Book Review: Nick of Time: A Bug Man Novel by Tim Downs

Posted 30 April, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

About the Book:
The Bug Man is getting married on Saturday . . . if his fiancee can find him.

Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak lives in a world of maggots and blow flies and decomposing bodies. No wonder he’s 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—but there’s one small problem. Nick has disappeared.

Caught up in a murder case involving an old friend, Nick finds himself on a manhunt that’s drawing him farther and farther from the church where Alena is waiting. But will he make it back in time? Could Nick’s single-minded focus cause him to forget his own wedding? Is he really pursuing a killer, or is he running away from something else?

About the Author:

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.

My Review:
First of all, I want to say that I love it when I get to review a book by an author from my state of North Carolina….this one happens to be about 20 minutes from me! How cool is that?! I think that is awesome! Another reason I am happy about this book, is that it starts off in Front Royal, Virginia. I used to live SUPER close to that and would go there sometimes, so it was fun reading that! Anyway, I loved The Bug Man. I loved the book. I loved Tim’s work. All of it. This was a hook-line-sinker for me, folks. The Bug Man is a fantastic character and Tim Downs did an EXCELLENT job of blending him in with the plot line of this book. 
From page one, I was laughing. Nick Polchak was a funny yet played the suspenseful role quite well. I enjoyed the banter and interaction between him and Alena. When Nick had to leave just few days before his wedding to Alena, the suspense begins. His close friend is found dead in his home and he’s determined to find out why. But will he make it back home in time for the “I do’s” with his fiance? She’s determined to have him there so her and her tracking dogs set out to find him….only things aren’t what she expected. Once Alena sets out, things really get going in the twists and turns department. 
Tim’s writing style for this Bug Man novel was awesome. He kept me laughing with Polchak’s humorous character, but kept me in suspense with each twist the story took. I couldn’t put this book down for I HAD to keep turning the page and finding out the next twist in the scenes! 
If you love suspense novels, then please grab a copy of Tim’s Nick of Time. Though you will laugh out loud at Nick Polchak, you’ll be guessing what’s gonna happen next in this 5 star read. This is the first Bug Man novel I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but I will tell you this: this will NOT be the last one! I will be collecting and reading ALL the Bug Man novels and will be anxious and hoping that Tim Downs’ releases another one SOON! Hat’s off to Tim Downs for a ROCKIN’ great suspense novel! 
*This eBook was provided for review by Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze*

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