The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Series #1)

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Murder leaves a mark

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of an elite tattoo parlor in Las Vegas. When a girl makes an appointment for a tattoo of 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 client, and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't her fiancé's...

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Overview


Murder leaves a mark

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of an elite tattoo parlor in Las Vegas. When a girl makes an appointment for a tattoo of 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 client, and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't her fiancé's...

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The Painted Lady, a tattoo shop in contemporary Las Vegas, and its owner, artist turned tattooist Brett Kavanaugh, are central to this pleasantly jargon-free themed mystery from Olson (the Annie Seymour mysteries). When a woman requests a devotion tattoo from Brett and then vanishes, her disappearance is quickly linked to a series of murders involving tattooing equipment and rival shop Murder Ink. Brett's police detective brother, Tim, requests her expertise, and a murder at an engagingly excessive fictional hotel leads to Brett meeting its mysteriously handsome manager, Simon Chase, providing a solid base for further sleuthing and romance. Readers need not be conversant with "street flash" or other industry terms to enjoy the setting and follow Brett down a trail of needles and gloves to the dramatic finale. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451227461
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Tattoo Shop Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 983,417
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    Loved this series! Fun story and characters

    Loved this series! Fun story and characters

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Hooked!

    Was hooked on this series right from the 1st Chapter. Loved the characters and read the whole serious within a 2weeks. Can't wait until number 5 comes out! Hope its soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Awesome read

    Loved the book.
    Though I did feel some aspects were predictable, the author added just enough of a twist to surprise me.
    Im kindof bummed I cant loan it to a friend, but I will definitely be getting the next in the series!

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Awesome mystery

    If u love tattoos, a good mystery, a little action w/ some adventure! This is totally ur kind of saga. There are three books in this saga and I love all of them.

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  • Posted November 16, 2010

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    Stephanie Plum is smarter and better written!,

    I am giving this two stars, only because I finished it. She is as dumb as the motive for the murders. I hope no one from the Las Vegas police department reads this. If you walk into a room with a dead body smell, it would be obvious that it has been dead for a while. Brett instantly becomes a suspect. Brett ain't going no where with her kit so why not get a warrant. Then they take her gloves and needles and walk off to the next room without bagging them; would of got thrown out of court immediately. Also, Brett is constantly getting confronted by Matthew. There are tons of cameras in Las Vegas, especially in parking garages and malls. Brett was just plain stupid. The motives for the murders; that was stupid too. The character's motives for threatening Brett: go to the shop and just ask her where the plant is. The following Brett around and the notes on the car were not necessary. It was just dumb.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Not your typical cozy...

    This was a very interesting cozy. I liked Brett. She had humor, and her uncanny ability to always be there at the wrong time seems to follow her around throughout the book. She's extremely stubborn and persistent (this behavior has caused her to become banned at certain places) but it helps her in the long run much to the chagrin of her brother Tim - who's a police officer. Brett actually got more funny throughout the book and provided the majority of the comic relief (although her staff at The Painted Lady also had a hand in it as well).

    I liked all the characters in this book. They were all likable and the majority of them had their funny moments with Brett. Bitsy especially, especially during their moment at an Elvis karaoke place. I'm not sure what to make of Brett and Simon Chase though, he seems really hot and charming and probably to swoon over, but there's just something about him that I still don't quite trust. Nevertheless, their flirting and what seems like a growing romance is interesting to read as I think Simon was very well written as a character.

    The plot was good and seemed to flow quickly. It certainly started to really pick up the pace even more towards the ending of the book. What I liked the most, is how each ending of each chapter usually ended with a cliffhanger, so it made you want to keep going or in my case, late at night always wanting to go for "one more chapter!". I certainly felt as if the plot went much faster this way as it piqued the reader's interest and gained momentum to continue reading. At times, however, it did feel as if the plot itself repeated too much (ie: having Brett being followed, then having her meet up with someone, only to have that visit last a few second, and then having to meet that same person again for another ten seconds) it got old pretty quick and if it wasn't for the quick pace and exciting chapter endings, the book would have been on the boring side. However, this shouldn't deter you from reading this book as it certainly does set itself apart from your usual typical cozy mystery books.

    Overall, one of the most interesting cozy mysteries I have ever read. With a smart, sassy protagonist, and her funny entertaining set of staff and secondary characters to help with her sleuthing. I recommend this to cozy mystery readers who are looking for something different but don't want to wander away from cozies. It was certainly a great entertaining read with a wonderful sense of humor to keep you chuckling to yourself.

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    Fun Weekend Read!

    Just picked up this book Friday and could not put it down. Great story, great characters, learned a bit about "tats" and Vegas too. Looking forward to the next book in the series coming in April Pretty in Ink. Meanwhile, I think I need to check out Karen's Annie Seymour series...

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Missing Ink

    New series from Karen E. Olson is a page turner. The unique characters and location of Las Vegas makes this series a must read! Besides a murder, I also learned a lot about tattoos. Can't wait until the next book!

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    This is a fun amateur sleuth tale

    In Las Vegas, Brett Kavanaugh owns the Painted Lady tattoo parlor. A girl enters her shop to have a devotion tattoo of her fiancé's name in a heart engraved on her. Brett gives the young girl an appointment but she fails to keep it, which is not unusual as people have second thoughts. Two days later, stoic hard boiled cop Willis shows a picture and asks if Brett seen the girl in the photo; not good with police except her brother Tim, Brett shrugs her shoulders but conceals that is the girl who failed to show up for her appointment.-------------

    Tim asks Brett to help investigate the missing girl case because of ties to his sister's artistic profession. She agrees and as she follows the needles as clues Brett soon finds herself involved with homicide, hotel manager Simon Chase, and of course this being Vegas Elvis.-------------

    This is a fun amateur sleuth starring a delightful tour guide who escorts readers to another side of Vegas where tattoo parlors come in all levels of quality and are hygienically safe (or not). The story line is fast-paced from the moment the cop arrives at the Painted Lady with Brett's attitude established when she calmly explains this is a tattoo shop not a brothel to his looking for a girl comment. Fans will enjoy THE MISSING INK as Brett tattoos Sin City's underbelly.-----------

    Harriet Klausner

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