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Aggie vacations with Sam and Meredith at a Texas Hill Country dude ranch with plans to advise her column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. Except for wranglers, dudes, heat, snakes and poison ivy, what could go wrong?When an expert rider is thrown from a horse and lies in a coma, Aggie is convinced somebody caused the fall. Despite Sam’s warnings, Aggie is detAggie vacations with Sam and Meredith at a Texas Hill Country dude ranch with plans to advise her column readers how to stay young and fresh in summer. Except for wranglers, dudes, heat, snakes and poison ivy, what could go wrong?When an expert rider is thrown from a horse and lies in a coma, Aggie is convinced somebody caused the fall. Despite Sam’s warnings, Aggie is determined to expose the assailant. She concocts ingenious sleuthing methods that strain their dicey relationship as she probes secrets of the ranch and its inhabitants. After she scatters a hornet’s nest of cowboys, she discovers more than one hombre in the bunch would like to slit her throat....

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ISBN : 1940976405
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Dang Near Dead Reviews

    2018-10-26 22:40

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsAggie, Meredith and Sam arrive at the BVS Dude Ranch and are immediately underwhelmed by the place but after meeting the owners and other visitors they decide to stick it out and try to enjoy themselves. When one of the employees of the ranch is thrown from her horse Aggie’s itchy feet tell her something is not right. When she learns the previous owners of the ranch died of unusual circumstances and their will contained some strange contingencies Aggie gets even more curious.Unlike the first story of this series, Fit To Be Dead Aggie listens to Sam and they work together to piece together the evidence and clues to try to find out what really happened. Being a detective he can get information Aggie could never get on her own. They are also working on their relationship although she still has a big secret. To get the most out of this story you need to have read the first book in this series to understand Aggie and Sam’s relationship. This book builds from the foundation set up there and continues.The mystery is pretty complex as it ties to the past history of the dude ranch and the lengths some people will go to get something they want. There are a variety of suspects and the setting itself adds to the adventure. 1800 acres is a lot of ground to cover and it is full of trails that can divert from the truth or lead you to it.Being from Wisconsin I enjoyed the references to my state and was surprised how many of the characters moved from here or close by.Nancy G. West has taken us to a fun place for this installment and while there is plenty of drama there is also plenty of humor. I really enjoyed Dang Near Dead and can’t wait to see where Aggie and her friends go next.

  • Andrea Guy
    2018-11-15 23:52

    This is the second book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series. I really loved this book, much more than Fit To Be Dead.Aggie is much more tolerable in this book. She's a genuinely fun character, but her obsession with staying young was a bit much in the first book. That is not the case here. She's at a dude ranch for vacation with her friends Meredith and Sam. Enter so many quirky characters, from ranch employees to other visitors, that you'll be laughing almost from the start.Before the main mystery starts you learn the original ranch owners were found dead a few years back by Bertha. That's something Aggie wants to investigate from the get go and then Vicki is thrown from her horse and well, let the sleuthing begin.I do have one issue with this series. It is set in the 90s, but the reader doesn't know that for quite awhile. (When Vietnam vets are said to be in their 40s and even that is off in a lot of instances) I like to know the time period of the books I'm reading, and this was one thing I did find a little annoying.The sleuthing was much better in this one. I liked that Aggie was working more with Sam, than going it alone. It helped in the development of her relationship with him too. (Though she still hasn't told him her secret). Speaking of secrets, her's really shouldn't be a big deal in the 1990s..the 60s yes, the 90s no.This is a fun, quirky mystery that kept me turning the pages.

  • Sapphyria
    2018-10-24 20:43

    In need of a vacation, Aggie, Sam, and Meredith head to a Texas Ranch. Both Aggie and Meredith research the ranch and get as much information about it as possible. Aggie discovers that the previous owners were both found dead on the property and that their niece is the one who inherited the ranch. As the trio move from activity to activity (swimming, shooting, horseback riding) Aggie can't help herself but get involved in a little amateur sleuthing. What she discovers may not be related entirely to the mysterious deaths of the previous owners but she digs up some dirt that is better left in the ground --- and she puts herself at risk ~ yet again in the novel.Aggie befriends one of the employees, Vicki, that assists the owner of the ranch, Bertha. Originally from Wisconsin, Vicki is a great worker but it appears that some of the ranch hands aren't particularly fond of her. When she mysteriously falls off of her horse, neither Sam, Aggie, or Meredith believe it was an accident. It's now up to the incognito detective, and his two sidekicks, to get to the bottom of several twists in the goings on at the ranch.The story dives a little further into the affection that Sam and Aggie share that bubbles just under the surface. Aggie's secret from Book 1 is revisited but the results are the same as they were at the end of Fit to Be Dead. In order for their slowly realized relationship to work, Aggie is going to have to come clean about the issue. The author does a great job of increasing the romance without overshadowing the mystery.Just like Fit to Be Dead - Dang Near Dead is a humorous cozy mystery that takes the reader all over the place. There are different threads to the craziness that don't seem to be connected and then all of a sudden something happens or is said and everything falls into place. I enjoyed the plot and character development; the world building was done well. We were given the important back story information on the new group of characters in just the right dosage - not too much, not too little.The only thing I was dissatisfied with was the length of time it took to develop the story. It seemed like it took forever to get to anything resembling a mystery. The first half of the book goes very slowly. But ~ once Vicki is discovered unconscious and bleeding, the story really takes off. There are so many characters that could be the suspect or suspects that figuring out exactly who was responsible and why was not easy to decipher.I'm happy with the resolutions in Dang Near Dead and eagerly away the next book in the series.

  • Rhonda
    2018-11-12 21:52

    4 STARS I liked this second book of Aggie Mundeen mystery. It is full of drama, humor and action. The suspense is pretty good. I had no idea who the guilty parties were or there motive. Lots of suspects. It is a clean read. The three main characters do a lot together Aggie, Meredith and Sam. They decide to go to a dude ranch for a working vacation. No one else knows that Sam is a cop. Aggie starts getting to know the workers on the ranch and they talk to her. Aggie starts noticing a lot of things around the ranch and eavesdrop a lot. When a expert rider is thrown off her horse and things don't look right Sam decides to stay at the ranch and not let anyone know he is a detective. Aggie sneaks out after things quite to look over the ground and bags different things. Then two others show up to look around too. I liked that Sam and Aggie worked together in this book after the first lectures. I hope that Aggie tells Sam what she is hiding from them. I am glad they are getting closer slowly. I want to see more of Aggie and Sam work together again. The setting for this book is Texas hill country on a dude ranch. I look forward to reading the next book in the Aggie Mundeen Mystery series. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Henery Press. I promised in return to give honest review o Dang Near Dead.

  • Diana Hockley
    2018-11-07 16:41

    I reviewed this novel for Kings River Life online magazine late last year and had to wait until the review came out before I could distribute it to significant sites.DANG NEAR DEAD is Nancy G West’s latest Aggie Mundeen mystery and believe me, it does not disappoint!Aggie, her friend Meredith and Aggie’s love-focus, Sam, head for a dude ranch intending to enjoy a short break. Aggie is particularly eager for the holiday to turn out well, because she has practically dragged Sam there. As in the first of the Aggie Mundeen stories, Nancy West’s delightful heroine is pitched into a series of mysteries during which a young woman is attacked and lapses into a coma. Having heard that the former owners of the dude ranch died in what Aggie perceives to be questionable circumstances, Sam finally accepts that there is a mystery and things go downhill from there.Well-paced and written, there are bursts of humour in this novel which had me roaring with laughter. The plot is intricate, with a satisfying ending. Sam and Aggie grow a little closer and he still does not know of Aggie’s secret grief.A great read and highly recommended. I hope the author has plans to bring out more Aggie Mundeen novels, because there is a lot of scope for them and fans eagerly waiting!

  • Danielle Urban
    2018-11-07 21:40

    Dang Near Dead is a fabulous exciting mystery read! The main character Aggie decides to do some sleuthing against her boyfriend Sam’s wishes. Their relationship gets rocky. Out in the West where the real cowboys live and among horses and snakes Aggie is on a vacation. But then a someone dies falling off a horse. Aggie doesn’t believe it was an accident. So, against her boyfriend’s wishes, she ends up stirring up a hive of angry cowboys. A lot of them wanting to go after Aggie for asking so many questions. Will she get into grave danger from her questioning? And will her boyfriend still be with her even though she went against him and decided to play detective? Or will Aggie be left alone to solve the mystery and handle whatever dangers come her way? I found this novel by Nancy G. West to be suspenseful, engaging, funny, and unique! I loved following Aggie as she asked questions and followed clues. I love a good mystery and a romance and this was both! I definitely would recommend readers to pick this stunning mystery up and read! You will fall in love with Nancy G. West writing just as I have! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars!

  • Kathy
    2018-11-12 16:48

    Disclaimer: I won this book.I enjoyed this book. The main mystery was twisty. The supporting characters were funny and nicely described. I have not read the first book, but I had no trouble understanding the lead characters. I had problems with the story's time frame and the heroine's thoughts. I would have liked to have known before page 101 that the book takes place in the past. The heroine had a very good laptop and highly unlikely internet access for 1997. Also, the heroine repeatedly thought that she cannot tell her friend her big secret without ever thinking what the secret is. It was annoying. I don't know why anyone would think "secret" rather than "{insert secret here}" (I cannot relate the secret because it is a spoiler.) unless he/she is hanging out with mind-readers. Since the story has no mind-readers, the heroine's behavior seemed forced just to keep the reader guessing.

  • Pamela
    2018-10-27 23:54

    Dang Near Dead is the second book in the Aggie Mundeen Mysery series. It is a decently written and professionally edited murder mystery.I was put off by the first half of this book. A large number of characters are thrown at the reader, references are made to the first book without any explanation, and the plot seems erratic and disorganized. The heroine, Aggie, comes off as irrational and, frankly, not very bright.Somewhere between 50% and 70% the story finally became more appealing and the reader is finally able to keep up with the plot.Due to the lack of recapping the first book I would say that Dang Near Dead is not a standalone novel. It must be read after the first book to understand the characters and plot. It ends with a HFN with a tiny bit of cliffhanger at the end.ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Betty
    2018-11-11 15:53

    Aggie, Meredith and Sam are headed for the BVS Bar dude ranch for a vacation. Arriving the met Bertha, the owner and Vicki her, assistant, other guest and workers. They learn the the owners were found died 5 years ago in a mystery. A couple days later Vicki is thrown from her horse and badly injured. Sam feeling it was not an accident decides to investage. Above insists on helping. Vicki need to find the answer before they leave or anyone else is hurt. I am waiting to read the next book.Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from HENERY PRESS though Netgalley for an honest review. Thanks to all for the opportunity to read and review this book. The opinions are my own.

    2018-11-14 15:50

    “Spiced with up-and-down encounters between Sam and Aggie—she thinks she loves him but is determined to solve the crime despite Sam’s warnings—make Dang Near Dead a satisfying mystery with complex characters and a plot that builds to a satisfying crescendo.” – Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

  • Shelley Giusti
    2018-11-04 20:42

    Nancy West has done it again with another hit. Aggie and her friends are back and they are heading to a ranch. In this second whodunit the gang are trying to find out what happened to a horse rider that caused him to end up in a coma. You won't want to miss a minute of this book. Humor and witty you will enjoy this read.

  • Kathryn Moore
    2018-10-24 15:58

    This was a follow-up to "Fit To Be Dead." I loved that one and couldn't wait to read this one. It was okay. Not near the book the first one was, but good. I will probably give this author another chance, and hope she gets her stuff back like the first one.

  • Cuppa
    2018-11-06 21:00

    Secrets abound in this well plotted mystery. Nancy G. West delivers a cast of suspicious characters and plenty of plot twists as well as a compelling romantic subplot and lots of interesting facts about Texas hill country.

  • DelAnne Frazee
    2018-10-21 17:46

    Title: Dang Near Dead - Aggie Mundeen Mystery 2Author: Nancy G WestPublished: 9-30-14Publisher: Henery PressPages: 238Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & SuspenseSub Genre: Cozy Mystery, Women Sleuths ISBN: 9781940976402ASIN: B00N12RJLCReviewer: DelAnneReviewed For: NetGalley. Aggie Mundeen, her love interest Detective Sam Vanderhoven of the San Antonio Police Department and her friend Meredith Laughlin are taking a small break at the BVSBar Dude Ranch in the Texas Hill Country t0 relax and recover from their balance following their encounter with the Health Club killer from book one, Fit to be Dead. Upon their arrival at the ranch they over hear a very loud argument between Ranch Manager Bertha Sampson and her assistant Vickie Landsdale. Once they check in with the smiling Ms. Sampson Aggie walks with Vickie to their cabin. Aggie finds Vicki friendly and very likable. After 18 year old Vickie, an expert horsewoman, is thrown from her horse and lies in a coma at the hospital in critical condition a distraught Aggie confides in Sam and Meredith that she does not believe it was an accident and begins investigating. Looking for answers to who could have done this to Vicki and why she also wonders if Vicki's fall could in some way be connected to the death of the original owners of the ranch years before. Sam warns Aggie to be discreet and use caution when asking questions, but Aggie has never been known to be subtle and soon finds her and her friends in danger. Aggie has more than a bad case of poison oak to worry about. Once again Nancy G West has given us a beautifully written cozy filled with humor and suspense. Her characters have individually different and very believable. Aggie is growing on me because even though I know she has to be in her mid to late thirties and obsessed with staying young I find myself liking her more and more. Sam, bless his heart must really love her quirks and all. I found myself misty eyed of Vicki's dilemma, and you will too. The story is so well done and the clues scattered throughout lead you in the right direction, I failed to figure it out until the very end. Looking for a great way to spend a few hours? Then pick up Dang Near Dead and enjoy yourself. Even though this is part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone. I give it a 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.Amazon link: and Noble link: link: Reading Room link:

  • Donna Davis
    2018-10-21 16:44

    Dear god. What was I thinking?I had a case of the blues, and I noted my reading material was all on the dark side: Nixon, Goebbels, the Battle of Antietam...maybe I needed something to lighten things up a bit, something fun, something a little bit fluffy. I spotted this title on Net Galley, and I knew it was a risk that it would be too cutesy-pie for my taste. But upon reflection, I had enjoyed cozy mysteries by Sophie Littlefield (A Bad Day for Sorry) and Sarah Shankman (Digging Up Momma; The King is Dead), and I noted that West had won a Lefty award for humorous writing. Why not give it a try?Why not indeed.How can one writer manage to stuff every stereotype--many of them sexist--into one really dumb book? I don't say these things lightly. I write here and there myself, and I try to remember that writers have feelings too. But honestly...references to needing time (on a trip to a Texas ranch) "to primp before the barbecue" and another character noting that since the clown keeps his makeup in the cooler to keep it from separating, that maybe they should keep theirs in there too...really?Maybe it was intended to be humorous, but it fell wide of the mark. Actually, the clown was possibly the only redeeming character in the book.The protagonist, Aggie, has a thing for the sheriff; has this been done to death already or has it not? When spotted in a compromising situation, she distracts him by kissing him, then pushing him away. Does yes mean no, or does no mean yes?Every overused plot device will at some point be used successfully by someone else. The previously mentioned Littlefield has done the leading-the-sheriff-on routine and done it well at times. But to use a device that is essentially old and tired, a writer needs to be so exemplary--and now I am thinking of James Lee Burke--that we completely forget that the schtick has been used before, because we are so deeply engaged by the characters and the situation in which they find themselves. I have never thrown an e-reader. It is a good way to break an expensive device. I didn't do it this time either...but I came close.Recommended exclusively for the brain dead, just in time for Halloween.

  • Teresa
    2018-10-21 15:58

    "Dang Near Dead" is good book to read on one of those rainy days. In this story, Aggie(Agatha), her friend Meredith & her secret love Sam, head to a dude ranch (BVSBar Ranch). Here they meet a wide assortment of characters. They find out that the owners of the ranch past away several years earlier; but, they left the ranch to their niece Bertha instead of leaving it to their son Herb. The assistant manager Vicki, get thrown off her horse, after the group finished up supper. But, where Vicki was thrown, their was blood on a rock. Did someone spook Vicki horse? Also, Herb come to the ranch wanting Bertha to drill for oil, he told her that he think she kill his parents. With wide assortment if characters, there is several things going on here in this story. To me, it ok, book. Like, you can read on one of those rainy days, you don't have nothing else to read. I am giving "Dang Near Dead" 3 stars.

  • Anne
    2018-11-13 16:41

    This is the first story I read in this series and the one I liked the most, probably because it mentioned Aggie's obsession with aging the least. Aggie, Sam and Meredith do to a dude ranch and murder ensues.Aggie continues her boneheaded moves, principally, she believes what Vicki says about her brother with no other back up. Vicki is a stranger. Apparently, she sees her younger self in Vicki.I was surprised to read Fit to be Dead, book #1, won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. Neither book was funny to me.I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.