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Body Movers (A Body Movers Novel) Mass Market Paperback – June 19, 2007

4.3 out of 5 stars 293 customer reviews
Book 1 of 8 in the Body Movers Series

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Carlotta Wren's pampered life as the daughter of wealthy, doting parents ends abruptly when said parents commit a white-collar crime and leave the country to avoid prosecution. Carlotta is left with Wesley, her bright but trouble-prone brother. Working as a salesclerk in Atlanta's Neiman Marcus store, Carlotta endures the catty comments of former "friends" such as Angela Ashford, the woman who married Carlotta's fiance when he broke up with her after the scandal with her parents. Now Wesley has become a gambling addict. When Carlotta makes him get a job, she never dreamed that Wesley would become a body mover--someone who removes corpses from nursing homes, hospitals, and crime scenes--and that one of his first assignments would be to pick up a very dead Angela Ashford. Detective Jack Terry, who still hasn't given up on solving Carlotta and Wesley's parents' case, is convinced that Carlotta killed Angela, and he finds his attraction to her deeply annoying. A popular romantic suspense author, Bond has successfully switched to the crime genre, bringing along her trademark humor and panache. Watch for future titles in the Body Movers series. Shelley Mosley
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". . . a true catch-you-by-surprise plot twist that gives the story a good yank in the right direction." -- Publishers Weekly on Party Crashers

"There should be a notice on her books: For a really GOOD time, read Stephanie Bond!" -- America Online Romance Fiction Forum

"This is the best book I've ever read!" -- Stephanie's mom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Body Movers Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Ex-Library edition (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778324826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324829
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (293 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debra English on September 10, 2006
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The title of this book is what drew me to it originally and I am so glad that it did. This was such a fun and entertaining story with a great criminal case thrown in. I am usually good at guessing the killer in a story but this one came out of nowhere and I was very surprised.

I am so excited to see that there is going to be another in what I hope will become a series with these delightful characters.
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I almsot marked this a 4 because I was so mad at the first maybe 80 pages or so (couldn't stand her brother and her continuing to put her life on hold for the loser and also didn't like her being treated like lowlife by a former friend) but I'm glad I kept at this one because the brother though continually in one mess after another seems to be trying here and there and there was always something going on to keep the story moving. I think Bond usually writes romance (or that's what I've seen in the Blaze line but she's a new author for me and I've recently gotten several of her other books) but this really isn't a romance though there are sexual situations/innuendos here and there but not actual 'sex'. there are 3 men 'interested' in the the main character and one I don't think is worth the time of day though the other 2 I'd have a bit of trouble picking between...and the brother has the hots for his parole officer. Oh and this 'ends' with the current 'storyline' but also ends wtih the pickup/tension for the next book (andI've heard the 2ndbook ends the same way with something happening we have to wait a year for the sequel)..I don't particularly like that and since there are supposedly several of these to be done I hope she puts out at least 2 per year or I'll be reading these when I'm 50! overall a nice story once you get past the first few chapters and just relax and go with it!
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I loved this book -- and I don't understand the criticism. I read Party Crashers before this one, so it gave me a good understanding of Carlotta. It's a great mystery -- I didn't figure out who the really bad guy was (there are more than one) until the end when he was exposed. To those reviewers who criticize because Carlotta ended up in bed with her former fiance -- well, I don't know what book they read, but it wasn't this one, because it didn't happen! I found the book, witty and intriguing and can't wait to start on the next in the series.
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This is one aggravating book. Carlotta is 1) abandoned by her bail-skipping criminal parents 2) used and abused by her worthless brother, who she raised from age 9 with no help 3) Simperingly helpless to the rich people who all dumped her, including her ex-fiance who forgot her as soon as she hit hard times.
When Carlotta continued to suck-up to all the above, especially her gambling brother who won't even get a job, any job, (and his knee-breaker loan sharks) I was done. Only made it through the first third of this episode of "Doormats R Us" until I skipped to the last 20 pages and returned to library.
Life is way too short to read about women this ineffectual.
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Fairly well written so far as grammar, spelling, word flow, etc. Heroine is not the most likeable person and her brother is a real piece of work: he has a gambling addiction, he hacks into government computers, he helps his drug addict buddy cheat on college exams. Back to heroine; she is still in love with a guy who dumped her ten years ago; she is also attracted to two other men, one a former coroner who hires her brother to help move bodies, the other a police detective who arrested her brother and who, coincidentally, is also investigating the murder of her former lover's wife. Whew, following so far? Also, the detective is trying to find the father of the heroine. That gentleman and his wife fled from law enforcement ten years before to avoid prison for embezzlement. They abandoned their 19 year-old daughter and their 9 year-old son. Now we know why the poor boy is such a mess. I could go on but I won't. I'm confused and I read the book.
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I really, really wanted to love this one. I had heard that it was hysterical and I had read one other Stephanie Bond book that I liked a lot. I was also excited because the Atlanta setting since I lived there up until last year. At the end of the day I think this was the only thing I really enjoyed, that coming home feeling when you read about familiar places.

Overall, it just didn't work for me. Carlotta was alright, but I didn't connect with her and I really wanted her to back off and let her brother learn from his own mistakes. I don't think you ever succeed if someone never lets you learn how to fail. I found it very irritating the way she was with him. I liked a few of the minor characters a lot so the story wasn't a total loss, but I am not really sold on the series.
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Fans of Stephanie Bond may remember Carlotta Wren and her brother, Wesley, from the "Party Crashers" novel. I am delighted to see Bond continue with the characters, as that is the one novel in her backlist where I feel that she left readers hanging. What happened to Hannah? Jolie? Carlotta? Bond expertly draws characters that the readers would want to get to know. Carlotta is a bit wonderful in that all of the age appropriate single men in the novel are enamoured of her (those who like the ladies). She's also quite the enabler when it comes to young Wesley. She is financially unstable and deeply caring of her brother who furthers their financial instability. She is the complete written package. A real character with really bad judgment complicated by really bad luck.

The mystery plot was interesting. While the resolution came a bit out of nowhere it was logical that Carlotta would be a suspect. What was not logical was how close she was permitted to the crime scenes especially in light of her potential suspicion. Coop, a disgraced M.E. who moves bodies for his uncle's funeral home would only get her so far and never as far as the investigation.

What I didn't find creditable is that a man who is 30+ years old and married would still be mooning and pining over a woman he dated in high school no matter how he felt he wronged her. Also hard to believe is that a 30+ year old woman with the sort of financial challenges that Carlotta had faced would hold on to a very expensive engagement ring for 10 years. I can see why Peter would play a role in the first novel but not why Bond would renew the romantic tension when she has two other viable candidates in the wings. Beyond believability, does the character really need three potential beaus?
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