More About the Author
FIT TO BE DEAD #1 (Lefty Award Finalist) and
DANG NEAR DEAD #2, Aggie Mundeen Mystery Series, are shortlisted for the
MURDER & MAYHEM INTERNATIONAL CHANTICLEER AWARDS.
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?
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: http://tinyurl.com/b5boohn
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.