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The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – 7 Jul 2009

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Obsidian Mysteries (7 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227461
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of The Painted Lady, catering to high-profile clients in Las Vegas. But in her free time, she does a little investigating too - because murder really gets under her skin. . . .

When a girl makes an appointment to get devotion ink with the name of her fiancé embedded in a heart, Brett takes the job, but the girl never shows. The next thing Brett knows, the police are looking for her mysterious client and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't the name of her fiancé.

An alliance with an unlikely partner leads Brett to a dead body, a suave Englishman, and an Elvis karaoke bar. And who is the tattooed stranger stalking her? Brett draws lines between the clues, unwittingly putting herself in danger. But she intends to see justice done, since death, like a tattoo, is permanent. . . .

when i came across this book i was looking for new style of mystrey as i was fed up of the same story lines told over and over.The missing ink is a breath of fresh air in a genre gone a bit stale brett is not your usual heoine who cant decide who she likes or is always running to someone for help shes a strong woman who can take on anyone. this book was full of so many twists and turn i couldnt keep track.

so if you want something new funny and inrtiguing to read give the missing ink a try you wont be dissapointed .
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great start to a new series! 11 July 2009
By S Day - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was the first in Karen Olson's Tattoo Shop Mysteries. Another one is in the works, set to be published in April of 2010 (according to the excerpt in the back of this one).

I found this mystery to be an enjoyable read. The chapters were very short, which meant I ended up reading more in one sitting than I normally would, because I could tell myself 'just one more chapter.' I started to care about the well being of the main character Brett, along with her co-workers and friends. The way the characters were written about, I was really able to establish a personality for each of them, which I really like in a book.

The mystery itself was a little confusing, because it deals with the switching of names and other similar ideas, but made sense in the end (thankfully). I really had no idea who was committing the crimes, and was expecting a few individuals to be guilty that weren't.

For awhile it was annoying to me that Brett's detective brother Tim wouldn't tell Brett anything (which is common for a detective, but Brett's speculations were getting old, I wanted facts)! It gets better towards the end once he realizes that she is a big part of the crimes.

I usually don't enjoy reading books part of a series that only have the first book out, because now I have to wait almost a year for the next one, but I did enjoy this one and know I will be looking for "Pretty In Ink" (#2) next spring!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Kept me up late reading, move over Annie Seymour here comes Brett Kavanaugh 14 July 2009
By Serious Reader - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very much enjoyed this book. No plot synopsis here, but what I loved: the subject of tattoo art, the setting in Vegas & all its craziness (including oxygen bars & Elvis). This book kept me up late reading and almost had me wanting to get a tat myself and had me dreaming about tattoos & thinking what image & where. I'd read the author's previous series (Annie Seymour) and would say Brett Kavanaugh is more likeable than Annie, while still an independent somewhat cynical strong female character. The supporting characters were interesting along with their relationships with Brett. I am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Great insight into the world of tattoos!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't put it down 18 July 2009
By Debra English - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of Ms. Olson's Annie Seymour series I was immediately drawn to this new one. I couldn't put it down. The characters were interesting, all from different walks of life. The mystery was excellent and I can't wait for the next installment even though it's a year away. I highly suggest this book for mystery lovers with a sense of humor whether they are tattoo lovers or not. Keep up the good work!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's okay--but I prefer Annie! 31 Oct 2009
By Cheryl A. Reynolds - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
#1 Tattoo Shop mystery featuring Brett Kavanaugh, owner of the Painted Lady tattoo shop in Las Vegas. Brett gets involved in a complex case her brother Tim, a Las Vegas police detective, is investigating when it's determined that a missing girl was last seen in her shop. She'd come in to ask about getting devotion ink with her fiance's name on it, made an appointment to get the tat, then never showed. The odd thing is, her fiance's name was Bruce Manning Jr--son and heir of a wealthy businessman, known as Chip to his friends--but she wanted her tattoo to say Matthew!

Soon the news is splashed with photos of Elise Lyon, missing bride-to-be of Chip Manning--but she had used the name Kelly Masters when she made the appointment at The Painted Lady. When a woman is found shot dead in a car near the airport--and HER name ends up being Kelly Masters, things begin to get really confusing. Soon Brett is in the puzzle up to her pretty little tattooed neck.

I liked this book okay--I've enjoyed all of Olson's books in her other series--but this one wasn't exceptional. I like her writing style--it flows, it's easy to read. But this book was cozier than her other series, and in fact had many of the elements of "just another cookie cutter cozy mystery." You have a main character with a quirky job or hobby, you have a set of slightly freaky friends or secondary characters, and you have the main character doing unbelievable things that no sane person would do which continually puts her in jeopardy. And yes, one of those things was withholding evidence from the police, even though one of the police in question was her brother.

The concept is great! As a tattooed woman, I felt it certainly had promise. I learned some interesting things. But Brett's character just didn't seem to have much depth, and the whole package didn't quite measure up--possibly because Olson's other series IS so good, I had high expectations. I will read the next in series, but I have become very disillusioned with cozies in general and it is going to have to be an improvement over this one, and Brett is going to have to develop some meat to her character and quit doing such dumb things if I'm to continue beyond that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Promising start to a new series 25 July 2009
By Debra Hamel - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Missing Ink is the first installment in a new series of mysteries by Karen E. Olson, author of the Annie Seymour mysteries. Brett Kavanaugh is the owner of The Painted Lady, a high-end tattoo parlor in Vegas whose lobby sports original art work and orchids rather than the neon we might expect. Brett lands in the middle of a missing persons case when she turns out to be the last person to have seen Elise Lyon before she disappeared. Elise is engaged to the son of a Trump-like Vegas hotel mogul, so the hunt for her quickly becomes national news, attracting the likes of 20/20. The case is far from straightforward, as Brett is the first to recognize: when Elise came to her shop she was using a pseudonym, and the name she wanted tattooed on her chest was not her fiancé's. Intrigued by the mystery, Brett decides to do some amateur sleuthing, and she unwisely elects to keep information from the police--despite that she lives with a representative of the Las Vegas department, her brother, Detective Tim Kavanaugh. (I did have trouble believing that Brett would keep information from the authorities and investigate on her own. Her motive to do so doesn't seem sufficiently strong. But I suppose there's not much of a story to be had from her providing a statement to the police and calling it a night.)

The Missing Ink is a fast read with a seriously intricate plot. You have to have your wits about you to keep the connections between the various characters straight. Brett is reluctantly allied with her competition on the strip, Jeff Coleman, who runs a more traditionally seedy tattoo establishment. And she is helped out by her employees--Bitsy, the efficient dwarf, Joel, who's obese and of indeterminate sexuality, and the self-absorbed Ace. We also encounter, among others, disappeared rich girl Elise and her numerous paramours; suave hotelier and potential love interest Simon Chase; and Kelly Martin, a tattooist with unexpected connections in Vegas.

Olson's previous series was set in New Haven, Connecticut--just down the road from me as well as the author (with whom I'm acquainted)--and the books were steeped in a sense of place. The Missing Ink, not surprisingly since it's not the author's home town, doesn't feel quite as wed to its setting, despite the principals' appearance at an Elvis karaoke bar. This isn't a bad thing; it's merely a noticeable difference between the two series. While I came away from the Annie Seymour books most struck by the series' connection to its setting, this first Tattoo Mystery leaves me most impressed by the complexity of its plot. I'm looking forward to more books in the series: Pretty in Ink is due out in April, 2010.

-- Debra Hamel
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