I breezed through Nick of Time in record time. It was one of those ‘can’t put it down’ novels. I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the bug man and his unique take on life. As usual, Nick Polchak is hard on the trail of a crime, using his expertise in forensic entomology to decipher the clues. Unfortunately, he has less than a week before his wedding and for one reason or another he manages to forget to call his fiance Alena at the appointed time. Feeling both worried and a bit rejected, Alena takes off with three of her well trained dogs to find him.

What a twisted web Tim Downs weaves! All the clues fall neatly in place and Nick follows them exactly as expected. Well almost. When Alena reaches the Poconos, she is unable to find Nick but manages to find a few answers on her own. Things take a seriously dangerous turn yet everything seems to turn out well. Or does it? This is an ingenious story where nothing is as it seems. And the fact that it ends with a cliffhanger gives me hope that there will be yet another bug man novel.

If you haven’t read any of The Bug Man series, give Nick of Time a try. I can almost guarantee you will be looking for the previous novels in this series after you read it. Or you may just want to start with the first one and get to know Nick from the very beginning.

This book was provided for review by BOOKSneeze.



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.

Read the first chapter of Nick of Time.
Tim Downs is the Christy Award-winning author of Plague Maker and the Bug Man novels. When he’s not writing, he and his wife are featured speakers for the Family Life conferences. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.

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