Nancy G. West is a recovering business major who returned to grad school in English Literature to learn to write. She pens mystery and suspense, sprinkled with humor. Each of her Aggie Mundeen Mysteries has either been nominated or won an award. Learn more about Nancy and her books at her website/blog, where you’ll also find that Aggie blogs, too.
Taking the Lead Character to a Beloved Place
I’ve known Aggie Mundeen and San Antonio Detective Sam Vanderhoven for fifteen years. They popped into my head when grad student Meredith Laughlin needed help with her life-threatening dilemma in my first suspense novel, Nine Days to Evil.
Aggie and Sam solved crimes through four subsequent Aggie Mundeen Mysteries despite frequently incompatible and sometimes amusing methods. I chronicled their struggles and watched their volatile relationship combust and reassemble as they combated crime in San Antonio, Texas. I enjoyed every minute of it. Readers said they fell in love with Aggie, and some wanted to marry Sam.
But I knew the couple’s dicey relationship had to either morph into greater mutual understanding and deeper affection, or they would come to blows. I decided to really test them and wrote The Plunge, the bridge to a new spin-off series, the Aggie Mundeen Lake Mysteries.
In The Plunge, Aggie and Sam settle in for a relaxing lakeside weekend and find themselves swept up in a rampaging flood of epic proportions. As they fight for survival, disaster tests their courage and strains their relationship.
Aggie, who has measured personal success by her ability to solve crimes that challenge Sam, realizes she needs to seek satisfaction outside his purview. Witnessing the grit of flood survivors and the compassionate people who help them, she finds herself drawn to unpredictable Lake Placid and the people who dwell nearby.
Plunge with Aggie Mundeen to her new beloved place.
An Aggie Mundeen Lake Mystery, Book 1
Aggie Mundeen and San Antonio Detective Sam Vanderhoven take care of a friend’s cottage on Lake Placid, a retreat on Texas’ Guadalupe River. Buckets of rain and gusting winds roil the lake, turning the peaceful, shady Guadalupe into an angry, raging river. As darkness descends, lightning highlights two people arguing on a dock across the river. When lightning flashes again, they are gone. Do Aggie and Sam witness an accident? A drowning? A murder?
The Plunge infects readers with the threat of looming disaster and the helplessness of being swept along by an untamable force. Do survivors really survive if disaster changes them forever?
Catastrophe propels Aggie and Sam in a new direction and threatens to pull them apart in the new spin-off series, the Aggie Mundeen Lake Mysteries.