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IN TOP 12 LIGHTHEARTED MYSTERY SERIES. (VIDEOS, lower right.)
SUSPENSE: THE PLUNGE: JUNE 2019 PICK BY THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION'S BOOK CLUB CENTRAL!
In THE PLUNGE, Aggie Mundeen LAKE Mystery 1, Aggie and San Antonio Detective Sam take care of a friend's lakeside cottage on a peaceful river in Texas, where Sam will discretely investigate the theft of his friend's boat.
Buckets of rain and gusting winds roil the lake, turning tranquil, shady waters into an angry, raging river. As darkness descends, lightning highlights two people arguing on a dock across the river. When lightning flashes again, they are gone. Do Aggie and Sam witness an accident? A drowning? A murder?
This short novel of suspense, disaster and mystery propels Aggie in new directions.
OTHER AGGIE MUNDEEN MYSTERIES, each one either a nominee or winner of an award:
RIVER CITY DEAD #4.SEE VIDEO, LOWER RIGHT.
Aggie and Detective Sam plan a vacation from crime at a River Walk hotel during San Antonio's Fiesta. Mystery, history, and romance on the River Walk complicate their already dicey relationship. WINNER: 2018 Raven Award
"I've been to San Antonio. I wish I had read this book first."
"The author weaves the history of the River Walk into a fascinating story filled with intriguing characters." "Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery. A great series with fun characters." The perfect San Antonio keepsake.
Nancy's website and newsletter: www.nancygwest.com
Books in series:
FIT TO BE DEAD #1 LEFTY AWARD FINALIST, Best Humorous Mystery. See VIDEO.
Chanticleer Award Winner, Mystery & Mayhem
Aggie moves from Chicago to San Antonio and joins a health club to shape up before anyone discovers she writes the column, "Stay Young with Aggie." Klutzy with equipment and rusty at flirting, she irritates male club members, then stumbles into murder. Despite warnings from the attractive investigating detective, she plunges ahead to expose the killer.
DANG NEAR DEAD #2. FINALIST: International Chanticleer Award. See VIDEO.
Originally from Chicago, Aggie gets a taste of Texas spiced with mystery, mayhem and romance. Vacationing with Detective Sam (incognito) and friend Meredith at a dude ranch in the idyllic Texas Hill Country, she 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?
"There are bursts of humor in this novel which had me roaring with laughter. The plot is intricate, with a satisfying ending. Sam and Aggie grow closer, and he still does not know of Aggie's secret grief. A great read."__Diana M. Hockley, Australian mystery writer, NetGalley
"I love this character, Aggie Mundeen. West does such a good job of making Aggie humorous, but with a brain."__Jennifer Gott, Houston, Texas
Named a "Must Read" by Southern Writers Magazine.
SMART, BUT DEAD #3. SHORT-LIST: Mystery & Mayhem Award See VIDEO
Past thirty-five and dreading middle age, Aggie blasts off to the local university to study the genetics of aging, the Human Genome Project and DNA. When she stumbles on a dead academic, SAPD Detective Sam urges her to avoid the investigation. But programmed to prod, she winds up the prime suspect and is on target to become next campus corpse.
"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 Awards
"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 Anthony Award Winner.
"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 engaging and the story was great. I can't wait to read more from this author."_Jennifer Schell, Bookshelves Blog and NetGalley
"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, this book fills the need."
_Upstate New York Reader
"I absolutely fell in love with Aggie."_Teresa Kander, Book Babble.
PREQUEL TO THE AGGIE MUNDEEN MYSTERIES:
NINE DAYS TO EVIL. CLUE AWARD FINALIST and Winner of the Blether Gold Award
This novel of psychological suspense, Shakespeare, and non-stop action introduces characters that subsequently appear in the AGGIE MUNDEEN MYSTERIES.
Aggie Mundeen Mysteries by Nancy G. West. Amateur sleuth. Columnist. Award-winning mystery series sprinkled with humor and romance. Set in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. Anyone who has moved to a new locale, tried to shape up, stumbled into trouble or entered into a dicey relationship 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 stopped to read it. In high school, Library Journal Pegasus published her poem, a feat she considered less exciting than cheer leading. Since journalists were underpaid and English majors sold lingerie, she studied General Business at the University of Texas in 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 where she edited their trade journal and promoted their books for seven years. She returned to college to earn an MA in English literature.
As Nancy finished NINE DAYS TO EVIL, 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 Aggie Mundeen mystery series.
Wildside Press acquired the first Aggie Mundeen LAKE Mystery, THE PLUNGE.
@Wildside Press @Henery Press
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“A fun cozy series that showcases the beauty and quirkiness of San Antonio.” – Rosemary Smith, Librarian
Advice columnist Aggie Mundeen and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week—sumptuous sights, sounds, and festivities in the middle of America’s Venice. A vacation from crime and a reset for their tumultuous relationship. But murder descends on the Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about the Fabulous Femmes, Aggie’s new friends holding a convention. Evil emerges at parties in La Villita. Calamity plagues Aggie’s debut dance performance at the Arneson River Theater, the celebration skewed by carousing, crazies, and corpses. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.
Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, Southern humor, Southern living, humorous murder mysteries.
Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:
FIT TO BE DEAD (#1)
DANG NEAR DEAD (#2)
SMART, BUT DEAD (#3)
RIVER CITY DEAD (#4)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
In this prequel to the Aggie Mundeen Mysteries, recently married San Antonio graduate student, Meredith Laughlin, plunges into studying Shakespeare’s tragedies and abnormal psychology with Aggie Mundeen as her classmate. A fateful call from Meredith's husband propels her to desperation. A stalker trails her, her pregnant friend is attacked, and she is afraid to trust anyone. Emboldened by what she learns in class, she resolves to find the truth behind the attacks. She knows that one misstep will push her into the clutches of people who want her dead.
Winner of the Blether Gold Award
Aggie and her friend Meredith persuade Detective Sam to join them incognito at a Texas dude ranch where Aggie will advise her column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. With dudes, cowhands, snakes and poison ivy, what could go wrong? She learns the wranglers are hiding secrets, the ranch manager is jealous of her assistant, and the former ranch owners died mysterious deaths. When an expert rider is thrown from a horse and lies hospitalized in a coma, Aggie is convinced somebody caused the fall. Despite Sam's warnings, curiosity drives her to probe deeper. She concocts ingenious methods to expose the assailant, and when she scatters a cabal of cowboys, more than one hombre in the bunch would like to bury her on the range.
Unfortunately, the weather has plans of its own. Buckets of rain and gusting winds roil the lake, turning the peaceful Guadalupe into an angry, raging river. As darkness descends, lightning reveals 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?
The Plunge sweeps readers along with the threat of looming disaster, helpless before an untamable force, where sleuthing takes a back seat to survival...
Nancy G. West is an award-winning suspense author and the creator of the Aggie Mundeen Mysteries. Every book in the series has either won or been nominated for an award. The Plunge launches Aggie in a new direction.