Ink Flamingos by Karen E. Olson is the fourth book in the “Tattoo Shop” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian (Penguin), June 2011
The Painted Lady is Brett Kavanaugh’s high-end tattoo shop on the Vegas strip. But when she comes across the outlines of dead bodies, it’s her sleuthing skills that are in demand.
Dee Carmichael, lead singer of the hot pop sensation, The Flamingos, has been one of Brett’s most dedicated customers—or was. Dee has been discovered in her hotel room, surrounded by ink pots and needles. And a tall redhead matching Brett’s description was seen leaving the crime scene. Now Brett has been branded the prime suspect. This can’t be good for business.
Meanwhile, a blog has been showcasing Dee’s deadly tattoo. Things get worse when pictures of Brett start appearing on the site. Turns out, someone isn’t merely following Brett, but impersonating her all over town. Now she must act fast to find out who’s out to get her before the killer puts the dye in dying once again.
Conspiracy; Impersonation; Friendship or not, this is what confronts Brett as someone is going around town pretending to be her and left in their wake, a dead ex-client with tattoo supplies near her body and witnesses seeing “Brett”. Who wants her dead? Who is framing Brett? What is going on? An unlikely alliance comes to Brett’s aid as they track through Vegas looking for clues to stop this charade and bring a killer to justice. What a great mystery with non-stop action from the beginning to the end. The engaging storyline kept me on my toes and had me quickly turning the pages as I couldn’t put this book down. With an avant-garde cast of characters and sparkling conversations, this was the best book in this colorful series.
FTC Full Disclosure – The author sent me a copy of this book
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