Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Blog tour, Cozy, mystery, Review, Texas on October 9, 2014

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Fit To Be Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 1)
E-Book File Size: 477 KB
Publisher: Henery Press (July 24, 2014)
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Henery Press(July 29, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976372


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 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 has to stall his investigation to save Aggie’s derriere.


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This book has good potential to become a great series.  The main character, Aggie, is nearing 40 and isn’t model thin (many of us can relate!) with a proclivity for trouble.  She has gone back to school and is studying aging which tie in nicely with the column she writes and her desire to start working out.  Aggie has three close friends: Meredith, her neighbor Grace and Sam, who she has been good friends with since she lived in Chicago.  There is a LOT more to the Aggie and Sam story but I won’t share any of that.  You might be able to figure it out before it is disclosed about halfway through the book, but maybe not.  I didn’t guess!

Overall I enjoyed the book but felt a little lost in the beginning.  For the first book in a new series, I expected more of a character set up at the beginning versus the middle of the book.  I was also surprised to see Aggie jump into this mystery as to who killed Holly when she just met her.  I also didn’t realize that Aggie had that much of a desire to get involved in investigating homicides.  As with most cozy mysteries, Aggie puts herself in harms way many times and is lucky to not get herself killed…but then it wouldn’t be a series if she did die.  The author does a good job of throwing a lot of possible murderers at the reader and managed to keep me from guessing who the killer might be from the list of suspects.  I never suspected the killer.

We give this book 3 1/2 paws since I felt a little lost in the beginning and didn’t think the book gave a good background on the characters until further into the storyline.  I will be reading the second book and feel like now that I have a handle on the characters that it won’t be as hard to understand the back story of their lives.


About This Author

nancy westI’ve been writing since age seven: poems back and forth with my mom. I had a real poem published in the Library Journal, Pegasus, at age fifteen. At eighteen, I wanted to study journalism and English literature, but friends who chose that college route were making minimum wage or selling lingerie. Being practical, I earned a business degree. After marriage and two children, I decided I HAD to study literature and write. I wrote non-fiction articles, a biography, and a suspense novel in 2004. That’s when whimsical Aggie Mundeen cut through the suspense, popped into my head and demanded her own series. The Aggie Mundeen mystery capers were born. Aggie must have been right:FIT TO BE DEAD is a LEFTY FINALIST 2013 for best humorous mystery, nominated by Left Coast Crime.

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