Body Bags (Body of Evidence #1)

Body Bags (Body of Evidence #1)
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14+
Release Date
May 01, 1999
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0671034928
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""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...."" When Jenna Blake starts her freshman year at Somerset University, she's not only living on her own for the first time, she's moving closer to the father she never really knew. It's an exciting time, filled with new faces and new challenges, not to mention parties and guys and...corpses?

Jenna feels torn about her future. She'd like to be a doctor like her mother, but she can't stand the sight of blood. Her father, a criminology professor, thinks he has the answer and sends her to interview for a job with the medical examiner -- an interview that takes place in the middle of an autopsy.

When a congressional aide goes violently insane and then drops dead, the pathology team at Somerset Medical Center discovers that his brain was ravaged with disease -- and loaded with insect larvae. As Jenna starts her new job, she is drawn into a web of terrifying disease, dangerous politics, and intriguing mystery. And when one of her professors ends up dead, she starts making connections even the police haven't seen...connections which will bring her face to face with a pair of killers: one medical, and one all too human.

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Do you find yourself constantly watching shows like CSI, Without a Trace, Law & Order, or the like on TV? Well heres a book series that will satisfy those crime investigations cravings! Body Bags is the first book in the Body of Evidence series, a set of books that follow college student Jenna Blake in her work as a coroners assistant

You know a book is bound to be exciting with a quote like this on the back: "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 wants to be a doctor like her mother, but becomes sick whenever she sees blood. Hoping that Jenna might be able to work with a friend of his, he lands her a job interview with the local medical examiner&which takes place during an autopsy. Jenna gets the job, and begins work with Somerset Medical Center

Meanwhile, a local Congressional aide goes insane and dies violently. When the medical center examines his body closely, they find his brain filled with insect larvae. Unsure what to think about the strange occurrences, Jenna and her coworkers dont think much of the incident. That is, until one of her college professors dies with the same symptoms and has the same larvae left in his brain.

As Jenna digs deeper into the case, she discovers clues no one else has seen. Time is running out, and Jenna is the only one alert enough to find the killer&.

This book is a great start to the series. Introductory novels often are slow and lack action due to the large amount of introduction that must take place (characters, setting, etc.) Golden manages to introduce likable characters and setting while still leaving room for the mystery. Suspense builds quickly, contrasting greatly with Jennas relatively calm college experience. Overall, an excellent book for mystery lovers, and CSI fans alike. Some of the descriptions of deaths and medical situations are quite graphic, so I would recommend this book for older readers.
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