Driven to Ink by Karen E Olson: Review

Once again Brett Kavanaugh stumbles upon a body, this time it's in the trunk of her car. How did it get there? Well, she did lend her car to Jeff Coleman's elderly mother on her wedding day. Maybe she had something to do with it. Or at least the police think so. The body is that of one of the Dean Martin lookalikes who sang at the wedding. (Did I mention Brett lives in Las Vegas?) Trouble is, Sylvia and her groom are off on their honeymoon and unavailable for questioning.

Brett tries to keep put of trouble for her brother the detective's sake but Jeff pulls her into it up to her eyeballs. He must get to the bottom of the mystery to keep his mom out of the clink. Brett can't imagine Sylvia strangling a guy and dumping him in her trunk but Brett soon realizes she doesn't really know Sylvia that well...or Jeff for that matter.

Driven to Ink is yet another fun read from Karen E Olson. I'm enjoying the Tattoo Shop Mystery series so far. I like how it doesn't take itself too seriously- Dean Martin vs Elvis wedding singers? How is that not funny? Brett is perfectly aware that she is too nosy and when that's combined with helping a friend it always leads to trouble.

The relationships between the characters are explored a bit more in Driven to Ink. I foresee trouble between Bitsy and Brett if she keeps running off to solve mysteries and leaving Bitsy behind to run the shop. I enjoyed seeing a little more of Jeff. He's becoming more interesting with each book. I love his mom too. She reminds me of my mother-in-law (minus the tattoos) because of her joie de vivre.

Right now I don't know which way the potential romances are going to go. I'm unsure which "Team" I'm on. Let's see how they stack up (might contain spoilers from past books):

Team Jeff: Jeff is the bad boy, the owner of a competing tattoo shop in a seedier part of town. He's a former Marine with secret skills. He also loves his mom (aw!). Once they were adversaries, until a respect for one another grew and now they are friends.

Team Bixby: He's a doctor. He's got a rebel vibe and pair of fine eyes. He's a doctor. She once thought he was a murderer but that was all a misunderstanding. He's a doctor. They have mutual physical attraction. Did I mention he's a doctor?


Karen sent me this copy for review. Thank you!


  1. I haven't heard of this series before, but I gotta tell ya --- Dean Martin vs. Elvis wedding singers is an image that I've got to see/read! :)

  2. Okay, I'm finding this "Team Jeff" and "Team Bixby" hilarious! So glad you liked the book, thanks so much for the great review!

  3. This series sounds like so much fun!! I haven't read any of the books and I still want to vote for Team Bixby.

  4. Coffee- hehe!

    Karen- Yeah, I thought hey if they can do it for Twilight and The Hunger Games why not your book too.

    Kathy- Yes, he seems like the perfect guy on paper. We shall see.

  5. Now I can get behind a Team Jeff and Team Bixby! Of course, I'm a bit undecided too. LOL

    I really enjoy this series as well.

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has plenty of twists and turns and the interactions between Jeff and Colin Bixby are enough to keep one guessing. Bravo, Karen!


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