Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Fit To Be Dead by Nancy G. West (Review)

About the Book

Title:  Fit To Be Dead by Nancy G. West
Genre:  Cozy Mystery (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 1)
Publisher: Henery Press
Release Date: July 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1940976372


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 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.

My Review

Retired from her banking job in Chicago, Aggie Mundeen moves to San Antonio where she is busy studying “Aspects of Aging” at the local university, and writing a column “Stay Young with Aggie”. She is unmarried, overweight, almost 40, and struggling to eat healthy and exercise.

Aggie is a realistic character who many readers can identify with. We’ve all been there, but most of us don’t find ourselves in the middle of a murder investigation while going to the gym. Just Aggie’s luck, she goes to the gym and immediately finds a woman in the pool, unconscious and near death. Aggie is sure this is no accident. However, she’s the only one thinking that way.

Sam Vanderhoven is a handsome detective she knew in Chicago. After he loses his wife and daughter in a horrific accident, he moves to San Antonio, too. Aggie seeks his help with the investigation, but then decides to do her own sleuthing. Although she’s also hoping her relationship with Sam will be a bit more deeper than this case.

Aggie is a “larger than life” character. She’s strong, funny and smart. This is the first book in the Aggie Mundeen series. It started off kind of slow for me, but then after a couple of chapters, it just took off. Humor is spread throughout the book…so many great one liners. I didn’t want to put it down. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About 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.

Author and Book Links

Chat with Aggie and Nancy on their blog:
Author’s Webpage:
Author Page at Henery Press:
Purchase Links

Amazon  B&N Nook   |   Kobo   |   iTunes   |   Google Play

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


  1. I've been enjoying these mysteries released from Henery Press. I've been discovering several new favorites!

  2. Oh this looks fun! I've had good luck with Henery titles so I'll have to give this one a try!

  3. Aggie does sounds realistic and I love that. The book also has a cute cover.


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