The Missing Ink
Karen E. Olson, Author . Obsidian $6.99 (306p) ISBN 978-0-451-
The Painted Lady, a tattoo shop in contemporary Las Vegas, and its owner, artist turned tattooist Brett Kavanaugh, are central to this pleasantly jargon-free themed mystery from Olson (the Annie Seymour mysteries). When a woman requests a devotion tattoo from Brett and then vanishes, her disappearance is quickly linked to a series of murders involving tattooing equipment and rival shop Murder Ink. Brett's police detective brother, Tim, requests her expertise, and a murder at an engagingly excessive fictional hotel leads to Brett meeting its mysteriously handsome manager, Simon Chase, providing a solid base for further sleuthing and romance. Readers need not be conversant with “street flash” or other industry terms to enjoy the setting and follow Brett down a trail of needles and gloves to the dramatic finale.
Reviewed on: 04/27/2009