By Tim Downs
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The Bug Man is back. “Nick of Time” is the sixth book by author Tim Downs featuring forensic entomologist Nick Polchak, aka the Bug Man. Nick is more at home in the world of bugs than he is in the world of his fellow humans, a key point that resonates throughout this book.
In “Nick of Time,” Nick is getting ready to make a major life change by marrying a woman who is nearly as uncomfortable with people as Nick – dog trainer Alena Savard, a reclusive woman locals believe can speak with animals. So why is Nick running to Philadelphia for a gathering of forensic professionals who investigate cold cases mere days before his wedding? That’s what Alena wants to know. Once he arrives in the City of Brotherly Love, Nick discovers an old friend has been murdered. Rather than returning to his fiancée and letting the police handle the case, the Bug Man begins following the trail of clues himself, a trail that leads him further away from the wedding and the woman waiting for him. When he misses their scheduled phone call two nights in a row, Alena and three of her dogs leave the safe confines of her home in search of her love, and the truth about his feelings for her.
“Nick of Time” is the first book I’ve read in the Bug Man series, but Downs does a good job of writing for both longtime readers and newcomers. I didn’t feel like I was missing key pieces of information from past books, but I’m sure faithful fans picked up things I didn’t or understood things differently than I did, and that’s the way it should be in any book series.
There were many things I loved about this book. The characters are rich and multi-dimensional. The dialogue was snappy and well-written. The plot moved quickly and was entertaining. This may have been the first Bug Man book I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last.
On a scale of one to five, I give “Nick of Time” a 4.
BookSneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.