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Fit To Be Dead

(Aggie Mundeen Mystery #1)

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Lefty Award Finalist for Best Humorous Mystery.
Chanticleer Award Winner (Mystery&Mayhem category)


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
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Published July 24th 2014 by Henery Press
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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, on
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 s
Sara Bartlett
Too silly and unbelievable from beginning to end.
Angie Goodwin-Rendon
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am pleasantly surprised. I picked up this book at a local book festival and had a chance to speak with the author. This is not my usual type of book. Yes. it's far-fetched but it was fun. It kept me guessing, made me laugh. I found the characters of Aggie funny. I look forward to reading more of her!
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fit to be Dead takes place in San Antonio, Texas in 1997. Executive banker, Agatha Mundeen, quit her job in Chicago and moved to Texas, behind one of her dearest friends, Detective Sam Vanderhoven. He was married to a very good friend of Aggie's, Katie, but unfortunately, Katie and their adopted daughter were killed. Aggie has developed an attraction to Sam that has gradually grown over time. She enrolled in grad school and is also the columnist behind "Stay Young with Aggie." Aggie decides that ...more
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fit To Be Dead is the first book in the Aggie Mundeen mystery series. This is it's second release, this time by Henery Press.

I had a very hard time trying to read this novel. The main character didn't appeal to me at all; she was erratic, rambling and narcissistic. There was a large number of secondary characters with tragic backgrounds. So many that I had a hard time keeping them straight.

The plot jumped around and the writing was disorganized. Basically, this novel tries too hard to be cute an
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a trifecta: humor, San Antonio setting, charming local author.
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

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Aggie Mundeen is a single woman who has left her bank job (after investing a tidy amount) and moved to San Antonio, Texas, to be near the only real friend she has, her police detective friend Sam. Sam was married to Aggie’s friend Katie, but after she died, he moved to San Antonio to start again. Aggie is interested in Sam in a more-than-friendly way, but hasn’t said anything to him, wanting to see if he feels the
Jane Reads (Jane in SC)
I liked Fit to be Dead, the first book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series. Author Nancy G. West has created some interesting, quirky characters, and she puts them through one hilarious situation after another. The main characters are Aggie Mundeen herself (I'll bet you knew that), her friend Meredith Laughlin, and attractive detective Sam Vanderhoven.

The only weakness in Fit to be Dead is the implausibility of Aggie's reasons for sleuthing. Aggie thinks that she, an untrained civilian, can det
Diana Hockley
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 s
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This book has good potential to become a great series. The main character, Aggie, is nearing 40 and isn't model thin (many of us can relate!) with a proclivity for trouble. She has gone back to school and is studying aging which tie in nicely with the column she writes and her desire to start working out. Aggie has three close friends: Meredith, her neighbor Grace and Sam, who she has been good friends with since she lived in Chicago. There is a LOT more to the Aggie and Sam story but I won't sh ...more
Mary Brown
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fit To Be Dead by Nancy G. West is the first book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series. I t is a good start in the series and I can see a lot of potential for future books.

Aggie Mundeen writes the column “Stay Young With Aggie” and decides she better get into better shape in case people find out that she is the author of the column. Her first day at the health club, she saves a girl, Holly, from drowning in the pool. But it seems that someone is very determined to kill Holly and is eventually su
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alannah Davis
I like the author's writing style and humor. However, the health club characters from staff to clientele, are the usual cliches - super fit instructors who try to force unfit clients into performing past their ability (no thought to possible lawsuits resulting from the inevitable injuries), meaty and brainless testosterone-driven men, a gorgeous woman reclining au natural for all to see with no particular reason for her to be sans clothing, etc. etc. etc. As a former fitness instructor who worke ...more
I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed the mystery of who killed Holly and why, but the premise of Aggie having to be the one to solve the crime is laughable. If Aggie were the main suspect in the murder and the police were focusing on her rather than the real killer I would probably be able to suspend my disbelief that an ex-banker from Chicago, who is now a graduate student in liberal arts in San Antonio would need to solve the crime. But the fact remains
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aggie, a thirty something columnist has decided to stay fit. It's not a bad decision if you want to have a long and healthy life... The only problem is that the first day of her new healthy life she saves a woman from being electrocuted in the pool, was it just an accident or an attempt to murder?
She will try to solve this mystery with her girlfriend Meredith but keep it hidden from her detective friend Sam.
This book will make you laugh about some of the strange things that happens in a gym. Bec
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a good cozy mystery with a background of health clubs and views on aging. The protagonist Aggie is an interesting character that caught and held my attention as did Holly. Aggie has retired from her job at the bank and has moved to San Antonio. She has personal problems that explained in the book. The descriptions of places and events are good. At times there is too much information on a subject that cause me to lose interest. Two friends have to move the area also. Sam is a homicide office ...more
Andrea Guy
Fit to be dead is a fun cozy mystery that will keep you turning the pages while Aggie, Sam and Meredith look for a killer, who may be after Aggie too.

Aggie, is a little bit hard to handle. She's in her thirties, but she acts like she should be in her 70s. She's so obsessed with growing old, and she's not old at all. She's also retired from a bank in Chicago. Again, I have to say WTF, because who retires in their 30s.

But the mystery is a fun one. Poor Holly. She nearly dies from being electrocute
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had the first three books in this series and started with #2, Dang Near Dead, since I forgot to send Fit to my kindle. Well, I never would have read the other two if I had started here. This was a DNF for me and, now that I think about because I'd read the other two and had as much of Aggie as I could stand.

I found Aggie immature and obsessed with both aging and her male best friend. I stopped reading when Aggie was breaking into the apartment of a woman who suffered a car accident. Why was sh
Thanks Net Galley and Henery Press for the chance to read this.

So far, because of the fact I moved to Texas 21 years ago and had to pick a Texas team because they didn't show University of Louisville games, i am not liking the fact that the main character's nickname is "Aggie". Then I find out that the author went to UT. I'm like "what?". then after reading it so far, she has a another main character who cracks Aggie jokes, so I'm like okay I will read on. Further opinion and review of this boo
Lauri Rottmayer
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of fun. Aggie has retired from working at a bank and has moved to San Antonio where she continues to write her Dear Aggie column about growing old gracefully.

She feels like it's time for her to walk the walk so she joins a gym and happens upon a girl in the pool who is blue. She pulls her out and the girl is revived only to be hit and killed by a car the following day.

Now Aggie can't stop trying to figure out who did it, nearly getting killed in the process.

The book is funn
Kathryn Moore
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. This is a great read for anyone over 30 who wants a mystery and a laugh.
It's set at a gym. I am a regular gym goer, but the main character is definately not and her views on the gym made me laugh. There is a follow-up to this story and I will definetly read the next one and I will look for other books by this same auther and see if the same magic writting is there. I don't rate many books with 5 stars but this one held my interest without getting caught up in too many worthless
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aggie Mundine, a thirty-something health columnist, realizes that she really should get into shape before her readers discover that she is great at giving advice but not so great at taking her own. So, Aggie joins a gym and the reader gets to enjoy the hilarity that ensues.

This novel was a fun light read. It sort of straddles the "cozy mystery" and "chicklit" genres. Aggie and friends are funny and likeable. The light mystery woven in is well done but not overly complex. I'm happy to read the se
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Fit To Be Dead, which is the first book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series, by author Nancy G. West is a humourous cozy mystery.

This is a fast read. It is entertaining in spots. The health club setting was contemporary. I enjoyed the focus on aging and getting into shape. The problems of losing weight as we age was interesting to me.

A good cozy mystery featuring an amateur sleuth. I felt that it could use a little more editing.
D.L. Williams
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I was looking for a humorous mystery, so I enjoyed this book. I liked the main character Aggie, a giver of advice. She was tied in to the police via personal friend, which helps when you are trying to solve the mystery. Aggie joins a health center and one of the other members is almost killed, and then killed. Aggie sets her sights on solving the WHY.
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.” – L. C. Hayden, Award-Winning Author of the Harry Bronson Mystery series
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this one fell down where other "cozy" mysteries are pretty endearing, this one, in my opinion just wasn't. The main character wasn't likeable and needed to be in order to be endearing to the reader. Thank you anyway to Goodreads for my ARC.
Karen Mccullough
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.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
San Antonio mystery. Obsessed with trying to stay young.
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