August 4, 2012

Ink Flamingos (and the end of a series)

Ink Flamingos
A Tattoo Shop Mystery #4
Karen E. Olson

Back Cover

Dee Carmichael, lead singer of the hot pop sensation, The Flamingos, has been 
one of Brett's most dedicated customers - or was. Allergic to red dye, Dee has 
been discovered  dead in her hotel room with a pink flamingo tattoo and 
surrounded by ink pots and needles - and a tall redhead was seen leaving 
the crime scene.  Now Brett has been branded as the prime suspect. 
This can't be good for business. . . .

Meanwhile, a blog has been showcasing Dee's deadly tattoo. Things get worse 
pictures of Brett start appearing on the blog. Turns out someone isn't merely 
following her, but impersonating her all over town.  Brett must act fast to find 
out who's out to get her before the killer puts the dye in dying once again. . . 

I love Brett Kavanaugh.  She is such a colourful character with her fabulous tattoos, and as a law abiding citizen of Las Vegas it's amazing just how Brett seems to get court up and entangled in so many murders.  If I was her, I'd consider moving to another state!  Just kidding.

This time we find Brett having to deal with not only the death of a client, but a stalker who is taking pleasure in their devious plans to ruin Brett's life.  Who killed her client and made it look like she did it by posting pictures on a blog?  Brett needs the support of her brother, and all of her friends this time as the stalker not only invades her life, but also her home.

With help from her mates at The Painted Lady (minus Ace), and the ever mysterious Jeff, Brett is up to her red eyebrows in danger.  I loved seeing her really have to dig deep and soldier on.  There is such a charming mix of strength and vulnerability in Brett that I think draws readers.  Lets face it, if you didn't love her, you wouldn't keep reading the books.  And while I won't give away who did it, there was a little twist that made it quite a surprise.

I was sad to find out that this is the last of the series as the ending just set up a 5th book so wonderfully.  What happens with Brett and Jeff?  Does anything happen?  I would love to see another book with them trying to start a relationship, with their tattoo parlours, his mother, her family and murder getting in the way.  You could just do so much with it, especially if Dr. Hunk made a return visit trying to talk to Brett after his blink-and-you'll-miss-it performance.  And I really wanted to find out more about the mysterious Jeff as he doesn't really reveal too much about his past.  But sadly, I just don't see it happening so I'll have to use my imagination on that score.

Karen E. Olson has done such a wonderful, fabulous, and marvelous job with this series and I will find it hard not to look for another book in the future.

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