Saturday, May 28, 2011

Nick of Time by Tim Downs

Nick of Time (A Bug Man Novel)
Nick of Time by Tim Downs

If you're even the slightest bit bug curious (or not), if a game of cat and mouse peaks your interest, or if you just need a little mystery in your life...Nick of Time might be the book for you.

Good Reads:

Tying the knot may be the toughest thing Nick Polchak has ever tried to do.
Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. Their world is orderly. He knows where he stands and exactly how to interpret the signs they give him. But a fiancee and an upcoming wedding? Not so much.
That's why-a mere four days before the nuptials-Nick finds himself driving to Philadelphia for the monthly meeting of the Vidocq society. Being among a group of forensic professionals consulting on cold cases will surely allow him to feel useful and normal.
But while there he discovers that a close friend has been murdered . . . and in classic Nick style, begins to follow the trail of evidence rather than returning to his fiancee. Fearing that his one-track mind won't lead him home by Saturday, Alena and three of her dogs go to track him down.
When she finally finds him, nothing is as Alena expected . . . because the twists in this case will surprise even the most dedicated Bug Man fans.

Dr. Nick Polchak is a quirky know-it-all who happens to be a bug expert (forensic entomologist to be exact).  Just days before "the Bug Man" is to be wed he decides to traipse over to Philadelphia to help his friend Pete Boudreau with a cold case, with the intention of coming right back of course.  Naturally things get a bit out of hand when he finds that good old Pete has been murdered. 

While Nick is getting in deep, Alena (his fiance) decides to figure out what Nick has gotten into.  She brings along a few of her dog friends for assistance.  See Alena is an extraordinary dog trainer, I mean these dogs can do just about anything.  Nick finds trouble with the local law enforcement and Alena finds the missing pieces, all the while not knowing what the other is doing.  

Quite an interesting read.  I didn't know anything at all about entomology before reading this book (not that I'm an expert now), but I've got a general idea.  I think that Tim Downs created a phenomenal character in Nick can't help but love this annoying guy! This was my first Bug Man novel, but I plan to go back and read the rest of the series:

                         Shoofly Pie (Bug Man Series #1)    Chop Shop (Bug Man Series #2)    First the Dead (Bug Man Series #3)
                                     Less than Dead: A Bug Man Novel (Bug Man Novels)    Ends of the Earth   

I give Nick of Time:

Nick of Time is available where books are sold.  Stop by Tim Down's website and his official blog. You can also keep up with Tim on Goodreads, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 


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