Blind Dates Can Be Murder by Mindy Starns Clark is the second book in the Smart Chicks Mystery trilogy. I read this series in a unconventional order, starting with the third, then reading the first and now finally the second. (This is not how I normally do things.)
I liked the third, didn’t like the first so much, and this one falls somewhere in between.
For one thing, this cover seemed off — awkward and forced — compared to either of the others. I didn’t think the color combo was quite as balanced as the other two, the photo was cropped awkwardly, and one line of text had to curve (funnily) to avoid colliding with another visual element. Thumbnails of the three covers, so you can compare:
OK, so like I said, this one was OK. Definitely better than the first one. The mystery in Blind Dates Can Be Murder was good, and a bit different than that in the other two. I don’t recall any complaints about this story. The relationship part of this story was nicely done.
The character of Jo Tulip seems unrealistic to me. Sure, she’s got emotional baggage, but the crux for me is how she’s ever so productive. More productive than imaginable, perhaps.