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Nick of Time by Tim Downs
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This was a fun book to read. I don't think you can go wrong with a good crime thriller/mystery. I believe that this is the sixth book in what is know as the "bug man series." It is called this due to the main characters job as a forensic entomologist. Nick studies bugs that are attracted to human remains. His work helps to solve crimes.

In this story, Nick is getting married to Alena. Alena is a dog trainer who he first met when her dogs helped locate a dead body. These two eccentric characters seem to be a perfect match for each other. However, 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.

The story takes a twist when Nick finds himself caught up in a murder case involving a good friend. Nick continues his travels to the Poconos all the while becoming more and more distracted with solving his friends murder. So Alena decides to track him down to find out if he really is pursuing a killer or is he running away from something else.

I was immediately drawn to the characters of Nick and Alena. I loved the sarcastic humor and banter that was found through out the story. It made for a fun, lighthearted read that kept me guessing who the bad guys were and if Nick would ever make it down the aisle in time. I did find the ending a bit far fetched. I don't believe for a minute this would ever happen in real life. But I guess that is what makes reading fun. I was also really surprised by the final few pages. The ending is not what I think will happen. I know that there will be more in this series and I would not hesitate to read more about Nick and Alena. They are both two characters that made the book.
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