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RIVER CITY DEAD

By Nancy G. West

Henery Press | $15.95
978-1635111330
January 17, 2017

RIVER CITY DEAD

Review by Sharon Marchisello

River City Dead (Henery Press 2017) is the fourth installment of Nancy G. West’s Aggie Mundeen mystery series, and it has been nominated for a Silver Falchion award.

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 at the Casa Prima Hotel on San Antonio’s Riverwalk for a romantic Fiesta week getaway. Except there’s a dead woman in the suite they’re supposed to have. And Aggie knows her.

Pleasure is put on hold, and Sam is called to duty. Because Aggie is friends with the aunt of the victim, Monica Peters, she is tasked with breaking the devastating news. And investigating Monica’s past in the hope of finding a motive.

The point-of-view alternates between Aggie (first person) and Sam (third person) as they each encounter suspects and discover clues. They share their findings and strategies… mostly.

I’ve visited San Antonio a few times, but I gained a greater appreciation for the destination from the descriptions and historical facts the author wove into the story. The setting truly becomes another character and plays an essential role in the comedic climax.

Besides her award-winning Aggie Mundeen series, Nancy G. West has written poetry, book reviews, articles, and another novel, Nine Days to Evil, in which Aggie is a minor character. She grew up in Texas and currently resides in San Antonio.

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Sharon Marchisello (sharonmarchisello.com) is the author of Going Home, (Sunbury Press, 2014) a murder mystery inspired by her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. She earned a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California and is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Peachtree City, GA, with her husband and cat, does volunteer work for the Fayette Humane Society, and writes a blog about personal finance, Countdown to Financial Fitness https://sharonmarchisello.blogspot.com/.