Carlotta Wren has mixed feelings about moving in with her former fiance', Peter Ashford. He threw her over years ago when her parents fled Atlanta in the midst of a huge financial scandal and married a beautiful blond. Peter's wife was murdered and he was a prime suspect for a while. After Carlotta helped clear him, their estranged relationship has become warm and friendly. Carlotta is still nervous about things becoming more intimate between them once they are living in the same house. Carlotta feels she has no choice but to accept Peter's hospitality in the light of the fact that the Charmed Killer is still loose in Atlanta and the female victim count is rising.
Carlotta is also not sure if she can pursue a serious relationship with Peter. She has had a fling with hunky detective Jack Terry recently and she has feelings for Coop. Carlotta and her brother, Wesley, have done body moving jobs for Coop. Coop seems to be MIA recently and Carlotta is afraid he may have fallen off the wagon and started drinking again. Carlotta is still worried about her brother. He seems to be working more and trying to pay off his gambling debts, but his behavior is still off and she fears his addictive personality may have led him to bad drugs.
Author Stephanie Bond artfully brings the reader up to date in this fifth installment of the Body Movers series. The action takes up right where the fourth book ended. The reader will want to start with the first novel to appreciate the full character development. All the characters have their quirks and flaws, but that just makes them more authentic. I can relate to the Atlanta setting since I have lived in Georgia most of my adult life. The location gives the story an extra special sense of place. 5 Bodies to Die For balances sizzle and suspense and the cliffhanger ending leaves the reader eager for more. Luckily we only have to wait until June 2009 for 6 Killer Bodies.