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Body Count (Sophie Anderson #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  456 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
In this taut and terrific debut novel (Womens Weekly), Sophie Anderson relocates to D.C. from Australia and quickly becomes the FBIs star profiler. Soon she begins having recurring nightmares and discovers she is dreaming of a serial killers victims.
Paperback, 393 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Mira Books (first published May 2005)
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
It's been sometime since I was lucky enough to win PD Martins Kiss of Death , the fifth book in her Sophie Anderson series. It is unfortunate that it has taken me so long to get my hands on the first books in the series.
Body Count introduces Sophie Anderson, an Australian working in the FBI profiler unit at Quantico. Her job is interpret the minds of criminals around the country but their latest case is hitting too close to home. Not only is the serial killer murdering in their own backyard, he
Dec 29, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sophie Anderson moved from Australia to join the FBI at Quantico as a profiler seven months ago, and her life has been one hectic, exhilarating case after another. But just a week after closing a case, with it being Sophie’s first, she is embroiled in a terrifying serial killer case, which appears to be getting personal.

Sophie has an ability to ‘see’ victims, ‘see’ the killers, but these are the things of nightmares. She encountered this eerie phenomenon first when she was 8 years old, when her
Oct 27, 2008 Deanna rated it liked it
I give this book a 3.5 out of 5. This is the first book in a series that is only at 3 right now. I had read the 2nd book of the series first and loved it. This story was nearly as good as the other one, but something was off. I’m not sure what. It also could’ve had something to do with the things going on in my life. Just some health issues (nothing serious!) and a new vehicle (our first!) that have kept me preoccupied. A good read, and one I would recommend. I’m looking forward to reading the 3 ...more
Teresa in Ohio
May 15, 2009 Teresa in Ohio rated it really liked it
Shelves: martin-p-d
Serial killers are a popular theme in murder mysteries, but Martin takes an orginal road with this plot. Sophie is a profiler who the FBI lured here from Austraila. As she works out the culture differences she proves to her co-workers that her profiles are spot on with identifing suspects and finding killers. Martin also gives us an inside look on how the profiling office works at the FBI, it is similar to CRIMINAL MINDS BUT the real office juggles many cases at once with each having 10-12 cases ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Khee rated it it was ok
Hated this. Maybe I read too much crime fiction; I guessed the bad guy as soon as we met him and I got really sick of being told how profiling works. Plus, I found it hard to believe that Sophie had the guts/know-how to get away, when her pal, Sam, also an experienced (in fact, probably more experienced than Sophie,) FBI officer, didn't. Not buying it, PD Martin.
Apr 08, 2014 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-thriller, 2014
If you love compelling psychological thrillers, you love this series by Aussie author PD Martin. She introduces us to Sophie Agent, a FBI profile with psychic visions who lost her brother when she was younger. In present-day tense, she takes us on a wild ride, when Sophie and her FBI task force are on their toughest case yet. They're tracking down a serial killer and profiling him is hard as it gets. Right under their noses, one of their own becomes one of his victims and there's a race against ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Magda rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
My first PD Martin book is a disappointment. Ok so she must have a following and I respect that. This first book is ten years old now and probably a touch dated-certainly the author description carefully avoids telling us that PD is a woman. Times have changed.

What doesn't work for me is as follows:

The secondary female character Sam...'I don't know what it's is but that girls got something. Her wavy brown hair...' need I go on? Really this is so lame. sculptured cheekbones, strong jaw, wavy hair
Nov 15, 2015 Tjfox rated it liked it
Given the blurb for this, with its emphasis on the visions and Sophie’s brilliance as a profiler, I had higher expectations out of this than what what I got. Mainly because even with those vision and that brilliance, plus a full team of people helping, Sophie couldn’t figure out who the bad guy was and we still end up with a Scooby Doo moment when we find out. Sorry, but it kind of made the entire story and all the work those people did pretty much useless.

This started out pretty dry and a bit t
Sep 25, 2013 Terri rated it really liked it
Sophie is a profiler for the BAU and has moved from Australia to DC for the job. When her friend Sam asks for her help compiling a profile for the so-called DC Slasher, they find that things are much more dangerous than they seem.

I really enjoyed this story - the characters were interesting and the suspense kept building. And though I figured out the killer pretty early on, the pieces falling together were pretty satisfying.
This is book #1 in the Sophie Anderson Series.
Book #2 is The Murderers' Club
Book #3 is Fan Mail (available in U.S. July 2009)
Book #4 (currently working on)

This was a great suspense-thriller! Kept me on the edge of my seat.

Georgiann Hennelly
May 16, 2011 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
Body count is a fantastic murder mystery. I thought i knew who the murderer was only to find out i was wrong. It has a twist ending that i didn, t see coming . I would definitely read more books by this author
Jul 20, 2013 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wom-nominees
This was a group read and I enjoyed it tremendously. It is too bad that her other books aren't available to me.
Krystin Rachel
Hold on, I'm having a vision of 2.5 stars.

This reads like it was written by my stepdaughter and my mother. Let me explain. I say my stepdaughter because the language and prose are so simple, basic and easy. There is no depth. It could very easily have been written by an aspiring teenage author. Which my stepdaughter is whenever the mood strikes her - then my husband and I have to sit there and read her short stories. And we know maybe she's got a little something there, and with some learning a
Lynda Kelly
Nov 07, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
I got quite a way into this and packed it in at 36% in the end. It suddenly seemed way overcooked with Sophie and the way she was carrying on and I'd read enough.
An irritation with these books is that I was hunting all over in it trying to figure out the acronym MIRA's meaning only to figure that's the publisher's name, so WHY is it mentioned in all her titles ?? That's baffling to me.
Then there were quite a lot of errors........even kicking off in the acknowledgements when she thanks people ...
Andrea Corley
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Let me start out by saying, this is my new favorite series and author! I am going to go out on a limb here and say that P.D. Martin ranks right up there with mystery writer great, Lisa Gardner! I am so beyond impressed with P.D. Martin and the Sophie Anderson series!

I love the fact that in her writing, Martin goes the extra step to explain things that might be left to the reader's imagination in other books. She makes sur
Sep 16, 2010 faeriemyst rated it really liked it
After a somewhat rough and slow start, give or take the first 150 pages, BODY COUNT picked up steam with the turn of each page. Told in first-person, present tense narrative, the book introduces Australian transplant, Sophie Anderson, who now works as a profiler for the F.B.I. and is intent on catching the D.C. Slasher before he strikes too close to home.

Sophie is a sympathetic and smart protagonist, and I liked her even though she felt slightly distant to me; although her distance quite fit wit
J Wrin
Jan 24, 2015 J Wrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A smart snappy FBI procedural. Sophie Anderson is a profiler, but one with a difference. She can connect with the killer she is tracking, see what he sees, feel what he feels. The trouble is, she has limited control of this ability. When her best friend is abducted by a serial killer with a penchant for torture, the ace becomes frantic. And what's worse, she knows that she is next on the list. Likeable characters, sound research and plot twists to keep you guessing, Body Count is a commendable d ...more
Rachel Groves
Fantastic thriller. Not only is Sophie Anderson a strong female character, a psychological profiler for the FBI, she's an Aussie in America but she starts having weird visions and dreams which seem to be from the point of view of the murderer being investigated.

It's really well written. Sophie is a rounded, likeable, strong character and the plot develops well throughout the book. There's a fantastic conclusion which is full of action and drama and thrils.

This first book also has some romantic i
Apr 01, 2015 Jenn rated it liked it
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May 14, 2011 Shiela rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. It was fast paced, unpredictable with the right amount of forensic gore and perfect to wile away the many hours I have at my disposal due to my surgery. I really liked the profiler Sophie Anderson (well, up until the end when she fell instantly in love with a character she hardly knew--this irritated me to no end)and the plot had many unexpected twists and turns right up until the killer was revealed. The killer's motive was a little too weak for me and wasn't complete ...more
May 20, 2014 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Loved the mystery and suspense! Sophie has special abilities which puts a spin on the book. Liked the way the author writes from the killers perspective and then Sophie can see scenes from the killers events. Great book.
Feb 17, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, series
I always like finding a new mystery series. I enjoyed getting to know Sophie in this one, but the plot overall was a bit gorier than I usually enjoy (I like my murders more in the background of the mystery.). I also got a bit tired of Sophie spelling out every detail about how a profiler goes about her business. And the side-stories about the man/men she might be interested in seemed rather unrealistic. Nevertheless, overall, it was a good story.

I'll probably read others in the series, because I
Aug 31, 2012 Cecilie rated it it was ok
I`m not a fan of this book being written solely in the first person. I would have liked to have know what goes on in the other characters head. It`s to one dimensional for my taste. The plot is ok. Australian cop turned FBI profiler. Serial killer on the hunt. Not much happens the firs 150 pages. I knew who the killer was as soon as the character was mentioned in the book. I don`t mind that, but it`s really predictable.
Also the amount of forensic methods and extensive details into police proced
Jen Brown
Sep 13, 2014 Jen Brown rated it it was amazing
This book is really great. It makes you think, "Who is the murder/ kidnapper?" I this book is well put together. I can't wait to find and read the rest of the series.
Jun 24, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
Great page turner. Never read this author before so a good find. I would read more. More emphasis on the investigation instead of the gruesome details.
I love it when I find a new author & a new series to read.
The Sophie Anderson series was recently recommended to me & the first book Body Count didn't disappoint.
I love the lead character Sophie & her potential 2 love interests leave the author with lots of scope for the rest of the series. I was hooked from the opening prologue which gave us an insight into Sophie's abilities & what had happened to her 25 years previously. I kind of had an inkling of who the killer was but there
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 T.M. Carper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller only gets better as the story goes on. It's in first person POV. Sophie has a knack for getting inside killer's heads--really inside their heads. But when a serial killer challenges the FBI by turning an agent into one of his victims, Sophie will stop at nothing to discover his identity. She'll even fly out to Arizona, where the murders began.

Her psychic insights into the killer helps give readers a peek into his mind and see what's happening to his victims.

An engaging debut thrill
Leah Hess
Jul 10, 2012 Leah Hess rated it really liked it
I was definitely entranced by this novel. The main victim is Sophie Anderson’s best friend, so Sophie has an extreme personal involvement in the case, as well as in her relationship with a coworker. As the action picks up and the serial killer attacks closer and closer to home, Sophie begins to question the relationship she has with those around her. This was an addicting thriller, and took me practically no time to get through. The characters swept me away; I will definitely continue this serie ...more
Apr 28, 2012 Jenna rated it liked it
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Hanna H
3,5 stars
The book was really good until like 50 pages before the ending. The fuck was the ending, it was so bad.
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P.D. Martin--Phillipa Deanne Martin--was born in Melbourne, Australia, and developed a passion for crime fiction and storytelling at an early age. This interest was backed up with formal education through a bachelor of behavioral sciences (with majors in psychology and criminology) and a postgraduate certificate in professional writing (creative writing).

Phillipa also writes children's and young a
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