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Body Language

UK Publisher: Bonnier/ Zaffre

Cassie Raven is a punk mortuary technician living with her Polish grandma, whose parents were killed before she could remember them. 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, Geraldine Edwards, is bought into the morgue – Cassie owes her a great deal – and is perturbed by the inconclusive autopsy. Meanwhile, a body 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 and Cassie herself is attacked she begins to wonder whether these things may be connected and sets off to investigate…

Unique, compelling and spirited, Cassie Raven is a captivating character and Alison Turner weaves a clever story that keeps you guessing. Body Language is the start of a stunning new series.


A. K. Turner spins science into spellbinding storytelling – Val McDermid

Hooked from the first chapter and stayed up until the wee small hours to finish Body Language. What a wonderful creation is Cassie Raven! You should all go out and pre-order it right now. Excellent fun, compulsive and Cassie Raven is a protagonist I want to meet again soon. Five stars! – James Oswald

An immersive world with a fascinating lead, this makes for a fresh and exciting new series – Claire McGowan

Body Language is a stellar example of the forensic-medical crime genre. Impeccably researched, with fascinating insights and a truly memorable, original heroine, this is one of the best series openers I’ve read in years – Jane Casey

Move over Silent Witness – Cassie Raven is an utterly compelling contemporary forensic heroine – Isabelle Grey

Had the pleasure of reading this little beauty by AK Turner and I loved it. It was awesome! Dark humour and gore galore – Cassie Raven is my new favourite character. The mortuary scenes were so vivid – it was like Silent Witness but much more believable – Susi Holliday

A first rate crime novel…I loved it – Elly Griffiths

Cassie Raven is a blast of fresh air, striding on to the crime scene like a punk superstar – Sarah Hilary

A.K.’s first foray into crime fiction was a detective thriller trilogy, written under the pen name Anya Lipska, following the...