RIVER CITY DEAD
Aggie Mundeen Mystery #4
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. Murder descends on Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about the Fabulous Femmes, Aggie’s new friends holding their convention at the hotel. Evil surfaces at Night in Old San Antonio, and calamity plagues Aggie’s debut dance performance at Arneson River Theater. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.
It’s getting cooler down by the riverside.
Rio Magazine is a great way to keep up with San Antonio events and get coupons to use on the River Walk.
More about the author and series in the August issue, page 18.
I have visited the River Walk. I wish I had read this book first.
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 contemplating a visit to River City.
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FIT TO BE DEAD
Aggie Mundeen Mystery #1
The San Antonio health club fiasco.
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 picques her interest in sleuthing. But the killer comes after her, the health club has to evacuate semi-clad patrons, and the detective has to stall 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.
A creative plot, tension that makes it hard to put down and main characters whose histories suggest they could fill a series. I hope so. I love this book!
WINNER: CHANTICLEER AWARD, MYSTERY & MAYHEM CATEGORY
FINALIST: LEFTY AWARD, BEST HUMOROUS MYSTERY
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DANG NEAR DEAD
Aggie Mundeen Mystery #2
The dude ranch caper.
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.
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.
FINALIST: CHANTICLEER AWARD
SMART, BUT DEAD
Aggie Mundeen Mystery #3
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 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.
Smart, But Dead is the perfect combination of brains and heart. A tight mystery, an irrepressible heroine, and superb writing.
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.
Short-listed: Chanticleer’s 2016