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Body Movers (Body Movers #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  9,708 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Okay, so Carlotta Wren's life hasn't turned out as she'd planned. She didn't plan for her parents to skip bail for a white-collar crime, leaving her to raise her younger brother. She didn't plan on having the silver spoon ripped out of her mouth and forgoing college to work retail. She didn't plan on her blue-blood fiance dumping her like last year's designer bag. And she ...more
Hardcover, 425 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Mira Books
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Alaine I started with Body Movers (listed as #1) but it references a previous murder mystery. Apparently there is a Body Movers #.05 I didn't know about. I…moreI started with Body Movers (listed as #1) but it references a previous murder mystery. Apparently there is a Body Movers #.05 I didn't know about. I would suggest reading them in order. It's not crucial, but it would probably help.(less)
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The weirdest thing happened when I got to the end of this book - I discovered "Questions for Discussion. As if this was some deep book that book clubs would be ordering by the dozen. Sometimes reading ebooks leads to unexpected surprises. But for some odd reason, none of the questions asked me to list the reasons why Carlotta and Wesley are TSTL (too stupid to live). But they are numerous. Too numerous to list here. I'll do my best to summarize.

Everyone makes mistakes, but Carlotta and her brot
When I working at the bookstore, I kept seeing these books. They were in the Body Movers series, and they had clever titles. The cover copy--as well as funny blurbs from the author's family members--drew my eye. However, we never had book one in stock, and I wasn't interested enough to actually order the book.

This weekend, I found books one and two at my local library. I happily checked them out, eager to discover the wonders within the covers. I shouldn't have bothered.

I've rarely read such a s
Miss Bond, you and I are going to have a long relationship - well at least as long as the Body Movers continues!

Carlotta Wren and her then nine-year old brother were abandoned by their parents after her father was accused of embezzling funds from his clients and jumped bail with their mother. Carlotta's fiance broke off their engagement and any hopes for college were destroyed since Carlotta was now her brothers keeper.

Ten years pass. One night at a party, Carlotta runs into her ex-fiance, Peter
First off, these are NOT like the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels. Plum is more hardcore than this woman, whom I don't even think took a swing at a guy. Plum is also a bounty hunter, and Carlotta sells clothing. Plum has a reason to investigate things, whereas this woman? Hardly. If you want a series with more meat on its bone, go with Plum. Want something fluffy and light that you can read while multitasking? Here ya go.

Not that this series is boring; it's just...there. You can read it an
Maria Snyder
This was a fun read. Fast paced and funny overall. I liked the characters and the plot - lots happening.

Only the ending didn't work for me. I like it when the main protag solves the puzzle and she was doing so good, but.... Also she didn't really change over the course of the story - she had a number of insecurities and weaknesses and I'd hoped by the end she'd grow. However, there is a second book (first one ends with a bit of a cliff hanger) so perhaps the author is waiting to show her charact
What I thought would be a cute read (one I could suggest to Evanovich fans?) turned out not to be so. This is paced all wrong. Near the end of the first disc, this self-described "sexy mystery" has no spark of romance, no hint of mystery, and a main character that caused me to roll my eyes several times. Stronger elements may have been just out of reach, but readers shouldn't have to work so hard to get to the hook. I just don't care enough.
An okay mystery. Not nearly as engaging as the Stephanie Plum series, but entertaining none the less. I have read the whole series (up to book 6 -- which is the last one she has out as of June 2009). I enjoyed the mysteries and the "romance" between Carlotta and the guys. Wes makes me crazy since he can't seem to make a decent decision to save his life. But other than a few minor irritating points (will she walk away from Peter already ... he's as dull as dirt!), I will continue the series to se ...more
Maybe I'm silly but it just seemed to me like the main character is just way too hung up on her brother. I got a decent ways into the book but I just wanted to smack the heroine for letting her brother rope her into such stuff. I know people in reality have family members that seem to drag them into their problems but I have enough of that going on in my own life. I suppose I just didn't want to have to read about it as well. I hear this series is really good, I guess just it was just the wrong ...more
I thought the writing was good, I appreciated the vocab being above the level of grade schoolers. I also found the characters to be very life-like, I could picture them and the scenes really well. My main problem was that the Carlotta is so stupid!! She's worrying about money constantly, meanwhile she has a car she could sell and a closet overflowing with designer clothes. I can understand having a sense of style, but I can't believe she wouldn't have learned more thriftiness after ten years of ...more
Really good if you like murder mysteries! Fast read and a good cliff hanger at the end, can't wait to read the next!
Poor Stephanie Bond. I finished reading her book Body Movers at the same time I finished listening to Mark Kay Andrew's book Deep Dish . I now get the warning sides that will produce a formulaic yawn. The following elements are required in the almost-a-beach-book category. If you find some / all of them in the book you are starting be prepared to bang your head against the wall in frustration at some point(s) in your journey from cover to cover.

1. Start with a cute / beautiful heroine. Extra p
Barbara ★
Carlotta Wren, amateur detective, is embroiled in a murder investigation. Angela Ashford, married to Carlotta's ex-boyfriend, Peter, (from 10 years ago) has been murdered. Carlotta feels that Peter is innocent and begins an investigation since she believes that the police aren't investigating properly.

Carlotta's brother, Wesley is having troubles with the law (computer hacking) and he's in deep with loan sharks (gambling). So Carlotta's got a lot on her plate not to mention the fact that her par
Denise Whelan
Body Movers was a fantastic read. Carlotta and her brother Wesley Wren are abandoned by their parents 10 years earlier, because her father did not want to go to jail for embezzlement! Carlotta is now in her early 30's and working at Neiman Marcus as a personal shopper for the rich and spoiled! Wesley is 19 years old and always getting into some kind of trouble. This time he gets arrested for hacking in the City Hall computers, presumably to fix some traffic tickets for his friend. He is placed o ...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Initial Impressions 4/29/12: Hmm, I'd actually say 3.5 stars for this one. I really did enjoy most of it, but I just kept feeling slightly let down at the end of the book. I wasn't quite sure I liked the way the mystery was resolved, but there were some really enjoyable characters in the book and I'm very interested to see how Carlotta's relationships develop in the next couple books! Also, I want to see them get more involved in the body-moving business. I had the impression that this was alrea ...more
I've never read Bond before, but I like light mysteries. This is certainly light. It is written from the perspective of a retail employee with designer taste. Carlotta and her brother were abandoned by their parents, who got in trouble financially and ran away. The ensuing mystery is a little too romantic for my taste, and I do enjoy a little spice in my mysteries. However, Carlotta has possibly three love interests. Two for sure.

In addition to solving mysteries, there is the question of her ga
Carlotta is barely keeping it together. Ten years ago her parents were under indictment for embezzlement when they skipped town, leaving 18 year old Carlotta to raise her nine year old geeky brother Wesley. Her fiance dumped her and married someone else in her former social class.

Now she works on commission at Neiman Marcus, serving her former fiance's rich bitch of a wife, and trying to keep her brother safe from loan sharks. Wesley is arrested for hacking and her tenuous finances become more s
At first I thought this was a complete rip-off of the Stephanie Plum/Janet Evanovich novels... I still think it has borrowed a lot from them in terms of the ongoing love triangle, the clumsy woman attracted to danger and who danger is attracted to, and the idea of a woman getting over her head involved in criminal matters on the law enforcement/crime scene side.

I do love the Stephanie Plum novels, though, and can appreciate Carlotta's story separately. It's still a decent story and I'm hoping t
Ann (Noumena12)
I might have to smack Carlotta and I'm only half-way through the book!! I'm usually a big Stephanie Bond fan...but can she make these characters any more stupid. If either Carlotta or Wes make a's almost always a stupid one. you want to be rich...and bored...and stoned/drunk...and miserable...just like the people who USED to be your friends before they turned their back on you. And you want to be friends with them again...why? [/rant:]

Okay. I
Becky H
This is a GREAT series but honestly DO NOT start reading this series if you are one of those people who hates to be left hanging. The last published book in this series was released back in 2009 thats #6 in the series and #7 & #8 are being "held hostage" until the tv series is "picked up" and they want to release the books at the same time the tv series comes out. But noone has picked up the tv series and its been over a year since they announced that the book was to be turned into a tv seri ...more
Elizabeth Olson
The first in a series about a riches-to-rags spunky heroine now working at Nordstrom, her younger brother who works as a body mover, and her missing parents who might be embezzlers, or who just might have been framed. Engaging enough that I zoomed through it in a day, and went on to the next in the series.
Gordon Howard
I really enjoyed this book. Carlotta has gone from riches to rags when she discovers that her father is charged with embezzling major funds from the accounting firm where he works. When mom and dad take a hike and go into hiding, Carlotta is left to fend for herself and her younger brother Wesley. To make matters worse, she was engaged to Paul Ashford. When all of this becomes public, Paul's parents persuade him to cancel the engagement. Over the years Paul and Carlotta both continue to love eac ...more
I feel like I should have liked this one better than I did, but there were somethings that bugged me about it. I hated that Carlotta was whining about the past, that she was still pinning for Peter, he didn't seem like a prize to me. I also hated that she kept bailing out Wesley, at 19 he was old enough to pay for the consequences of his own actions. Had she done that previously maybe he would be in such a deep hole.

I wasn't sure why all the men were attracted to Carlotta. Sure she was nice, bu
What an hilarious, light, beach read. It is similar to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. The main character works at Neiman's at Lenox Mall in Atlanta and I enjoyed all the references to areas I know well. The mystery and fast action make it a page turner and Carlotta always seems to be in the middle of something. This is just a fun read to take a break from all the serious reading. AS one book ends it jumps right into the next book. I ended up reading the 6 books so far in the serie ...more
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
OK. I've been putting this off for a bit now. First I couldn't find the first book in the series. Then I couldn't order it as it was out of stock. Finally I got the book. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm had waned.
It wasn't until this was picked for me for the December Pick-It-For-Me-Challenge that I finally picked it up again. Why did I wait so long?

I really enjoyed this. I liked the characters. OK, I really liked Carlotta Wren. I think the brother hasn't made a good decision ever. I like her thr
Audrey Smith
Are you freakin' kidding me???? The author spends all of the time developing the story and little side plots and its like the book was getting to long or something so she thinks "crap, we had better cram as much resolution into the last 5 pages, but not too much because really its just a tiny break before my next book." It doesn't end!!!! You find out who the killer was but thats IT!!!! I was so mad when I finished! There are plenty of series out there that have some sort of ending at each book, ...more
Very fun

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series. My only complaint was that the main character seemed to have just too many things going wrong in her life.

It was well-written in spite of that and has a good cast of characters.
Pinto Neo
Didn't really like the characters in the story. Don't find the main character Carlotta all that endearing. Since Carlotta is not in the body moving business, I thought she would end up with Coop. But by the end of the book, she has 3 guys chasing after her.
Peter, her ex - well, I guess he was too young and too sheltered to stand up for her when she needed him to. But he paid a terrible price for it. After his disastrous marriage, he will really cherish Carlotta - if she lets him. It seems like
This is the first book I have read by Stephanie Bond who has written nine previous ones in this series. The plot involves Carlotta Wren who was raised in a wealthy family, but at eighteen her parents were involved of embezzlement and left her to raise her younger brother on her own. Her fiancé dumped her, her high school friends deserted her and her college dreams died.

Ten years alter, she is working as a sales clerk at Neiman Marcus and Wesley is a genius involved in gambling debt to loan shar
Nina Cordoba
I enjoy Stephanie Bond's writing voice in general, but the Body Movers series is my favorite. She's done a wonderful job with both the murder mystery and the fun factor. Most intriguing of all is the question of which of three men Carlotta will end up with. The three love interests are each alluring in their own ways, and I find myself torn right along with her.

Bottom line: After I read this one, I couldn't wait to get the second.
Morgan Dungan
Overall Rating: (4)
Romance Rating: (3.5)
Humor: (3)
Suspense Rating: (4.5)
Action: (3)

Carlotta had it all until her father was arrested and decided to jump bail and disappear with her mother leaving her behind to raise her little brother, Wesley in a townhouse that would be considered a dump in comparison to what they were living in before. Carlotta was set to be married to Peter, her only true love, but he couldn't take the pressure from his prestigious family and he dumped Carlotta and mar
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USA TODAY bestselling author Stephanie Bond was seven years deep into a systems engineering career and pursuing an MBA at night when an instructor remarked that she had a flair for writing and suggested that she submit to academic journals. But Stephanie, a voracious reader, was only interested in writing fiction–more specifically, romantic fiction.

Upon completing her master’s degree and with no f
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