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Body Count

(Sophie Anderson #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  708 ratings  ·  89 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 t
Paperback, 393 pages
Published November 20th 2007 by Mira Books (first published May 2005)
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The prologue takes us to a scene from 25 years ago as Sophie Anderson has a nightmare about her brother being killed. The first chapter, in present day, shows Sophie as an FBI agent on a sting operation as bait to take down a killer. After that success, she works with fellow agent Samantha Wright investigating a serial killer who abducts women, keeps them for several days while torturing them, then kills and poses them for the FBI to find. Sophie sees visions of the women and sometimes she can s ...more
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
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I'm embarrassed to have had this great read languishing on my TBR shelves for over a decade and am so glad I finally pulled it down. I really enjoyed this read, it kept me guessing but not in an annoying way. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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
Jun 08, 2012 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 21, 2008 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
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a group read and I enjoyed it tremendously. It is too bad that her other books aren't available to me.
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
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Mar 05, 2014 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
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 were enough twi
Sep 10, 2013 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.
Agnes (BookBubbe)
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-stars
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.
Feb 16, 2015 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.
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
Nov 27, 2010 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
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll give this a 3.5. Wow - (view spoiler) While I was shocked about this twist, I felt like it added to the plot, because it made it more real. Often in thrillers I feel like everything wraps up nicely, or everyone "important" is always saved, and that typically makes me like it less. I was excited about this book basically the whole way through (although I could have done without the "sidebar" background information about profiling and other FBI p ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can learn information about how to tell how long some one died , physical changes in their body and other things . Some FBI personnel and this woman who had some psychic abilities were working on some case regarding a serial killer over a span of a few years. He moved around to different states but kept the same pattern. It was interesting because I couldn't figure out who the murderer was (which I like to do) The author throws out more than one suspect in the book to make you guess. It hits ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read the 2nd book in this series before this, so I actually wanted to see what had happened. I was not one bit disappointed with the beginning of the series. This book kept me on my toes and had me guessing until the end. I liked how the author kept the story in a fast paced motion. Having a story with strong characters and a moving story line that doesn't chop and change makes for a great read
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I read a book that kept me rapt and this one really did it. I found myself reading faster and faster with the action. I loved this and will definitely be trading the series.
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
Lynda Kelly
Nov 05, 2014 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 ...
T.J. Fox
Nov 13, 2015 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
Dec 02, 2015 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
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
Dec 27, 2008 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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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Feb 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, fiction, mystery
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
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 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
Sep 03, 2011 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
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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).

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