Friday, October 3, 2014

Great Escapes Virtual Blog Tour Review: Fit To Be Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 1) by Nancy G. West

Tour Participants

September 28 – The Gal in the Blue Mask – Review, Interview
September 29 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review
September 30 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Interview
October 1 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
October 2 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review
October 3 – MysteriesEtc – Review
October 4 – My Recent Favorite Books – Review
October 5 – off 
October 6 – A Chick Who Reads – Review, Interview
October 7 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview  
October 8 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview
October 9 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
October 10 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – Review
October 11 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
October 12 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 476 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0974770582
  • Publisher: Henery Press (July 24 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M4KIX44

Book Description

* Lefty Award Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery *


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.” – L. C. Hayden, Award-Winning Author of the Harry Bronson Mystery series

Sub-genre tags: Humorous Mystery, Amateur Sleuth, Contemporary Cozy, Women Sleuths, Southern Mystery

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 the 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.

Praise for FIT TO BE DEAD:

“West’s fine writing and clever plot reveal her mad sense of humor...She has produced a beautifully written book, brimming with wry humor, and a cleverly woven mystery. Highly recommended! I am very pleased to see there is a follow-up Aggie Mundeen novel, Dang Near Dead.” – Diana Hockley, Australian Mystery Novelist and International Reviewer for NetGalley and Kings River Life Magazine

“West's main characters’ histories suggest they could fill a series. I hope so. I love this book!" – Rollo K. Newsom PhD, Professor Emeritus, Texas State University, and an Editor of Lone Star Sleuths

“Aggie Mundeen’s wry observations on life, death, and the struggle to whip mind and body into shape make Fit to Be Dead delightful. Joining a health club has never been so dangerous...or so amusing.” – Karen McCullough, Author of Shadow of a Doubt and A Question of Fire

“Fit to be Dead is a satisfying read with powerful characterization, plot twists and a feisty believable protagonist.” – Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:

  • FIT TO BE DEAD (#1)
  • DANG NEAR DEAD (#2) September 2014
  • SMART, BUT DEAD (#3) March 2015
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

About the Author

From Goodreads:  I have 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. DANG NEAR DEAD, Aggie second mystery caper has recently been released.

My Review

Fit To Be Dead, which is the first book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series, by author Nancy G. West is a humourous cozy mystery.

This is a fast read. It is entertaining in spots. The health club setting was contemporary. I enjoyed the focus on aging and getting into shape. The problems of losing weight as we age was interesting to me. 

A good cozy mystery featuring an amateur sleuth.

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