Button Holed (Button Box Mystery)

Registered by wingyorkshire-lasswing of Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on 4/22/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by wingyorkshire-lasswing from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Amazon Editorial Review

Working out of her button shop in a Chicago brownstone, Josie Giancola has become one of the country's leading experts on buttons. Her reputation draws a Hollywood starlet to the Button Box to shop for one-of-a-kind buttons to adorn her made-to-order wedding gown.

But after the Button Box is ransacked and the actress murdered, Josie's cozy world is thrown into chaos-and a killer is out to keep Josie's lips buttoned up...permanently.

This was a fun, light read and I would read more in the series if they came my way.

Journal Entry 2 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (4/25/2012 UTC) at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom


This is being sent as birthday gift to a fellow Bookcrosser.
I saw that you had this on your wishlist, hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Happy birthday!

Journal Entry 3 by wingkirjakkowing at Sipoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, May 24, 2012
A cozy mystery from my wishlist, what a treat! Thanks Yorkshire-lass! Perhaps having finished the book I'll know what to do with all those buttons I've saved over the years or shall I continue to send them to Vekiki?

Journal Entry 4 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, August 18, 2012
Loved it! Best cozy mystery plot I've read - if not ever, at least for ages. It really had twists, turns and excitement and a Poirot-like ending. Will put the second part on my wishlist.
I would think my workmate wants to read this next.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Sipoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, November 05, 2012
Got this from Kirjakko. Liked the book a lot. It's always nice to "meet" somebody who is passionate with some special area of life, be it buttons or whatever.
First I thought the people seemed a bit "glued" on to the story, but the longer I read the better those people fitted to the story and it got the feel of an old-fashioned mystery book a'la Agatha Christie. Especially the gathering of everybody together at the end was very Dame Agatha -like.
Would read another of her books if I came across them.
Goes back to Kirjakko, who is going to send it across the Big Pond.

Journal Entry 6 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, November 05, 2012
The book is briefly back with me and off tomorrow again - a birthday wish fulfilled for eponine38 (at least at the time of posting it was still on her wishlist, let's keep our fingers crossed). Along HAS to go one of Vekiki's buttoned bookmarks...
Just in case somebody else has had the same idea I'm sending her also a Travel Diary called "Are we there yet?", as eponine seems to travel a lot. "One should always have something sensational to read in the train. I never travel without my diary." (Oscar Wilde).
I hope you have a very special birthday - and many hard parcels!!

Journal Entry 7 by wingkirjakkowing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (11/7/2012 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Off to Eponine38 together with a bit of this and that. If you wonder about the syringe-looking thing it's for giving pills to cats. All is fair in war and love...

Journal Entry 8 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Saturday, December 08, 2012
Thank you, kirjakko! Indeed it was still on my wishlist. Thanks also for the beautiful bookmark made by Vekiki - they do go perfectly together. And the travel journal is wonderful too. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Journal Entry 9 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, September 09, 2013
I really enjoyed this first-in-series. What a dream to own a button shop - even if it gets off to a rocky start! Josie was an interesting and mostly strong & likeable character, although she does stumble once or twice when dealing with her ex-husband.

I happen to love buttons, but it's not a prerequisite for enjoying this clever mystery. I'm looking forward to the second installment of the series!

I'm going to offer it up in the Mystery/Thriller VBB hosted by bookstogive.

Thanks once again, kirjakko, for sending this! [And I forgot to tell you at the convention (well, I missed most of it, waaahhh) that I brought the travel journal with me on that trip. Love it!]

Journal Entry 10 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, September 23, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (9/23/2013 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Chosen from Round #10 of bookstogive's Mystery/Thriller VBB. Enjoy, Stephario!

Journal Entry 11 by Stephario at Decatur, Alabama USA on Sunday, September 29, 2013
Thanks so much eponine! This just came in today. Can't wait to start reading it. I love cozies, and I especially love first-in-series cozies! Thank you!!

Journal Entry 12 by Stephario at Decatur, Alabama USA on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Button Holed is a cozy mystery about Josie Giancola, a button shop owner in Chicago, who winds up on the trail of a superstar's killer and in the crosshairs of a prince's goons. Also involved are Josie's ex-husband, on the run from a loan shark whom he owes a great deal of money, and a semi-handsome, single, socially inept police detective.

Overall, the writing is decent enough that I didn't notice it as either terrible or exceptional, but the plot lines tend to be old and overused. As to whether the author, Kylie Logan, could have done a better job, I don't know as this was my first read by her. While the book wasn't terrible and was fairly entertaining throughout, this is one series I won't be keeping up with as the world of a button collector just doesn't do it for me. This one will probably go into a book box, probably the mystery/thriller one.

Journal Entry 13 by Stephario at Decatur, Alabama USA on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Putting this in bookstogive's Mystery/Thriller VBB.

Journal Entry 14 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Thanks for sending from Bookstogive's Mystery VBB!

Journal Entry 15 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
My Review: This is a cute cozy mystery. It's a little bland for my personal taste. The story was interesting, I just wanted the characters to be a bit more interesting and not so cliche.

Journal Entry 16 by JennyC1230 at Woodstock, Georgia USA on Friday, July 01, 2016
This book is reserved for: Bookstogive's Mystery/Thriller VBB.

Journal Entry 17 by JennyC1230 at Virtual Book Box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, August 12, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (8/12/2016 UTC) at Virtual Book Box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


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Journal Entry 18 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Monday, August 22, 2016
Excited to find this in my mailbox today! I have swapped mysteries with most of the previous readers at one ttime or another and we tend to like the same things, so I am glad that everyone seems to have enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 19 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Monday, September 03, 2018
Well, it took me a lot longer than I anticipated to get through this one. It wasn't bad, it just didn't catch my interest for the first half. The mystery aspect was decent and Jo is a good character, but I am not really that interested in her love life. The ex-husband character didn't interest me and I didn't really buy the possibility of her and Nevin. I liked the button stuff, but there weren't enough descriptions of the various kinds except the boxwood button for me to connect with them. All in all, not bad, but I don't know if I will seek out others in the series.

Journal Entry 20 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 20, 2018
Putting this into the Mystery VBB maintained by bookstogive

Journal Entry 21 by wing6of8wing at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Monday, January 18, 2021
The virtual bookbox has been dormant since bookstogive lost her father in 2019. Since then, her husband has also passed in 2020. Many people have decided to remove books from their hold piles and share them another way until we can decide about restarting the bookbox. I am collecting books for my sister-in-law to read while she recovers from ankle surgery, so I will send this one to her.

This book has quite the pedigree, so I am sure she will enjoy being part of the chain of bookcrossers who have read it.

Journal Entry 22 by wing6of8wing at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA on Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (1/19/2021 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Maryland USA


This book was in a box with several others that I mailed today, hopefully successfully. The post office was jammed with people and packages. Mine already had the postage on it so I added it to the pile. Hoping it makes it to my sister in law.

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