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Body Language (A Mark Manning mystery) Paperback – 30 Jun 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing; New edition edition (30 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575665549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575665542
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,612,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuck in a midlife slump as the holidays approach, gay journalist Mark Manning returns to his hometown to visit his cousin Suzanne and her teenage son, Thad, but his happiness is short-lived when Suzanne is brutally murdered and Mark must confront sinister family secrets to find her killer.

From the Author

A turning point in the Mark Manning series
"Body Language" is the third installment in the Mark Manning mystery series, and it represents a significant turning point. Most obviously, the series moves north from Chicago to the fictitious town of Dumont, Wisconsin. What's more, beginning with "Body Language," Manning acts as a first-person narrator, spinning the whole tale in his mind. (The previous two books in the series employ a somewhat unusual third-person present-tense narration.) I hope you'll agree that this new narrative style provides a more intimate portrayal of Manning, his backstory, and the various forces that make him tick. For more details on you'd care to drop me an e-mail, I'd be happy to hear from you. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chicago journalist Mark Manning has many reasons to be the happiest person alive. His relationship with his spouse Neil Waite has solidified, turning them into a blissful couple. He is wealthy enough to maintain his current lifestyle for the rest of his life and Neil,s architectural expertise has them living in a near perfect home. Still, Mark feels despondent after reporting the story of the century.

Mark seeks a new Everest to climb and thinks he found it in Durmont, Wisconsin, the home of his cousins, the Quatrains. He purchases their former home and the local newspaper, and settles into life in the small town. He meets Suzanne Quatrain, her retarded brother Joey, and her son Thad. However, someone murders Suzanne, leaving Mark as the prime suspect because he suspiciously inherits a large chunk of cash. The intrepid reporter begins an investigation to clear his name.

BODY LANGUAGE carries less of the emotional tome normally included in a Mark Manning novel because the protagonist and his partner seem more durable and loving than the turmoil of the previous books. The truth behind the well-designed mystery surfaces diabolically but cleverly slow as readers are unable to stop reading until Michael Craft reveals whom the culprit is. Adding to the fun is a twist that alters the Manning-Waite relationship and making the audience want more crafty tales from this stupendous writer.

Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on 9 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
Utterly riveting! I read the entire book in one day because I couldn't put it down. With inspiration from Dame Agatha Christie, Craft has outdone himself in this third mystery in the Mark Manning series. I was slightly disappointed with the previous book, "Eye contact", so I was hesitant to read the third. Am I glad I did! I cannot rave enough about this book. I think it even surpasses "Flight dreams".
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97f2a8ac) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97e38408) out of 5 stars The series just keeps getting better.... 15 Dec. 1999
By S. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite book of the series. Michael Craft is definitely improving as a writer. This story is much more developed that the previous ones and I enjoyed the move to a new local. But... as much as I enjoyed it, I agree with everything in Drew Brainard's review below. With the exception of Manning, the characters lack depth. I too would love to get inside Neil's head - learn what makes him tick.
Minor criticisms aside, I too had a hard time putting this one down and can't wait till the next in the series. Great mystery - buy it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9821c168) out of 5 stars A wonderful mystery and family drama 17 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Chicago journalist Mark Manning has many reasons to be the happiest person alive. His relationship with his spouse Neil Waite has solidified, turning them into a blissful couple. He is wealthy enough to maintain his current lifestyle for the rest of his life and Neil,s architectural expertise has them living in a near perfect home. Still, Mark feels despondent after reporting the story of the century.

Mark seeks a new Everest to climb and thinks he found it in Durmont, Wisconsin, the home of his cousins, the Quatrains. He purchases their former home and the local newspaper, and settles into life in the small town. He meets Suzanne Quatrain, her retarded brother Joey, and her son Thad. However, someone murders Suzanne, leaving Mark as the prime suspect because he suspiciously inherits a large chunk of cash. The intrepid reporter begins an investigation to clear his name.

BODY LANGUAGE carries less of the emotional tome normally included in a Mark Manning novel because the protagonist and his partner seem more durable and loving than the turmoil of the previous books. The truth behind the well-designed mystery surfaces diabolically but cleverly slow as readers are unable to stop reading until Michael Craft reveals whom the culprit is. Adding to the fun is a twist that alters the Manning-Waite relationship and making the audience want more crafty tales from this stupendous writer.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97e5e48c) out of 5 stars Who really did it? It wan't Me!! 16 Dec. 2000
By Greg M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This one so far is my favorite. The suspence of getting to the next page was killing me along with the first murdered victim in this well written episode. I thought the writers attempt to rope us into the pages making us walk along side the lead character was a success. At times I felt the blood on my hands. It wasn't me! The characters chosen all had a reason to be a bit guilty of this crime the way he threw hints of hatered and unstable personalities our way. At the moment when you thought you had it solved there was a twist that dragged you into another direction. Brilliant writing I say, just brilliant. He did it, NO, she did it. Well, maybe she did it. Or perhaps he did do it. Nah! I am certain she did it. Who really did do it will be your thoughts all the way through this story until you reach the chapter where everybody sees proof of who did do it only to discover that that person didn't really do it, but the other being you had your eye on who turned out to be the killer was not actually the one you thought it to be at all. Make sence. You will when you read it. And read it you must. I loved it! On to the next.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97f46d68) out of 5 stars Spine Tingling Thriller! 18 Oct. 2001
By Ronald Kevin Sowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another great book in the Mark Manning series. Mark has decided to buy his own newspaper, and move into an old family home in Dumont. Returning to the home revives fond memories of his cousin Mark, and his uncle. However, tragedy soon occurs, and it is up to Manning to solve the case. I could not put it down once I started on it. I can honestly say that I figured out who did it this time. Maybe I should start writing myself! Nah!
You will love this book. Buy it today!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97e2593c) out of 5 stars about michael craft's new book "Body Language" 28 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is interesting how he makes the relationships less than perfect, as they most are. On his new book, I am glad he has made them a happy couple and has concentrated on the mystery side. I think it is neat. I love mystery novels, but I also like happy relationships which the hero can fall on for help. I wish more people would do that.
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