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River City Dead

(Aggie Mundeen Mystery #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Advice columnist Aggie Mundeen and SAPD Detective Sam Vanderhoven plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week—sumptuous sights, sounds, and festivities in the middle of America’s Venice. A vacation from crime and a reset for their tumultuous relationship.

But murder descends on the Casa Prima Hotel. Disturbing revelations surface about t
Published January 17th 2017 by Henery Press
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Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books
In this fun and relaxing cozy mystery, we find Aggie Mundeen and her boyfriend Detective Sam Vanderhoven meeting at a San Antonio hotel for the week of the Fiesta. Unfortunately, a murder victim is found in their room. Sam immediately becomes involved. As there are no other rooms available they settled for two small rooms that are floors apart. We take the River Walk and learned about its history. Sam is learning to allow Aggie to investigate and share her findings. She is trying to trust Sam. A ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sam and Aggie had a grand plan for some time alone in San Antonio during Fiesta Week but there is just one small problem, there is a dead woman in their hotel suite. They hadn’t checked in yet but there are no more rooms to be found and Sam has been called back to work to investigate the case. He knows he is not going to be able to keep Aggie from butting her way into the investigation and she has a pretty good record for solving previous murders so he rather than fight her he
“A fun cozy series that showcases the beauty and quirkiness of San Antonio.” – Rosemary Smith, Librarian
Prepare yourself for the adventure to begin when you open the book. Humor mixes with murder when Sam and Aggie try to take a few days off.

By this time, Detective Sam Vanderhoven is resigned to the fact that as much as he wants to protect his darling, girlfriend Aggie, who meddles in newspaper advice as well as murdurous affairs, he is better to include her from the start when their planned weekend get-away goes wrong, than let her entangle herself trying to find answers without being noticed by
Lisa Morin
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
River City Dead is the first book I've read in this series.
I was immediately hooked from the beginning.
Aggie Mundeen is a fun character and I found her to be very believable.
It's Fiesta Week in San Antonio and Aggie and her boyfriend Detective Sam are planning a weekend getaway.
Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and when a questionable death interrupts their weekend, Aggie decides to do a bit investigating on her own.
It seems a particular group of women are being targeted and Aggie is de
Diane Malone
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another Aggie Mundeen escapade as she helps SAPD find out whodunit - this time amidst the festivities of San Antonio's Fiesta celebration. Gives a good feel for the annual 2-week celebration in and around San Antonio, its Riverwalk, the Alamo and other downtown landmarks. Always fun to catch up with fun-loving Aggie!
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

River City Dead by Nancy G. West is the fourth book in her Aggie Mundeen Mystery series.... It is the first book in this series that I have read. Fortunately I wasn't lost reading it. I know in a perfect world we want to read a series from the beginning. however, as a book reviewer / blogger that seldom happens. It is always a concern when reading a book well into the series that you will be lost or fear that you won't be able to enjoy the story. HAVE NO FEAR because River City Dead is not like
Lizzie Hayes
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘River City Dead’ by Nancy Glass West
Published by Henry Press 17 January 2017. ISBN: 978-1-63511-133-0

Aggie Mundeen, she of the ‘Stay Young with Aggie’ column, has arranged a rendezvous with Detective Sam Vanderhoven at the San Antonio River Walk Hotel. They have booked the penthouse suite, and Aggie is looking forward to a blissful crime free romantic long weekend. The news of the body of a dead girl found in their penthouse puts paid to Aggie’s romantic ideas.

The girl is identified as a regu
Andrea Stoeckel
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I am voluntarily reviewing this book)

“Tell me your ideas. We can devise a plan together. Can I trust you to do that?” I looked at him dead on. “Yes.” “That way,” he said, “I can keep you safe.” “You want to keep me. Safe.”

Aggie Mundeen is up to her eyeballs in yet another mystery. This one focuses on death at the San Antonio Riverwalk Fiesta celebration. She and Sam, her boyfriend, get quickly mixed up in what could turn out to be a dangerous situation for the entire community.

And, while this i
Danielle Urban
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
River City Dead by Nancy G. West is another exciting mystery. I cannot get enough of Nancy G. West's main character, Aggie Mundeen. She's an older woman, clever, clumsy, and lovable. I find her funny. There is never a boring moment where Aggie is found. Readers will be laughing-out-loud and enjoying this new tale. Danger, murder, and complications once more follow the star, Aggie Mundeen. Just when she should be enjoying herself with Detective Sam Vanderhoven, things go haywire. Murder, mayhem, ...more
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Setting is extremely important in River City Dead. The title refers to San Antonio, TX, and the story focuses on the River Walk there during Fiesta week. The author has done her homework in researching the historical and cultural background, and a lot of it is shared with the reader as Aggie, the heroine of this cozy mystery, takes her boyfriend Sam on a tour of the River Walk area. Some readers may feel the inclusion of this much background is too pedantic, but I enjoyed and appreciated it.

It is Fiesta time in San Antonio and Aggie and Sam have planned a getaway to reconnect and stabilize their relationship. The getaway is supposed to remove them from the day-to-day routine and get them out of the line of crime solving, if only for a few days. Staying at the hotel is a group of women known as the Fabulous Femmes. When one of the Fabulous Femmes is found murdered in her penthouse suite, all thoughts of Sam and Aggie's rendezvous are pushed to the back burner. As Sam and Aggie work ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding a body in your hotel room on the first night out with your boyfriend is not a good sign... But Aggie and Sam, instead of returning home, they decided to investigate the murder and try to enjoy the Fiesta! Will they succeed and enjoy a little bit of couple time? Start reading to discover it!

This is the second book I have read of Aggie Mundeen Mysteries, and I have to say Aggie has grown with personality and confidence. She knows what she wants, doesn't doubt to investigate a murder or try
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Naturally, I was drawn to a new Aggie Mundeen mystery (Book 4), River City Dead. Cozy mysteries can be delightful. And while I'm normally not a mystery reader, this one set in is set in my hometown San Antonio, Texas. Author Nancy West will have you rolling with laughter from the very first pages. It opens with Aggie browsing the Romance section of a local bookstore. The descriptions of the covers of the “bodice rippers” portend the fun to come. While it's contradictory to speak of murder storie ...more
Eleanor Jones
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love the gently age-obsessed/advice columnist character Aggie Muldeen. She's so human and relatable and you just find yourself cheering for her. Another short delay on the way to romance with Sam in what should be the perfect setting at the San Antonio River Walk, but as usual crime finds Aggie without her even trying and sends her off on a detour.
These books make me laugh--I was laughing from the start at Aggie's trip to the bookstore where she is perusing the romance titles and ponderi
Mary Ellen
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing


Henery Publications, 228 pages

If you have followed the rollicking adventures of Aggie Mundeen through FIT TO BE DEAD, DANG NEAR DEAD, AND SMART BUT DEAD, there is a treat in store for you when you pick up the latest—RIVER CITY DEAD. Nancy West brings back Aggie, who has moved to San Antonio, Texas. Aggie and her man, Sam Vanderhoven have known each other for many years off and on. Now their friendship has blossomed and they are planning to celebrate dur
Andrea Guy
River City Dead sees Aggie Mundeen and her beau, Sam, SAPD detective attempting to have a romantic get away.

The only problem is that when Sam gets to the hotel there's a dead body there and all hopes for getting their relationship off to a romantic start are pretty much put to an end to that.

When the dead girl happens to be someone Aggie knows she has to help with the investigation. Aggie is getting really smart in her investigation.

She really finds some great ways to get information on Monica P
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a fun cozy mystery that was set on the Riverwalk in San Antonio. It was like taking a vacation while reading a mystery. I love the Riverwalk and have been there several times.

This mystery took place during Fiesta. Aggie's friends are holding a convention and Sam is there as a detective because there has been a murder in the penthouse. Aggie wants so bad to help Sam, but she knows Sam hates for her to get involved. Of course, Aggie can't help it, she just wants to help.

A fun, entertainin
Barbara Tobey
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aggie and Sam do have trouble getting together. Their vacation on the San Antonio River Walk is no vacation. I have visited the River Walk. I wish I had read this book first. Lots of interesting information along with the mystery. Nice addition to the series. The publisher provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley. I look forward to reading more about Aggie and Sam.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Aggie is excited but nervous. Her boyfriend Sam has booked a suite in a hotel right on San Antonio’s River Walk during Fiesta Week. This is the first time they are going to actually spend the weekend together. Aggie cares for Sam and wants to be with him, but this is the first time she’ll actually be spending a night with a man since her ex, whom she refers to as Lester the Louse.

Sam is nothing like Lester. He is a San Antonio police detective. The bad news is Aggie keeps sticking her nose in ca
DelAnne Frazee
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Title: River City Dead - Aggie Mundeen Mystery Book 4
Author: Nancy G West
Publisher: Henery Press
Published: 1-17-2017
Pages: 224
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Women Sleuths
ISBN: 9781635111330
Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Aggie Muldeen, an advice columnist is just beginning to settle in San Antonio, TX. even as a romance between herself and Detective Sam Vanderhoven grows. The have plans to mee
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
River City Dead is the fourth installment of Nancy G. West's Aggie Mundeen mystery series.
I haven't read the first three books in the series, but not to worry, the reader is quickly brought up to speed. Aggie Mundeen, the protagonist, is an advice columnist exploring a budding romance with San Antonio Police Detective Sam Vanderhoven. Aggie's amateur sleuthing and insertion into Sam's cases often lands her in danger and strains their relationship.
When the story opens, Aggie and Sam are meeting a
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Fella Scorned?

It seems funny to use the word "gentle" with a murder mystery, but this is the second "cozy" I've read this month which fits that description. Or, rather, the heroine does. She has an enquiring mind but is not a ruthless soul.

The murders themselves are not particularly grizzly, just the fact of them, but . . . MURDER! Coupled with an intriguing plot and genuinely likable characters is the town of San Antonio and, more specifically, its River Walk. If you haven't been, put this
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 4th book in a wonderful cozy series (Aggie Mundeen Mystery). Aggie and Sam are finally getting together for a weekend getaway during San Antonio Fiesta week. When Sam gets to the hotel to check in they find a dead body in their suite. The hotel is also taken over by the the Fabulous Femmes, a philanthropic group that likes to party. Murder has a way of interfering in the best laid plans and Sam and Aggie must improvise before she ends up dead in the river. You don't need to read the ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very fun cozy mystery. This is the first book I have read by Nancy G. West. I was drawn in from the very first page until I finished the book. Even though this book was #4 in the series I had no trouble catching on. I fell in love with Aggie she’s older like me, clumsy funny and very loveable. This book will definitely make you laugh out loud. I highly recommend this book and will be looking for the previous books in this series.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creative with great twists.

I chose this book because it was a mystery and set in San Antonio a town I still hope to visit. I'd read a book set in San Antonio by Carolyn Hart and that whet my appetite to read more a out the town. I was pleased that Ms. West has a flowing, easy to read style that keeps the reader engaged and eager to see what come next I really enjoyed her style.
Gayle B
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and different, I really enjoyed this mystery. Aggie goes off on her own, searching for the killer. She knew the person murdered after all. Despite Sam warning her and telling her to go home, they will reschedule their weekend, Aggie just does what she thinks she should anyway. She really is thorough in her research (which is interesting) and her information does help Sam. We also learn a lot about Fiesta and the military history of San Antonio. Lots to like in this book.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cozy mystery that takes place in San Antonio during Fiesta reminiscent of my cozy mystery, The Purple Egg Mystery, which also takes place in San Antonio during Fiesta. Nancy West's character is unpredictable, likeable and fun.
Cyrene Olson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun and entertaining read all the way through with enough twists and turns to keep mystery lovers happy and running back for more. The story felt clean and fresh and kept a nice pace and the author did a nice job keeping the characters believable and likeable.
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