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Nancy G. West was a business major who discovered that writing mysteries is a lot more fun than accounting. While she  was writing her award-winning suspense novel, Nine Days to Evil, a funny thing happened. Supporting character Aggie Mundeen demanded that Nancy write about her. Aggie was on to something. Aggie's first caper, Fit to Be Dead, won Chanticleer’s Award for Mystery & Mayhem and was Lefty Award Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery. Dang Near Dead was a Chanticleer finalist. Smart, But Dead and River City Dead are Short-listed for the Mystery & Mayhem Award. Nancy lives in San Antonio, the setting for River City Dead, and daydreams about Aggie’s next adventures.

Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series:

FIT TO BE DEAD (#1)
DANG NEAR DEAD (#2)
SMART, BUT DEAD (#3)
RIVER CITY DEAD (#4)

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Fit To Be Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 1) Fit To Be Dead #1 $0.99

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"Fit to Be Dead has it all: intriguing characters that point to romance, an engrossing plot, a compelling puzzle and well-disguised clues---a fun read." -- L. C. Hayden, Award-Winning Author of the Harry Bronson Mystery series

Aggie Mundeen, single and pushing forty, fears nothing but middle age. When she moves from Chicago to San Antonio, she decides she better shape up before anybody discovers she writes the column, "Stay Young with Aggie." She takes Aspects of Aging at the University of the Holy Trinity and plunges into exercise at Fit and Firm.

Rusty at flirting and mechanically inept, she irritates a slew of male exercisers, then stumbles into murder. She'd like to impress the attractive detective with her sleuthing skills. But when the killer comes after her, the health club evacuates semi-clad patrons, and the detective stalls his investigation to save Aggie's derriere.

"West's fine writing and clever plot reveal her mad sense of humor...She has produced a beautifully written book, brimming with wry humor, and a cleverly woven mystery. Highly recommended! I am very pleased to see there is a follow-up Aggie Mundeen novel, Dang Near Dead." -- Diana Hockley, Australian Mystery Novelist and International Reviewer for NetGalley and Kings River Life Magazine

"West's main characters' histories suggest they could fill a series. I hope so. I love this book!" -- Rollo K. Newsom PhD, Professor Emeritus, Texas State University, and an Editor of Lone Star Sleuths

"Aggie Mundeen's wry observations on life, death, and the struggle to whip mind and body into shape make Fit to Be Dead delightful. Joining a health club has never been so dangerous...or so amusing." -- Karen McCullough, Author of Shadow of a Doubt and A Question of Fire

"A satisfying read with powerful characterization, plot twists and a feisty believable protagonist." -- Midwest Book Review

Dang Near Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 2) Dang Near Dead #2 $2.99

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"Well-paced and written, there are bursts of humor in this novel which had me roaring with laughter. The plot is intricate with a satisfying ending...A great read and highly recommended!" --Kings River Life Magazine

Aggie vacations with Sam and Meredith at a Texas Hill Country dude ranch with plans to advise her column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. Except for wranglers, dudes, heat, snakes and poison ivy, what could go wrong?

When an expert rider is thrown from a horse and lies in a coma, Aggie is convinced somebody caused the fall. Despite Sam's warnings, Aggie is determined to expose the assailant. She concocts ingenious sleuthing methods that strain their dicey relationship as she probes secrets of the ranch and its inhabitants. After she scatters a hornet's nest of cowboys, she discovers more than one hombre in the bunch would like to slit her throat.

"Spiced with up-and-down encounters between Sam and Aggie---she thinks she loves him but is determined to solve the crime despite Sam's warnings---make Dang Near Dead a satisfying mystery with complex characters and a plot that builds to a satisfying crescendo." -- Midwest Book Review

Smart, But Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 3) Smart, But Dead #3 $2.99

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"The third book in a cute cozy series features an appealing heroine with a self-deprecating wit and a determination to never grow old." -- Library Journal

Skirting forty and appalled by the prospect of descending into middle-age decrepitude, Aggie Mundeen blasts off to the local university to study the genetics of aging. In addition to providing youthful hints for readers of her column, "Stay Young with Aggie," Aggie is doggedly determined to stay young.

Despite conflicts with her professor, she learns about the Human Genome Project and DNA. When she discovers a dead body, Detective Sam reminds her not to "help" with the investigation. But dangerously curious and programmed to prod, she races to solve the crime, winds up the prime suspect, and is on target to become the next campus corpse.

"Hurrah for Aggie Mundeen, an effervescent heroine who finds trouble wherever she goes even when the initial pursuit is purely intellectual. Aggie's pluck, humor, intelligence and loving heart will always keep her young and always make readers smile." -- Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award-Winning Author of Ghost to the Rescue

"Smart. Aggie Mundeen is smart. But. But she's also a little clumsy, irrepressible, and irresistible. Dead. She might well end up dead if she continues nosing around the university where her questions are not wanted. Smart, But Dead is the perfect combination of brains and heart. A tight mystery, an irrepressible heroine, and superb writing." -- James W. Ziskin, Anthony Award Winner for the Ellie Stone Series.

"Will keep you guessing until the last page. Very well-written and excellent storyline. Highly recommended!" -- Obsessed Book Reviews

River City Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 4) River City Dead #4 $2.99 NEW!

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“Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery. A great series with fun characters. The perfect keepsake." – Amazon and Goodreads reviewer. 

Advice columnist Aggie Mundeen and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week---sumptuous sights, sounds, and festivities in the middle of America's Venice. A vacation from crime and a reset for their tumultuous relationship. But murder descends on the Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about the Fabulous Femmes, Aggie's new friends holding a convention. Evil emerges at parties in La Villita. Calamity plagues Aggie's debut dance performance at the Arneson River Theater, the celebration skewed by carousing, crazies, and corpses. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.

"A fun cozy series that showcases the beauty and quirkiness of San Antonio." -- Rosemary Smith, Librarian

“I have visited San Antonio. I wish I had read this book first.” Amazon & Goodreads

 

 
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