Pretty In Ink by Karen E. Olson is the second book in the new “Tattoo Shop” mystery series.   Publisher: Obsidian,  March 2010

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of one of Vegas’s hottest tattoo shops, The Painted Lady. And in her spare time, she does some sleuthing – because nothing needles her more than murder.

After Brett and company ink Sin City’s newest drag queen stars, they’re invited to opening night at the Strip’s glamorous Nylons and Tattoos show. An evening of glitter and dancing ends in disaster when a stranger with a queen of hearts tattoo fells Britney Brassieres with a wayward champagne cork.

Even though Britney recovers, she mysteriously dies soon after, and then another drag queen is found poisoned. Someone’s targeting Vegas’s fabulous femmes. And sharp-as-a-needle Brett must crack the case before the show’s over for good.

Brett witnesses a performer getting hit by a cork and then suddenly he dies and it is discovered that he was poisoned. When Brett gets involved, not only is she later exposed to the poison, but her tattooist is on the run. Brett tries to solve these incidents before she is inked into oblivion. I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next adventures with Brett and friends. My rating: 4 stars

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