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The Body Counter

Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Detective Jude Fontaine, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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From a New York Times bestselling author comes the chilling follow-up to the Thriller Award winner The Body Reader.

Months after discovering the mastermind behind her own kidnapping, Detective Jude Fontaine is dealing with the past the only way she knows how: by returning to every dark corner of it. But it’s a new, escalating series of mass slayings that has become her latest obsession at Homicide.

At first, Jude and her partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, can see no pattern to the seemingly random methods, the crime scenes, or the victims - until they’re approached by a brilliantly compulsive math professor. He believes that the madman’s next move is not incalculable; in fact, it’s all part of a sequential and ingenious numerical riddle. His theory is adding up. The body count is rising.

But when the latest victim is found in Jude’s apartment, the puzzle comes with a personal twist that’s going to test the breaking point of her already-fragile state of mind. For all she knows, her number may be up.

©2018 Theresa Weir (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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This is the second book in the series and I would recommend it to anyone. Personally I would say it's not as good as the first one but still enjoyable and worth a listen.

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  • Lia
  • 21-06-18

Jude and Uriah are Back

This is the 2nd in the series and I think the ending leaves it open to have another one.

Jude Fontaine was kidnapped, tortured and held captive for over three years. She was a police officer and returned to that duty after she found her way out. Now she is on the case with her partner, Detective Uriah Ashbyd. Uriah is also trying to live the demons following his wife's death.
They are called on the case of a serial killer, who is slitting peoples throats. But now the killer or killers are escalating, they seem to be following a formula, which takes them from 3 to 5 to 8 and killing the number of people.

Lots of action and one of the people that Jude thinks might be involved, her next door neighbour.

Hope this is followed up with a 3rd one!

Emily Sutton-Smith was as always outstanding in the delivery of the story

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  • shelley
  • 13-06-18

The bodies just pile up in this one!

This is an excellent sequel to The Body Reader. Anne Frazier has done a wonderful job really fleshing out the characters. She's given the protagonists (Jude and Uriah) very interesting, very damaged and believable personalities ).
This is a very dark story involving multiple gruesome murders. They are described with some details but not so much to discourage the readers who may have an aversion to this.
This is part of a series and although it can be read as a stand alone I would suggest listening to these books in order. There are reasons the characters are unique and more information is provided in the first book that may make future books more interesting. Also, the relationship between Jude and Uriah evolves and it's nice to have a starting point.
Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job narrating. In my opinion she is one of the best female narrators.
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This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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  • Jesse
  • 16-07-19

Love this series, great book

Huge fan of this series, very easy to follow the story, characters are well written. Don't recommend starting this book unless you have time to finish it because putting it down is not an option

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  • Wayne
  • 16-06-18

Lots of blood and gore; raw

Minneapolis Detective Jude Fontaine was locked naked in a basement cell for three years during which she was exposed to every pain and indignity one can imagine. When she escaped she killed her tormentor. The daughter of a Minnesota governor she also killed her brother and her parents with just cause. These actions occurred in the first novel in the series titled The Body Reader. She is now doing her best to overcome her past as she is back as a police detective in THE BODY COUNTER. The plot is raw and at times difficult to listen to as she and her partner attempt to take down what amounts to a Manson-like murder club which leaves many dead in its wake.

This is my 5th novel by Anne Frasier. All are dark in the extreme; they are certainly not for everyone. Emily Sutton-Smith does a great job of narration.

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  • Cyn
  • 12-06-18

Another chilling, exciting thrilling listen

With the first book in this series I was blown away if you haven’t read or listened to it you really must. The Body Counter is full of mystery around numbers and how the bodies add up and are displayed. Never in a million years would I have worked the meaning of it was. The author brings to life an amazing story of a serial killer who leaves few clues and no rhyme or reason for the killings as well as some wonderful characters on the hunt for a mad man before the bodies start adding up. I really loved how the author laid this out, keeping you guessing, the mystery as well as how it twisted leaving you hanging on the edge. A great plot with some great characters, from the first moment that I picked this up I couldn’t put it down and listened to it at one setting. I didn’t feel the connection that I did with Jude in the first book in this series but I still was hooked from the first page. It was very hard to work out who did it but at the same time you work out people involved, there is mystery, danger along with a lot of excitement, thrills, a few chills that had my mouth dropping, a few shocking scenes, as well as an adrenaline rush that will keep you hanging on. It is a story you don’t want to miss and one that will keep you guessing until the end.

Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job of narration. She pulls you in giving you wonderful character voices with outstanding emotions never leaving you guessing what each character feels. Her tones are right on the money giving you a power listen full of feeling. Not much has changed from the first time I have listened to her, she does an outstanding job on Jude’s character giving you the flat voice you would come to expect of a woman who has been through so much. This is one narrator that knows how to give you an adrenaline hush keeping you spellbound until the end. Both her male and female voices are a delight really giving each character the tones and emotions you would expect them to have. There are no background noises, no volume changes and no repeating of words, I could not tell when a break was taken it was just one smooth, clear audio that I got lost in. She gives just the right amount of pause so the story sinks in and holds you spellbound. Just as she did with the first book in this series she held me from the first word until the last.

Jude is strong she has to be to deal with all she has, but she is weak, she doesn’t like to show emotions of any kind and those she does show are real. She is complex but yet easy to get to know. She is unique in so many ways, she knows who she is but is still finding her way. The house she was kept in still plays a very big role in her life. You feel sorry for her but at the same time she is your hero. There are so many mixed emotions going through your head as you listen to this audio, but I still feel that she is the sanest of us all. The author gives you a well-balanced story of horror, shock, delight, laughs, smiles and sorrow than turns your world upside down doing it all over again. It is well written and thought out leaving me in awe at how her mind works. The story moves around Jude touching on her past, I don’t feel you have to read the first book to know what is going on, but I am unsure why you won’t. It is the most powerful story with a mind-blowing plot just as this one is. Her partner is a sweetheart with issues of his own, there are some very troubling characters that will pull you in and a few that will shock you. I know I set with my mouth hung open more than once. There are no words to tell you just what a very talented author Ms. Frasier is and just how much this series has touched me. What an outstanding move this would make having you glued to your seats replaying it all over in your head again. It isn’t a book you will forget very easy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-19

Another great book

Another great book, I can't wait to get the next in the series.
A great way to spend relaxation time.

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  • Joshua Uht
  • 16-07-19

Worth it

It’s a strong story with compelling protagonists. The antagonists are a bit one dimensional but that’s a preference bit. The author builds a great visual story and the narrator captures Jude’s tone with every syllable. This is becoming a favorite series.

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  • Diane Kerr
  • 22-06-19

Entertaining but...

I enjoyed the book and it was worth the credit but it was not real suspenseful and at times a tad bit slow. Not one I had trouble turning off to go to bed.

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  • DOC
  • 21-06-19

great book<br /><br />

not your usual character! great! intreaging! complicated! what more can I say? try it yourself!

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  • Sandy M
  • 02-06-19

Not as Good as The Body Reader

Not nearly as good as book 1.
Too much gore, which didn’t add to story.
Like Uriah, and liked Jude better in the first book. Jude kept doing things that she knew she shouldn’t, but did it anyway.
Doubt I’ll continue with this series.
Narrator does a very good job.