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Shoofly Pie by Tim Downs
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Jul 28, 2011

really liked it
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Read from July 18 to 28, 2011

Nick Polchak is a professor of entomology at North Carolina State by day ... forensic entomologist by night (almost). In this case he is spending the summer in a Quonset hut in Holcum County, NC that is the university's research facility.

Kathryn Guilford is grieving the apparent suicide of a dear, lifelong friend. Only she isn't so sure of the suicide. In fact she is steadfastly determined to prove it wasn't a suicide. She goes to Nick, whose reputation as a forensic entomologist precedes him, for help. To further complicate things, she witnessed a multi-vehicle accident involving thousands of bees as a 7-yr-old. Thus begins the twisting, turning, funny, and educational story that is Shoo Fly Pie.

Nick is quirky, to say the least, described as wearing "the largest thickest eyeglasses ... which so distorted his eyes that they seemed to float behind the lenses like two soft, colorless orbs." Eww, I know, but fortunately the rest of the description makes him more appealing. He has an keen mind (what scientist doesn't?), a dry, quick wit and a certain amount of accidental charm. Not your traditional hero, but intriguing nonetheless. I predict most readers will like him.

This is the first of the Bug Man Novels (I accidentally started with The Ends of the Earth). Great stories and great characters.
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