Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review: Smart, But Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery, Book 3) by Nancy G. West

Smart, But Dead
by Nancy G. West

Publisher: Henery Press (November 17, 2015)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1943390250
E-Book ASIN: B0147MW9RS

About the Book:


Skirting forty and appalled by the prospect of descending into middle-age decrepitude, Aggie Mundeen blasts off to the local university to study the genetics of aging. In addition to providing youthful hints for readers of her column, “Stay Young with Aggie,” Aggie is doggedly determined to stay young.

Despite conflicts with her professor, she learns about the Human Genome Project and DNA. When she discovers a dead body, Detective Sam reminds her not to “help” with the investigation. But dangerously curious and programmed to prod, she races to solve the crime, winds up the prime suspect and is on target to become next campus corpse.

My Review:

Here are links to me reviews of Books 1 & 2:

Smart, But Dead furthers the adventures of Aggie Mundeen, amateur sleuth and thorn in the police department's side. This time, Aggie takes a college class with a professor involved in the Human Genome Project who isn't happy to see her in his class. He acts pretty peculiar upon his meeting of Aggie prior to class, and even more so when lecturing to the entire class. When, after a rather exciting discussion ensues, her professors drops to the floor. Certain that his death was no accident, Aggie knows that she has to find out what happened.

Aggie's involvement soon leads her to another body as she's snooping for clues in the lab that her professor used for his research on aging. She's then arrested and off to jail for burglary. She's also suspected of murdering the person she found in the lab. Aggie's snooping has gotten her into a huge heap of trouble - one that her guy friend, and police detective, Sam can't help her out of.

It's now up to Aggie's friend Meredith to spring her from jail and keep her out of anymore trouble. If only containing Aggie's eagerness were that easy....

Oh, Aggie! When will you learn that people aren't nice, especially to those who interfere with their nefarious plans. Aggie is a neat character. She has a definite compassionate personality and that's what gets her into trouble. She knows that her professor didn't just fall down dead naturally. She wants to do right by him and find out who's responsible. This, unfortunately, puts her into harms way multiple times.

Aggie's relationship with Sam takes an unexpected turn that has their entire past laid out in front of them. Things that Aggie worked hard to keep secret are now exposed to the one person that she was trying to protect. Whether or not this is a good thing will not be revealed in the review. You'll have to grab the series and figure it out for yourself!

Aggie's inability to not put herself in danger is starting to get old, however. In all honesty, it's about time she got arrested, booked, and spent time in jail for her illegal escapes. Granted, she is really good at fleshing out ideas, possible motives, and those who may be involved, she just doesn't do a good job protecting herself. Aggie is the typical brainless heroine who puts herself into situations that are not at all well thought out ahead of time. She's impulsive, too narrowly focused, and her curiosity is going to do more that just kill the cat. I still enjoyed the book regardless of how impetuous our main character is throughout.

Smart, But Dead is a cozy mystery full of humor, suspense, heartache, and, in this case, panic and fear. The plot takes the reader all over the place. Just like books 1 & 2, there are different threads to the craziness that don't seem to be connected and then all of a sudden something happens or is said and everything falls into place. I enjoyed the plot and character development; the world building was done well. We were given the important back story information on the new group of characters in just the right dosage - not too much, not too little.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:



This book was full of mystery and fast paced and her curiosity at times lands her sticky situations.
~Community Bookstop

This is a very fast-paced mystery, and Aggie’s curiosity gets her into some very sticky situations.
~Book Babble

Meet the Author:

I’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.

Social Media Links:

Chat with Aggie and Nancy on their blog: www.stayyoungwithaggie.wordress.com

Author’s Webpage: http://www.nancygwest.com/

Author Page at Henery Press: http://henerypress.com/authors-humorous-mystery-series-authors/nancy-g-west/

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6442929.Nancy_G_West

Purchase Links:

Amazon Smart, But Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 3)


Laura Thomas said...

I'm addicted to cozies and thrilled to discover this new series. Sure sounds like a fun one! Thanks for sharing this author:)

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome, Laura. I love this series. It's fun and full of twists/turns.

Nancy G. West said...


How did I miss your wonderful review? Since we're having Thanksgiving and Christmas together this year, it was a shopping day, which wore me out and partially accounts for my late reply. I'm so glad you like Aggie: I LOVE writing about her and Sam. She's impetuous and a slow-learner when it comes to butting out, but I think a touch of jail might have gotten her attention.

Thanks for putting your 4-star review on Goodreads. There are giveaways of SMART, BUT DEAD on Goodreads starting November 27.