Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review & #Giveaway ~ River City Dead (Aggie Mundeen Mystery, Book #4) by Nancy G. West #CozyMystery

River City Dead
by Nancy G. West

River City Dead
An Aggie Mundeen Mystery, Book 4
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (January 17, 2017)
Paperback: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111330


About the Book:

Aggie Mundeen, who advises readers in her column, “Stay Young with Aggie,” is pushing forty and determined to postpone a precipitous descent into middle-age. She plans to rendezvous with SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven at a hotel on the San Antonio River Walk…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship. In the midst of River City during Fiesta Week, what could go wrong?

Aggie’s new friends, the Fabulous Femmes, are holding their convention at the hotel. When hotel guests are murdered, Aggie discovers her friends have disturbing backgrounds. Evil surfaces at Fiesta events, and Aggie’s dancing debut at a Fiesta performance at Arneson River Theater is fraught with danger. Even in idyllic River City, crime complicates relationships.

My Review:

It is Fiesta time in San Antonio and Aggie and Sam have planned a getaway to reconnect and stabilize their relationship. The getaway is supposed to remove them from the day-to-day routine and get them out of the line of crime solving, if only for a few days. Staying at the hotel is a group of women known as the Fabulous Femmes. When one of the Fabulous Femmes is found murdered in her penthouse suite, all thoughts of Sam and Aggie's rendezvous are pushed to the back burner. As Sam and Aggie work together (mostly) to solve the crime, another woman is murdered in the hotel. In order to put the pieces together that Aggie has found, she must go against Sam and puts her life, and the life of the Fabulous Femmes theater group that she's part of, in danger.

River City Dead takes the reader all over the place as both Sam and Aggie try to figure out why Fiesta guests are being murdered. Since the bodies have no trauma, the investigation also includes how the murders are being carried out. As it has been in the previous books in the series, there are different threads to the craziness that don't seem to be connected. As the book progresses, all of a sudden something will happen or something will be said and everything falls into place.

Aggie is really good at fleshing out ideas, possible motives, and those who may be involved.
Aggie's inability to not put herself in danger is a plot point that was starting to get old but really rounds itself out in River City Dead. She still put herself and the Fatal Femmes in danger in this book but I liked how the author wrote the scene. Aggie's decision was spontaneous and written very well. Aggie doesn't really recognize the impact of her decision until later in a conversation with Sam. The impact of her decision on a personal level in regards to Sam also slams into her because she knows he's mad. There is a lot of growth in Aggie's character in that last little bit of the story.

I enjoyed the plot and continued character development and world building. We were reminded of the important back story information in just the right dosage - not too much, not too little. The book is a quick and easy read that will keep the reader engaged from for the first page. There is humor, sadness, suspense, and tragedy - a little something for everyone who loves a good cozy mystery.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book.

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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.

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