“5 Bodies to Die For” by Stephanie Bond picks up right where “4 Bodies and a Funeral” left off. If you haven’t read the previous books in this series, DO NOT try to start here! Bond’s ‘Body Movers’ series is marketed under ‘sexy mystery’ and that’s about a perfect way to describe it. Even when the situation becomes serious, the author quickly finds a way to lighten the tone which makes these reads wonderful for a lazy afternoon. But you probably don’t want to read them in public–unless you don’t mind having other people look at you strangely when you’re doubled over with laughter.
Carlotta’s life is spinning ever more out of control. The ‘Charm Killer’ is still on the loose; an ex-coworker who tried to kill her has escaped from the mental ward; hunky body mover Cooper is dodging Carlotta’s calls; Wesley is getting in ever-deeper with the local mob; and Carlotta has to move in with the ex-fiance who dumped her when her Dad ran off. Is that enough action? Apparently not, because Carlotta’s car is bombed, in her driveway, and that’s the impetus behind her moving in with Peter (the ex-fiance). Peter is everything Carlotta wanted…but she’s a different woman after all these years and she’s finding out that you really can’t go back. Especially when there appear to be some people from Carlotta’s old crowd who have no intention of letting her return go unremarked.
You may want to make sure you have book 6, “6 Killer Bodies”, in hand before you start on this one. I’m tapping my toes (im)patiently because I have to wait another week (!) for its release. Of course, maybe other readers are more patient than I am; but if so, don’t tell me!