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NEW SPINOFF SERIES:

THE PLUNGE

Aggie Mundeen LAKE Mystery 1

A gripping tale of crime, mystery, and disaster set within a 500-year flood. 

SELECTED AS A JUNE 2019 PICK BY THE

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BOOK CLUB!

Aggie Mundeen and SAPD Detective Sam take care of a friend’s lakeside cottage for a weekend away from crime. As they settle in, buckets of rain and gusting winds roil the lake turning the peaceful, shady Guadalupe into an angry, raging river.

As darkness descends, lightning spotlights two people arguing on a dock across the river. When lightning flashes again, they are gone. Did Aggie and Sam witness an accident? A drowning? A murder? In the midst of disaster, as they fight for survival, they face deceit, crime, and possibly, murder.

I love Aggie and Sam. Their chemistry is undeniable._Sapphyryia’s Books  

Part mystery, part disaster, and part second chances. Aggie and Sam are caught in a flood. Before the night is over, they are fighting for their lives. You will find yourself holding your breath as you read.  CarlaLovestoRead 

A very frightening yet heartwarming mystery, THE PLUNGE is set against the backdrop of the horrendous Central Texas flood of 1998. There is a lot of tragedy here, but there is also so much that is best in humanity: the altruism, the generosity and effort to help others in need, the dedication of both first responders and ordinary individuals to help, rescue and provide. There is a lot of heart wrenching emotional impact. I was not only surprised but gratified at the conclusions. __Mallory Maws: Haunted Reading Room Reviews

Aggie Mundeen is back. Brave and passionate, Aggie is a woman full of heart who will steal yours. A once-in-five-hundred-year flood swamps Central Texas and washes away all traces of what just might have been a murder, witnessed from across the lake by Aggie and her boyfriend Sam Vanderhoven. In the aftermath of the devastating flood, Aggie digs—literally—through the thick and fetid mud, making a dangerous enemy along the way, to uncover the murderous secret buried beneath. Nancy G. West has written another fine chapter in the life of her complex, likable heroine, Aggie Mundeen. Highly recommended! __James W. Ziskin, Author of the Anthony and Macavity Award-winning Ellie Stone mystery series.

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To honor first responders who saved countless lives, author’s royalties from The Plunge go to the Texas Game Warden Association and The 100 Club, which educates children of deceased police officers. 

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EXCITING NEWS:  The first four AGGIE MUNDEEN MYSTERIES and THE PLUNGE, 1st LAKE MYSTERY in the spinoff series, are now available from WALMART!  FREE SHIPPING AND GOOD PRICES. Walmart links are listed below. You can order online (Books – Walmart.com) and have Walmart deliver your books. Or you can enter your zip code for stores near you and Walmart will have your books ready to pick up.

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AGGIE MUNDEEN MYSTERIES

RIVER CITY DEAD #4

I have been to the San Antonio River Walk.  I wish I’d read this book first.

I love the interaction between characters.

The author’s description of San Antonio’s River Walk makes you feel like you are there.

Aggie and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship.

With Aggie, nothing goes as planned. They arrive at Casa Prima Hotel only to find a guest murdered. Disturbing revelations surface about Aggie’s new friends at a convention, the Fabulous Femmes. Evil surfaces at Night in Old San Antonio. Calamity plagues Aggie’s debut dance performance at Arneson River Theater. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.

WINNER: 2018 Raven Award – NOMINEE: Silver Falchion Award –

SHORT LIST:  Chanticleer International Mystery & Mayhem Award

 MYSTERY, HISTORY, ROMANCE

       on SAN ANTONIO’S RIVER WALK.

   Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery. A great series with fun characters.

Murder has a way of interfering in the best laid plans. Sam and Aggie must improvise before she ends up dead in the river.

This book is categorized as a humorous mystery, but it is much more. Aggie is really funny, the story is beautifully researched, and downtown San Antonio is accurately described.  The perfect keepsake for anyone interested in River City.

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FIT TO BE DEAD #1

                                 Lefty Award Finalist

   West’s main characters’ histories suggest they could fill a series. I hope so. I love this book!

Totally loved it. Funny, mystery, and great writing style.

FIT-TO-BE-DEAD-2014

Aggie Mundeen moves from Chicago to San Antonio and decides to shape up before anybody discovers she writes the column, “Stay Young with Aggie.” She takes Aspects of Aging at a local university 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. The attractive SAPD detective who shows up piques her interest in sleuthing. But the killer comes after her, the health club evacuates semi-clad patrons, and the detective stalls his investigation to save Aggie’s derriere.

Aggie Mundeen’s wry observations on life, death, and the struggle to whip mind and body into shape make this book a delightful read. Joining a health club has never been so dangerous…or so amusing.

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.

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DANG NEAR DEAD #2

FINALIST: INTERNATIONAL CHANTICLEER AWARD 

The dude ranch caper.

                                   I love a good mystery and a romance. This was both.

                             You will fall in love with Nancy G. West’s writing just as I have!

Sam and Aggie grow closer, and he still does not know of Aggie’s secret grief. A great read. Well-paced and written, there are bursts of humor in this novel that had me roaring with laughter.

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 believes somebody caused the fall. Despite Sam’s warnings, Aggie is determined to expose the assailant and concocts ingenious sleuthing methods that strain their dicey relationship. After she scatters a hornet’s nest of cowboys, she discovers more than one hombre in the bunch would like to slit her throat.Aggie vacations with Sam and Meredith at a Texas Hill Country dude ranch with plans to advise her her column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. Except for wranglers, dudes, heat, snakes and and poison ivy, what could go wrong? When an expert rider is thrown from a horse and lies in a coma, Aggie believes somebody caused the fall.Despite Sam’s warnings, Aggie is determined to expose the assailant and concocts ingenious sleuthing methods that strain her dicey relationship with Sam. After she scatters a hornet’s nest of cowboys, she discovers that more than one hombre in the bunch would like to slit her throat.

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SMART, BUT DEAD #3

 SHORT LIST: CHANTICLEER INTERNATIONAL

MYSTERY & MAYHEM AWARD

 At a San Antonio university, academics can be murder.

Skirting forty and terrified of descending into middle-age, Aggie Mundeen blasts off to the local university to study the genetics of aging. When she finds a dead body, Detective Sam reminds her to avoid the investigation. But programmed to prod, she races to solve the crime, is on target to become next campus corpse, and winds up in jail as a prime suspect. She learns genetic secrets of youth—and critical lessons about love and staying alive.

Hurrah for Aggie Mundeen. Aggie’s pluck, humor, intelligence and loving heart will keep her young and make readers smile. _Carolyn Hart.

Smart, But Dead is the perfect combination of brains and heart. A tight mystery, an irrepressible heroine, and superb writing. _James P. Ziskin

I have just finished reading the best cozy mystery – the one I wished I had written….For the reader looking for a smarter than average cozy mystery, Smart, But Dead fills the need. _Upstate New York reader.

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