Science was never a strong subject for me. I struggled with it a lot; but I was always curious about it. Chemistry was an elusive topic, but I could follow some of biology lessons easier. (Though I was never a fan of the lessons that required dissection. *shudder*) I could relate to main character Aggie’s drive to know, learn, and understand, and that made her more endearing to me.
In Smart, But Dead, the third book in Nancy G. West’s humorous mystery series, Aggie is heading back to college to learn about the science of aging. She’s feeling the pressure of nearly 40 as a single woman, and she’s quite eager to know if there’s a way to stop or even reverse the aging process. The trouble is that the course teacher is a man with whom she has history – and not a good one. Right off the bat, Aggie tries to make amends with the professor. It seems to work, but he’s still acting strangely. When he literally drops dead, Aggie is drawn to figure out just what happened. But her efforts at investigation only serve to make her look guilty of doing the professor harm.
Smart, But Dead is easy to read and fast-paced, full of wit and humor. It’s the first of the series that I have read and I found Aggie to be a fresh character in a cozy mystery character canvas.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All of the opinions expressed in the review are mine alone.
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.:
More About the Book & Series
Smart, But Dead
3rd in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (November 17, 2015)
Paperback: 272 pages
E-Book ASIN: B0147MW9RS
LEFTY AWARD NOMINATED SERIES
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.
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Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:
• FIT TO BE DEAD (#1)
• DANG NEAR DEAD (#2)
• SMART, BUT DEAD (#3)
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