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Pretty in Ink, by Karen E. Olson

Pretty in Ink (Tattoo Shop Series #2)Finished 1-6-12, rating 4.25/5, mystery, 299 pages, pub. 2010

Book 2 of the Tatoo Shop Mystery series (Book 1)

Vegas tattoo artist and shop owner Brett is back!  She and her co-workers ink drag queens for a new show and on opening night one of them ends up dead.  Brett saw the killer and finds herself once again in the crosshairs of some dangerous dudes.  That doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to meet some hunky guy, but when that hunky guy is observing you for ricin poisoning it does take some of the romance out of it.

I loved the first book so much and this has the same fast pace, strong heroine, and complicated yet compelling mystery.  I couldn’t figure out who was killing people or harassing Brett, but that was almost beside the point.  I just loved hanging out with her and her friends for a few days.

I am a little worried about Brett, though.  I mentioned after I read the first book that I am not a huge fan of tattoos.  Between the last book and this one Brett has acquired quite a bit of ink.  She has Napoleon on her leg!  I mean really, that is not something I like to picture when reading.  And if you are uncomfortable with drag queens, be prepared to be uncomfortable, there are lots of them.  I don’t know any drag queens so some of it I found interesting and some of it seemed a little creepy (like those babies in the E-Trade commercials – they creep me out too).  I’m pretty sure if I ever had a friend who dressed in drag or met a baby who traded stock during nap time I would embrace both.

Anyway, I loved the book and can’t wait to read the next one.

This book is from my personal library.

January 9, 2012 - Posted by | 4 Star Books |


  1. I read Ink Flamingos and loved it. I look forward to reading this one too.

    Comment by harvee | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • That’s the newest one. I still have one more before that!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 11, 2012 | Reply

  2. I’ve got to try this series – everyone seems to love it!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  3. Oh funny, your review is way cute, you had me smiling. This is the series I want to start this year. I went to an art school and have tattoos, so I have seen the ‘taboo’ it is an experience.

    Comment by Tea Time with Marce | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • Oh, then I think you’ll like this series.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 11, 2012 | Reply

  4. Oh by the way, I love the colours and header.

    Comment by Tea Time with Marce | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  5. I need to try this series! I have to admit I do like tattoos, within reason. I don’t know any drag queens either.

    Comment by carol | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I love when I discover a new series and want to devour all the books.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 11, 2012 | Reply

  6. I ve this one on mu Kindle but haven’t started it yet…It does look like a fun one.

    Comment by Kimberly Cook Wright | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  7. Sounds like a more “with it” cozy in a way!

    Comment by Jenners | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  8. Napoleon? I like history and all, but fail to see the appeal of a Napoleon tattoo!

    Comment by softdrink | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I didn’t quite get it myself.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 11, 2012 | Reply

      • The Napoleon tattoo is near and dear to Brett’s heart, since the painting is by her favorite neoclassicist artist, Jaques Louis David. It’s a copy of the painting of him on his horse climbing the Alps. Look it up online. It’s very cool. Thanks much for the great review! I’m thrilled you’re loving my books!

        Comment by Karen Olson | January 22, 2012

  9. I really enjoyed the first’ve made me want to get book two now!! 😀

    Comment by Staci | January 9, 2012 | Reply

    • I’m looking for the third one.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 11, 2012 | Reply

  10. Karen, thanks for stopping by! I’m loving the series and will look up Napoleon climbing the Alps 🙂

    Comment by stacybuckeye | January 30, 2012 | Reply

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  13. […] Sometimes I even find a comment left on a review from the author.  In honor of Thrill Week I wanted to tell you about an author who has left a blog comment on 3 of the 4 books of hers that I’ve reviewed (and I’m sure the fourth was just an oversight ).  Karen E Olson, author of the Tattoo Shop series, is a blogger’s dream.  She never offered me a free book, but she offered me something better, feedback.  Isn’t that awesome?  I am psyched to meet her when I attend Bouchercon next month. (the 3 reviews-Ink Flamingos, Driven to Ink, Pretty in Ink) […]

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