by Nancy G. West


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"Hurrah for Aggie Mundeen, an effervescent heroine who finds trouble wherever she goes even when the initial pursuit is purely intellectual. Aggie's pluck, humor, intelligence and loving heart will always keep her young and always make readers smile." - Carolyn Hart, Agatha Award-Winning Author of Ghost to the Rescue

"Smart. Aggie Mundeen is smart. But. But she's also a little clumsy, irrepressible, and irresistible. Dead. She might well end up dead if she continues nosing around the university where her questions are not wanted. Smart, But Dead is the perfect combination of brains and heart. A tight mystery, an irrepressible heroine, and superb writing." - James W. Ziskin, Anthony Award-Finalist of No Stone Unturned

"Smart, But Dead features an impetuous, warm-hearted heroine, blessed with an insatiable curiosity, passion for learning and an unquenchable zest for life." - Mystery People

"Will keep you guessing until the last page. Very well-written and excellent storyline. Highly recommended!" - Obsessed Book Reviews

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 the next campus corpse.

Related subjects include: cozy mysteries, women sleuths, murder mystery series, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), amateur sleuth books, book club recommendations, Southern humor, Southern living, humorous murder mysteries.

Books in the Aggie Mundeen Humorous Mystery Series:


Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...

Author Bio:

While writing her award-winning suspense novel, Nine Days to Evil, a funny thing happened. Supporting character Aggie Mundeen demanded that Nancy write about her. Aggie's first caper, Fit to Be Dead, was Lefty Award Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery. Dang Near Dead was named a "Must Read" by Southern Writers Magazine. In Smart, But Dead, Aggie learns genetic secrets of staying young and critical lessons about love and about staying alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943390250
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)

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SMART, BUT DEAD 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading the best cozy mystery - the one I wished I had written. Having spent most of my career on the college campus, I have noticed the many opportunities for murder on the college campus - faculty killing faculty, students, or administrators; students killing faculty or students; administrators killing …. Well, you get the point. Nancy G. West has done it well. The geneticist at San Antonio’s University of the Holy Trinity, whether administrators, colleagues, or students, seemed to be at each other’s throats. They all had their reasons for seeing Dr. Carmody dead - and were happy that he was. But, did somebody kill him? It was the first question that faced Aggie Mundeen. There were others - such as what would happen to her relationship with San Antonio’s Detective Sam Vanderhoven when all was said and done. What about all the research that was being done at UHT on human genome project, was another. The questions kept mounting - but would the answers come? A fun read, the perfect cozy mystery. The book also whets the appetite of this reader for science and forced him to Googling current research in genetic engineering; though the science in the book is not so heavy as to lead the average reader in the dust. For the reader looking for a smarter than average cozy mystery, this book fills the need. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
kayek1 More than 1 year ago
While this was the third book in the series, it was the first that I have read. Usually, I just can't start in the middle (I'm weird that way). However, this book was a blast to read. It was extremely funny with great characters and a good plot. Aggie was attending classes which dealt with scientific ways to slow aging, and while the concept is way above my head, it was explained well enough that I mostly understood it. I'm looking forward to being able to read the first two books in the series, and any future books. I won an ARC, but the opinions in this review are entirely mine.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Smart, But Dead - Aggie Mundeen Mystery 3 Author: Nancy G West Published: 11-17-15 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 246 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths; General Fiction; ISBN: 9781943390250 ASIN: B0147MW9RS Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Aggie Mundeen is still on the search for youth for her blog, Stay Young with Aggie, is taking the classes at the University and learns about the Human Genome Project and DNA. Even though she doesn't particularly like her professor she is fascinated with the study. When she discovers the body of Dr. Carmody, Sam her boyfriend asks her to stay out of the investigation and although she tries not to she cannot help herself and begins snooping around looking for the killer herself and becomes a suspect in the process. While investigating the number of suspects grows. It is easier to number those that liked Carmody than those that are glad he is dead. Asking questions and butting in on Sam's case, Aggie becomes a killers greatest irritant and the killer is ready to make her the next on the list of bodies found on campus. Will Sam be in time to save Aggie from her own recklessness again or has Aggie put her nose where it didn't belong one time to many? Smart, but Dead is the third book in this series, but can be read as a standalone. Each time I open one of the books in this series I find myself drawn in as I stand in awe of Aggie and her uncontrollable curiosity. The woman has more lives than a cat and I follow right along with her in her search for answers. The first book, Fit to be Dead, I was not to thrilled with Aggie even though I liked the other characters. Now I find her one of my favorites. I had a few professors at college I dreamed of plotting their demise so I found the premise for Smart, but Dead intriguing and could not put it down. Thank you Ms. West for a wonderful story and I am eagerly awaiting the next Aggie Mundeen story. May she never lose her curiosity and vivaciousness.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Smart But Dead is the third book in the Aggie Mundeen series by Nancy West. After reading the book I felt as if I had missed something. Perhaps if I had read the first two books in the series, I would have been better prepared for this book. Aggie is a 40ish newspaper columnist who writes a "Stay Young With Aggie" column for the paper. Aggie is definitely having a mid life crisis, she even feels that is she entered college again, she might find the secret to staying young. But instead of finding the fountain of youth, she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of not one, but two murders on campus. Does she stay out of the cases or prove herself to be more harm than good? FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series; this is the third book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series by Nancy West. Aggie Mundeen is almost forty and is worried about becoming middle-age. She enrolls in a class at the university to study genetics of aging. When she discovers a dead body she is determined to solve the crime. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Aggie's back and this time she's going to school. She's taking a class that the professor professes to of found a link to helping people live longer. Aggie is ecstatic! Unfortunately, it's not working too well for the professor as he falls down dead right after one of his classes. Of course, Aggie is on the scene, she's going to figure out what or who happened along to end the professor's life. Along the way, Aggie even takes her own "Orange is the New Black" adventure as she's jailed for B&E and possibly murder. It's another cozy little mystery where Aggie is bound and determined to figure it out. It was definitely entertaining and I totally recommend it! Thanks to Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.