Item description for Shoofly Pie (Bug Man Series #1) by Tim Downs...
Overview Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a.k.a. the Bug Man) is hired by 30-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend's death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn's husband was killed years earlier, Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret.
Publishers Description Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a.k.a. the Bug Man) is hired by thirty-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend's death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn's husband was killed years earlier, the action kicks into high gear -- and Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret. This fast-paced murder mystery is more than the typical "Christian fiction;"it is good clean fun -- on a thrill ride. Biblical values are implicit rather than explicit, and its fascinating elements provoke thought on a conscience, consequences, and world-views. But mostly, this book is a sizzler of a story that will not let you go.
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Christian Retailing - 09/22/2003 page 19
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Howard Publishing
Series Bug Man
Series Number 1
ISBN 1582293082 ISBN13 9781582293080
Availability 0 units.
More About Tim Downs
TIM DOWNS is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University in Graphic Design. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred newspapers worldwide. In 1979 he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, where he founded and directed the Communication Center, a communication training facility. He continues to serve as a speaker and writer. He and his wife, Joy, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences since 1985. He is author of First the Dead, Less Than Dead, Chop Shop, Head Game, Plague Maker, Shoo Fly Pie, and Finding Common Ground, which was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. He is also co-author of Fight Fair and The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage along with his wife Joy. Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife and three children. JOY DOWNS is a 1979 graduate of Indiana University in Journalism. After graduation, she joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ where she served as a radio writer and producer and helped direct the Communication Center, a communication training facility of Campus Crusade. Joy and her husband, Tim, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences. Together they have co-authored two books entitled The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage and Fight Fair!: Winning at Conflict without Losing at Love. Joy lives in Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and three children.
Tim Downs currently resides in the state of North Carolina.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Shoofly Pie (Bug Man Series #1)?
The title says it all Oct 16, 2008
I enjoyed the book immensely to the point my husband would beg me to turn the side-table lamp off well after midnight when I was still reading on a work night. My only complaint was lack of Christian content. My husband and I have used these types of books more than once as witnessing tools as he works in the law enforcement field. Otherwise, terrific book.
Sick yet Satisfying Aug 31, 2008
It took me a while to hunt down this book since it's been out a few years, but it was well worth it. Dr. Nick Polchak remains one of the most dynamic and convincing characters I've read in a long time. Though entomology is definitely not my forte, the information is presented in an engaging and realistic manner.
Aside from superb characterization, Tim Downs presents a well-plotted and paced mystery. Kathryn Guilford comes to life amidst pages upon pages of witty dialogue and heartfelt letters from three hometown boys who went off to war very much in love with her. If the story seems at times overly convenient, it can easily forgiven. Overall, a very entertaining book. Squeamish people might want to forgo it but you're loss. Definitely the type of book one could pick up again in a few years and enjoy all over again.
Wow! Aug 17, 2008
I enjoyed it very much! Never thought I could think differently of a maggot, but he sure comes at it scientifically. I intend on reading every book in this series!
Great story- I am looking for the 2nd book Jul 9, 2008
I remember when this book came out, with it's catchy title, but it got lost in the lists of books I have to read. Then last week it was in the "Books to go" section of my local library and on a whim I grabbed it- with it's yellow cover and big black letters. I have a pathological fear of bugs, mostly spiders, but I could almost FEEL myself drawn in and thinking- maybe I'll go to school and learn about bugs! That's how good the book is. I am looking for the next in the series right now!
Good quick read! Jan 28, 2008
Tim Downs first caught my attention as an outstanding speaker at a Christian conference I attended, so I was curious to check out his fiction writing. I am an avid reader and this book seemed a good place to start, as the first in the "Bug Man" series. I have always been a fan of serial detective novels - I feel like I personally know Lucas Davenport from the "Prey" series - so I picked this up with a critical eye. What a good choice! Mr. Downs grabbed my attention and I got the book done in no more than 3 days, which with my schedule is quite a feat! I'm looking forward to reading more Bug Man adventures and other Tim Downs writing. I'm amazed that he could make the transition from Christian counselor-type writing, also excellent, to murder, but the man has pulled it off!