Shoofly Pie

by Tim Downs

Hardcover, 2003



Call number



Crossings (2003), Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC), 378 pages


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.



0739439995 / 9780739439999

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LibraryThing member Bookshop_Lady
Loved it! Fast paced, great use of humor. Set in a fictional North Carolina county that is so well described, I swear I've been there. REALLY ticked me off about Teddy, though.

And especially I have to say I loved that there are no swear words and no sex scenes. This book is all story, and it's a
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story you can share with anyone of any age without fear that they will find anything offensive.

I'm going to read more of his books. And since he just lives across town, maybe I'll get to meet him at a book signing soon.
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LibraryThing member Sharing_Library
What a great book! It had twists and turns and kept me guessing...trying to figure out who the murderer was. It was good and clean. As clean as murder can be!
LibraryThing member StormyWeathers12
I give this book an A+
LibraryThing member bookswoman
This is a marvelous mystery, well written and with wonderful characters.

Dr. Nicholas Polchak is a forensic entomologist, AKA The Bug Man. Katheryn Guilford hires him to help her prove that a good friend did not commit suicide.

This is a complicated story with lots of details about entomology and how
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it is used in the field of forensics. Basically, Nick studies the life cycle of insects that feed and reproduce on dead bodies. Sometimes a tad gruesome if those kind of descriptions bother you, but it is fascinating science that can totally destroy a carefully planned alibi. I'll admit that I love this field, have read books on the topic as well as love to watch "true crime" shows on tv. My favorites revolve around the Body Farm in Tennessee and the work of Dr. William Bass, Dr. Bass's work on the breakdown of the human body and the huge part that the insect world plays that breakdown are fascinating reads.

My thanks to the folks over on DorothyL for recommending this series, I can't wait to read more adventures of the Bug Man.
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LibraryThing member Bill.Bradford
This is the first book in the Bug Man series. The protagonist is Dr. Nicholas Polchak - a forensic entomologist - someone who studies insects and uses that knowledge to help solve crimes. Needless to say, the book centers on the subject of forensic entomology.

While that is interesting (witness the
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immense popularity of Kathy Reichs in a similar vein), the story is well written and has a fascinating set of major and minor characters. AS a good mystery should, it has lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

This is my second read in the series, and I have now purchased most of the others, so I am sold.
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