Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Missing Ink

The Missing Ink
By Karen E. Olson
Publisher: Obsidian
Published: July 7, 2009 (ARC)
ISBN-13: 9780451227461
320 pages

Read the first chapter

Synopsis from the back-cover:
Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of The Painted Lady, catering to high-profile clients in Las Vegas. But in her free time, she does a little investigating too - because murder really gets under her skin. . . .

When a girl makes an appointment to get devotion ink with 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 mysterious client and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn't the name of her fiancé.

An alliance with an unlikely partner leads Brett to a dead body, a suave Englishman, and an Elvis karaoke bar. And who is the tattooed stranger stalking her? Brett draws lines between the clues, unwittingly putting herself in danger. But she intends to see justice done, since death, like a tattoo, is permanent. . . .

First sentence: I've made grown men cry.

I have always dreamed of having a tattoo somewhere on my body because I think they are so pretty. I do know that it is painful getting inked, but the daredevil in me says it is OK. But of course I never did get my tat because of religious reason. As a Christian, I am forbidden from getting one. I guess this will always remain a distant dream... Oh well, let's get back to the book review (which is also the reason why The Missing Ink appeals to me).

Brett Kavanaugh is a female tattooist who owns her own tattoo shop, The Painted Lady, and I like her right from the start. She is a fun person surrounded by good friends who are also her shop employees. She is different from Annie Seymour (Annie Seymour Mysteries series), so intrigued am I by her that I took the opportunity to know more about her in my interview with Karen.

I also like a particular part in the story when she have to ink four women on their shoulders who met each other at a book club, and want the same image of a book to commemorate their friendship. That is sweet. It made me think what I would like Brett to tattoo on my body too.

The Missing Ink is a great start to this new series! It has all the ingredients of a good story: A great cast of characters, lots of humor, a plot full of twists and an engrossing mystery. You would just want to keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next!

I would like to thank the author for the engaging interview and for sending me a copy of her book, The Missing Ink, for review.

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