Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shoofly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy

Holy smokes, do I like this guy!

A patron of mine recommended SHOOFLY PIE by Tim Downs (Howard Publishing Co., c2003, ISBN 1-58229-308-2) to me. I thought I'd take a look...

The next day as I was closing the book up, I decided I had to find the rest of the books in this series featuring Dr. Nick Polchak aka THE BUGMAN.

Dr. Polchak is a forensic entomologist or one who studies bugs and how they relate to the death of another. He's kind of like Grissom on CSI but with the sense of humor of Dr. House on HOUSE (which I LOVE!)

This book starts with four childhood friends, three boys and one girl. All three boys were in love with her but she only married one. One boy died during the war. Another has just turned up dead and she's hired the Bugman to help her solve the case. There are a lot of interesting facts about bugs - if you're into that kind of thing - and how they effect the dead and how the dead effect them. In the bookstores it's listed as a Christian Fiction book, but I think that may only be because of the lack of strong language. I'm telling everyone I know to try this book. I want Tim Downs to continue with this series for a long time.

It begins:

Holcum County, North Carolina, 1975

Zachary Sloan stepped out of the Rayford ABC Package Store and walked to the bed of his primer-gray Ford pickup.


Joy said...

I saw this quite some time ago and for some reason decided not to read it. Just a week or two ago, a friend read it and didn't care for it, so I thought okay - that confirms my decision. NOW, you say how much you like it! Ahhh! I guess it's a personal preference type of book (although, aren't they all?). I love House's humor, so that's a huge positive. But I don't know how good I am at reading about bugs. Eek.

Shannon said...

As a librarian, I come across this more often than not. Someone comes in raving about a book. I pick it up, start to read and can't for the life of me understand what the fuss was all about.
As this blog is my way of keeping track of what I read, first sentences and websites for many different things, it is also my opinion.
And you know what they say about those...