The Westphal-Smith mysteries are great tales that are worth reading by genre fans. The latest entry, BLIND SIDE, is exciting and brings to life the leaping contest that makes the county so famous. The recurring cast of eccentric characters are warm, real, and witty. Connor is a great heroine who refuses to allow her deafness to stop her from publishing a newspaper. Dan is a hunk with a brain. The story line is humorous with a serious undertone that will leave fans vocally shouting and in ALS sign ¿Eureka¿ in response to the news that Penny Warner has written another winner. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.