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Product Details

  • Series: Tattoo Shop Mystery (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233790
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I look forward to reading her next one!
kiwi913
Brett is a funny and likeable heroine and I recommend this to anyone looking for a good beach read, or a good book for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
John O. Raab
Keeps your attention and keeps you wanting more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on June 8, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ne of Brett's customers at The Painted Lady, a high class tattoo shop, has been found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room. She is found surrounded by several tattoo supplies including needles and ink pots. A woman matching Brett's description was witnessed leaving the crime scene.

As Brett is been profiled as the prime suspect a blog is found on the internet showcasing the dead clients tattoo. Then pictures of Brett start showing up on the blog and it even looks like the blogger is Brett herself.

Brett is frantic to find out who is behind this blog because she knows it will lead her to the real killer. The sooner she does that she can get back to her own life and see where the ink may lead her.

I loved this book so much. Karen is a wonderful writer and all these stories were pure pleasure to read. They almost have me convinced to get a tattoo, but no flamingos please.

The characters have depth and continue to grow, new sides are shown, romance is budding, each character is so overwhelmingly different but fit together so easily. The scenes are set in your mind clearly through the author's words, I have never been to Vegas but would love to go there now. The plots are well thought through and credible. The stories are some of the best I have read.

It is a fast paced mystery that will keep you up all night inking together the clues to solve the mystery, but in just four stories readers are emotionally connected to the characters that you are rooting for all of them, even some that may have lost their way. I for one am very sad that this is the last we will hear from Brett, Joel, Bitsy, Ace, Tim, Sylvia and Jeff. This is one reader who is having a hard time saying good-bye.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Butterscotch on June 23, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unfortunately, this book is the final one in the Tattoo Shop mystery series. There are only 4 books total, and the author definitely improved with each book. At first the books were quite difficult to follow because of the multitude of characters and characters' names, but this final book was a great read, and focused on the primary characters. Brett Kavanaugh is an edgy 30something female who runs a tattoo shop in Las Vegas. Her brother, Tim, is a local police detective, her boyfriend is a doctor, and she has an assortment of friends, mainly her coworkers. In this book, Brett finds herself the victim of identity theft, and she sets out on a quest to figure out who is impersonating her. Brett's life begins to slowly fall apart as her imposter creates more trouble for her, but her friend (and fellow tattoo artist) Jeff Coleman is there to help. The book was a fast read, very fun, and had a wonderful ending, with lots of good stuff inbetween. If you haven't read the others in this series it doesn't matter - this book can stand alone and you can enjoy the story anyway, since enough background info. is provided.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane Morasco on June 27, 2011
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When I received a copy of Karen E. Olson's Ink Flamingos, I didn't exactly jump up and down like I was escorted to part 2 of Harry Potter with Daniel and Prince Harry. I left it in the box it arrived in and grimaced. I asked myself, "what in the world was I going to do with this tattoo series?" Visions of biker chicks kicking my pampered rear danced in my noggin - I don't engage in any activity that puts my face in jeopardy - none!

What to do, what to do. I thought about giving it to my Godmother, Boop, to read, after all, she was one of those reckless "Rizzo's" back in her day - and still is, hence, the nickname "Boop", but she was going in for hip replacement surgery (I told ya she's a wild one) and I couldn't ask her to "test read it for me". Grrr... I was raised better than to return it, let alone ignore it - especially when it comes to a the printed word and how it came to be there. I admire, respect and am in awe of storytellers. I am a "writie" (you know like a "roadie", but for magnificent scribes"... never mind). The cover caught my eye, pulled me in to study it, than I flipped to the back & read the blurb. Yep, Brett had the goods to kick my bottom, she was a ballsy dame and I was a mouthy diva. Oh, boy, she was gonna show me the mean streets, needle me and brand me like a prized sirloin. Well, I was born in the BX (Bronx), raised on Lawn Guy Land (Long Island) and is no one's frosting - I've got substance, I'm the entire bakery, BK! I made another face and hunkered down on the couch to read a chapter - NOT. I couldn't put it down. AT All! I was giving everyone the ole evil eye to zip it when they walked past me and than I did something not so nice...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 7, 2011
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In Las Vegas, Brett Kavanaugh owns the upscale tattoo parlor The Painted Lady. After becoming embroiled in homicides (see Driven to Ink and Pretty in Ink), Brett promised her concerned friends and that she would never again investigate a murder. She is unable to keep her pledge when a steady customer Daisy Carmichael, lead singer of the pop group The Flamingoes, is found dead in her hotel room. On the blog Skin Deep, a picture of Daisy appears with a flamingo tattoo that is colored in; Brett knows her late client was allergic to ink colors so her tattoos were all black.

Brett's brother Tim tells her that a witness saw a red haired woman carrying ink pots and needles leaving the room two hours before the body was found. Brett has an alibi and there are further entries on the blog written by Ainsley Wainwright that have altered pictures of Brett and events that imply the tattoo artist is a killer. Brett realizes she has a stalker following her. She is able to dispute all the evidence with help from her friends, but still needs to know who wants to make it look like she killed the singer; which means investigating.

Karen E. Olson writes an action-packed amateur sleuth who- done-it that stays constantly at the speed of light from start to finish even with a few nice hairpin spins. The audience will enjoy this complex whodunit enhanced by misdirection and a touch of romance with a peer Jeff Coleman who goes the entire Strip and more to help Brett. She realizes she is attracted to her caring competitor. Ink Flamingoes is a strong entry that has sub-genre fans wondering who and why.

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I've spent most of my life in Connecticut, except for four years at Roanoke College in Virginia and two years working for an ad agency in Miami. I came back to New England and began my 20-year career in print journalism. I now edit a medical journal at Yale part-time so I can devote more time to my fiction writing.

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