Button Holed (Button Box Mystery Series #1)

Button Holed (Button Box Mystery Series #1)

by Kylie Logan

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Fasten-up for the first delightful mystery in national bestselling author Kylie Logan’s Button Box series.

Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has quietly become one of the country’s leading experts on buttons—antique buttons,  jeweled buttons, artistic buttons. Her reputation draws a Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons for her made-to-order wedding gown.
But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress is murdered, Josie’s cozy world is thrown into chaos. Homicide detective Nevin Riley is looking to her for clues, starting with the murder weapon—an antique button hook. But a killer has other ideas, like keeping Josie’s lips buttoned up...permanently.
Includes tips on antique button collecting!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425243763
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Button Box Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 322,810
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries.

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Button Holed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like mysteries this is a delightful fast moving read that you won't want to put down. You won't guess whose's guilty right away and the plot keeps you guessing. Button collectors, like myself, will enjoy reading about their hobby in a new way. I can't wait until the next book to be released.
AliciaTN1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a new series and one that I enjoyed greatly. The book opens at Josie's Button Box where she surprises two burglars. Then before she can get everything sorted, she learns that a high-profile actress wants to meet with her to find the perfect buttons for her wedding gown. After the actress is found murdered in her shop and a mystery button is found, Josie finds herself in the middle of the mystery. Complicating matters is her ex-husband, Kaz, Nevil,the cute police detective, her older neighbor,Stan, and even a Prince. Throw in a road trip to a county fair and it's a fun read. I really enjoy the first in the series and am already looking for the next.
cathyskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Line: Here's the thing about walking into your button shop at five in the morning and running smack into a hulk of a guy wearing a black ski mask: it tends to catch a girl a little off guard.Josie Giancola has become one of the country's leading experts on buttons, and she is now the proud owner of the Button Box-- her very own shop in a Chicago brownstone. Josie's reputation has attracted the notice of one of the biggest stars in Hollywood because the diva wants one-of-a-kind buttons for her custom made wedding gown. When the Button Box is ransacked and the actress found murdered in the shop, Josie has to stop thinking buttons... and start concentrating on murder.As many other readers probably did, I picked up Button Holed because of the promise of a bit of history on buttons, that indispensable item on our clothing that is taken for granted every single day. What I found was a workmanlike effort that sets up a new series nicely but in a curiously bland way.The mystery is a good one and should keep the reader guessing. Josie even gets to take a trip to West Virginia following a button clue that provides a bit of information about handmade buttons that I enjoyed. Unfortunately the trip and the information supplied the only real color in the entire book.Josie herself is an interesting character with an intriguing background, but the most she really has to do with buttons in this book is to pick them up and sort them every time her shop's ransacked. She also repeatedly tells us that men find women button fanatics boring. I suppose this is a bit of humor, but after the second or third time I read it, it became boring-- especially since Josie has an ex-husband and a handsome policeman paying attention to her. Please don't tell me men find you boring, Josie; actually put me in the middle of a scene where you're waxing poetic about Bakelite. Let me listen to every word, and let me watch your date wind up snoring softly, face down in a plate of linguine.As for that ex-husband paying attention to her, I found this to be a weakness in the book. Josie's ex-husband is a gambler. His refusal to admit that he's addicted and the fact that he'll say or do anything to get his hands on more money to either gamble or pay off loan sharks is what destroyed their marriage. Throughout the book, he's popping out of the woodwork, scaring the pudding out of Josie, and trying to persuade her to give him money-- and she does. Perhaps this is meant to show that Josie's a good sport and is a vulnerable woman. I know many more women besides myself who are inclined to think this is stupidity-- a trait that I don't care to have in the main character of any book that I read.When Josie parted with some of her hard-earned cash, I almost closed the book right then and there, determined not to finish it, but I did. There's good to be found in Button Holed. Although none of the characters caught fire in my mind and only one or two enjoyable taste buds were tingling as I turned the pages, it is a solid beginning to this series with the premise of button-themed murder. It will be interesting to see how it continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mystery that will leave you wondering who done the dirty deed. A rare carved button will lead to a most shocking answer that blew me away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intersting and likable lead; interesting local (thankfully not Maine); intersting secondary players; and interesting mystery - what's not to love. I am definitely getting the next book.
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SAGM More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but feel the series may get better with further development of the characters.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Josie Giancola is known as a button expert for all kinds of buttons and has even worked in Hollywood. Today she is opening her new button shop, The Button Box, set up in a Chicago brownstone. She also has an appointment with a well known Hollywood starlet who wants to find the perfect buttons for her perfect wedding dress. Josie arrives extra early on her opening day to make sure everything is ready for her appointment only to find that her store has been broken into and ransacked. There are buttons everywhere. Buttons she had spent many days sorting and categorizing and displaying with flawless precision. Things don't get any better when the next day the starlet is found dead right in the middle of The Button Box. The homicide detective seems to be looking for clues in all the wrong places and the murderer has now set his sights on Josie. She has no choice but to follow the clues she has and get this murderer all buttoned up before she finds herself "Button Holed"! My Thoughts This story could not have been more perfect. Wonderful characters, a delightful complex plot, and thoroughly engaging humor. I fell for Josie on the very first page. I come from a family of seamstresses and they all had button bowls and boxes. As a child I spent hours sorting, stacking and separating my favorites. I have my own button box around here somewhere from my sewing days and I know there are some buttons in there from my ancestors as well. Button Holed (Button Box Mystery) and The Button Box brought back some wonderful memories. Thankfully none of my memories include a dead starlet. There is also a very interesting thread throughout the story about some very special buttons that I really enjoyed. I was truly entertained from the first page to the last! I am patiently waiting for Kill Button, the next book in The Button Box Mystery Series coming soon, but never soon enough!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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bookofsecrets More than 1 year ago
BUTTON HOLED is a terrific start to Kylie Logan's new cozy mystery series. Josie Giancola is a button expert with an extensive collection she showcases in her button shop in Chicago. A couple of disturbing events turn this quiet button dealer's world on end: (1) walking in on two thugs robbing the Button Box, and (2) finding a famous actress murdered in her shop who had come to her to buy buttons for her wedding gown. Could the events be related? Josie's interest in the case is piqued when she discovers a mysterious hand-carved button at the scene of the crime, one only a button nerd like herself would be fascinated by. When detective Nevin Riley requests her help in solving the case, Josie is happy to put her button expertise to work. BUTTON HOLED was a fresh and enjoyable mystery. I loved Josie's character. She was funny, smart, quirky and very likable. She was surrounded by a cast of interesting characters, including Detective Riley, with whom she previously had one awkward first date, and her gambler ex-husband Kaz, who may or may not be trying to redeem himself. The mystery itself was well crafted, and there were several suspects who had the motive to kill the actress. The ending was terrific, and I did not see the final twist coming! I'm looking forward to the next book in A Button Box Mystery series. I give BUTTON HOLED 4.25 out of 5 stars! I received my copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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TheBookResortNY More than 1 year ago
Button Holed kicks off like a big screen mystery and hooks you from the first line and doesn't lose momentum once. Logan has penned a priceless series debut rife with an array of amusing, eccentric and witty characters. The banter is fluid, the narrative smooth and the mystery coiled tightly - perhaps, buttoned securely is more fitting. Button Holed is absorbing, clever, crisp and finally not another contrived mystery with crafts tossed in as a diversion. Brava Logan for creating a protagonist who is authentic, bright, enthralling, fun, innovative, and strong - it has been a long time coming for an amateur sleuth to pull off so many empowering attributes and you did it in style! Stand back and watch the copycats swoop down on Logan's imaginative series, but always remember she is the groundbreaking pioneer in this genre. Review first published on Blogcritics.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Chicago, Josie Giancola owns the Button Box and has become recognized as one of the nation's leading experts on historical buttons. One night she enters her establishment only to find two masked men inside ransacking her inventory. She escapes the thugs and finds a button that does not belong in the collection. Although upset by the invasion, she is also excited that famous movie star Kate Franciscus is coming to her shop to pick up buttons for her wedding gown as the actress is marrying a prince. She arranges to meet with Josie to show her what she might like. When Josie arrives, she finds Kate dead. An arrest for the homicide is quickly made, but Josie believes they locked up the wrong man. She decides to snoop accompanied by her ex husband. She believes the button is the link to the killer, but her suspect list has several entries. Even Detective Nevin Riley helps her on her inquiry. This is the opening act of an engaging amateur sleuth mystery series and if this book is any indication, readers have a special and original new series to enjoy. The protagonist is independent and resolute though some like Riley would insist Josie is obstinate and obsessive as she has a need to investigate; part of her desire comes from the assault on her store. She enlists a quirky crew to assist her on her quest. Kylie Logan overcomes the sub-genre flaw of why the heroine must investigate with an entertaining plot and a strong cast led by a woman who refuses to be Button Holed. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U start first with a lot of details please