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Blind Dates Can Be Murder: A Smart Chick Mystery    by Mindy Starns Clark order for
Blind Dates Can Be Murder
by Mindy Starns Clark
Order:  USA  Can
Harvest House, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Weaver

Blind Dates Can Be Murder is the second of Mindy Starns Clark's Smart Chick mysteries (the trilogy was recently completed by Elementary, My Dear Watkins). Having taken a break from dating after she was jilted at the altar, columnist Jo Tulip is ready to start exploring her options again - much to the chagrin of her best friend Danny, who is head-over-heels for Jo. Working from multiple points of view that keep the reader on her toes, Clark begins her mystery as Jo's first date in months drops dead during dinner.

As Jo works to help solve the case, we peek into the life of Lennie, whose husband is in jail. Lennie implements fraud schemes for a big boss, whose best friend just happened to die on a blind date with Jo Tulip. Lennie is sent to Jo's small town to find out more about the advice columnist - and see if she was the one who killed her date. Meanwhile, Lennie is just trying to squirrel away enough money to escape to an island with her sister.

Though the mystery in this novel is intriguing, the relationship between Jo and Danny is just as fascinating. The constant question of 'Will he tell her?' pushes the story along to its end. And a twist ending leaves the reader hungry for the next installment in the series. Blind Dates Can Be Murder is the best Christian chicklit I've read in a long time. Invest some hours reading this series. You won't be disappointed!

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