Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie

by Tim Downs

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.

  • Series: Bug Man
  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 4.18
  • Pages: 371
  • Publish Date: July 1st 2003 by Howard Books
  • Isbn10: 1582293082
  • Isbn13: 9781582293080

What People Think about "Shoofly Pie"

Here we meet forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a/k/a "the bug man") Remember the original CSI? It did have different POV and 1 or 2 times I had to re-read who was 'talking' --- don't get me wrong- I did figure it out , but if I let my mind wonder (talking to my cat, for example) I had to stop and think where I was (yes, I talk to my cat- doesn't everyone?!) Nick is a great character, funny , smart, witty with a 'dry' sense of humor at times.

One of the best forensic mystery novels that I have read. This book was full of awesome facts relating to bugs and just multiple fields of forensics. I give this book a 5/5 stars and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a forensic based mystery novel and I'm really excited to read the rest of the series!!

I hate bugs. He's God. With that kind of preface, it took my buddy's eye-teeth to get me to crack open the cover of this book. I don't care if is next book is about centipedes, I'll read it, and I won't be able to get my hands on it fast enough.

When there's only a single viable suspect, then the mystery will stand or fall on the qualities of either the villain, the victim, and the detective. Here, the villain and the victim are both fairly pedestrian, so everything is left on the shoulders of the detective, but he carries the burden quite well. The victim's closest friend is sure that he would not have killed himself and, after the case has been closed, she hires Polchak to investigate. I have no idea how many wrinkles one can throw into the field of identifying carrion eating bugs, but I'm happy to explore further.

If you are a CSI fan, love forensics, or reading books by Jefferson Bass, Patricia Cornwell, or Kathy Reich this series will be right up your alley.

After I had gotten into the book I realized his personality was strikingly similar to House's from the TV series, except this guy came before House.

Dr. Nick Polchuk is one funky Bug Man. Hes crazy, quirky, ridiculous, split-your-gut-laughing hilarious, blunt in a way that makes you cringe and laugh at the same time, scientifically brilliant, dangerously curious, a hopeless failure in all matters regarding women, and contemptuous viewer of that strange race called humans. Coined the Bug Man by his students and the law men he frequently helps, Nicks interest in insects is a complete obsession. There is a lot of scientific descriptions and information regarding forensic entomology in this book but somehow Tim Downs makes it fascinating. Plus, Nick dangling maggots in front of Katherines nose makes it all worth while. Tim Downs doesnt just give you the criminal, he makes you work for it right alongside Nick and there are always unexpected twists and turns.

Major or tiny, minor character, the pov switches constantly. In the very first chapter the forensic bug expert is at the scene of a crime, while the victim's husband is still present. The initial incident at the crime scene, which seemed so unlikely is actually rather a theme with the main character, Nick. He's a law unto himself, and blurting out his suspicions is quite within character.

The main character in each book is Dr. Nick Polchack, an extremely quirky forensic entomologist who would far rather be helping police with their investigations of days-old-corpses (whether or not they want it) than teaching class at the university where he unwillingly works to pay the bills.

Tim has written seven mystery/suspense novels: Shoofly Pie, Chop Shop, PlagueMaker, Head Game, First the Dead, Less than Dead, and Ends of the Earth.