Mindy Starns Clark's first two books in the Smart Chick Mystery series--The Trouble with Tulip and Blind Dates Can Be Murder--are followed with more love and adventure in this final, suspense-filled book.
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?
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
I finally gave in and read this without reading the books prior to it in the series. I enjoyed this overall and it was a bit different than what I’m used to. Definitely a Christian mystery. No murder but I enjoyed the mystery, the different viewpoints and seeing how everything fit together.
This was a great wrap up to the series. As always, the mystery was complex and it was fun to follow the twists and turns. The parts about ADHD were a little off-putting, but this was published in 2007, so it’s just that the information and attitudes are outdated. Great finish for Jo and Danny!
I don’t usually finish book series, but have read through both of Mindy Starns Clark’s series this year. These cozy Christian mysteries have been just right for a mind-occupying and calming read during another unprecedented year. :)
These 3 books were hilarious! Mindy Starns Clark has a good sense of humor. I am super sarcastic and often times clumsy, so this "trilogy" was good for me as I found myself picturing myself as Tulip many times! Light reading, nothing that you have to REALLY think hard about.
This was a decent end to Clark's chick lit series, with my main complaint here being that there were times it felt like she was giving a dry summary of an encounter/conversation to try to hurry things along.
Danny has hurried off to Paris for a photography internship almost immediately after Jo's profession of love. While he is busy following his career dreams, Jo is getting mysterious emails telling her that her life is in danger. When she's nearly shoved in front of a train, she seeks help from her grandmother, as they try to figure out who might be attempting to kill Jo--though she tells nothing of the situation to Danny. Meanwhile, one of Danny's coworkers seems to be acting strangely, ultimately saying some things that make him worry about Jo's safety.
I finally finished Clark's Smart Chick Mystery series starring Jo Tulip and Danny Watkins. The final book, Elementary, My Dear Watkins, was by far my favorite in the series. Jo's life is in danger, and Danny is working overseas. There are strange things going on at Jo's grandmother's estate and in the family business, providing additional suspects to a growing list of people who may wish to do Jo harm. Clark definitely saved the best for last in this series.
This is the third and last book in the "Smart Chick Mystery" trilogy.
Jo Tulip’s boyfriend, Danny Watkins, is off to Europe for his big break in photography and working with a world renowned photographer who Danny greatly admires. When he returns Jo hopes that he will marry her.
In the meantime, Jo is staying at her Grandmothers while she goes through physical therapy from the injuries she sustained when her house blew up. She has also been getting some e-mails requesting help cleaning a really dirty toaster oven and advice on how to let someone know their life is in danger anonymously. The police don’t take her seriously until the e-mailer reveals that the person in danger is Jo.
And, her former fiancé, Bradford, is trying to woo her back.
Her grandmother has taken in a young teen-age girl, Alexa, who has been living a very disadvantaged life, and for some reason Jo’s Grandmother has decided to be the young girl’s benefactor. In her new environment, Alexa is thriving, but she still has a lot of questions and doesn’t completely understand why she is where she is.
In this book, Jo and Danny’s paths cross despite the Atlantic in the middle and Jo learns the real reason why Bradford was engaged to her, left her at the altar and who is out to get her.
Unfortunately, I didn't like this book as much as the first two; I actually thought the first half was kind of boring.
The mystery wasn't very believable to me. Jo gets an anonymous email telling her that someone is trying to kill her and, at the end of the message, asking her how to clean a toaster oven. Weird. Then how everything unfolds in the end - which I won't say and spoil it for anyone - was unrealistic.
Also, I found Danny and Jo annoying at times with some of the things they thought/said. I didn't feel that way about Danny in the other books.
Overall, I thought it was just okay. If you don't mind plots that are somewhat unrealistic, you might enjoy Elementary, My Dear Watkins more than I did.
Quality has definitely gone down. Not inappropriate, just not good writing. By this one, there are so many things that don't even connect or get resolved that it's plain disappointing. Quite poor writing. i was glad to get the overall story of the trilogy resolved (both the jilting and the romance with Danny).
Generally I don't plan to go backward with reviews, so I probably won't post about them here, but if you're going to read Mindy Starns Clark, read the Million Dollar Mysteries series. Those I really liked!!
This is book #3 in a 3 part series. I read #2 and really liked it, and then started into book 3. I didn't like #3 as well as #2 but I think it ended the series well.
The book is about Jo Tulip, a household tips expert and her photographer fiance and her unusual family. The relationships between all these people revolve around a mystery. I think the reason I liked #2 better was because it was a much better and more believable mystery. The #3 mystery lacked and felt forced. The relationship part of the book was good.
(Genre: Christian fiction/mystery) Pretty good mystery that once again had me guessing as to who the "bad" guy was. It was also a fun way to wrap up the series. This mystery actually began in the first book (there wasn't full closure on it) so if you read the first one, you really should read this one. I liked Jo a lot more in books 2 and 3 than I did at the beginning, so it was worth staying around to finish it off.
This final book in the Smart Chick mysteries ties up the loose ends of Tulip and Danny's relationship. While Danny is pursuing the dream of a lifetime internship in Europe, Tulip finds her life is in danger and uncovers a conspiracy involving her family and the family business. A side plot involving a cure of sorts for ADHD involves a young teenager Alex, currently living with Tulip's grandmother. This was a good story better than the midwife stories also by the same author.
Well what can I say?! I'm glad I read it and finished the trilogy. There was one reviewer who said same book as the first two, but different plot and I tend to agree. Also, I did read the first two, and have to say I wasn't expecting anything more then a fun, easy, sweet, chick lit and that is exactly what I was in the mood for. Probably why I finished it in two days.
oh how I love this series! It's a bit funny, has relatable and down-to-earth characters and the mystery is fun and light yet not fluff stuff. This series has transformed me into a cozy mystery fan and i'm on the lookout for more books of this genre.
Thank you Mindy Starns Clark, I hope you will never stop writing, i'm eyeing the Million Dollar Mysteries next :)
This is the third book in the "Smart Chick Mystery" series by this author. It's about a smart chick who solves the problems that somehow always land in her lap. Maybe not always the most probable of storylines, but it's a fun read nonetheless.
What I enjoyed most about this series is the relationship between Jo and Danny. They are great characters to read. There is a religious undertone that was a strength of the characters, but not "in your face." The relationship with Jo's grandmother is great in this book.
I enjoyed the last book of the Smart Chick trilogy. It was a little predictable in parts, but I still enjoyed Jo's characterization. Plus, because Danny, Jo's boyfriend, was in Paris, I said, "Ooh, la la," every time I cracked open the cover.
It probably would have helped if I had read the first two first. But I'm not totally convinced I would have finished the series had I started with the first. It was pretty typical for Christian chick-lit even with the mystery twist.
An excellent end to the series. I really like the way the author weaves the stories together and draws them all to a successful and satisfying conclusion. I wish there were more as I really enjoy my visits with Jo and Danny and everyone else.
Picked up at a friends of the library book sale. Overall the book was fine just had some awkward faith based lines in it. It almost felt like the book was written as a regular mystery book and then the author went back and added some key phrases Christians might say.
I was sad that this was the final book in the series. I really loved Tulip and Danny, and all the ins and outs of the mysteries they are involved in. In this one, I wished Tulip and Danny had been together a little longer in the book, but that is my only complaint. LOVED this series!!! :)