Jun 1, 2011

Book Review: Ink Flamingos, a Tattoo Shop mystery by Karen E. Olson

Ink Flamingos: A Tattoo Shop Mystery by Karen E. Olson
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (June 7, 2011)
Source: review copy provided by the Penguin Group
Objective review: 5/5

Product description: Dee Carmichael, lead singer of the pop sensation The Flamingoes, has been one of Brett Kavanaugh's most dedicated customers at her tattoo shop. When Dee is discovered dead surrounded by ink pots and needles, Brett is branded a suspect. It seems that someone is impersonating Brett. And if she doesn't act fast, the killer is sure to put the dye in dying once again...

Comments:  I enjoyed  "Ink Flamingos" so much that I plan to read the other three in the series. The setting is unique - a tattoo shop near famous hotels on the Las Vegas strip. The main character and amateur sleuth  owns the shop, is a tattoo artist, and of course has tattoos herself. The plot is original - a well known singer, allergic to tattoo dyes, is found dead in her hotel room. Brett, the tattoo shop owner, is a suspect in the death, as someone looking like her was seen leaving the hotel room where the singer's body was found. The plot unfolds...and I never guessed the real culprit. A nice easy read with descriptions of the layout of Las Vegas and some of its hotels mixed into the plot.


  1. It is always interesting when writers come up with a new & different setting. I have thought about this series, but I have plenty of cosy mysteries on the shelf right now so I´ll wait and see.

  2. I'm tickled that you enjoyed this series too! I thought it was pretty original also.

  3. Ohh, another interesting mystery series. I like it when I cannot guess who the culprit is.

  4. Staci: I loved reading about Las Vegas and the tattoo artists! I've reserved a copy of Olson's other mystery series from the library, which doesn't yet have the Tattoo Mystery series.

  5. I've read several good reviews of this series. It sounds like one I need to explore.


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