By Josie Giancola, from the Button Box mystery series by Kylie Logan
There’s nothing I like more than checking in here on Killer Characters and letting people know what’s going on in my life, and today, I have something extra-special to tell you about, the publication of my newest adventure, "Panic Button."
It all started when I got a call from a woman who told me that she wanted me to appraise her charm string.
Charm strings? You’ve never heard of them? Here’s the story:
Back in the late 1800s and the early 1900s, young girls used to collect and string buttons. The custom was to never have two of the same button so you gave buttons as gifts, traded them, people brought them back to you as souvenirs from vacations. Legend said that when you had 1000 buttons on your charm string, you’d meet your Prince Charming.
Pretty cool, right? Especially since the charm string I appraised had all 1000 buttons on it. Very unusual, and so exciting, this button nerd’s heart did a happy dance.
In fact, I made a very generous offer to buy the charm string, but Angela Morningside refused. See, Angela was convinced that the charm string was cursed, and the only way she could get rid of the bad joo joo that went along with it was to donate the buttons to a museum.
Those of you who’ve read the first two books in the Button Box mystery series ("Button Holed" and "Hot Button") know I’m way too practical to believe in things like curses so I didn’t pay much attention. That is, until I found Angela’s body in the courtyard behind my button shop. She’d been strangled with the charm string.
There’s plenty more to tell, but I won’t give any of it away. I will tell you that the book is on store shelves now. Enjoy!