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Ink Flamingos (Tattoo Shop Mystery #4)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  727 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Dee Carmichael, lead singer of the pop sensation The Flamingoes, has been one of Brett Kavanaugh's most dedicated customers at her tattoo shop. When Dee is discovered dead surrounded by ink pots and needles, Brett is branded a suspect.

It seems that someone is impersonating Brett. And if she doesn't act fast, the killer is sure to put the dye in dying once again...
Paperback, 324 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by NAL (first published April 13th 2011)
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ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've found out that Tattoo Shop Mystery series ends with this book. On the one hand, I am truly sorry because I really like these characters and the whole feeling I get from the series. On the other, though, the author has ended it in the best way possible and at just the right moment for a a reader to feel like I do now.

There are many different (and yet still the same) things in Ink Flamingos. The tone is way, way darker than in the previous three books. Brett is more vulnerable than ever and i
So this's tough for me to really put my finger on why I read it...and why I don't really like it.

I mean, it's about a woman who owns a tattoo parlor (awesome). She's sassy. I like her. Mostly. Though she has her moments when I want to throttle her, too.

But then there's all the rest. I think the thing that irks me the most about these books is that I want to like them. But honestly, I feel like so much fluff is carved out of these novels that it exceeds my ability to suspend disbelief
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chic-lit, mystery
What’s it about? Classically trained in art turned tattoo artist and shop owner, Brett Kavanaugh, returns to solve her final mystery in the last installment of the Tattoo Shop series. In the fourth novel of the series Brett must once and for all clear her name when a rock star, who gets her tattoo exclusively from the Painted Lady shop, turns up dead from what looks like a bad tattoo and a pink ink allergy. Heartthrob and once rival, turned friend, turned lover (??) Jeff Coleman also returns to ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of Brett's customers at The Painted Lady, a high class tattoo shop, has been found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room. She is found surrounded by several tattoo supplies including needles and ink pots. A woman matching Brett's description was witnessed leaving the crime scene.

As Brett is been profiled as the prime suspect a blog is found on the internet showcasing the dead clients tattoo. Then pictures of Brett start showing up on the blog and it even looks like the blogger is Brett herself.

Diane Morasco
My musings:

Let me start off by saying I have an aversion to tattoos.

When I received a copy of Karen E. Olson’s Ink Flamingos, I didn’t exactly jump up and down like I was escorted to part 2 of Harry Potter with Daniel and Prince Harry. I left it in the box it arrived in and grimaced.

What to do, what to do. I made another face and hunkered down on the couch to read a chapter – NOT. I couldn’t put it down. AT All!

Olson knows how to propel the mystery from the first clue to the reveal without le
Barbara ★
I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love this series! Brett Kavanaugh owns The Painted Lady, a high-class tattoo shop in Las Vegas. I love Brett but I also really like her cohorts Bitzy, Joel and Jeff. I also like her long-suffering brother (the cop) who puts up with Brett's interference in his cases. In this one, a famous client is found murdered and Brett is the prime suspect. Of course, she's vowed to stop investigating but she just can't help herself and once again finds herself in ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book about tattooist Brett Kavenaugh and her assortment of co-workers was great. Brett owns The Painted Lady and is an easily identifiable Las Vegas resident with her long legs, red hair, and multitude of tattoos. She's good at what she does. When someone begins impersonating her and framing her for murders she is at a loss as to who would hate her that much. Good thing she has a brother who's a cop and friends who have her back.

I've raved about this series before. I've loved them all. Bret
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
So this mystery series is one of my guilty pleasures. I like the characters, the setting (Las Vegas) and the cheesy plots.
Sadly I read on the author's blog that this book was the last one in the series. Boo!
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the setting (Las Vegas) and the characters. It was a good page turner of a mystery!!
Tara B
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty predictable. I liked the characters well enough that I might read another in the series. One main annoyance I have though is when writers talk over explain technology and take the time to write how so and so opened their computer, logged into the system, opened a web browser page, etc instead of just saying so and so read a website.
The main character's voice also seems very unauthentic as a tattooist. I'm not sure if the author has tattoos- but I kind of doubt it. I can't put my finger on
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I am the author of the Black Hat Thrillers and the Annie Seymour and Tattoo Shop mystery series.

My new suspense series, which Kirkus Reviews calls "electrifying," begins with HIDDEN, It features a computer hacker who has been hiding in plain sight on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island until her past finally catches up to her. The second in the series, SHADOWED, and third, BETRAYED, are als
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Other Books in the Series

Tattoo Shop Mystery (4 books)
  • The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery, #1)
  • Pretty in Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery, #2)
  • Driven to Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery, #3)