The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Series #1)

The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Series #1)

by Karen E. Olson

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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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ISBN-13: 9780451227461
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/07/2009
Series: Tattoo Shop Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 977,117
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen E. Olson is the author of the bestselling Annie Seymour, Tattoo Shop Mystery, and Black Hat Thriller series. Her first novel, Sacred Cows, won her the Sara Ann Freed Memorial Award for best debut mystery in 2005. She was also a finalist for the Shamus Award for the fourth book in her Annie Seymour series, Shot Girl. She lives with her husband in Connecticut.

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The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 protganist, 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.
lemuralley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fluffy mystery just fine for pre-sleep reading. The writing leaves something to be desired and some of the characters feel a little too forced (little person that drags a stool around to be eye-level with others, fat guy that's constantly eating).
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brett Kavanaugh is a former art student, turned tattoo artist who has moved to Las Vegas to open her own shop. She lives with her brother, Tim, who is a police detective. When one of her clients turns up missing she is drawn into a mystery that includes a couple of murders and a mysterious obect that she is supposed to have at her shop. Despite warnings from her brother, friends and enemies, Brett can't help but dig herself in deeper and deeper into the mystery, and trouble.This is a fun read. I really enjoyed Brett and the other characters that are sure to show up in the upcoming books in this new series. The mystery wrapped a bit too quickly for my taste but it is still a very nice setup for a fun series.
kcaroth1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was lots to enjoy about this cozy mystery. The setting in Las Vegas was great and I liked the sort of "behind the glitz" viewpoint. Brett, the lead character, is a tattoo artist and runs a tatttoo shop with interesting, well fleshed-out characters. It's a profession that I haven't seen in a cozy before, and that I know little about so I also enjoyed that aspect. My one major complaint is that one of Brett's employees is overweight, and either Brett or the author (or both) seem to have a serious problem with that, although it's something that the character only thinks about but would never say aloud. Despite this employee being helpful and dedicated, Brett is often thinking snide comments about his weight. It was distracting and not necessary.The mystery itself was strong and well-written. I'm sure that I will pick up the next in the series.
mlake on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun fast mystery read. Las vegas, tattoos, murder....what more could you ask for?
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: I've made grown men cry.When Las Vegas homicide detective Tim Kavanaugh split with his girlfriend two years ago, his sister Brett moved in to share expenses. She also became the owner of The Painted Lady, a tattoo shop on the Las Vegas Strip.A young woman makes an appointment for a tattoo that contains the name of her fiance within a heart, but she never shows up. The next thing Brett knows, the woman is missing, the police are looking for her, and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't her fiance's.Everyone on the suspect list seems to be beating a path to The Painted Lady's door (whether the shop is open or not), and Brett needs to find out what's going on while she still has a business to run.This is a light, fun romp through the mean streets of Vegas with Brett as tour guide-- although she's not 100% sold on the city. (She has issues with the use of water, among other things.) Brett is level-headed, doesn't believe in taking foolish chances, and since her brother is a policeman, she knows how to find a dead body and not trash the crime scene.There's also some tattoo lore and history to be learned along the way: " I wanted to stay, to talk to her more.... just to watch her, a previous generation of tattooist, a woman tattooist who'd had to suffer far more discrimination that I ever did. Those women who came before me were pioneers, breaking into a male-dominated profession and breaking all the rules."I liked the pace of this book, Brett's employees, and Brett's voice. The identity of the killer seemed a bit obvious to me, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of The Missing Ink. I'm looking forward to reading more of Brett's adventures.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My father used to tell me that when I turned 21, he would take me Reno, Nevada. It¿s a good thing I did not hold my breath because it never happened. I still haven¿t made it to Reno. I did, however, make it to Las Vegas. Only not with my father. My first visit there was with my boyfriend-now-husband for a friend¿s wedding. We stayed at Circus Circus and had fun playing the arcade-like games (Skee-Ball was a favorite) and watching the free circus acts performed nonstop throughout our stay there.Even though we have never been interested in gambling or spending hours on end in the smoke-filled casinos, there is something about Las Vegas that attracts us there still today. One of the best views of the city is driving up to it, seeing it rise out of the desert like a huge funky oasis. During our last trip to Las Vegas, my husband and I did not stick to the strip, the most famous part of the city. Rather we explored the back streets and other parts of town that are lesser known. It¿s just a regular city like any other, really.As much as I enjoy reading about places I have never been and may never go, I also take pleasure in reading books set in places I have traveled to. While I would have read The Missing Ink for the very reason that it is written by one of my favorite crime fiction authors, the Las Vegas setting made it all the more appealing.Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist who owns her own tattoo parlor, The Painted Lady, a classy joint that is nestled in an upscale shopping center. I instantly took a liking to Brett. She¿s smart and witty, not to mention a bit gutsy. She lives with her brother who is a homicide detective with the Las Vegas Police Department. Having both just come out of bad relationships, it is the perfect arrangement. I enjoyed the easy banter between the sister and brother. They make a good team, even if the detective doesn¿t quite see them as such. It¿s obvious they love and respect each other.In the first installment of this tattoo shop mystery, Brett becomes especially curious when a police officer asks her if she has seen a missing woman. Brett, valuing her clients confidentiality, at first does not admit to anything. The woman had, in fact, been to her shop and requested a devotional tattoo, only the name she wanted on the tattoo would turn out not to be that of her fiancé¿s. Brett decides to ask a few questions to see if she can find out more about this mysterious woman. She ends up in the middle of a murder investigation when a woman¿s body is discovered and the police¿s prime suspect takes her into his confidence.Author Karen E. Olson¿s latest novel is just a tad less gritty than her last series, but by no means less entertaining. She has created a cast of colorful characters who make the perfect sidekicks. From the gentle but tough looking Joel who can¿t resist a doughnut to the small Bitsy who shouldn¿t be underestimated despite her size. Then there is the elderly Sylvia, a pioneering female tattoo artist, who I hope to see more of in future books. And I dare not leave out the charming and ever sexy Simon Chase, to whom there is more there than meets the eye.Just as interesting as the characters is the mystery itself. It was like being in a car chase, with quick turns and heart racing moments. This is one of those books where the obvious may be just that¿obvious¿while at other times, nothing is quite what it seems. What makes it works all the better is that, as the reader, I was never quite sure which was which.The Missing Ink is a great start in a new series by author Karen E. Olson. It is fun and fast paced. It makes for great summer reading. And if ever I decided to get a tattoo in Las Vegas, I would head straight for The Painted Lady.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Missing Ink is the first in a ¿tattoo parlor¿ cozy myteries series set in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Strip. The protagonist, female Brett Kavanaugh, is the owner of The Painted Lady, an artfully disguised tattoo parlor in The Ventian Grand Canal Shoppes. Brett is 5¿9¿, red-haired, pierced, and tattooed, and lives with her brother, the straight-laced Police Detective Tim Kavanaugh. When Brett becomes the last person to see Elise Lyon, a rich debutante from the east coast, she gets caught up in the investigation that is being headed by her brother. Naturally, as with most cozies, Brett decides to do some sleuthing on her own, and almost gets killed in the process.Evaluation: I liked the Las Vegas setting, and the background about tattooing as a career and as a culture. I didn¿t like some other aspects of the book: for example, one of Brett¿s male employees is overweight, and Brett is constantly commenting on how he looks and what he eats. Brett is depicted as quite superficial, and, I suppose as is necessary for cozy protagonists, off-the-charts nosy and recklessly meddling. Most of the other characters are noticeably lacking in nuance.Still, for a cozy, if provides a welcome break from the usual bakery or library settings, and has promise as a series. This is a quick book that would be ideal to take along with you to read as you sit in the waiting room of the tattoo parlor¿
jmchshannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I want another tattoo. That's my biggest takeaway after reading this book. It probably isn't the reaction Ms. Olson was hoping to generate from this book, but I admit that the fact that this mystery revolved around a female tattoo artist is the reason why I read the book in the first place. My overall thoughts on the book itself are, unfortunately, mixed. Mainly, I thought this was quite a fluffy, engaging but not overly so. I found it easy to put down each night and found myself rolling my eyes quite often at many of the very unrealistic scenes that occur throughout the book. Still, I enjoyed the book. In addition, I feel that the subject will not appeal to the masses. While it is a mystery, the fact of the matter is that the main character has a full-arm tattoo plus one that wraps around her body. Tattoos are mentioned on almost every page. While society in general is more tolerant of tattoos, full sleeves or massive ones that cover large portions of the body still generate stares and cause others to immediately form negative opinions about the owner. I have three small ones and still get stares of disbelief that someone as "vanilla" as me could possibly want one let alone three. So, I do not seeing a large portion of society being interested in a book about a tattoo artist or someone trying to solve a mystery surrounding a tattoo client. Also, I feel that the author knows nothing about tattoos themselves, even though she should. I get this impression from the way Ms. Olson glosses over descriptions of someone getting a tattoo, how to take care of a newly inked one, and the mindset of someone who is interested in sleeves and leg tats. She also does not adequately describe the pain of getting inked. It is a subtle lack of knowledge but, again, for someone who has several of her own, the lack of knowledge is there. There is a significant lack of character development in The Missing Ink. All of the characters remain one-dimensional, with very little back story shared to fully round out the main characters. Brett remains nosy, selfish and fairly superficial, which surprises me given her profession; tattoo artists or anyone considered on the fringes of society are, in my experience, fairly accepting and open-minded. Brett constantly jumping to conclusions based on superficial observances bothered me and kept me from fully becoming immersed in the book. Given the mostly negative review I have written so far, I did enjoy the book. I attribute this to the fact that I am a sucker for any mystery. I have a compulsive need to know the answer that will keep me reading and enjoying them on the whole. The Missing Ink is no exception. From a macro level, I enjoyed my time with Brett and her staff from The Painted Lady, even though on a micro level, there is quite a bit with which I can find fault. The fact is I enjoyed this book in spite of its faults. I will not be running out to get the rest of the series but I had fun reading it and trying to solve the mystery. I also figured out what I want for tattoos number four and five. I consider that to be a successful book.
shanyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
prw52 More than 1 year ago
Loved this series! Fun story and characters
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kha44 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Goodman_Designs More than 1 year ago
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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