Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Pretty in Ink, by Karen E. Olson

(pb; 2010: second book in the Tattoo Shop Mystery series)

From the back cover:

"After Brett [Kavanaugh] and company ink Sin City's newest drag queen stars, they're invited to an opening night at the Strip's glamorous Nylons and Tattoos show.  An evening of glitter and dancing ends in disaster when a stranger with a queen of hearts tattoo fells Brittany Brassieres with a wayward champagne cork.

"Even though Britney recovers, she mysteriously dies soon after, and then another drag queen is found poisoned.  Someone's targeting Vegas's fabulous femmes.  And sharp-as-a-needle Brett must crack the case before the show's over for good.


Engaging characters and colorful settings highlight this often-fun read.  As a mystery, though, Pretty is a failure - its villains, and, more importantly, the 'how and why they did it' is evident early on.  Not only that, but interesting as Brett - the narrator - is, she's constantly scatterbrained and forgetful, to the point of seeming Plot Convenient Stupid at key parts of what was an otherwise enjoyable book.

Pretty isn't a terrible read, but it is disappointing.  I understand that worthwhile mystery writers make their villains' crimes solvable by their readers, but it shouldn't be that easy.

Followed by Driven to Ink.

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