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THE DEAD CAN TALK - WE JUST NEED TO LISTEN . . . Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about. Her friend and mentor, Mrs E. Deeply intuitive and convinced that she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be mo THE DEAD CAN TALK - WE JUST NEED TO LISTEN . . . Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about. Her friend and mentor, Mrs E. Deeply intuitive and convinced that she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be more to the ruling of an accidental death. Is her grief making her see things that aren't there, or is her intuition right, and there's something more sinister to her friend's death than the ME thinks? Harbouring an innate distrust of the police, Cassie sets out to investigate and deliver justice to the woman who saved her life. For fans of Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series and Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan, Cassie Raven is the edgy new forensic sleuth on the block.


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THE DEAD CAN TALK - WE JUST NEED TO LISTEN . . . Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about. Her friend and mentor, Mrs E. Deeply intuitive and convinced that she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be mo THE DEAD CAN TALK - WE JUST NEED TO LISTEN . . . Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about. Her friend and mentor, Mrs E. Deeply intuitive and convinced that she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be more to the ruling of an accidental death. Is her grief making her see things that aren't there, or is her intuition right, and there's something more sinister to her friend's death than the ME thinks? Harbouring an innate distrust of the police, Cassie sets out to investigate and deliver justice to the woman who saved her life. For fans of Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway series and Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan, Cassie Raven is the edgy new forensic sleuth on the block.

30 review for Body Language

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    AK Turner writes an engaging crime mystery set in London and featuring an intriguing and edgy Camden mortuary technician, 25 year old Cassie Raven, a goth with her dyed hair, lip ring, eyebrow bolt, and wariness of the police. Conscientious Cassie takes her care of the dead seriously, even staying with dead children through the night, gifted with the ability to talk to the dead. She lost her parents very young in a car crash, brought up by her beloved bright and courageous Polish grandmother who AK Turner writes an engaging crime mystery set in London and featuring an intriguing and edgy Camden mortuary technician, 25 year old Cassie Raven, a goth with her dyed hair, lip ring, eyebrow bolt, and wariness of the police. Conscientious Cassie takes her care of the dead seriously, even staying with dead children through the night, gifted with the ability to talk to the dead. She lost her parents very young in a car crash, brought up by her beloved bright and courageous Polish grandmother who has never been forthcoming about her father, although she had never hid her dislike of him. Cassie developed early in childhood an affinity with dead animals, she is currently doing a online beginner's course in taxidermy, and spent time living in squats in her past. She is the textbook loner, reluctant to let people too close her, which has resulted in all her relationships, with men and women, being of short duration. A new pathologist has started, Dr Archie Cuff, a man who makes the common mistake of underestimating Cassie's abilities, she has often proved to be of invaluable help to pathologists, due to her education and experience. Totally loving her work and at home with the dead, Cassie is shocked when her surrogate mother, mentor and science teacher, 51 year old Mrs Geraldine Edwards's body turns up at the mortuary. Mrs E. was responsible for rescuing Cassie from a bleak future of drugs and the streets, believing in her and building her self esteem, bringing her back into education and responsible for her working in her current profession. Cassie cannot believe Mrs E. has died so young, leaving behind a son, Owen, that she cannot help trying to find out what happened to her. In the meantime, there are strange goings on at the mortuary when the body of an elderly man is taken at night. This brings in the police, a uptight, judgemental DS Phyllida Flyte, who initially views Cassie as a prime suspect, but the two eventually tentatively begin to become closer. AK Turner's new series is well plotted and well written, an absorbing piece of crime fiction with a terrific and unusual protagonist in Cassie, driven to do all that she can to ensure justice for Mrs E., a teacher who had been instrumental in turning her life around. Cassie contrasts sharply as a character with Flyte, a police officer with a traumatic history of grief and loss she has yet to come terms with. Turner develops their relationship with skill, I presume laying the groundwork for what I assume will turn out to be first of a series featuring the two of them. This is a compulsive and entertaining read, that I think will particularly appeal to those who love forensic science playing a leading role in their crime fiction. Many thanks to Bonnier Zaffre for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Body Language is the first instalment in a new supernatural thriller series, set in Camden, London and featuring 25-year-old mortuary technician Cassie Raven, a goth-girl living with her Polish grandma, whose parents were killed in a car accident before she could remember them. She a loner, an introvert who is cynical and doesn't trust people easily unless they've earned it. The job suits her; the dead sometimes ‘speak’ to her and she has visions of their lives before they died. These fleeting ‘ Body Language is the first instalment in a new supernatural thriller series, set in Camden, London and featuring 25-year-old mortuary technician Cassie Raven, a goth-girl living with her Polish grandma, whose parents were killed in a car accident before she could remember them. She a loner, an introvert who is cynical and doesn't trust people easily unless they've earned it. The job suits her; the dead sometimes ‘speak’ to her and she has visions of their lives before they died. These fleeting ‘communications’ are a source of intrigue and comfort to Cassie but don’t spill over into her life outside work. Cassie’s world is rocked when her old science teacher, 51-year-old Geraldine Edwards, is brought into the morgue – Cassie owes her a great deal as she saved her from a life of drugs and homelessness by tempting her back into education – and is perturbed by the inconclusive autopsy. Meanwhile, the body of elderly Harold Hardwick vanishes from the morgue and fingers are pointed at Cassie – it was her passcode that was used to gain entry. When the missing body is found in a bag in the canal five days later DS Phyllida Flyte is called in to investigate and when Cassie herself is attacked she begins to wonder whether these things may be connected and sets off to investigate… This is a compulsive, engrossing and twisty read, and although I'm not usually a fan of thrillers with a supernatural element to them, it worked brilliantly in this case. It's well written and carefully plotted, and protagonist, Cassie, is a breath of fresh air; she has an intriguing backstory, she's flawed and human and a tad weird which all makes her very relatable. She's also a quirky and refreshingly original character and the type we rarely see in crime fiction. Unique, compelling and spirited, Cassie Raven is a captivating character and Alison Turner weaves a clever story that keeps you guessing the whole way with great twists and turns. It's a compelling read from first page to last and the way it is written it just flows beautifully and you quickly become immersed in Cassie’s world. It's well-paced, gripping and entertaining, although I wasn't sure about DS Flyte, who came across as a judgemental battle-axe who appears emotionally cold and initially this makes her quite abrasive. She’s certainly interesting, though, and the two get off on the wrong foot at the beginning but mellow as it progresses. There's also a lot of information about forensics and mortuary etiquette, which I found fascinating. This riveting and thoroughly enjoyable page-turner comes highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    Laboured mortuary set crime caper that drags with two underdeveloped mystery elements. Having enjoyed A.K Turner’s Kiszka and Kershaw novels written under her pen name of Anya Lipska I was keen to read Body Language, despite the kooky premise of a mortuary technician with a sixth sense communing with the dead. Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Raven is an archetypical rebel with tattoos, piercings, a shaved undercut and a serious mistrust of the police but she is also very conscientious and not to unde Laboured mortuary set crime caper that drags with two underdeveloped mystery elements. Having enjoyed A.K Turner’s Kiszka and Kershaw novels written under her pen name of Anya Lipska I was keen to read Body Language, despite the kooky premise of a mortuary technician with a sixth sense communing with the dead. Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Raven is an archetypical rebel with tattoos, piercings, a shaved undercut and a serious mistrust of the police but she is also very conscientious and not to underestimated. Having worked as a mortuary technician for five years and acquired enough qualifications at evening classes to train to become a coroner she prides herself on treating the dead with respect and taking the utmost care of her clients. Brought up by his Polish grandmother after her parents died in a car crash in her early years, Cassie has long had a strange relationship with death and has difficulty forming lasting romantic relationships, being reluctant to let people in. Cassie’s personal involvement in her job goes to new lengths when she unzips a body bag to be confronted by the face of the woman who taught her science and was pivotal in taking her from squats and casual drug usage to her current career. Discovering that Geraldine Edwards (“Mrs E”) was only fifty-one and in the best of health, Cassie gets a intuitive feeling that there is something a little fishy about the way she died. Deciding to do a bit of her own investigating and ensure Mrs E gets the justice she deserves Cassie is surprised to learn about her recent engagement and the arrival of her alcoholic adult son pushing for a quick cremation adds to her concerns. Meanwhile the theft of a body overnight from the mortuary sees the officious DS Phyllida Flyte arrive to investigate. A recent transfer from leafy Winchester for personal reasons and none too keen on her grubby new beat, DS Flyte quickly takes a dislike to Cassie’s alternative appearance and surly demeanour and makes her number one suspect for the body theft. As the gradual frostiness between cop and mortuary technician thaws, each coming to realise that they might both be able to help each other, Cassie decides to shed some light on the missing body in return for DS Flyte doing a little bit of digging about the circumstances of Mrs E’s death. Although there are two mystery elements at play I didn’t find either particularly compelling not helped by the fact that so much is overexplained, slowing the narrative down and dragging the story out. Whether Cassie experiences the apparitions and words of the recently deceased or whether she projects them onto the customers she is taking care of is not made entirely clear but either way I found it a far too tenuous starting point for a realistic mystery, particularly one that uptight DS Phyllida Flyte’s goes to entirely unrealistic lengths to investigate. Narrated in the third person the story switches between focusing on Cassie and DS Flyte, allowing the reader to be privy to both of their separate efforts. Overall I just think the book tried too hard to be edgy and descended into a stupidly far-fetched caper with policing along the lines of a cosy mystery. The main characters had me cringing and Cassie’s supposedly druggy past and DS Phyllida Flyte’s awkward persona were harped on about to the point that it became tiresome. Despite being set in a mortuary the story isn’t dark or gritty at all and both mystery elements become a little farcical and I doubt I will be following any future outings. I was, however, very impressed with the obvious amount of research undertaken and the author did a superb job of broadening my knowledge of the post-mortem procedure and illustrating the differences between a routine and a forensic post-mortem.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Camden Mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about, her friend and mentor Mrs E. Deeply intuitive and convinced she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be more to the ruling of accidental death. Is grief making her see things that aren't there, or is intuition right and theres something more sinister to her friends death than the ME Camden Mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about, her friend and mentor Mrs E. Deeply intuitive and convinced she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be more to the ruling of accidental death. Is grief making her see things that aren't there, or is intuition right and theres something more sinister to her friends death than the ME thinks? Cassie Raven has a difficult past and I liked the fact that she could listen to the dead and she has the ability to analyse key details. The first half of the book is quite graphic. Cassie is strong willed, compassionate, feisty and unique. I also liked DS Phyllida Flyte even though she's a bit of a cold fish. This is a very well written book and I was hooked straight away. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #BonnierBooksUK and the author #AKTurner for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    I really loved this. I loved how the author made the characters real, human. I loved that A,K, Turner showed so carefully you cannot go by the looks of a person so see what they are truly made of. I loved that Cassie, despite everything else, was a main character that was totally honest...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Holly Jones

    I was sent this to review as an ARC as the book I won could not be processed. I throughly enjoyed this book! I struggled to read this last month or so picked this book up and read it in 24 hours! Late night page turning for this one! This book was addictive for me and I was so absorbed I found myself losing time just wanting to know how it ends. Just couldn’t put it down! Cassie is a great protagonist. I like her character her individual ways her relationship with her nan end her back story and ho I was sent this to review as an ARC as the book I won could not be processed. I throughly enjoyed this book! I struggled to read this last month or so picked this book up and read it in 24 hours! Late night page turning for this one! This book was addictive for me and I was so absorbed I found myself losing time just wanting to know how it ends. Just couldn’t put it down! Cassie is a great protagonist. I like her character her individual ways her relationship with her nan end her back story and how to she came to work with dead people. I found myself seeing her as a young emelia fox in Silent Witness solving the murders left and finding the clues for the police. The author has done research and I found myself learning new things about bodies, cadavers and pathology in general I enjoyed the Latin too. I feel like this could become a series and this is just the open door to a new London based crime series on the block.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    A.K. Turner is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. Cassie is a mortuary technician and when she is faced with someone she knows in a body bag, her heart stops. The Police have said it was an accidental drowning in the bath but Cassie is not convinced. Cassie hears messages from the dead so when Mrs E asks her to help her, she knows her death was not an accident, but murder. Detective Flyte meets Cassie after another person is taken to the mortuary and Cassie asks for her help in A.K. Turner is a new author for me and I really enjoyed this book. Cassie is a mortuary technician and when she is faced with someone she knows in a body bag, her heart stops. The Police have said it was an accidental drowning in the bath but Cassie is not convinced. Cassie hears messages from the dead so when Mrs E asks her to help her, she knows her death was not an accident, but murder. Detective Flyte meets Cassie after another person is taken to the mortuary and Cassie asks for her help in finding Mrs E’s killer. They make a great team as each of them find out new pieces of information that leads them to the killer. This is a great crime thriller that well and truly had me hooked throughout the book. Thanks to Bonnier Books UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    On my blog Rep: bi mc and li CWs: descriptions of autopsies, murder, drug abuse and drug overdoses, mentions of domestic abuse Galley provided by publisher Body Language is a solid first book of a series, introducing a new detective/sidekick duo (or maybe I should say mortuary technician/detective-who-is-the-sidekick duo). It’s just also a book that never really hooked me. The plot follows Cassie Raven, said mortuary technician, and the detective who she, more often than not, clashes with. There On my blog Rep: bi mc and li CWs: descriptions of autopsies, murder, drug abuse and drug overdoses, mentions of domestic abuse Galley provided by publisher Body Language is a solid first book of a series, introducing a new detective/sidekick duo (or maybe I should say mortuary technician/detective-who-is-the-sidekick duo). It’s just also a book that never really hooked me. The plot follows Cassie Raven, said mortuary technician, and the detective who she, more often than not, clashes with. There are two mysteries at play in the book, to be honest. One, following the disappearance of a corpse from the mortuary, and a second, where Cassie suspects foul play in what seems otherwise to be a routine case. My first thought was that the writing wasn’t for me, so really, it was an inauspicious start. But the writing never quite reached the levels of mehness that some books I’ve read have, so that didn’t, ultimately (and thankfully!), factor into my feelings about the book overly much. Instead, I think what let me down about it was the mystery. I mentioned there were two simultaneous mysteries, but, in all honesty, neither of them truly compelled me to keep reading. I mean, yes, I was curious what the denouement would be, and who would be exposed as having done it, and that twist did surprise me. But. But. I was never really compelled. I was never burning with curiosity to find out what had happened. And finding out who did it, and that it was explained as (spoilers!!) that character being “psycho” felt somewhat of a copout. But then again. Maybe I’ve been watching too many murder mystery shows.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Body Language was a great read, with two main characters who were utterly engaging in different ways, a mystery element that was cleverly plotted and intriguing and a darkly evocative backdrop in the mortuary. It is a little bit different to the norm with Cassie’s outlook on life and death – and of course the possibility that the dead speak to her- she is flawed and realistic with an oddly ironic moral code that comes across well and puts you on her side. The story spins itself out in a truly addi Body Language was a great read, with two main characters who were utterly engaging in different ways, a mystery element that was cleverly plotted and intriguing and a darkly evocative backdrop in the mortuary. It is a little bit different to the norm with Cassie’s outlook on life and death – and of course the possibility that the dead speak to her- she is flawed and realistic with an oddly ironic moral code that comes across well and puts you on her side. The story spins itself out in a truly addictive style which makes this an easy book to devour in one sitting, with a refreshing edge to it that means you’ll finish it and find yourself wanting more Loved it. Recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    Body language introduces one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Losing both her parents in a car crash, at a young age Cassie Raven goes to live with her polish grandmother and starts an obsession with dead things. Then as a teen she starts to rebel and moves out to live in squats and take drugs, her turn around comes from a chance meeting, while selling the Big Issue, with science teacher Mrs Edwards. Signing up to her course at the adult education centre she Body language introduces one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Losing both her parents in a car crash, at a young age Cassie Raven goes to live with her polish grandmother and starts an obsession with dead things. Then as a teen she starts to rebel and moves out to live in squats and take drugs, her turn around comes from a chance meeting, while selling the Big Issue, with science teacher Mrs Edwards. Signing up to her course at the adult education centre she gets her A levels and now works as a technician in a mortuary. She cares for the dead as if they are still living and shows them a great deal of tenderness, often getting fleeting moments of an almost supernatural response from them. Until the day Mrs Edwards is on her table from an apparent drowning, being found dead in the bath at only fifty one. Then a body goes missing from the morgue, the police get involved and Cassie who distrusts the police immensely is the number one suspect. Narrated by Cassie and then also DS Flyte this is a fast paced read with short snappy chapters that held me in complete rapture. With a unique protagonist, Carrie not only spoke to the dead she spoke to me. I too was obsessed by death, horror and the macabre from a young age and I find it more strange that people shy away from it. We are all going to get there eventually after all. So if you fancy a crime thriller with a difference and a complicated unusual main character, this will pull you in with the back story and keep you there with the deftly crafted plot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    peggy

    If you liked the series Bones then this is the book for you. A good police procedural and a lot of medical research. A good thriller that kept me entertained. The start of a new series. Almost four stars. Thanks to Bonnier Books and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book blog

    There is nothing better than a new series to sink you teeth into and Body Language is a very promising start to one. It is a dark thriller, that pulls you in and takes you hostage right from the get go and just consumes every inch of you. It is unique, compelling and I could not get enough of it! The story follows Cassie Raven, a mortuary technician, who is able to hear the last thoughts of the dead. When the body of her friend and mentor Mrs E is brought in, the police having ruled her death acc There is nothing better than a new series to sink you teeth into and Body Language is a very promising start to one. It is a dark thriller, that pulls you in and takes you hostage right from the get go and just consumes every inch of you. It is unique, compelling and I could not get enough of it! The story follows Cassie Raven, a mortuary technician, who is able to hear the last thoughts of the dead. When the body of her friend and mentor Mrs E is brought in, the police having ruled her death accidental, Cassie’s intuition kicks in of something more sinister at play, which leads to her own investigation in search of the truth. Cassie Raven is such a brilliant character whom I formed an instant connection with. She is so complex, has many layers to her and is very different to the norm, which is what appealed to me the most about her. I can’t wait to get to know her more in future books. The story is fast paced and with it short chapters, has you flying through them wanting more. I found this very hard to put down and when life rudely interrupted and I had no choice but to, it was always in the back of my mind until I could pick it up again. All up Body Language is a thrilling read that will have you hooked from start to finish. It is twisted, compelling and will have you flicking through the pages furiously long into the night. A.K. Turner has produced a very well written, researched and entertaining book and I look forward to more in this series. Thank you to A.K. Turner, Zaffre and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Body Language, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    You may know A.K.Turner better as the author who writes under the pen name of Anya Lipska with her ‘Kiszka and Kershaw’ thriller series. “Body Language” is her first crime novel under her real name and features Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven. When a body comes into Cassie’s mortuary that she recognises as her old friend and former teacher Mrs E, she is convinced that the ruling of death as an accident doesn’t feel right. Does she trust her instinct and investigate the death herself? With You may know A.K.Turner better as the author who writes under the pen name of Anya Lipska with her ‘Kiszka and Kershaw’ thriller series. “Body Language” is her first crime novel under her real name and features Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven. When a body comes into Cassie’s mortuary that she recognises as her old friend and former teacher Mrs E, she is convinced that the ruling of death as an accident doesn’t feel right. Does she trust her instinct and investigate the death herself? With her deep rooted distrust of the police, she is determined to serve justice for her old mentor on her own but is she putting herself in danger? Will DS Phyllida Flyte who suspects Cassie as being involved in another incident at the morgue, start to come around to her way of thinking? Although this story does require some suspension of disbelief - with Cassie being able to hear thoughts from the dead - this was quite an enjoyable read. I didn’t like Cassie at first, she came across as a rather unusual character with quite a unique personality but I do have to admit, she did grow on me as the story developed. DS Flyte on the other hand was an extremely strange and unique police detective which I’m not convinced was actually realistic in today’s policing. The plot was certainly entertaining enough, though there were a few ‘eye rolling’ and ‘raised eyebrow’ moments which I’m not sure were needed in the narrative. I find it hard to believe that ‘fishcakes’ as an exclamation used by a Detective Sergeant, would be a viable and authentic use of language but I assume the author was trying to create a character, who was not the norm and had her own distinctive ways. The pace picked up towards the end and ventured into a decent crime thriller and although “Body Language” was a tad far fetched it was entertaining enough in its own right. An abundance of graphic mortuary descriptions and anatomical detail just proves the extensive research carried out by the author. If you’re squeamish or recently bereaved this may not be for you but I found the process of post mortems and the delicate handling of dead bodies, an overall informative read. 3 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sorrel Hanlon

    A twisting page turner of a book! When I read the first extract of this to enter a draw to win an ARC from Readers First, it immediately made me think of a cross between shows like Bones and Tru Calling. We meet Cassie Raven, an unconventional and quirky mortuary technician with an affinity for the dead. Immediately she reads as a very unique individual with a troubled background and an unusual skill set. When she comes face to face with the cadaver of her old teacher the story kicks off. Troubl A twisting page turner of a book! When I read the first extract of this to enter a draw to win an ARC from Readers First, it immediately made me think of a cross between shows like Bones and Tru Calling. We meet Cassie Raven, an unconventional and quirky mortuary technician with an affinity for the dead. Immediately she reads as a very unique individual with a troubled background and an unusual skill set. When she comes face to face with the cadaver of her old teacher the story kicks off. Troubled family relationships, secrets and deceptions and a little bit of rule breaking pepper the pages of this story and you are kept guessing as to who the murderer is and their motives. The pace picks up to a climax within the final pages and the loose ends are neatly tied up for a satisfying conclusion. I would quite happily meet Cassie Raven again for another murder mystery and I hope the author writes a follow up book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aly Warren

    Cassie Raven, a mortuary technician. She take her job very seriously with a personal touch. She talks to the dead, she treats them with respect. One day a new body is brought in, only to find it was an old teacher of hers, who she had an incredible bond with. Something about her death just dosent sit right woth Cassie, she investigates further, hitting many obstacles on the way, she never gives up. Ummm wow!!! I absolutely loved Cassie!! I loved her personality and dedication. I though she was fab Cassie Raven, a mortuary technician. She take her job very seriously with a personal touch. She talks to the dead, she treats them with respect. One day a new body is brought in, only to find it was an old teacher of hers, who she had an incredible bond with. Something about her death just dosent sit right woth Cassie, she investigates further, hitting many obstacles on the way, she never gives up. Ummm wow!!! I absolutely loved Cassie!! I loved her personality and dedication. I though she was fab. Wasnt too sure on Flyte to begin with, but she didn't grow on me! It found it so easy to get lost in this one. It was brilliantly gripping, and the twists completly blind sided me. Just as I thought I'd figured it all out, something else happened to throw me off. A hard one to put down. Well deserved 5 stars from me. I can say with confidence that it is a must read!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chandni

    I really enjoyed this novel by A.K. Turner. Firstly, the premise gripped me immediately because I've never read a book about a mortuary assistant before and there was something compelling about Cassie as she uses her intuition to try and solve the mystery of Mrs. E's death. Cassie as a character was a delight to read about. Even though she isn't typical in any way, her kindness and respect for the dead made her really endearing. I also liked the fact she can hear the thoughts of the dead. In fact I really enjoyed this novel by A.K. Turner. Firstly, the premise gripped me immediately because I've never read a book about a mortuary assistant before and there was something compelling about Cassie as she uses her intuition to try and solve the mystery of Mrs. E's death. Cassie as a character was a delight to read about. Even though she isn't typical in any way, her kindness and respect for the dead made her really endearing. I also liked the fact she can hear the thoughts of the dead. In fact, I thought all of the characters were really dynamic and well-developed. Her relationship with Flyte was really interesting and I thought the respect they gained for each other really leaves the book open to sequels where they band together to solve more crimes. The plot moved at a really fast-pace and I was engrossed throughout. I didn't guess where it was going to go, which is rare for me. I thought the characters worked really well together and their relationships kept the story really engrossing. This is a great book in the mystery genre, and I think this is a great start to a new series. I'll be following Cassie's adventures in all her future novels.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Fenton

    This is the first in an exciting, original and gripping new series featuring Cassie Raven, a mortuary technician based in Camden Town and DS Phyllida Flyte, a policewoman who has been transferred to Camden for reasons unclear at the start of the book. Both female characters are strong, engaging and interesting in their own unique ways; Cassie has been brought up by her Polish grandmother, dipped her feet into living rough, taking drugs and dropping out of society but luckily a teacher spotted her This is the first in an exciting, original and gripping new series featuring Cassie Raven, a mortuary technician based in Camden Town and DS Phyllida Flyte, a policewoman who has been transferred to Camden for reasons unclear at the start of the book. Both female characters are strong, engaging and interesting in their own unique ways; Cassie has been brought up by her Polish grandmother, dipped her feet into living rough, taking drugs and dropping out of society but luckily a teacher spotted her potential and encouraged her back to education where she is now a mortuary assistant. Having been fascinated by all things dead during her childhood she believes the dead can talk and treats all the bodies under her care with the utmost love and respect. When one of the bodies turns out to be the teacher who “rescued” her from a dark life, Cassie believes Mrs E is a victim of murder and is determined to find out what really happened. When a body goes missing from the mortuary, DS Flyte is tasked with investigating and meets Cassie who intrigues her but not necessarily in a good way. The story slowly unfurls allowing the reader to find out more about Cassie and Flyte. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the next in the series as the chemistry between the two main characters continues to develop and the plots are original and clever.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    Cassie Raven can talk to the dead, as a mortuary technician she is perfectly placed to gather glimpses and impressions into her "clients" last moments. Then one day she has a client pass through whom she knows. It's her old teacher Mrs. Geraldine Edwards, the report says there is nothing suspicious about her death but when Cassie gets a message from Mrs. E she is determined to find out the truth. Up against the might of the police whom being a free spirit herself she has never trusted, strangely sh Cassie Raven can talk to the dead, as a mortuary technician she is perfectly placed to gather glimpses and impressions into her "clients" last moments. Then one day she has a client pass through whom she knows. It's her old teacher Mrs. Geraldine Edwards, the report says there is nothing suspicious about her death but when Cassie gets a message from Mrs. E she is determined to find out the truth. Up against the might of the police whom being a free spirit herself she has never trusted, strangely she finds an unlikely ally on the force, Phyllida Flyte who she trusts enough to share information with. Cassie knows too much and is now being targeted so it's not just a fight for the truth and justice it's a fight to the death... This was absolutely fantastic, the best thriller I have read in a while, I just couldn't keep up and guess where it was going to go next. But unlike some thrillers that kind of peter out or lose their thread this was totally conceivable when you fit the pieces together. One of the best of its genre I have read for a while, I just adored Cassie Raven, edgy, totally eccentric and one of a kind, pierced, tattooed but such an empathetic character with a heart of gold that touches the reader. You can feel her kindness. I am sooooo hoping for a sequel!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    Crime & mysteries are not usually the type of book I go for, but this one caught my attention thanks to Cassie's "gift", the main character, of hearing the dead. But this book has been an absolute page turner and I ended up reading it in one sitting! Cassie is a very different lead than usual, a bit odd at first, she is a mortuary technician after all (and not a mortician as she said herself in the book, which is an americanism!), but going through the story, I really enjoyed hearing her develop Crime & mysteries are not usually the type of book I go for, but this one caught my attention thanks to Cassie's "gift", the main character, of hearing the dead. But this book has been an absolute page turner and I ended up reading it in one sitting! Cassie is a very different lead than usual, a bit odd at first, she is a mortuary technician after all (and not a mortician as she said herself in the book, which is an americanism!), but going through the story, I really enjoyed hearing her develop her thoughts, and I grew attached to her. She is a very clever lady and has managed, thanks to the help of a teacher that believed in her, to pull herself from the streets. This book follows two characters, mostly Cassie, but also Flyte, a detective who feels out of place in Camden and doesn't really adapt to her new life in the area. The pace of the story is great, I never felt once like I needed to skip parts, it regularly switches between the point of views of Cassie and Flyte and that's why I couldn't let go of the book until I was finished. The author has left some room at the end to potentially write a second book, rest assured though, the mystery of this book is resolved. Maybe it could explore more of Cassie's family past? Either if that happens, I will be there!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    “…the dead could talk – if only you knew how to listen.” Oh my what a read!! Body Language is something different. The marketing says it’s for fans of Gerritsen and Reichs. I’ve read one of the Bones books and I struggled; I’m yet to venture into the world Gerritsen has created. But Body Language, I loved! I’ll tell you know, this book is not backwards in coming forwards. It’s rather graphic at points which for me is not a bad thing (I loved it) but if you prefer your crime thrillers without… this “…the dead could talk – if only you knew how to listen.” Oh my what a read!! Body Language is something different. The marketing says it’s for fans of Gerritsen and Reichs. I’ve read one of the Bones books and I struggled; I’m yet to venture into the world Gerritsen has created. But Body Language, I loved! I’ll tell you know, this book is not backwards in coming forwards. It’s rather graphic at points which for me is not a bad thing (I loved it) but if you prefer your crime thrillers without… this book is predominantly based in a mortuary so make of it what you will. I really like Cassie. She’s a little odd but she’s astute. Nothing gets past her. Her tenacity is a credit to her. She could be so much more if she had the confidence in herself but I think that’s why I warm to her. She’s not afraid to follow her nose but she’s unwilling (like me) to open up to others for the greater good. It’s a different sort of crime novel. It’s slightly unassuming with plenty going on. I found Body Language a totally chilling story with such an ending. I seriously enjoyed the chapters swapping between Cassie and Flyte. I want and need more! A seriously cracking start to a new sparkly and dark series!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Buchanan

    This is a new twist on Crime Novels for me. The Pathology Assistant who can "sense" and "hear" her ladies and gentlemen. The setting in London and her home in Camden come to light in the imagination and the characters are all liked. I have no dislike for any of the characters and feel that they are all totally believable. Absolutely brilliant link up of the Pathology Department and the Police. Great links in the plot that make the story really fast paced but without missing out on any details. Just This is a new twist on Crime Novels for me. The Pathology Assistant who can "sense" and "hear" her ladies and gentlemen. The setting in London and her home in Camden come to light in the imagination and the characters are all liked. I have no dislike for any of the characters and feel that they are all totally believable. Absolutely brilliant link up of the Pathology Department and the Police. Great links in the plot that make the story really fast paced but without missing out on any details. Just enough technical pathology detailing without it being too confusing and enough to make it feel that all the detailing was necessary and not just added to add "words" to the story. The interaction between the characters, Cassie and Phyllida, is very interesting and I am so so hopeful that there will be more for them. They are so alike but still totally different and the changes they force each other to make are fantastic. More more more please

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Perera

    Cassie Raven believes the dead can talk, we just need to listen. People think being a mortuary technician is a weird job, they can’t understand why Cassie chooses to cut up dead bodies for a living. But they don’t know what she knows: the dead want to tell us what happened to them. Cassie’s eviscerated thousands of bodies but never someone she knows, someone she loved and who made a difference to her life. The pathologist says her death is accident but her body is telling Cassie different.. ✨ . Cassie Raven believes the dead can talk, we just need to listen. People think being a mortuary technician is a weird job, they can’t understand why Cassie chooses to cut up dead bodies for a living. But they don’t know what she knows: the dead want to tell us what happened to them. Cassie’s eviscerated thousands of bodies but never someone she knows, someone she loved and who made a difference to her life. The pathologist says her death is accident but her body is telling Cassie different.. ✨ . This book had me hooked. It reminded me of an episode of silent witness and I just wanted the truth to come out. There were plenty of twists and I really liked Cassie’s character, she was determined to find out what happened to Mrs E. The story is fast paced and has short chapters that leaves you wanting to read the next one. The ending brings everything together making for a satisfying conclusion. I really hope there’s a follow up book so I can find out what happens to the characters. 4 🌟

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about. Her friend and mentor, Mrs E. Convinced that she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be more to the ruling of an accidental death. Is her grief making her see things that aren't there, or is her intuition right, and there's something more sinister to her friend's death than the ME th Camden mortuary assistant Cassie Raven has pretty much seen it all. But this is the first time she's come face to face with someone she knows on the slab. Someone she cared about. Her friend and mentor, Mrs E. Convinced that she can pick up the last thoughts of the dead, Cassie senses that there must be more to the ruling of an accidental death. Is her grief making her see things that aren't there, or is her intuition right, and there's something more sinister to her friend's death than the ME thinks? A really interesting read! I haven’t read anything from A.K. Turner before but I did really enjoy this. I found some of the moments where Cassie would hear from the dead a little bit off, mostly because I’m not a big fantasy kind of reader (not that I would say that this book is anyway fantasy...). However, I enjoyed the thriller ride that you go through in this story. Just when you think you know the truth, you get thrown a bit of a curve ball. It was well written and the perfect thriller if you don’t like anything too scary.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Set in Camden, Cassie Raven is a mortician, she’s intelligent, thorough and can speak to the dead. When the body of her mentor end up with her she knows the police determination that this was an accidental drowning is wrong and set out to prove it was murder. Cassie is an individual who knows her own mind and is not to be underestimated just because she’s a woman, tattooed and pierced. She cares about the dead and listens to them. This is a fast paced thriller with a slightly supernatural edge. Cas Set in Camden, Cassie Raven is a mortician, she’s intelligent, thorough and can speak to the dead. When the body of her mentor end up with her she knows the police determination that this was an accidental drowning is wrong and set out to prove it was murder. Cassie is an individual who knows her own mind and is not to be underestimated just because she’s a woman, tattooed and pierced. She cares about the dead and listens to them. This is a fast paced thriller with a slightly supernatural edge. Cassie is a fantastic character, well developed and certainly unique. With its clever plot, a forensic investigation and plenty of twists, this thriller is utterly compelling from start to finish.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    As a massive fan of anything forensic (think CSI, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell), I was so excited to read this one! It did not disappoint. Cassie is a brilliant character, a female Sherlock Holmes type, who rebels against societal norms (I was cheering her on every step of the way!). The information is carefully researched and I appreciated the time taken to get the details correct, as well as the time taken to create clues in the mystery. The book also highlights societal norms and the issue As a massive fan of anything forensic (think CSI, Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell), I was so excited to read this one! It did not disappoint. Cassie is a brilliant character, a female Sherlock Holmes type, who rebels against societal norms (I was cheering her on every step of the way!). The information is carefully researched and I appreciated the time taken to get the details correct, as well as the time taken to create clues in the mystery. The book also highlights societal norms and the issues with making assumptions about a person and how this may impact a police investigation. Whilst this may sound intense, it was cleverly inserted, and didn’t detract from the mystery element of the book. I loved that Cassie was intuitive when it came to her work and this added a fun element. This would make an amazing BBC series and I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you to @readersfirst for my copy in exchange for an honest review!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Collins

    Body Language by A K Turner is such a unique crime thriller. It’s one of the most original crime novels I’ve read in a long while. I really liked Cassie, who is the lead protagonist. She works in a mortuary, and she is a character who has a unique interest in dead bodies. It’s something she has been fascinated by since she was a child, from around the time of her mother’s death. Back then, she would bring home dead animals to study. Even she sometimes looks back on the interests she had as a chi Body Language by A K Turner is such a unique crime thriller. It’s one of the most original crime novels I’ve read in a long while. I really liked Cassie, who is the lead protagonist. She works in a mortuary, and she is a character who has a unique interest in dead bodies. It’s something she has been fascinated by since she was a child, from around the time of her mother’s death. Back then, she would bring home dead animals to study. Even she sometimes looks back on the interests she had as a child and thinks they were strange interests to have. But her grandmother, says otherwise and has never been slightly perturbed by her granddaughter’s interests. I really liked Cassie’s relationship with her grandmother; her grandmother is a straight talker, and she doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything. I liked how Cassie treated the bodies of the deceased she is working with. Cassie claims that the dead can talk, but people just need to listen. She is really attentive towards them, and she treats them still as if they were living and breathing and with respect as well. But things begin to take an interesting turn when the body of her former teacher turns up at the mortuary. Cassie is concerned that there may be something more to her teacher’s death than first meets the eye. But it will take a lot of convincing on her part to get the police to investigate further. Cassie is determined, however, to make sure that if someone is responsible for the woman’s death, that they do face justice. The other character who I liked was Detective Flyte. She and Cassie get off on the wrong foot right at the beginning, but throughout the novel, they begin to develop a friendship. I’m interested to see how this will progress in future books. I’m hoping that there are going to be many more books to come in this series. Although this is quite a dark novel, there are some moments of humour as well. Although it sounds quite macabre, there is one particular scene with a human skull in a bathroom which did make me smile. Body Language is cleverly plotted, and I’m really excited to read more from this series. If you’re a crime fiction fan, then you definitely need to add this to your to be read pile. I loved it. I’m looking forward to seeing where A K Turner will take Cassie next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Wilks

    This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was absolutely brilliant from the start. The lead character throughout this book is a woman called Cassie. She was fascinating and had so much depth to her character and showed a strength that you very rarely find in this genre of book. With a perfectly paced storyline that is full of twists as the story unfolds, and really keeps you hooked until the very end, it is without a doubt one of the best thrillers I have read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Goulding

    This story was unusual, odd to have a mix of thriller with a spiritual storyline. I did really enjoy it though and thought the main character was interesting and a bit different to the usual!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    4.5⭐ Readers First

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    An absolutely stunning read. Body Language is a unique thriller with plenty of twists and turns and an intelligent and interesting protagonist. Highly recommended.

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