Tuesday, August 31, 2010

2 Bodies for the Price of 1

2 Bodies for the Price of 1
by Stephanie Bond [Compact Disc Bond]

This is a good series for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book. The author has taken what is normally a heartbreaking story and turned it on its ear and made it a laugh out loud delight. We meet Carlotta Wren ten years after she and her brother were abandoned by their parents. Their father, Randolph, was accused of investment fraud. Randolph maintained that he was framed. Instead of staying and fighting the charges Randolph and their mother, Valerie, left Atlanta leaving 18-year-old Carlotta to raise her nine-year-old brother Wesley. Carlotta and Wesley have struggled to adjust from wealthy childhoods to living from one payday to the next on Carlotta's salary as a sales clerk at Marcus-Neiman. Carlotta charges way too much on her credit cards and Wesley's addiction to poker led him to a relationship with loan sharks. 2 Bodies for the Price of 1 is the second book in this amusing series. When this book opens, Carlotta's financial situation is more precarious than it should be. She tries to replace her broken cell phone and is shocked to learn that someone used her identity to buy an expensive phone the previous week. Carlotta thinks that she is losing her mind when she goes to the body shop to pick up her car and she is told she picked it up an hour ago. Did she really forget that she picked up her car? If so, what did she do with it? Things become even weirder when she gets home and finds her brother and the three men vying for her charms shocked to see her walk in the door. It turns out that a woman with Carlotta's identification had committed suicide earlier that evening. The District Attorney, Kevin Lucas, sees Carlotta's "death" as the perfect opportunity to lure Carlotta's parents back to Atlanta. He arranges a fake funeral. Surely, Carlotta's parents will come and he can arrest them. As Lucas tries to lure the elder Wrens back to Atlanta, Carlotta works to find out who stole her identity and why they would want it. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich, the works of Harley Jane Kozak, or the Maggie Kelly Series by Kasey Michaels.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department

[Also available in downloadable, book-on-cd formats.]

[ official Body Movies series page on the official Stephanie Bond web site ]
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