Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, I am happy to introduce you to Smart, But Dead, by Nancy G. West.
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.
Aggie is obsessed with the topic of aging. This point is driven home early in the book. I found that the somewhat repetitive, detailed descriptions of genetic research in the first third of the book slowed the pace of the story. That said, when the story shifted to focus more on the people, their interactions, and solving the murders, the pages turned quickly. The story line itself was interesting, and the true murderer was revealed only after a series of unexpected twists. Fans of Aggie Mundeen will enjoy this latest installment in the series.
Note: Although this is the third book in the series, this book is a self-contained story and can be read as a standalone.
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.
About This 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.”