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Body Bags (Body of Evidence #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  553 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
When one of her professors ends up dead, college freshman Jenna Blake starts making discoveries even the police have not seen, discoveries that link the late teacher to a dead congressional aide and a terrifying disease.
Mass Market Paperback, 247 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse (first published 1999)
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Jan 15, 2009 Jl rated it did not like it
When my husband's sci-fi/fantasy book club chose Body Bags (which is neither sci-fi nor fantasy), I wanted to read it for myself. This book is pretty awful. I've read my share of crime/thriller/mystery novels, and I have low standards for character development, writing style, and dialogue when it comes to this genre. All I ask of a crime novel is that it maintains my interest. Body Bags is boring. I never cared about the shallow protagonist's college dilemmas. After enjoying a few pages of mayhe ...more
Glen Krisch
Aug 26, 2015 Glen Krisch rated it really liked it
Nice beginning to the series. Going to have to read more soon.
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
I didn't feel disappointed after reading this, like so many of the other reviewers here on Goodreads. You want to know my secret? Extremely low expectations, and the prior knowledge that Golden tends to be the master of the pulpy, Alloy-series type of book. It was a story centered around Jenna Blake, an incumbent college freshman, who is unsure what she wants to do with the rest of her life. All she knows is that her mother would love for her to be a doctor like her, but Jenna can't stand the si ...more
Apr 12, 2010 Jan rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago but truly enjoyed it. Jenna and her friends seem very real. I sort of had to get past her actually getting the job, but decided to just go with it. Jenna is in college so this might appeal to older teens more than tweens
Jennifer Wardrip
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Although this book is touted as a Young Adult read, it's great for anyone who has an interest in shows such as CSI, BONES, FORENSIC FILES, or anything to do with death investigation. I found it thoroughly entertaining, informative, and interesting, and have already ordered the other books in the series--of which there are many.

Jenna Blake is a typical eighteen-year-old, leaving her mother's home and setting off for her freshman year at college. Her mother, a s
Kathleen Hagen
Body Bags, book 1 in the Body of Evidence Series, by Christopher Golden, A-minus, narrated by Julie Dretzin, produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

Jenna Blake is leaving the home she has shared with her mother most of her life and going off to college at the same college where her father, absent through much of her life, is a professor. Jenna already knows she doesn’t want to be a lawyer or law professor like her father. She might like to be a doctor like her mother, but not a
Apr 29, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
"The first day at college, my professor dropped dead. The second day, I assisted at his autopsy. Let's hope I don't have to go through four years of this...."

Jenna Blake has been looking forward to going away to college. She loves her surgeon mother, but wants to find her own place in the world. Jenna is also looking forward to having a closer relationship with her father, a professor at her new school.

Jenna is uncertain as to what she wants to do with her life. She loves the idea of medicine, b
Elaine D
Aug 03, 2012 Elaine D rated it liked it
Jenna is flitting off to her freshman year of college without a care in the world except what major to pick. Her divorced parents are finally making somewhat peace over her departure from the nest, and she feels like she can do just about anything she wants. When her dad (who lives near campus) gets her a job as a pathology assistant to the medical examiner at the local hospital, she thinks her life can't get any more... weird. But before she even finishes that thought, her teacher drops dead an ...more
May 28, 2009 Vickie rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened-to
I originally placed this on my wishlist at RecordedBooks because of seeing the author, Christopher Golden, all over the blogs in reviews and book lists. He writes with Amber Benson and Thomas E Sniegoski to name a couple. He has 120 books and 5 or 6 series, mostly of the paranormal varietal. I sort of thought that this would be one of isn't...but it is a genre I dig to the enth degree, forensic thriller.
This one stars Jenna Blake, 18 year old college freshman at Somerset University
Dec 10, 2007 Leanna rated it it was ok
Jenna Blake is a college freshman. She starts working at the medical examiner’s office and gets involved in a political intrigue and assassination plots.

My summary sounds much more exciting than the actual book. The story is slow to build. Golden dwells on many details that I simply find uninteresting. For example, he practically gives a play-by-play of Jenna’s first day on campus as she sets up her dorm room and buys textbooks. I was bored by those events during my own freshman year; I had no d
Jul 19, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: girls who like mysteries and science
Shelves: teenfiction
This book is first in a 10 book series called Body of Evidence. Jenna Blake is a college freshman at a small university where her father works. Her mother, a doctor is hoping she'll follow in her footsteps, but Jenna faints at the sight of blood. Her dad hooks her up with a part time job in with the Chief Medical Examiner.

Sooner than you can blink; she witnesses a teacher murdering a student in class, the teacher dying, performing an autopsy on said teacher, discovering a supergerm, getting inv
May 30, 2010 Audrey rated it liked it
As Jenna Blake begins her first year of college, she worries about her future. She'd like to be a doctor, but she can't stand the sight of blood. Her father points her toward a job with the local medical examiner. When a congressional aide suddenly goes insane and commits a murderous rampage, the autopsy shows that his brain was diseased--and filled with insect larvae. Jenna is thrown into a world of rare disease, congressional politics, and mystery as she helps solve the puzzle of what--and who ...more
May 03, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school, teen
This book began is such a grotesque manner that I was not sure if I would be able to read the entire thing. As it progressed, I couldn't put it down. This story (as I suppose is indicative by the title) is not for the faint of heart. The protagonist is a freshman in college and I think that this is the only reason that it was categorized as Young Adult in the library. The main character, Jenna, does not know what she wants to do when she grows up. She has two very successful parents, and she dec ...more
May 14, 2013 Lea rated it really liked it
I read this series back when I was in junior high school and the story always stuck with me. It's been about 9 years since then I couldn't really remember the story but I knew how much I enjoyed the series so I just HAD read them again. I was disappointed to find out they weren't in circulation anymore but thankfully I was able to get a used copy. The only thing I remembered from the series was that there was a girl that just started college and she worked as a pathology assistant. So even thoug ...more
May 15, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'd give it a 5 since my guess was way off; although I was also suspecting someone that was a lot closer to the result. That's the type of mystery I like, where they completely throw you off by opening random plots that turn out to be nothing or introducing equally random and weird characters that don't really do anything.
It was a pretty good story kind of out there and not very believable but I needed to read something like this so I enjoyed it. But nothing was really developed no one had a li
Candis Riojas
Sep 10, 2016 Candis Riojas rated it it was ok
This book spends way too long focusing on the protagonist's mundane life before the action starts, but even when the plot gets moving it's still not very good. The villains' actions don't really make sense, the whole parasite/virus thing is overly complicated for no good reason and just raises more questions than are answered, and no one ever really takes any pro-active action against the bad guys, everything kind of just ends up working out. Even the parts where characters are supposedly in dan ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it
As a relatively recent college graduate who, less than 3 years ago, was pondering what to do with my life, I identified a lot with Jenna, the main character in this book. I did find the pace of things happening to be a little too fast to be realistic, but then I've never worked in a morgue, so maybe the assistants are thrown right in on their first couple days. However, I've read a lot of books that just plodded along, so I appreciated that this one was a fast read.
To me, the biggest letdown was
Mathew Walls
Nov 19, 2014 Mathew Walls rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
This book spends way too long focusing on the protagonist's mundane life before the action starts, but even when the plot gets moving it's still not very good. The villains' actions don't really make sense, the whole parasite/virus thing is overly complicated for no good reason and just raises more questions than are answered, and no one ever really takes any pro-active action against the bad guys, everything kind of just ends up working out. Even the parts where characters are supposedly in dan ...more
Branton Flanders
Nov 04, 2015 Branton Flanders rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It was very interesting, but a little gruesome. I feel as if, if you like hearing about dead bodies, and weird and unusual deaths. Then this would be a good book for you. I think if you are either an adult, or a young adult, this is also a good book for you to read. It has a lot of suspense and you try to figure things out before the book gives it to you. I think you should read this book if you can handle gruesome things, such as death and how different people die. This is a ...more
Heather Keiffer
Aug 24, 2016 Heather Keiffer rated it it was amazing
This is definitely one of my favorite reads!! I can still remember buying the book at the book store years ago!! I also remember seeing others reactions whenever they saw the title of the book!!

I love how the book takes on mystery and suspense and medicine. The story was never boring or slow and kept me wanting to read more. I can still remember staying up to read it again while my undergrad studies instead of studying for an exam!!

Overall I recommend that anyone who likes a good mystery &
Jul 04, 2012 Meiran rated it liked it
Shelves: library
There were certain aspects of this book that marked it so clearly as a YA book that it got a little tiring sometimes. It felt like the author was trying very hard to make it accessible to younger audiences, when I'd rather he have concentrated on his characters and story.

The story itself is good, as a fan of CSI and other police procedural shows, I enjoyed the mystery though I wish it had been a little more fleshed out. The characters were compelling enough that I grabbed the next book in the se
mostly the thing that kept me interested was that jenna (the main) was a freshman in college and it was interesting to see what she did because in a month i'm off to college myself. i liked the originality of her being a pathology assistant because of her interest in medicine but inability to stand the sight of blood but, frankly, she was a bit too...perfect. too calm. too rational. too much of her realizing things that the detectives couldn't. she was an intriguing character and so was the supp ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Shawna rated it really liked it
Overall an intriguing mystery. It's well written for the most part. But it's certainly not a mind-blowing story. Even the "surprise" bad guy really wasn't much of a surprise for me. I hadn't really given thought to who it could be, but even then I wasn't surprised which definitely causes me to lower my rating a bit. My thing with mysteries is I want a story that will keep me guessing. I was so caught up in what was going to happen next that I really didn't even consider who the suspects were. As ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Ingo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen
Wow, nice start. Then it slows.
But not for long. This is very good and given some of the other works (also very good, but different genre) quite surprising.
For fans of Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen I strongly suggest to check it out.
And I will certainly read the next few books in the series.
Very highly recommended.
Mar 11, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: forensics
Wow... I love forensic mystery books and this one doesn't change that! The last 1/2 to 3/4 of the book had my brain working like 50 miles an hour trying to figure out the mystery. Yet also I was having a hard time trying to decide whether to support Danny and Jenna or not. I mean love is love to me no matter age, gender, religion, but I still find it a little awkward considering we never did find out Danny's exact age. For all we know he could be 36 and twice her age! But it made the book better ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I listened to this book. It was a very interesting novel about a teenager who decides to try out working with a medical examiner to see if that might be a career path for her. Along the way, she finds out about a biological weapon that so happens to be being used upon people in her life. She is able to discover what the people have in common and why they are targets. I liked how the author came at the story from different angles and how the feelings of a teenager resonated.
Feb 24, 2014 Eero rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, story-bundle
Kind of silly, but readable. There is a sort of uneasy contrast between the basically innocent protagonist and the harrypotteresque depiction of college and the rather high body count/occasional gore quotient. Could have given a higher score, but the Story Bundle ebook had some errors that more diligent copy editing would have avoided.
Jul 14, 2015 Megan rated it it was ok
I was not impressed by this book. The flow is off. So much of the book is spent on the prattle of teenage girls discussing boys and other college frivolity when there's supposed to be an international conspiracy going on! The actual plot is rushed and completely absurd. I've read a lot of medical thriller conspiracies, but this is the most unbelievable of all of them.
Lisa Dess
Jun 09, 2014 Lisa Dess rated it really liked it
This book was good. I wish there would have been a little more action in it though. As a result of the low action there were parts that dragged on.
I like the main character, Jenna.
When I randomly found this book I didn't realize it was the first book in a 10 book series. I also didn't realize how many years ago this published.
May 20, 2013 Michele rated it liked it
After reading the entire series from Body Bags to Throat Culture, I give the series a solid 3 stars. It reads like a young adult television series where each episode is jam packed with an unlikely level of drama and danger for the intrepid heroine. Highly readable and not laden with an excess of plausibility.
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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