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Driven to Ink by Karen E. Olsen


Cover art: Driven to Ink Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Driven to Ink - 3rd in the Tattoo Shop Mystery series
Author: Karen E. Olsen
Publisher: Obsidian
ISBN-13: 978-0-451-23157-4
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Las Vegas NV
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Karen's Website/Blog: www.kareneolson.com

Brett Kavanaugh is a local tattoo artist in the heart of Sin City. She only does custom tattoos for Las Vegasís high class clientele. Las Vegas is known for the over the top theatrics and many impersonators. The legendary Rat Pack is being impersonated at a local wedding chapel for instance. Las Vegas is also home to the seedier part of life where murder and mayhem reign supreme. It comes to no surprise to Brett when the Rat Pack impersonators start dying. The only problem with these murders is that Brett is right in the thick of the mystery.

After loaning her car to a friendís mother and her fiancťe, she finds a dead Dean Martin impersonator in the trunk of her car. As Brett is waiting for the cops to show up she notices a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around the dead manís neck. Whatís even stranger is the fact that the newlyweds are now missing. Brett gets back to her tattoo shop, The Painted Lady, and notices her coworkers scrambling around. When asked what they are doing, they reply that they are trying to find a missing clip cord. Brett and fellow tattooist Jeff must search Sin City for the answer to the mystery of the dead impersonators before they find themselves on the other side of a clip cord.

This is not a book that I would normally go for at the bookstore. After reading the first couple chapters though, I found a great gem in this mystery. Brett is a no nonsense heroine who just canít help but find herself in the thick of things. She is smart, quick-witted, and fits in well with the Las Vegas crowd. The chemistry and constant ribbing between Brett and Jeff is a wonderful side story to the mystery Brett finds herself in. This is a great addition to the Tattoo Shop Mysteries and will mark itself in the minds of avid mystery readers.


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