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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... 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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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... 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...

30 review for The Missing Ink

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    2.5 stars Cozy mysteries rank somewhere around chick lit and romantic suspense for genres I don't read much of, out of personal preference. The reason why I chose to indulge with The Missing Ink was because of the tattoo shop setting. I'm not sure if I was expecting more of an edgy slant than what was presented, but I guess there's only so far a writer is going to go in a genre which doesn't push the envelope very often. This doesn't mean that the book was necessarily stale or anything like that. 2.5 stars Cozy mysteries rank somewhere around chick lit and romantic suspense for genres I don't read much of, out of personal preference. The reason why I chose to indulge with The Missing Ink was because of the tattoo shop setting. I'm not sure if I was expecting more of an edgy slant than what was presented, but I guess there's only so far a writer is going to go in a genre which doesn't push the envelope very often. This doesn't mean that the book was necessarily stale or anything like that. What really stood out to me was the Vegas setting and unusual lineup of characters, which made for several amusing moments. This author has a light handed writing style which was easy on the intake. He stared down at Joel, as if Joel had all the answers. Joel just had a little pretzel salt on his chin. He wasn't Dr. Phil. While I liked how the writing didn't take itself too seriously (which I can't say is unusual for the cozies I've read, but even so, I still appreciate it), I found myself only truly gravitating toward the parts of the story which involved the characters and setting. It almost felt like this "pesky murder mystery" was getting in the way of me reading the parts which I wanted to read, and that isn't good. Granted, I think the "fast and not-so-furious" style of mystery is something I've never really taken to, which is why I don't really indulge much in cozies. So it might be entirely possible that this would work better for true fans of the genre. From what I can tell, the ratings are decent. Will I read book 2 in the series? It's doubtful, but I am not quite ready to ditch the book just yet. Maybe I will at some point when I'm burned out on the usual suspects and need a jolt of something different.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    The Missing Ink is the first book in Tattoo Shop Mystery series. I was so in the mood for this type of book. I liked the setting, the main character and the story so much that I'll definitely read the rest of the books in the series. The mystery of the missing girl was well plotted. You suspect everyone Brett meets in her sleuthing. Even after you find out who is the guiltiest party, you realize the rest of them aren't completely clean. You may guess the who and, then again, you may not. It does The Missing Ink is the first book in Tattoo Shop Mystery series. I was so in the mood for this type of book. I liked the setting, the main character and the story so much that I'll definitely read the rest of the books in the series. The mystery of the missing girl was well plotted. You suspect everyone Brett meets in her sleuthing. Even after you find out who is the guiltiest party, you realize the rest of them aren't completely clean. You may guess the who and, then again, you may not. It doesn't matter in the end. Next, Brett Kavanaugh's brand of 'investigating' is so relatable it's funny. I would do most of the things she did. Often the clues just appeared. Other times certain characters simply told her stuff. She doesn't do much really, but the way the situation develops from the moment the missing girl asks for the devotion tattoo to and some other, more serious events is well written. The supporting cast is good too. Some of them were annoying as hell (Bitsy), but it was nothing to mess up the story. I loved Brett's relationship with her brother and those snippets of her past. There's probably more in the rest of the books. This one just gave enough to make Brett more interesting and the particular thing given to us perfectly fits the case of The Missing Ink. I liked Brett a lot because she wasn't trying to be one of those tough characters. She doesn't need to swear, hit people or break the law to be special (her attitude towards speeding is hilarious). Although cozy mysteries are mostly set in small towns or villages, I guess Las vegas could work too because certain things do happen off page. The usual setting aside, this book has all the features of a cozy mystery. It's a good blend of mystery and humour with some heavier themes thrown in. I enjoyed this story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This was a fun read - tattoo shop owner (red hair!) in Vegas gets involved unwittingly (?) in a murder mystery and - surprise! - finds out who did it before her detective boyfriends finds out. I think I'll read the next in the series. This was a fun read - tattoo shop owner (red hair!) in Vegas gets involved unwittingly (?) in a murder mystery and - surprise! - finds out who did it before her detective boyfriends finds out. I think I'll read the next in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mint

    The Missing Ink is a cozy mystery with bite. The premise and setting are promising, but I was not a big fan of the mystery itself. One of my gripes with cozies is that the genre seems to always pull from the same pool of professions and settings. A cozy set in Las Vegas with a tattoo shop-owning protagonist immediately drew me in. I especially liked the way that Olson described Las Vegas and the business of the tattoo shop itself! The reason why I'd say this is a cozy mystery with bite isn't beca The Missing Ink is a cozy mystery with bite. The premise and setting are promising, but I was not a big fan of the mystery itself. One of my gripes with cozies is that the genre seems to always pull from the same pool of professions and settings. A cozy set in Las Vegas with a tattoo shop-owning protagonist immediately drew me in. I especially liked the way that Olson described Las Vegas and the business of the tattoo shop itself! The reason why I'd say this is a cozy mystery with bite isn't because of the profession/setting combination, but rather, the way that the mystery is investigated. There is quite a bit of action in the book, particularly in the latter half, such that the book reads as a cozy thriller at points. I personally enjoy this style of book, but readers who'd like a very traditional cozy mystery may not care for this. Unfortunately, I think the mystery was one of the weaker aspects of this book. The lives of many of the suspects are extremely intertwined together, making the mystery confusing to follow for me. I feel like I needed one of those corkboards with red string to help me connect all the dots! This also made it difficult for me to care about the case. I found myself more invested in the protagonist and her shop than the mystery itself - which I feel is somewhat of a bad sign in a mystery novel. For more of my reviews, please visit:

  5. 5 out of 5

    ALPHAreader

    No quirky murder mystery series had caught my eye until Karen E. Olson’s ‘Tattoo Shop Mysteries’. I really loved this premise – and I thought there was lots of potential for the leading lady, Brett Kavanaugh, to get caught up in various criminal cases. When you think about it, criminals and tattoos pretty much go hand-in-hand (stereotypical, but true). In theory, I really liked Brett. She’s sort of a walking contradiction, and Olson plays on that. Plenty of times throughout the book she observes No quirky murder mystery series had caught my eye until Karen E. Olson’s ‘Tattoo Shop Mysteries’. I really loved this premise – and I thought there was lots of potential for the leading lady, Brett Kavanaugh, to get caught up in various criminal cases. When you think about it, criminals and tattoos pretty much go hand-in-hand (stereotypical, but true). In theory, I really liked Brett. She’s sort of a walking contradiction, and Olson plays on that. Plenty of times throughout the book she observes and shatters common misconceptions about people who have ink. Brett is no exception. She may own a tattoo parlor in Vegas – but she has an arts degree from Philadelphia’s Fine Arts University. She sports a reconstruction of Monet’s ‘Water Lillies’ as a sleeve tat on her arm and has an older brother on the Las Vegas Police Department. But Brett’s veneer runs thin. She isn’t a particularly charismatic person; in fact she is quite boring except for her interesting job and appearance. Furthermore, she’s a bit stupid. So many moments reading ‘The Missing Ink’ I just wanted to (figuratively) slap her on the face and tell her to “wake the hell up!”. She has a detective brother who is working on the missing persons case that she is at the center of – yet she withholds so much vital information from him and is then surprised when she discovers that her silence causes more problems that she could have easily prevented. For many inexplicable reasons she feels the need to take matters into her own hands – and is surprised when she finds herself in increasingly hotter and hotter water. And the big ‘DUH!’ moments come when she develops a crush on one of the suspects in the missing persons case. The man in question is obviously using her, and is clearly a sleazy womanizer, but she falls for his bedroom eyes and pretty accent. To be honest it’s pathetic and frustrating to read and made me fairly unsympathetic to Brett. The thing is, Karen E. Olson has a great plot working in ‘The Missing Ink’. It thickens and congeals and becomes so darn titillating you can’t help but keep reading, even when you all but lose faith in the books’ heroine. Olson knows how to draw the reader in, leaving just enough bread crumbs to keep you reading and so many twisty turns that you’ll be speculating on ‘whodunnit’ until the last page. Part of the reason Olson’s storyline works so well is the Vegas setting. The desert town becomes a character in itself, and a reflection of sinister characters twisted motives. Olson really knows this city, and it shows in her writing. I particularly love this description of the Entertainment Capital of the world; As I approached, I saw the Strip’s lights were off, the glitz diminished by the glare of the sun. The magic just wasn’t there in the daytime. From a distance, it looked like a kid had dropped a bunch of toys in one spot and hadn’t bothered to straighten them out: a castle, the statue of Liberty, a golden lion, the Eiffel Tower, an Egyptian pyramid, a Space Needle. A playground for adults, where no one can really win, but the illusion puts blinders on. I did enjoy this book. The murder mystery is wonderfully constructed, a genuine page-turner. And the Vegas setting is pure genius. The cover art by Craig Phillips is divine (as it should be, when visuals and appearance mean so much in the book). But a gaping hole does lie in character – mainly that Brett Kavanagh is so darn annoying and stupid that you almost become antipathetic to her plight. It’s a shame, but one that you’d think could be easily overcome in subsequent books with more characterization. For that reason I do intend to read the second book ‘Pretty in Ink’, released March 2nd this year.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review I was curious to start this series for some time and I finally got into The Missing Ink. It’s been a long time since I had read a cozy mystery novel but it’s always a pleasure to go back to the genre. I really appreciated the fact that the universe is happening in the tattooing world. This is not often the case and I found it very interesting. Brett Kavanaugh has her own tattoo shop in Las Vegas and everything goes smoothly until a young woman comes in to ask Mon avis en Français My English review I was curious to start this series for some time and I finally got into The Missing Ink. It’s been a long time since I had read a cozy mystery novel but it’s always a pleasure to go back to the genre. I really appreciated the fact that the universe is happening in the tattooing world. This is not often the case and I found it very interesting. Brett Kavanaugh has her own tattoo shop in Las Vegas and everything goes smoothly until a young woman comes in to ask for a tattoo and disappears even before the job is done. On the front of the media scene, Brett will try to understand what could have happened to the young woman. And even her police brother will not prevent her from discovering the truth! I really had a great time with this novel. I went into the investigation without suspecting how it would end. I found that the author had managed to train us and make us doubt about all the characters and I can tell you that we can not expect the events! Brett’s actions are carefully monitored and we wonder who the culprit is. Yes, Brett is a great heroine but we will discover many other secondary characters that make us have a great time too! I have already ordered the sequel to read what the author has in store for us!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 56. The first of the series, Olson introduces us to a cast of characters worthy of new and old Las Vegas. Runaway brides, the personal directed - selfishness of extreme wealth, an Elvis Karaoke bar and police officers number among them the extremely ethical and the ones open to petty revenge. An excellent mystery introducing us to Brett and her employees. I wish I had read this before #2 - but each stands alone well. I'm glad I was introduced to this author. 2020 bk 56. The first of the series, Olson introduces us to a cast of characters worthy of new and old Las Vegas. Runaway brides, the personal directed - selfishness of extreme wealth, an Elvis Karaoke bar and police officers number among them the extremely ethical and the ones open to petty revenge. An excellent mystery introducing us to Brett and her employees. I wish I had read this before #2 - but each stands alone well. I'm glad I was introduced to this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelle

    A nice fun cozy with a different kind if heroine. Not the strongest of plots; but a nice fluffy little romp in Vegas. I may continue on in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Roberts

    An interesting concept: tattoo artist Brett Kavanaugh spends her days painting ladies and gents at The Painted Lady, her tattoo parlor. When a girl comes in asking for devotion tattoo, and then goes missing, she's the last one who's seen her. Unfortunately she's also just been sucked into a dangerous game of murder and mystery, and her brother - a detective on the Las Vegas Police - wants her to keep her nose out of it. While the tattoos Brett's following aren't exactly unusual (an eagle neck tat An interesting concept: tattoo artist Brett Kavanaugh spends her days painting ladies and gents at The Painted Lady, her tattoo parlor. When a girl comes in asking for devotion tattoo, and then goes missing, she's the last one who's seen her. Unfortunately she's also just been sucked into a dangerous game of murder and mystery, and her brother - a detective on the Las Vegas Police - wants her to keep her nose out of it. While the tattoos Brett's following aren't exactly unusual (an eagle neck tattoo, for instance), and they don't entirely figure in solving this mystery, I dig the concept of both a female tattoo artist plying her trade and accidentally solving mysteries. And maybe in the next book, she'll even get a few more tattoos herself!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cami Sanchez

    Overall a good book...It took me a little longer to read this one because i'm not used to these kinds of books. But i did like it and i will continue on to read the next one in this series. Overall a good book...It took me a little longer to read this one because i'm not used to these kinds of books. But i did like it and i will continue on to read the next one in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Britney

    3.5-stars. A tattoo artist in Vegas gets herself caught up in a cat & mouse game of murder. I like that it wasn't your typical cozy (which is usually food related). Don't think I've ever seen a cozy take place in a tattoo shop. Brett Kavanaugh obviously isn't your typical cozy MC. Yes she does things that probably aren't the best decision, especially since her brother Tim is a cop, but at least she isn't ditzy or klutzy. I think she thinks can investigate missing person whereabouts with her family 3.5-stars. A tattoo artist in Vegas gets herself caught up in a cat & mouse game of murder. I like that it wasn't your typical cozy (which is usually food related). Don't think I've ever seen a cozy take place in a tattoo shop. Brett Kavanaugh obviously isn't your typical cozy MC. Yes she does things that probably aren't the best decision, especially since her brother Tim is a cop, but at least she isn't ditzy or klutzy. I think she thinks can investigate missing person whereabouts with her family in law enforcement. I was drawn to the book cause it was set in Vegas & that the MC was a tattoo artist. The author did a good job with descriptions, which made you feel like you were in the story. Overall it was a very well written book. Looking forward to book #2.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    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. E 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately it was not meant to be. The story itself was ok and managed to keep my interest. In fact the only reason why I finished this instead of delegating it to the DNF zone was because I wanted to know what happened and who the guilty party was. What I didn't like was the heroine, Brett. I was afraid this would happen right from the start when she didn't want to talk to the cop who was going around asking if someone saw the missing woman. And her reasoning I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately it was not meant to be. The story itself was ok and managed to keep my interest. In fact the only reason why I finished this instead of delegating it to the DNF zone was because I wanted to know what happened and who the guilty party was. What I didn't like was the heroine, Brett. I was afraid this would happen right from the start when she didn't want to talk to the cop who was going around asking if someone saw the missing woman. And her reasoning was that he was rude and wouldn't tell her why he was asking. Who the hell does she thinks she is. Just because her brother is a detective does not mean the police should tell her anything about the case. Hell, her brother is not supposed to tell her anything. On the other hand, she is a tattoo artist and is in no way, shape or form equipped to solve murder mysteries. As such she should at least tell her brother ALL she knows about the case. I can get that she's curious and wants to do some snooping of her own. I get it. But please, for the love of sanity tell the cops what you know before you go traipsing around looking for trouble. If nothing else, you brother will know where to start looking when/if something happens to your stupid ass. So to me the story read thus: Brett finds out something or merely stumbles onto a potential clue, but doesn't tell her brother because a)"I was about to tell him, when he continued talking/asked me/told me" b)"I can't tell him now" c)"I can't say this it sounds crazy" I think I got all her reasons but maybe some escaped me. Even facing potential murder charges she still doesn't share all she should. She finally "tells all" when her brother forces her to do so and gets her to promise to tell him is she hears/finds out something new. Unfortunately she soon forgets the promise and is back to trying to solve things on her own. And that whole talking to the press debacle was also a piece of work. First she lets the people she works with set up the interview against her will, and then ends up doing all the talking, again against her will. I have to wonder how someone who goes out of her way to be stubborn when it comes to the police and her safety ends up being such a pushover. Even allowing the fact her coworkers are her friends, at the end of the day it's her business, she's the boss and owner and they are her employees. So letting them do something that you disagree with and which is also monumentally stupid is an idiotic move on your part. Then when it becomes apparent that the TV folks will only talk to you, not your staff, and the last thing you supposedly want is to talk to them, instead of kicking them out you actually do the interview. Come to think about it I might have liked this more if it wasn't 1st person POV and I hadn't had spent the whole book in Brett's head. Maybe that way the reasoning behind her actions wouldn't have been right there making me want to throw the book across the room and stomp on it. Unless Brett's behavior changes drastically in the following books I don't see myself continuing with this series no matter how much the idea of a tattoo artist protagonist and amateur sleuth caught my interest initially. As it is this was much too frustrating for my tastes.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist in Las Vegas. She owns and operates The Painted Lady where a young woman came inquiring about a custom devotion tattoo, one containing her fiancé's name. When that same young woman turns out to be the missing fiancé of Chip Manning, the son of an extremely wealthy casino owner, Brett becomes the last person to have seen her and the person who knows that the name she wanted on the tattoo wasn't Chip. Now the cops want to talk to Brett, the reporters want to talk Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist in Las Vegas. She owns and operates The Painted Lady where a young woman came inquiring about a custom devotion tattoo, one containing her fiancé's name. When that same young woman turns out to be the missing fiancé of Chip Manning, the son of an extremely wealthy casino owner, Brett becomes the last person to have seen her and the person who knows that the name she wanted on the tattoo wasn't Chip. Now the cops want to talk to Brett, the reporters want to talk to Brett, and the prime suspect in the woman's disappearance - not to mention Brett's business competitor, Jeff Coleman, wants to talk to Brett. But the stakes are raised when a second woman turns up dead. No matter which direction Brett turns, she finds herself smack in the middle of the mayhem. THE MISSING INK is the first book in Karen Olson's new Tattoo Shop mystery series, and it is non-stop entertainment. From her distinctive cast of characters to the constant plot twists, I found myself repeating, "just one more chapter" until there were no more left. If you saw the staff of The Painted Lady on the street, you might think that the circus had come to town. But these characters are far more fun than the circus. On the street you might be inclined to stare at them: Bitsy for her small stature; Joel for his large stature; Brett for her piercings and red hair; oh yeah, and all their ink! On the page, you stare because they are witty and unique and devoted to each other. Brett made me chuckle when she was having dinner with a handsome Brit and thought to herself, "If I were in eighth grade, I'd be writing Mrs. Simon Chase over and over on my paper-bag book cover." Quips like this added to Brett's charm. She's smart and funny and independent, but inside she also harbors some insecurities and youthful excitements. All of these qualities roll up into a spunky protagonist. The plot of THE MISSING INK is quick and full of twists that have you experiencing elements of Las Vegas from a high class resort and casino to an all-Elvis karaoke bar to the neighborhoods that require bars on the doors and windows. And Olson ignites all your senses in this novel as well. She splatters the pages with Vegas' bright neon colors and fashion's palette, but she also walks you through Vegas' "dry" heat, the busy rows of slot machines, and the myriad smells of all that food. THE MISSING INK is a winning trip to Vegas. I'd recommend booking YOUR trip soon!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Meet Brett Kavanaugh, owner of one of the hottest, upscale tattoo parlors in Sin City...The Painted Lady. Brett is unforgettable, due largely in part to the huge arm tattoo that features water lilies and a dragon. The cops come sniffing around Brett's shop, all because of a woman who wanted a devotion tattoo of a heart with the name of her fiancee, Matt. Brett learns that the woman, who gave her name as Kelly Masters is not who she claimed she was. Her real name is Elise Lyon and her fiance's na Meet Brett Kavanaugh, owner of one of the hottest, upscale tattoo parlors in Sin City...The Painted Lady. Brett is unforgettable, due largely in part to the huge arm tattoo that features water lilies and a dragon. The cops come sniffing around Brett's shop, all because of a woman who wanted a devotion tattoo of a heart with the name of her fiancee, Matt. Brett learns that the woman, who gave her name as Kelly Masters is not who she claimed she was. Her real name is Elise Lyon and her fiance's name is Chip Manning not Matt. Chip is the son of big time developer, Bruce Manning; who has properties all over the world and has just built a swanky new casino called the Versailles. Brett starts doing some investigating of her own. All she knows is that all clues point to her rival, Jeff Coleman of Murder Ink. Brett decides to confront Jeff, which is a bad idea but Brett always reacts first without really thinking her plans all the way through. Will Jeff leave a permanent mark on Brett? The Missing Ink is the first book in a brand new series, A Tattoo Shop Mystery. This book has everything including action, thrills, humor, and a kick-ass heroine! You know the saying...the bark is worse then the bite, well both Brett's bark and bite are deadly. She doesn't take anything lying down. There is one thing I do have to say and that is, it is Brett should keep her day job as the music industry is not ready for her, unless there is an audience for tone-deaf singers. I loved this book. What a great, strong start to this series. I have just found myself a favorite new author in Karen E. Olson. Can't wait to join Brett in her next adventure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    My four-sentence take on the plot: Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of a fancy Las Vegas tattoo parlor. She consults with a woman (who is not as she appears) about a tattoo and gets wrapped up in a missing person/murder mystery, all the while getting harassed and stalked by an unknown assailant. And, of course, romance is in the air with a Pierce Brosnan-style English casino manager. Rating: A What worked: I loved this book! LOVED it. First off, it was something different. I liked the My four-sentence take on the plot: Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of a fancy Las Vegas tattoo parlor. She consults with a woman (who is not as she appears) about a tattoo and gets wrapped up in a missing person/murder mystery, all the while getting harassed and stalked by an unknown assailant. And, of course, romance is in the air with a Pierce Brosnan-style English casino manager. Rating: A What worked: I loved this book! LOVED it. First off, it was something different. I liked the whole tattoo artist/tattoo shop/almost circus theme. I have a lot of tattoo artist and piercer friends and the characters really rang true. The mystery was solid. Sometimes "mistaken identity" plots get sort of a Scooby Doo feel but The Missing Ink managed to avoid that. Nobody was too-stupid-to-live, which is always a plus. Brett has believable relationships with her co-workers and her brother, all who are interesting characters on their own. Brett is the daughter of a cop and the sister (and roommate) of her cop brother, which gives her a real reason to have knowledge about police work and procedure, as well as leads. This is something that greatly annoys me in some cozies--how can some of the protagonists get involved in murder after murder, assault after assault, and not have the cops throwing them in jail for something (anything)? Plus, the cover is gorgeous. www.notalwaysthebutler.blogspot.com

  17. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    One of my reading goals this year is to clear out some TBRs from the beginning of my list and maybe I should have left this one there. There were definitely some things to like here. Brett is, unfortunate-in-2021 name aside, generally a likable character. She has some strong POVs—her fat shaming attitude toward Joel was not great—but that aside, she doesn't come across as overly preachy or judge-y. She also gets involved with the case for a decent reason. The problem is that she's never really d One of my reading goals this year is to clear out some TBRs from the beginning of my list and maybe I should have left this one there. There were definitely some things to like here. Brett is, unfortunate-in-2021 name aside, generally a likable character. She has some strong POVs—her fat shaming attitude toward Joel was not great—but that aside, she doesn't come across as overly preachy or judge-y. She also gets involved with the case for a decent reason. The problem is that she's never really developed further. No one is. And while that might change in other books, I wanted a little more here because otherwise everyone became interchangeable. (I could not get past Brett being so confounded by the women knowing not one, but two (2) Matthews though. It's a fairly common name not one where there's like a handful of them in the entire country.) Also, the whole group of suspects seemed too connected. It just ended up feeling like way too many instances of overlap to be plausible for people who appeared to be strangers and in the end the motive for the murders seemed flimsy at best. The action in the second half was a little too much of jumping to conclusions and driving to action from there and I didn't buy any of the "romance". Sadly, not enough here for me to check out more.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary C

    3 1/2 stars really. I liked this book but I found it a little odd that Brett would just jump right into investigating a missing person and murder case just because she met the woman for about 2 minutes. It's not like they made this deep personal connection at that meeting. They scheduled an appointment for a tattoo. It would have been more believable to me if she started investigating because the main suspect was someone close to her not a guy she hates. Plus her brother was the lead detective s 3 1/2 stars really. I liked this book but I found it a little odd that Brett would just jump right into investigating a missing person and murder case just because she met the woman for about 2 minutes. It's not like they made this deep personal connection at that meeting. They scheduled an appointment for a tattoo. It would have been more believable to me if she started investigating because the main suspect was someone close to her not a guy she hates. Plus her brother was the lead detective so she could have just pumped him for information if she was curious. One would think having a brother, that she lives with btw, be a homicide detective would make her realize that she could be messing up evidence and causing trouble by trying to do a job she isn't trained to do. But that's the basis of most cozies, an amateur detective solving a case better than the police. This is the first cozy series I've read set in Vegas so I found that refreshing. They seem to mostly be set in small towns or quiet English villages. I can see a lot of potential for the folks from The Painted Lady to get into some crazy adventures in Sin City. I already have the 2nd book and plan on reading the rest. Also loved the bright colorful cover.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Title: The Missing Ink Author: Karen E. Olson Series: Tattoo Shop Mystery, 1 Format: mass market paperback Length: 299 pages Rating: 4 stars Synopsis: 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 Title: The Missing Ink Author: Karen E. Olson Series: Tattoo Shop Mystery, 1 Format: mass market paperback Length: 299 pages Rating: 4 stars Synopsis: 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... Favourite character: Brett Least favourite character: Bruce Mini-review: I really enjoyed this. Most cozy mysteries are set around bakers or crafters so to read one about a tattoo artist was really fun. A breath of fresh air, if you will. So unique. I loved reading about the tattoo shop and the people who work for Brett. I loved the tattoo design aspect, as well. Fan Cast: Brett Kavanaugh - Elizabeth Debicki Joel Sloane - Jonathan Groff Ace - Zahn McClarnon Bitsy Hendricks - Vanessa Hudgens Tim Kavanaugh - Nicholas Braun Chip Manning - Armie Hammer Elise Lyons - Melissa Benoist Simon Chase - Nicholas Hoult Jeff Coleman - Frank Grillo Bruce Manning - Dermot Mulroney Matthew Masters - John Cena

  20. 4 out of 5

    Myhotstylist

    Awesome Awesome cozy! Meet Brett Kavanagh, owner of the Painted Lady tatoo shop in Viva Las Vegas!!!! She is accompanied by her brother, detective Tim Kavanagh, Bitsy the dwarf office manager, Joel her 300 pound gay co-worker, and Ace, her pretty-boy co-worker. Things go haywire for Brett and the gang when a client comes in for a devotional tatoo and doesnt show for the appointment. Next thing you know the cops are sniffing around, a body is found dead, and another one turns up. Someone is trying Awesome Awesome cozy! Meet Brett Kavanagh, owner of the Painted Lady tatoo shop in Viva Las Vegas!!!! She is accompanied by her brother, detective Tim Kavanagh, Bitsy the dwarf office manager, Joel her 300 pound gay co-worker, and Ace, her pretty-boy co-worker. Things go haywire for Brett and the gang when a client comes in for a devotional tatoo and doesnt show for the appointment. Next thing you know the cops are sniffing around, a body is found dead, and another one turns up. Someone is trying to pin the muders on her and her long time busines enemy and fellow tatooist:Jeff Coleman. Things get even more frustrating for Brett as she seems to be being followed by an unknown person who is scaring the living daylights out of her. Throw in a budding romance and something missing that everyone seems to be after, and you have yourself a perfect little cozy!! The plot itself was a bit complicated to follow, but if you paid attention it is wrapped up nicely, with a bit of a twist at the end. All in all, I highly reccomend this book, and will continue to follow the series. I especially love the super short chapters and the backdrop of Fabulos Las Vegas!

  21. 4 out of 5

    DAISY DISNEY

    WOW!!!! This was an excellent beginning to a series!! There was never a dull or slow moment in this story. I LOVED Brett! She was an awesome character and I loved the fact that her brother Tim is a detective. The author can take these characters a long way in future stories. Of course, I also loved the Las Vegas setting. It was pretty cool to recognize the places that were described. There were many great characters in the story that it was nail biting trying to figure out who was behind the "mi WOW!!!! This was an excellent beginning to a series!! There was never a dull or slow moment in this story. I LOVED Brett! She was an awesome character and I loved the fact that her brother Tim is a detective. The author can take these characters a long way in future stories. Of course, I also loved the Las Vegas setting. It was pretty cool to recognize the places that were described. There were many great characters in the story that it was nail biting trying to figure out who was behind the "missing ink", & the murder. & by the way THE MISSING INK was the perfect title for this book! You will have to read it to find out why!! Just a little warning though: pay close attention to the plot or you might get confused! But trust me it is worth it in the end as long as you really pay attention to the story and the characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but so many people suggested it that I finally ordered it off of PBS. I'm so happy that I did! The book was fantastic and a great surprise. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The mixture of characters was perfect and the story line kept me guessing until the very end. The author did a great job of describing everything perfectly. I could picture every scene almost as if it was a movie. I can't wait to read book #2. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but so many people suggested it that I finally ordered it off of PBS. I'm so happy that I did! The book was fantastic and a great surprise. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. The mixture of characters was perfect and the story line kept me guessing until the very end. The author did a great job of describing everything perfectly. I could picture every scene almost as if it was a movie. I can't wait to read book #2.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kala

    The cover of this book really grabbed me in the store and I'm glad it did! The story and characters in The Missing Ink are engaging and the book just won't let you put it down. I can't wait for the next one to come out :) The cover of this book really grabbed me in the store and I'm glad it did! The story and characters in The Missing Ink are engaging and the book just won't let you put it down. I can't wait for the next one to come out :)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karyogini

    It's a Cozy Mystery book... Definitely a light read. Unlike the other cozies, this has no "romance" factor, just flirting. Don't know if I still want to read the next book... Maybe after some hardcore UFs. :) It's a Cozy Mystery book... Definitely a light read. Unlike the other cozies, this has no "romance" factor, just flirting. Don't know if I still want to read the next book... Maybe after some hardcore UFs. :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a fun fast mystery read. Las vegas, tattoos, murder....what more could you ask for?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Share

    This was a fun read. I loved the main character Brett. She was quirky, fun, a smart mouth, sarcastic and definitely someone I would want to hang out with! She owns her own tattoo studio in the Venetian Hotel and she’s totally badass. Brett finds herself thrown right into the middle of a murder mystery. Her brother Tim is a detective and she seems to be taking things into her own hands more than she should. I found it odd she would keep key facts and clues from her brother but I get it, it’s a bo This was a fun read. I loved the main character Brett. She was quirky, fun, a smart mouth, sarcastic and definitely someone I would want to hang out with! She owns her own tattoo studio in the Venetian Hotel and she’s totally badass. Brett finds herself thrown right into the middle of a murder mystery. Her brother Tim is a detective and she seems to be taking things into her own hands more than she should. I found it odd she would keep key facts and clues from her brother but I get it, it’s a book lol and it makes for a good story. I loved how it takes place in Vegas. (Sigh I wonder if Vegas misses me as much I miss it!) Loved the book. I’m not much for liking book series but with this one I’ve already downloaded book two! The only reason it doesn’t get five stars from me is the large amount of characters. They all seem to get introduced at once and it took me a while to establish in my mind who they all were as I always visualize everything in my head and it plays out like a movie as I read. Is this normal? Lol 😆 Okay on to book two! Can’t wait!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Brett Kavanuagh runs an exclusive tattoo shop in Las Vegas when a customer comes in and sets up an appointment for a tattoo but then never shows Brett writes it off. When the police show up and ask about Brett’s no-show customer she doesn’t have much information to give. When Brett becomes embroiled in the disappearance. This book is an easy read and has some cute moments however it’s a little boring and falls short of a solid mystery. I felt that the main characters could have had more depth an Brett Kavanuagh runs an exclusive tattoo shop in Las Vegas when a customer comes in and sets up an appointment for a tattoo but then never shows Brett writes it off. When the police show up and ask about Brett’s no-show customer she doesn’t have much information to give. When Brett becomes embroiled in the disappearance. This book is an easy read and has some cute moments however it’s a little boring and falls short of a solid mystery. I felt that the main characters could have had more depth and development and the love story that was added in felt rushed. I think this is a good book I you need something to distract you from your day to day but take it with a grain of salt when reading it. There are better books to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Keziah Cannon

    While not the worst "cozy mystery" I've read, it's far from the best. The characters were interesting and so was the setting, but I couldn't get past the idiocy of some of the main character's decisions, the forced romance, or the way the author seemed to be pushing social/political causes throughout the book. The overall tone was a bit too dark for me too. Instead of showing the good sides of humanity, the author only focused on the worst sides. I understand that it's a murder mystery and you'r While not the worst "cozy mystery" I've read, it's far from the best. The characters were interesting and so was the setting, but I couldn't get past the idiocy of some of the main character's decisions, the forced romance, or the way the author seemed to be pushing social/political causes throughout the book. The overall tone was a bit too dark for me too. Instead of showing the good sides of humanity, the author only focused on the worst sides. I understand that it's a murder mystery and you're going to see crappy stuff, but when there is literally no one in the book that is happy or optimistic or generally a good person, it gets far too draggy and depressing. It was a decent enough hour or two read, but I won't be reading the next in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    A strong voice and compelling writing made this hard to put down. I rarely read cozies but the tattoo shop setting intrigued me after watching shows like Miami Ink, etc. The brisk pace and convoluted plot held my interest throughout. Brett is a very solid, relatable protagonist, but the other shop regulars could use some fleshing out--maybe this happens in the sequels. It didn't have the flat-out humor of Janet Evanovitch, but the tone and attitude reminded me a lot of Stephanie Plum. Really lik A strong voice and compelling writing made this hard to put down. I rarely read cozies but the tattoo shop setting intrigued me after watching shows like Miami Ink, etc. The brisk pace and convoluted plot held my interest throughout. Brett is a very solid, relatable protagonist, but the other shop regulars could use some fleshing out--maybe this happens in the sequels. It didn't have the flat-out humor of Janet Evanovitch, but the tone and attitude reminded me a lot of Stephanie Plum. Really liked the cover art, too. All in all a great discovery and I'll be looking into Olson's other series as well.

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