Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crime Magnet

By Brett Kavanaugh
From Karen E. Olson's Tattoo Shop Mysteries

When I told myself I wasn’t going to get involved in police business again, I really meant it. But I didn’t count on getting framed for murder.

I’m Brett Kavanaugh. I’m a tattoo artist. I own my own ship, The Painted Lady, at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian resort on the Las Vegas Strip. I went to school to study art, but an art major is more useless than an English degree, so I began training as a tattooist to make some money. I came out to Vegas from New Jersey when my brother, Tim, lured me with the prospect of sharing his house and buying the business from his friend, Flip Armstrong.

Tim’s a Las Vegas police detective. He’s been regretting my move ever since. Because I have a little problem. I happen to be a crime magnet. Not that I commit crimes, but I stumble on them by accident and suddenly I’m in the midst of it all. Tim says that normal people just nose around in people’s medicine cabinets. I am not normal.

My friend and rival tattooist Jeff Coleman tells me to ignore Tim. He encourages me. Maybe that’s why I decided he’s not so bad after all, even though I hated him at first. My shop manager Bitsy also encourages me, but more about the men in my life. Sadly, I haven’t had a lot of luck with that. My employee and friend Joel is just there for me, regardless of what mess I’ve gotten myself into.

Which brings me to my latest problem. A client and friend, Dee Carmichael, who’s the lead singer for the band The Flamingos, has just been found dead in a hotel room. Some ink pots and tattoo machine needles were in the room, too, and a tall redhead was seen in the area.

I’m a tall redhead whose business it is to have ink pots and tattoo machine needles around. See where I’m going with this? And on top of it, a tattoo blogger has started posting pictures of me, pictures I wasn’t aware were being taken.

Somehow I have to figure out what’s going on. I have to clear my name. I can’t help myself.


INK FLAMINGOS is the fourth in the Tattoo Shop Mystery Series featuring tattoo shop owner Brett Kavanaugh, written by Shamus nominee Karen E. Olson. It goes on sale June 7.


  1. Pictures of you that you didn't know were being taken? Intriguing . . .

  2. Ooh, sounds great. Esp. the picture part...

    Can't wait to read this--and congrats on the new release!

  3. Just picked up Driven to Ink on whim at library. Will be reading entire series.

  4. I was lucky enough to read this book early. I've enjoyed all of Brett's adventures, but this one has to be my very favorite. I won't share any spoilers, of course, but I *love* the way this adventure wraps up. It's a great read!

  5. Whoa...that doesn't sound good, Brett. Good luck with it! Looking forward to reading about how you get out of it.

  6. Thank you for joining us, Brett! Sounds like you've got your work cut out for you. :)

  7. Thanks for having me over here! Now I have to get back to a little sleuthing :)

  8. I look forward to hearing more about this one, Brett. I'm sorry to hear about your friend and I hope you can get the puzzle sorted out before the police think you had a hand in Dee's death! Good luck!

  9. Come on 7 June!!

  10. uh oh...doesn't sound good with those pictures.