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Review of The Missing Ink

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The Missing InkI wonder if this would be classified as a “cozy” mystery. Sure, it has its certain qualities that make it a cozy. Well, I would call this a “modern, trendy, and hip” cozy because of the theme and their main character. Who happens to be a tattoo artist. From what I gather, most cozies take place in small little towns, or villages. This one is in Vegas. Quite different, but has the same traits and characteristics of a mystery cozy with added humor. On a small note; don’t you just love the cover of this book???? I love it!!! it’s what caught my attention right away!

The Missing Ink is about Brett Kavanaugh (interesting last name, I think). A tattoo artist at a very trendy place called The Painted Lady. A potential customer asks for a devotional tattoo but never shows up for their intended appointment. It turns out the name she wanted on the tattoo was not her fiance (who is the son of a very wealthy influential business man in Vegas). Soon Brett is swallowed by a plot of two very different women who seemed to have switched identities, a big burly tattooed man who is stalking her, a handsome charming Englishman who might or might not be in this entire scheme, and several dead bodies. It’s up to Brett to find out who really is behind the murders and who is targeting her as the next potential victim.

This was a very interesting cozy. I liked Brett. She had humor, and her uncanny ability to always be there at the wrong time seems to follow her around throughout the book. She’s extremely stubborn and persistent (this behavior has caused her to become banned at certain places) but it helps her in the long run much to the chagrin of her brother Tim – who’s a police officer. Brett actually got more funny throughout the book and provided the majority of the comic relief (although her staff at The Painted Lady also had a hand in it as well).

I liked all the characters in this book. They were all likable and the majority of them had their funny moments with Brett. Bitsy especially, especially during their moment at an Elvis karaoke place. I’m not sure what to make of Brett and Simon Chase though, he seems really hot and charming and probably to swoon over, but there’s just something about him that I still don’t quite trust. Nevertheless, their flirting and what seems like a growing romance is interesting to read as I think Simon was very well written as a character.

The plot was good and seemed to flow quickly. It certainly started to really pick up the pace even more towards the ending of the book. What I liked the most, is how each ending of each chapter usually ended with a cliffhanger, so it made you want to keep going or in my case, late at night always wanting to go for “one more chapter!”. I certainly felt as if the plot went much faster this way as it piqued the reader’s interest and gained momentum to continue reading. At times, however, it did feel as if the plot itself repeated too much (ie: having Brett being followed, then having her meet up with someone, only to have that visit last a few second, and then having to meet that same person again for another ten seconds) it got old pretty quick and if it wasn’t for the quick pace and exciting chapter endings, the book would have been on the boring side. However, this shouldn’t deter you from reading this book as it certainly does set itself apart from your usual typical cozy mystery books.

Overall, one of the most interesting cozy mysteries I have ever read. With a smart, sassy protganist, and her funny entertaining set of staff and secondary characters to help with her sleuthing. I recommend this to cozy mystery readers who are looking for something different but don’t want to wander away from cozies. It was certainly a great entertaining read with a wonderful sense of humor to keep you chuckling to yourself.

I give it an 8 out of 10.

Written by Karoline

February 25, 2010 at 9:33 am

Teaser Tuesday Featuring The Missing Ink

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Today’s Teaser is from The Missing Ink by Karen E Olson:

I shook my head. “Not interested,” I said.

He straightened up. “Not interested in what?”

“In you.” I couldn’t be more blunt.

“Excuse me, miss, but I was going to ask if you would like to sign up for karaoke.”

LOL. What are your teasers for this week?

Written by Karoline

February 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

Musing Monday 2/22

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a keeping books.

Do you keep all the books you ever buy? Just the ones you love? Just collectibles? What do you do with the ones you don’t want to keep?

– I only keep the books that I will keep rereading. Sometimes it’ll be a series that I really love (Dragonlance Chronicles, War of the Spider Queen series, Harry Potter, Drizzt Series are some examples) these series are the ones I reread constantly. There are some collectible books I also keep (for example some books authors have sent and are autographed). Otherwise the ones I don’t keep are either taken to the thrift store or to the library.

Written by Karoline

February 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

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Bliss Award!

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I was recently awarded The Bliss Award by Alayne at The Crowded Leaf! (thanks!)

The object of this award is to name ten things that make you happy:

1. Reading.

2. Reading and being with the hombre because he always tries to get my attention by making me laugh.

3. Going to the library.

4. Visiting my dad and brother.

5. Blogging about books.

6. Watching the Canucks win.

7. Getting books as presents, especially if they went through the trouble of  looking through my wishlist (thanks hombre!)

8. My cat who is my big furry baby.

9. The Three C’s : Chocolate, Chips and Coke (the soda people…come on..). This is my PMS food. It helps and stops me from being a red eyed hag.

10. Finding awesome bargain books and exclaiming: HEY THIS WAS ON MY WISHLIST.

I know I’m supposed to tag 10 bloggers, help yourselves. 🙂 Every guest that comes to my blog is welcome to take this. I appreciate my readers and thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read my blog. Thank you. *Warm hugs and happy purrs from my furbaby*

Written by Karoline

February 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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Review of The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

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Ghost in the Tokaido InnThe Ghost in the Tokaido Inn is the first of the Samurai mysteries which is geared towards Juvenile fiction readers. It’s about fourteen year old Seikei who is the son of a tea merchant but dreams of becoming a samurai. However there’s very little chance of becoming one as usually you have to be born into it. While on a journey towards Edo, a jewel intended for the shogun has been stolen in the inn where Seikei is staying at with his father. Seikei finds himself the only witness who has seen the thief, but he calls it a “ghost”. Judge Ooka (also known as the Japanese Sherlock Holmes) finds himself a mystery to solve and requests Seikei’s help to solve this case.

It’s a fairly well written book, and although you do get the solution as to who the culprit was, the main question was: why they did what they did. It was certainly interesting and it focused a lot more on Seikei and how he managed to help Judge Ooka capture the thief and find out the real reasons why the crime was done the way it was done. I think it was well written due to the fact that it paid close attention to detail and it was filled with good amounts of description to give the reader the feel for the time period and how it was like back then. It provided the reader with several tidbits of background information, so the reader won’t be lost in all the historical aspects of the book. However it’s well done so that you do end up getting a mini history lesson without being overwhelmed with information.

Although a mystery, it also did focus on the development and growing maturity in Seikei. Dreaming of becoming a samurai, he gets taught by several characters on how to behave and even fight like one. His behavior develops from a dreamy boy to someone slightly more mature and takes this samurai business more seriously. Although geared towards younger children, there are certain parts of the book where it seems more appropriate for young adults instead. That’s just my opinion about it though.

The plot was well done. It mixes the element of paranormal and with mystery and has it’s similarities with Sherlock Holmes where there’s always a logical explanation to everything. Judge Ooka steps up on this aspect and is shown to be a character with a quiet form of intelligence and stays in the background while Seikei does the actual work himself. In many ways they compliment each other perfectly and make a great mystery solving team.

Overall, I’m definitely picking up the next book after this one. This series has a great potential and has done a good job with this book. Pick this up for a good quick mystery read, with a small history lesson of Japan under Shogun rule.

I give it a 9 out of 10.

Written by Karoline

February 18, 2010 at 9:25 am

Teaser Tuesday Featuring The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

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My teaser is from The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler:

The light in the hallway was too dim for Seikei to see anything more than a shadow. But he could see that it had a huge head, with horns sticking out of it.

Creeped out? 🙂 What’s your teaser?

Written by Karoline

February 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

Musing Monday 2/15

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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a reference material.

Do you keep reference books on your shelves at home? What’s your first port of call when you need information – the internet or a book?

– I have very few reference books. An atlas, and a dictionary. Even a thesaurus. I usually resort to the web though, as the laptop is right in front of me while I’m reading.

What’s your answer?

Written by Karoline

February 15, 2010 at 10:32 am

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