Thursday, December 5, 2013

Just the Facts, Ma'am

by Josie Giancola from Kylie Logan's Button Box mystery series


Let's get something straight right from the start:  I am, always have been and always will be, a practical, level-headed, straight-shooting person.  The "just the facts" type.  I believe what I can see, hear, taste and touch and while I've got enough imagination to daydream about the vintage and antique buttons I sell in my Chicago shop and just a touch more that helps me solve the murders that pop into my path, I am not prone to flights of fancy.

Which is why I never believed in voodoo.  I mean, what practical person would?

But then Forbis Parmenter came into my life.  Forbis was what some people call a visionary and others refer to as a crackpot.  He was an artist who covered everyday objects with buttons.  Thousands and thousands of buttons.  He once did an exhibit of household items encrusted with buttons.  But he came to Chicago with something new--an exhibit of articles sacred to the religion of vudon, the kind of voodoo practiced on the Atlantic barrier islands.

Yes, it was as bizarre as it sounds.  Especially when at the exhibit, Forbis caught sight of something, screamed, and ran out of the gallery.

And the next day, of course, when I found Forbis's body in the arms of a button-covered statue, his eyes and lips sealed with buttons.

That was the start of an adventure like no other I'd ever had, one that included a handsome (and possibly dangerous) stranger, and made me re-examine everything I thought was solid, stable and dependable in my life.

Does what happened make me believe in voodoo?

I can't say.  Not for sure.  Maybe you'll be able to decide once you read "Buttoned Up."

And don't forget, this post is part of the Seasons Readings celebration.  Leave a comment and you'll have a chance to win a copy of "Buttoned Up."







30 comments:

  1. And I'm definitely looking forward to reading about your adventures in voodoo in this book!

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  2. Thanks for wonderful opportunity!
    lynn@tangledyarn.com

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  3. I'm going to have to watch myself when I tell my students to "button" their lips....
    shado85455@aol.com
    There's a visual! ~ Teri

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  4. Sounds like it'll be an interesting story.

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  5. "Just the Facts"....reminds me of the old Dragnet series. I really enjoy learning about authors and mystery books that are new to me. My list for when I get to Barnes & Nobles is growing. dbahn@iw.net

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  6. Sounds really interesting and a little scary considering my button collection!!!!!

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  7. Can't wait to read this book! Hoping that it's as much fun as the others in the series.

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  8. Hi Kylie: Yeah!! Another Josie adventure! I'm sure she will have the mystery buttoned up in no time. Love this series (along with Pepper Martin). Thank you for great stories, Mary Louise

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  9. Love cozy mysteries ....this book sounds like fun

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  10. I hadn't heard of this series before, but after reading today's post I will be adding it to my ever growing TBR list.

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  11. I guess I will have to read this so I can decide for myself!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  12. Loved the first two I bought! Can't wait for more!
    a_moonlit_rose@yahoo.com

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  13. Oh wow! This series sounds great! I am definitely going to have to check it out! :)

    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

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  14. Sounds fascinating. Looking forward to reading it!
    littleone AT shaw Dot CA

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  15. I'm not sure I believe in voodoo but I know I would enjoy reading this book!

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  16. Ohhh, this sounds great. I can't wait to read more about vudon!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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  17. The idea of a button store fascinates me as does this series. I look forward to reading more in the series.

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  18. Ah, William Shakespeare — 'There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.'

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  19. Love the site and this sounds like another book to add to my TBR.

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  20. Kylie here (who is also Casey so that might be how my name shows up.) Been running hither and yon all day and it's great to come home and see all your comments. I'll be choosing a winner tonight, about 11 o'clock Eastern Time. Then I'll post the winner as a comment, so check back. Good luck to all! I'm so glad each of you took the time to welcome my new book into the big reading world!

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  21. Sounds like an interesting book. I like how Forbis (that's an original name) saw something that made him scream and run off. Haven't read any in this series. Buttons and voodoo would make a good mystery.

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  22. I will have to add this to my list of wants.

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  23. When I read the first book in your series I was not sure what to expect but found I really liked it and have liked them all. This one is going on my list. I hope to be able to read it at some point. I would love a chance to win it as well.

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  24. What a striking image .... lips fastened shut with buttons?! My mind's eye cannot unsee that. Now I *have* to read the book!!

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  25. Now, I'll have to add buttons to my yarn toys!

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  26. Buttons and voodoo---interesting combo for a cozy---I'll have to read it.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  27. Sue F is the winner, commenter who left a message at 8:51 this morning. Congrats, Sue! Email me at kylie@kylielogan.com and tell me which of the Button Box mysteries you'd like.

    Thank you all for your interest in "Buttoned Up." I hope you enjoy it!

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