Retro Reading: Hot Button by Kylie Logan
A Convention for Buttons?
One of the good things about A Button Box Mystery is author Kylie Logan takes her characters out of their surroundings which makes the story fresh. Often keeping them in one location can become boring. There's no room for expansion of the characters.
In the second installment of the series Hot Button Josie Giancola is the chairwoman for the annual International Society of Antique and Vintage Button Collectors annual convention and this year's conference is featuring a very special button. Thad Wyant has an authentic button belonging to Geronimo.
Thad was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the convention, that is until he was found murdered in the hotel's linen room.
If being the chairwoman wasn't stressful enough, Josie's been asked to help the police solve the crime and just like that her ex husband Kaz pops up after no contact with her for about six weeks (about the time from the first novel). Whether she likes it or not Kaz does become beneficial when need be and with all of the suspects in the hotel it makes for a fast read.
As I said the characters have room to grown and aren't confined in their normal day to day surroundings. Even though the convention is being held in Josie's hometown of Chicago, she spends more time at the hotel than she does at her button shop, Button Box.
Logan's button themed mysteries are fresh and inventive. You really wouldn't think antique buttons would be that collectible but people do collect them and if it's anything like what we're treated to, then collecting buttons is a cut throat hobby.