Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nick of Time... a book review


The Bug Man is getting married on Saturday... if his fiancée can find him.

Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak lives in a world of maggots and blow flies and decomposing bodies.  No wonder he is still single.

But Nick has finally found a woman as strange as he is - dog trainer Alena Savard, a woman who is odd, reclusive, and can seemingly talk to animals.  It was a match made in heaven.

Nick and Alena are scheduled to be married on Saturday - just a mere 4 days away- 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 . . . Nick 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 (or Nick) expected . . .

 (summary adapted from the publisher)

Picture a forensic entomologist and an avid dog lover sitting in a wedding planner's office.  Neither know truly what they desire, but Nick sure knows all of this is a waste of time.  He heads to his monthly meeting in Philadelphia against the wishes of his intended, 4 days before their wedding.  Fast forward -----> He finds his trusted friend and colleague murdered ------> Who else cares enough to solve this mystery?  No one but him! 

Click HERE to read the first THREE chapters!

I enjoyed the this book.  The story line and characters were well developed.  Tim Downs did a superb job in crafting this book to keep you questioning what is around the next corner.... or on the next page!

Nick of Time is the sixth book in the Bug Man series.  I did  not have any trouble picking up on Nick's character, but I do look forward to reading the previous books.  There is even one written around New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina!

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Note: I received a free copy of Nick of Time from BookSneeze® for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Reading!



  1. This sounds like a terrific story.

  2. Thanks for the review! Hope all is well!

  3. I may see if the library has a copy of that... That sounds interesting.


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