Ink Flamingos by Karen E Olson: Review

It's been a fun ride solving murders with Brett Kavanaugh but it has come to an end. A great end because Ink Flamingos is my favorite of the Tattoo Shop Mysteries by Karen E Olson.

Brett is just minding her own business when she turns up on the news. Well, it wasn't her actually but someone who looked like her. After her famous client Dee Carmichael is found dead in a skanky hotel surrounded by tattoo paraphernalia, Brett is the number one person of interest. Luckily, she has an air tight alibi, but someone is trying awfully hard to implicate her. First, there was the tall red-head sighted at the scene. Then a tattoo blog accuses her of murdering Dee and posts pictures of Brett as she goes about her business in Vegas. On top of this, another red-head has been spotted impersonating Brett. This gets a bit too creepy for her. Who are all these red-heads and who killed Dee Carmichael?

Like the other books in the series, Ink Flamingos weaves the plot around head scratching clues, red herrings and dead ends. I found myself wondering where it was all going to go. I had a few hunches but just when I thought I had it figured out Karen would throw a monkey wrench into the works. It was fun trying out all my theories until the very end.

Ink Flamingos is quick and fast paced with all the usual quirky characters plus a few more. And romance? Why, yes, a little bit of that too. Not to give too much away but I was happy with how Brett's romantic life turned out.

So that's it. I'm going to miss Brett and the gang. Will Brett ever move out of her brother's house? Will Joel ever keep to a diet? Will Bitsy get fed up and quit? These are questions that will never be answered. I'm sure they're all still busy solving crimes and tattooing anyone who walks into the Painted Lady somewhere in the fictional Vegas.


Thanks to Karen E Olson for the review copy. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.


  1. I've never heard of this series. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. Everything I've read about this series is positive. I need to give it a try!

  3. I didn't realize this was the last book in the series. It's been quirky and fun although I think I preferred her Annie Seymour character. Loved that series. Wonder what she'll come up with next then!

  4. I like these books! I didn't know the series was coming to an end. :(


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