Series Spotlight: Chick Lit & Mystery

13 Mar

Looking for some Chick Lit with a mysterious twist?  Try Mindy Starns Clark’s Smart Chick Mystery series starring household hints columnist Jo Tulip.

From Clark’s website:

This series features household hints expert and amateur sleuth Jo Tulip. In each of the three books in the series, Jo finds herself caught up in a murder investigation, where she must use her resourcefulness and unique knowledge of household hints to save the day. Fortunately, Jo has her faithful dog Chewie and her best-friend-since-childhood, Danny Watkins, at her side to help out. As the series progresses, however, Danny’s feelings for Jo begin to deepen into love. Does Jo feel the same in return? Will they live happily ever after—if they don’t get killed first?

The first book in the series is The Trouble with Tulip —  Meet Jo Tulip—definitely a smart chick. She’s a 21st-century female MacGyver who writes a helpful hints column and stumbles on dead bodies in her spare time.

Meet Danny Watkins, Jo’s best friend. He’s a talented photographer who longs to have his work recognized but finds himself taking prom photos and pet portraits instead.

Together, this mismatched duo works to solve a local murder—much to the dismay of the police, who were hoping for an open-and-shut case. But there’s something not quite right about the evidence. Jo knows it and Danny believes her.

Turns out, sleuthing brings out the best and the worst in their relationship. As Jo tries to solve the mystery in her neighborhood, she realizes she’s facing an even bigger mystery: What’s going on in her heart?
Enjoy the fun, funny, and inspirational Smart Chick Mystery series, and pick up a few helpful hints along with an exciting roller-coaster ride of suspense and mystery.

First Chapter

Other book in the series:

Blind Dates Can Be Murder — Blind dates give everyone the shivers…with or without a murder attached to them. Jo Tulip is a sassy single woman full of household hints and handy advice for every situation. Her first romantic outing in months is a blind date—okay, the Hall of Fame of Awful Blind Dates—but things go from bad to worse when the date drops dead and Jo finds herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation.

With the help of her best friend, Danny, and faith in God, Jo attempts to solve one exciting mystery while facing another: Why is love always so complicated?

Elementary, My Dear Watkins When someone tries to push Jo Tulip in front of a New York train, her ex-fiance, Bradford, suffers an injury while saving her-and the unintentional sleuth is thrown onto the tracks of a very personal mystery.

Jo’s boyfriend, Danny Watkins, is away in Paris, so she begins a solo investigation of her near-murder. What secret was Bradford about to share before he took the fall? And when Jo uncovers clues tied to Europe, can she and Danny work together in time to save her life?

Enjoy this final, thrilling conclusion to the Smart Chick Mystery series!

My Impressions:

I found the Smart Chick Mystery series to be a fun read.  The characters are funny, quirky and loveable.  There is an element of romance that runs throughout the series too.  Best of all the series appeals to all ages — from college girls to the more mature reader!   So give the series a try, you will definitely like it.  Starns website is fun too — contests, freebies, info on other books, etc.

About The Author (from her website):

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her novels include A Penny for Your ThoughtsDon’t Take Any Wooden NickelsA Dime a DozenA Quarter for a KissThe Buck Stops HereThe Trouble with TulipBlind Dates Can Be MurderElementary, My Dear WatkinsWhispers of the BayouShadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon. Her next mystery, Secrets of Harmony Grove, will be released in October 2010.
Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals. Other writings appear in the anthologies What the Wind Picked Up (Inspirational Fiction), Death Knell V (Mystery Fiction), Divine Secrets of the Yahweh Sisterhood (Inspirational Anthology), and A Novel Idea (Inspirational Nonfiction).

A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.

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