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From Book Sneeze website:
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 fiancée 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 fiancée. 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.

This is the first book I have read by Tim Downs. All I have to say is that I wish I had discovered him sooner! Although this is the fourth book in a series, I was able to jump right into the storyline. Reading the first few lines, I smiled. By the time I reached the bottom of the first page, I giggled. From that point on, I laughed out loud at the often sarcastic but completely realistic comments of the main character Dr. Nick Polchak. The writing is sharp. The plot is believable. Although some of the science is a little more in depth than I cared for, it is interesting.

One of my favorite TV shows is Bones. If you like the character Dr. Brennan, you will LOVE Dr. Polchak. Nick speaks his mind, which sometimes lands him in jail. He chases leads, which may make him target practice for a bad guy. He is relentless in searching for answers. But the best, the absolute BEST, is the twist in the cold case he is following.

But it isn’t just about solving the case. Tim Downs presents a character that believes he is next to flawless, but realizes through the story that he is indeed flawed. Nick’s journey from Virginia to the Poconos in Pennsylvania aids him in a journey learning about himself.

If you enjoy mysteries, suspense, and a touch of romance, you will enjoy following the adventures of “The Bug Man” who receives help in the Nick of Time.


This book was provided for review for free by Book Sneeze. It does not influence my review.


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Tim Downs is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University. After graduation in 1976 he created a daily comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate (Doonesbury, Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side) from 1980 to 1986. His cartooning has appeared in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Tim has written eight novels in the mystery/suspense genre, beginning with Shoofly Pie (2003) and Chop Shop (2004). His third novel, PlagueMaker, was awarded the Christy award as the best CBA mystery/suspense novel of 2006. His fourth novel, Head Game, was released in January of 2007, followed by First the Dead (2008), Less than Dead (2008), Ends of the Earth (2009), and Wonders Never Cease (May 2010). His hobbies include woodworking, design, and writing about himself in the third person. Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his beautiful wife Joy. They have three grown children.


 


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