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Pretty in Ink: A Tattoo Shop Mystery Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2010
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"a smart, sassy tattooed protagonist. Viva Las Vegas!" -- Susan McBride
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During the show, Britney Brassieres is taken down by what sounds like a gunshot, but what turns out to be the cork from a champagne bottle, shot right at her heart. She recovers from this incident, but not to long after ends up dead. Brett manages to catch not the culprits face, but the distinctive Queen of Hearts tattoo on the inside of their arm. She then sets out to track down who did the art, leading her right to the door of rival tattoo artist Jeff Coleman. But when she finds out that not one, but three people got the same tattoo one night, Brett isn't sure what to do next.
Everything seems to somehow be related to a pin found in Britney's make-up case (a pin that matches the tattoo of the mystery man). Not only is Brett now involved in this case, but it seems so is her trainee Charlotte. But to what degree? As a victim or a suspect? Things get really scary when another Queen is found dead (by Brett of course), from deadly ricin poison he was manufacturing in his apartment.
Just what are these murders about? Are they related to a sinister terrorist plot to take out Las Vegas or is it something smaller like a simple case of blackmail. Brett certainly has her hands full with this colorful cast of characters. What's the actor turned politician hiding? Is the hunky Dr Brett she meets in the ER after being exposed to the ricin somehow involved?Read more ›
One of the girls is shot with a champagne cork in a attack and later ends up dead, Brett suspects there is more going on than just Gay fear and hate.
Trevor McKay had a secret and someone had come into the club to deliver a messaage to him before the attack.
Charlotte, Bretts' new tattooo trainee comes up missing and is suspected of making ricin poison with another "gentleman" that had tattoos similar to the attackers tattoos.
Brett is thinking all is not what it really seems and gets attacked, threatened by a senetor and her tyres slashed. What secrets did those Drag Queens have, why are they linked to terrorists and what really happened at the Queen of Hearts Ball?
But then some lunatic points a bottle of champagne at Britney Brassieres, who is singing on stage, and makes the cork slam straight into Britney's chest, knocking her over. The sound of the cork popping, and the sight of the singer falling over, makes people suspect the worst, and a stampede starts for the door. Which does ruin opening night. Brett never got a good look at the guy, as he sprayed her with the champagne as well, getting it into her eyes, but she did see the tattoo on his arm, a Queen of Hearts playing card. But well, this is Vegas.
When the cops and the paramedics come in, Britney aka Trevor McKay is taken to the hospital, as he has hit his head pretty hard on the stage. Charlotte, Brett's intern, is going with him to keep him company. To Brett's disappointment, it is not her brother Detective Tim Kavanaugh who heads the investigation, but some other cop who seems to really dislike her, and doesn't even give her his name.
The next morning that same cop arrives at their door (Tim and Brett are living together) and their clearly is some bad history between the two of them. Detective Frank DeBurra is dating Tim's old girlfriend, the one who left him when he did not propose to her when she expected it. And Frank clearly resents that. But DeBurra works not for LVPD, but for Metro Homeland Security, so there must be more to this case than meets the eye.Read more ›
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I picked this one up at a library sale, specifically because of the tattoo shop setting. Most "cozy" mysteries are in small towns or involve B&Bs... Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Akron Reader
Engaging characters and colorful settings highlight this often-fun read. As a mystery, though, "Pretty" is a failure - its villains, and, more importantly, the 'how and why they... Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Reviewer
Interesting characters, great story! A very engaging story once you start you won't want to put the book down, so be prepared to order pizza for dinner!Published on May 4, 2013 by Terri
Karen E. Olson is an amazing other. I stumbled into one of her books the sacred cow and have since been unable to put her down. Great Author. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Grant Anderson
#2 Tattoo Shop mystery, featuring Brett Kavanaugh, who owns the Painted Lady tattoo shop in Las Vegas. Read morePublished on August 16, 2010 by Cheryl A. Reynolds
I thought this book was even better than the first in the serious. It starts out with a bang, literally, as a champagne cork is sent flying into the face of a drag queen. Read morePublished on July 19, 2010 by Rachel Kramer Bussel