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Body Count (Sophie Anderson #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  412 ratings  ·  71 reviews
FBI agent Sophie Anderson has been trained to uncover the minds of serial killers, to understand their vile impulses and cravings--to catch them before they kill again. Newly relocated from Australia, Sophie is settling in to her job at Quantico with the help of her new friend, Agent Samantha Wright, and a potential new boyfriend, Agent Josh Marco, and is quickly becoming ...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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Geeta Sharma
Sophie Anderson is a bad ass bitch ayy papi
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Keeps you turning the pages. The need to know is strong but the book holds many surprises. A serial killer has the FBI running all over only to find he may very we'll be under their noses. Great book.
Loved the romance, thrill, suspense and how a female FBI agent handles herself in a male dominated area. Worth reading.
I really wanted to give this book a 2 1/2 but then I felt bad because she is such a popular author and gave her 3. Easy to put down and I figured out who the serial killer was really early in the book. It sounded like something I would enjoy. An FBI agent with psychic visions helping her be the profiler that she was for the FBI. She had experienced her first when her brother was abducted when they were children. I have to admit I'm glad I'm done with it. I probably only finished it to prove that ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sophie Anderson (6 books)
  • The Murderers' Club (Sophie Anderson, #2)
  • Fan Mail (Sophie Anderson, #3)
  • The Killing Hands (Sophie Anderson,  #4)
  • Kiss Of Death (Sophie Anderson, #5)
  • Coming Home (Sophie Anderson, #6)
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