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Fit To Be Dead (An Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 1) by [West, Nancy G.]
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Nancy G. West, guest poet on NPR’s “Theme and Variations,” wrote the suspense novel NINE DAYS TO EVIL, winner of the Blether Gold Award and prequel to the Aggie Mundeen mystery series. Two Aggie Mundeen mysteries are out: FIT TO BE DEAD, #1, Lefty Award Finalist 2013, and DANG NEAR DEAD, #2. West lives with her family in Texas and is writing the third book in the award-winning Aggie Mundeen mystery series. Anyone who dreads aging, tries to stay fit or has loved the wrong man will appreciate Aggie Mundeen. www.nancygwest.com Aggie’s tips are at stayyoungwithaggie@wordpress.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Henery Press (24 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M4KIX44
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90cceb44) out of 5 stars 52 reviews
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HASH(0x90f14b94) out of 5 stars Terrific read, funny and a lot deeper than you would expect. 8 July 2012
By Diana M. Hockley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Aggie Mundine has retired from a banking career which she loathed, describing herself as a "squirrel counting nuts." Having reached over thirty - it is hinted, not yet forty - she moves to Texas, where she plans to continue answering letters to her column, "Adventures in Staying Young" and contemplate what else to do. Realising that she'd better look young in case someone sees her less than sylph-like self and discovers she is the author, Aggie joins a health club where she inadvertently stumbles across an attempted murder on her first visit.

This novel was a delight to read. Some readers would deem it a "cozy" but it goes much deeper. The reader gradually discovers that Aggie is hiding a heartbreaking secret, one which she would rather the man whom she hopes will eventually return her affection, Detective Sam Vanderhoven, would rather not find out.

In spite of Aggie's confident exterior, she is lonely and looking for love. Her column keeps her motivated to attend Aspect of Aging at the University of The Holy Trinity and exercising at the health club gives her a rather unfortunate glimpse of the singles scene. When her curiosity gets the better of her and sleuthing takes over, in Aggie's words, "underneath this veneer of healthy living, repressed fury was biding its time."

The characters are everyday and totally believable. Aggie comes across as a very attractive woman (the men address her chest) Sam is extremely likable with appalling fashion sense and the gym bunnies are right on target.

N.G West's fine writing and clever plot reveal her mad sense of humour. I alternated between chuckling and sober reflection, but there is one place in this novel where I roared with laughter. I never give spoilers so you have to buy this book learn why!

Ms West has produced a beautifully written book, brimming with wry humour, and a cleverly woven mystery in this perfectly-paced novel. Highly recommended!

I am very pleased to see there is a follow-up Aggie Mundine novel, Dang Near Dead.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90951210) out of 5 stars Fit to be Dead 24 Sept. 2012
By Fannie Wiggins - Published on Amazon.com
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As with any new to me author, I had no idea what to expect. I am happy to say this was a pleasant surprise. A very well written book with a lot of lighter moments to counter the darker ones. I don't know anyone who obsesses about aging like Aggie does. Most of us just accept it and get on with living. I have to say Aggie's description of Fit and Trim has turned me off gym's forever. Just the thought of all those machines gives me cold chills and aching muscles. Her research of poisons was enough to make me look into the products I use every day and take for granted they are safe to use. Eye opener for sure. Her perservance to find Holly's killer was great. I would like to see more of Sam and for Meredith to get her own story. All in all, a great read. Will be reading more of this authors work and recommend it to others.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x908ff828) out of 5 stars Aggie Mundeen Mystery 1: Fit to Be Dead 28 Sept. 2014
By megHan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review during the blog tour. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

I am a huge lover of mysteries (one of my favorite genres, my favorite sleuth being Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot) and am always looking to find new ones to try. When I read the description on this one - and saw that it was set in the city that I live in - I thought this could be a great read. I was right and wrong.

I was expecting a light mystery, one that I could just breeze through, the kind of book most people consider "summer reading." What I got was a cute mystery. I mean, it was cute - I did get my bit of light reading and breezed through the story quite quickly - but when I was telling my mom about it, she said "Mysteries aren't supposed to be cute," and I agree with her there.

After the incident in the pool on the day Aggie starts at Fit and Firm, I was interested to find out what was going to happen next and kept reading. It got even more interesting after the murder. There were some funny parts too. But I felt like I was reading a romance that was trying to disguise itself as a mystery novel - and was trying too hard to be cute and funny. I actually thought this was just me - I'm not really a fan of the romance genre - but when I sat down to write this review, having no idea where to start or what to even say, I took a look at some of the other reviews to see if other people felt the same way that I did, and there were a few that did.

I think my major issue with the book was Aggie herself. I didn't like her, from the very first pages. She cared too much about looks and came across, at least in my opinion, as an unhappy know-it-all who constantly wanted all attention on her. I also felt like she "played dumb" to get guys to notice her, something I just can't stand. I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen to the other characters - a few I really got into - and not really caring to find out more about her.

I do plan to read book #2, though. I'm curious to see how things progress and if she matures any as the series goes on. I may like her more if she does.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90c38558) out of 5 stars A Fun Read 17 Sept. 2012
By KG McCullough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f9663c) out of 5 stars Fun Cozy mystery 17 July 2014
By Rhonda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
3 1/2 STARS

Fit to Be Dead is an entertaining story. It keeps up the suspense of who the murder is till revealed. Some points of the plots seem weak. Has humor. the characters are likeable and would love to see more. Also clean read.

Aggie Mundeen is single and almost 40. She is back in college. She also writes a newspaper column Stay Young with Aggie. She wants to solve a murder to impress a detective.

Aggie goes to Fit and Firm Health Club to try and get in shape. She has a eventful first day. She meets a lot of guys who flirt with her. She also finds and help save a life Holly.

Weak part for me was that she thinks she might have been poisoned at a health club so she takes some containers of different things and takes to lab for testing. She does not tell her cop friend and warn people about products. Also she goes through a lot of steps to lose the cop watching her house to keep her safe.

Holly Holmgreen someone caused her to be almost killed in the swimming pool. If Aggie had not gone over to meet her and realized that she was not breathing and got her help so fast.
Aggie has lots of suspects for who she has offended lately.

The setting of the story is San Antonio, Texas. A lot of the story also happens to be the gym.

I would read another Aggie Mundeen mystery in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it by Net Galley and Henery Press
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