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  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Southwest Publications; 2 edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PJ5PYU
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FIT TO BE DEAD #1 (Lefty Award Finalist) and
DANG NEAR DEAD #2, Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series, are shortlisted for the

SMART, BUT DEAD #3, was released November 17, 2015.

"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, author of the Ellie Stone Mysteries and 2015 Anthony Award-Finalist of No Stone Unturned

"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 keep her young and make readers smile." Carolyn Hart, Winner of Multiple Agatha Awards

"Smart, But Dead features an impetuous, warm-hearted heroine, blessed with an insatiable curiosity, passion for learning and an unquenchable zest for life." Carol Westron, Mystery People.

"The characters are all very engaging and the story was great. I can't wait to read more from this author." - Jennifer Schell, Bookschelves Blog and NetGalley Reviewer

"i absolutely fell in love with Aggie."_Teresa Kander, Book Babble.

SMART, BUT DEAD #3. Aggie, desperately skirting forty, blasts off to the university to study the genetics of aging, the Human Genome Project and DNA. When she stumbles on a dead academic, Sam reminds her to avoid the investigation. But programmed to prod, she winds up prime suspect and is on target to become next campus corpse.

FIT TO BE DEAD #1, was shortlisted for The Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. Aggie joins a health club to shape up before anyone discovers she writes the column, "Stay Young with Aggie." But klutzy and rusty at flirting, she irritates male club members and stumbles into murder. Despite warnings from the attractive detective, she plunges ahead to expose a killer.

DANG NEAR DEAD #2, was named a "Must Read" by Southern Writers Magazine.
Aggie,vacationing with Detective Sam (incognito) and Meredith at a dude ranch in the idyllic Texas Hill Country, plans to advise column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. Except for wranglers, dudes, heat, snakes and poison ivy, what could go wrong? Corruption? Scheming? Murder?
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Aggie Mundeen Mysteries by Nancy G. West. Amateur sleuth. Columnist. Award-winning series with humor and romance. Set in sites around Texas and in academia. Anyone who has tried to shape up, stumbled into trouble or loved the wrong man will appreciate Aggie.


When Nancy was seven, she and her mother wrote poems to each other on special occasions. The poems were pretty awful, but Nancy learned if you wrote something, people had to pay attention. In high school, Library Journal Pegasus published her poem, a feat she considered less exciting than cheerleading. Since journalists were underpaid and English majors sold lingerie, she studied General Business at the University of Texas, Austin and Houston, and earned a BBA.

A few years later, married, with two daughters, she realized she HAD to study English literature and write. She read numerous books on writing and wrote articles, poetry, and the biography of artist Jose Vives-Atsara. She founded Book Publishers of Texas, edited their trade journal and promoted their books for seven years.

While studying English literature, she began writing NINE DAYS TO EVIL, Meredith Laughlin's story of psychological suspense, Shakespeare, and nonstop-action, which won the Blether Gold Award. As Nancy finished the book, a funny thing happened. Meredith's graduate school friend, Aggie Mundeen, with her wry sense of humor, demanded that Nancy write a book about her. Or maybe a series. Here's how it happened:

Nancy's poem, Time to Lie, was featured by "Theme and Variations" and broadcast on NPR. She wrote book reviews for San Antonio Woman's Book Shelf column for three years and articles for other publications. But Aggie won her over.

Henery Press acquired the series. Aggie and Nancy are pleased. Aggie's love interest, Detective Sam, is a little nervous.

@Henery Press

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Dowdle VINE VOICE on April 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
Meredith Laughlin's husband, Dr. Conrad Laughlin, calls on his way to visit clinics in outlying areas. While on the phone, Meredith hears him scream, then the sounds of a car crash, and then silence as the phone goes dead. No one is able to reach him by phone or to locate him.

She reports his disappearance and probable crash, but since his car hasn't been located and no crash has been reported, there really isn't much they could do. Finally she gets Detective Sam Vanderhoven to investigate his disappearance.

Dr. Key Walker, Conrad's partner, covers for Conrad, but this adds a lot of extra work on his plate. When he looks into Conrad's files, he found some interesting and odd things. Key begins to wonder what is going on. Could Conrad's disappearance be related?

Meredith begins Grad School and through some of her classes begins to realize her husband might not be what he had appeared to be. To help her move on with her life, she begins to try to find him and get the answers she needs.

Some additional things begin to happen. Can they either find him or at least what happened to him before anyone else is seriously hurt?

I have never read anything by this author before. This book pulled me in immediately, and I found myself having trouble putting it down. It is an intriguing story. You really get a feel for what Meredith is going through and how this affects her life. The characters are wonderfully created and work well together. The Texas location really lends itself to this story. The author does a great job switching between the various characters so that we see the story from many angles. Normally this detracts from a story, but in this instance, it is so well done. I highly recommend this book! Hope she writes more like this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Chow on April 6, 2004
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One phone call begins nine days of confusion and fear for young graduate student Meredith Laughin. The call from her new husband Conrad, driving to one of his medical clinic, is suddenly interrupted by the sounds of a crash that sends Meredith into a panic as she frantically attempts to force the police into finding him. As days pass, things look bleaker when Conrad's car is discovered submerged in a creek with no sign of his body anywhere. Just as terrifying for Meredith is the growing fear that she never really knew Conrad and that he may have been hiding secrets both horrifying and shocking. With little support from her parents, both who are enamored and admiring of Conrad, Meredith comes to lean on the investigating detective, widower Sam Vanderhoven, and Agatha Mundeen, a fellow graduate student in Meredith's psychology course. It is in this class that Meredith beings to see that Conrad may not have been the man she thought he was and instead may be a sociopath with a hidden agenda and a secret life. The couple that their friends labeled "Barbie and Ken" may have been anything but, as Conrad's wife and his fellow doctor at the hospital begin to see that his lies are covering something worse than they could have imagined.
This mystery is as fascinating for its mystery and engaging characters as it is informative about sociopaths and Shakespearean literature. What West displays best is Meredith's progression from being a dependant daughter and wife to becoming a strong and assertive woman. West as well creates very real supportive characters, from Vanderhoven whose feelings for Meredith are based on the losses in his life, to Agatha, a woman who followed her heart to San Antonio.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jan T. Rowe on May 30, 2004
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Nine Days to Evil has a plot that carries you on and keeps you reading. It held my interest all the way to the end and left me wanting to see her next book. The characters are interesting and believable. This is a good, fast read. Glass skillfully enriches the book with ideas from Othello and from psychology classes taken by the major character.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gay Young on April 14, 2004
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I found myself hooked early in this mystery with chores put aside so that I could read.
Both plot and characters are skillfully drawn. "Nine Days To Evil" opens with a phone call, a crash, and a disappearance, and moves quickly and suspensefully through the nine days.
At the end, I had the impression of having met new friends that I would get to know much better as the mysteries progress.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 2, 2004
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Nancy Glass West is a writer and poet. She has been a guest poet on "Theme and Variations," a show aired by National Public Radio. She is currently writing her next mystery.
Meredith Laughlin is a traditional wife of a doctor, but her stirrings are telling her to go back to graduate school to study English Literature. She adores her husband, who is a magnificent looking man with a lot of charisma who practices gynecology. However, he acts remote at times, and then there was the time he disappeared for two days with no explanation. Now he is missing again, after a troubling phone call which he made from his car phone just before she heard a crash:
"'Have Claire tell her old man to quit working so hard,' Conrad joked. 'Dr. Walker is a little cog in a big old medical wheel. Hey...what are you...Hey! Look Out...Oh, my God!'
Meredith heard brakes screech and gripped the phone, straining to hear over thunder detonating on the roof. 'Conrad! What is it? What's happening? Can you hear me?'"
The scene is set for Agatha Mundeen and Homicide Detective Sam Vanderhoven to enter Meredith's life, as well as the play OTHELLO and a course in abnormal psychology. As each day of Conrad's disappearance drags on, the threesome put together a probable cause for his disappearance, and all these elements serve as signposts in the investigation.
West writes a striking mystery, with deception and sociopaths galore. Detective Sam and Agatha have plenty of juicy history, and act as guides for Meredith's self awakening, even as they hunt for her husband. She intertwines good and evil in a ghostly dance, even as she clearly delineates her characters. The action is nonstop, and West is careful to peel the layers of evil with a practiced eye.
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