Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2012 by Berkley
Josie Giancola, owner of the Button Box and chairwoman of the Antique and Vintage Button Collector's conference, is all excited at convincing Thad Wynant to be the keynote speaker at this year's gathering. Thad, a noted recluse, has never attended the conference before but he is well known for his expertise in western themed buttons and his writing about the famous and much coveted "Geronimo" button. The only documented one in existence just happens to belong to Thad.
Josie, as a novice chairwoman, wants everything to go smoothly, however, things start to go downhill even before the conference officially begins. Thad has run-ins with two other attendees on the after dinner cruise on the first night. He managed to push a lot of people's buttons in a bad way in a very short time. The morning after the cruise, Thad is found murdered and the famous Geronimo button is missing. No surprise here because Thad proved to be one totally obnoxious person. Not a propitious start for Josie's first attempt at chairing this prestigious event!
Josie's detective friend, Nevin Riley, asks Josie to help him because she has the specialized button knowledge to help nail the murderer.
I liked this format where the police asked for help and it made sense. Some cozies feature a TSTL heroine who tries to solve the murder against specific police instructions. Josie uses her head and her expertise, not relying on foolish antics.
Although this is the 2nd book in the series, it is not necessary to have read the first. Logan incorporates enough back story in the plot to feel caught up with the characters. Even though I did figure out "whodunnit" halfway through the book, it did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. 4****
Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by Berkley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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