Monday, December 7, 2015

Smart But Dead - A Review

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A Review

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.

1 comment:

NG West said...

Thanks for your review of SMART, BUT DEAD. I took on a weighty subject this time, but Aggie was up to it, and I hope her optimism and humor shone through. You're in New York, and I'm in Texas, but Aggie and I are taking SMART, BUT DEAD to Left Coast Crime In Phoenix. I love writing humor and love chuckling with Aggie Mundeen. Her first adventure, FIT TO BE DEAD, was an LCC finalist for Best Humorous Mystery.

Thanks for your enthusiasm!!

Nancy G. West