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Button Holed (Button Box Mystery #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  995 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
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 k ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley
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Cathy Cole
Jan 14, 2012 Cathy Cole rated it it was ok
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
Oct 14, 2016 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
3.5 Stars. Good first book to the series. I loved the old gathering all the suspects at the end. Who knew there was so much to buttons. Looking forward to the next book.
Book of Secrets
Aug 15, 2011 Book of Secrets rated it really liked it
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 d ...more
Tricia Douglas
Jan 05, 2015 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Logan was a new author for me. Since I sort of have a button collection - I throw all the extra buttons into a box when the new clothes I buy come with replacements - the topic/theme sounded fun. Everything was quick and easy and entertaining in this book. The story was a little slow in spots but since I had no idea who the murderer was I kept plodding along. This was book one in the series, so I want to keep going and see what happens in the next one. And I even learned a little about buttons! ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
Josie Giancola is not sure what has her more upset – having two gigantic men in ski masks threatening her in her new button shop or the fact that they’ve dumped out several drawers of her collection of nearly 100,000 buttons! Luckily, Josie is able to slip away into a back room to call the police and manages to get her shop back in order before celebrity client Kate “The Great” Franciscus arrives to select antique buttons for her custom wedding gown. Josie gets some good publicity from having su ...more
Sep 16, 2011 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
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 but ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Fred rated it really liked it
Button Holed is the first in this series. The author also writes as Casey Daniels and Miranda Bliss. Both, also very good series.

Josie Giancola has recently opened her antique button in the Old Town section of Chicago.

She is excited to be opening the store today, as the starlet, Kate Francisous, is going to be coming to shop to look for some antique buttons for wedding gown. But instead Josie finds two thugs ransacking her shop. Josie and her assistant hastily put the shop is some kind of order
Sep 12, 2016 Craftnut rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this series, but the more I think about it, it just didn't hit the bar of other cozy authors. Josie Giancola is surprised to find burglars in her shop ransacking the place, right before she is to show a super star button choices for her wedding gown. When the super star is later found dead in her shop, Josie has to do some digging concerning a strange button found with the body. Josie is still attracted to her ex-husband, who is always in trouble with money and gambling, ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 18, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
This was a pleasant debut to a new series revolving around a 'button' collector/designer, and retailer. Josie Giancola, a divorcee has worked and saved up to open her own shop, named "The Button Box." Josie is an authority on buttons and even has worked on Movies in order to get the costuming authentic.

Through her professional connections, Josie is about to become famous to the 'Stars' since the famous actress, is seeking her wedding buttons from The Button Box. Then the unthinkable
Feb 22, 2013 Julie rated it did not like it
Just not for me. I got grabbed by the cover and was hoping for a fun, light read during a period of high stress. Apparently it was too light. I had to quit after several chapters because I found the characters boring and I was dying, DYING for any sort of facts about button collecting. None came. That's my reward for browsing and impulse buys. I hate to quit a series #1, hoping it will improve, but when I started referring to it as "Butt Holed" in conversation with my husband, I knew I had to mo ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Penny rated it really liked it
Shelves: cosy-mystery
This is a cosy mystery about a button shop owner who finds a celebrity dead in her shop.

As cosy mysteries go I really enjoyed this one. The mystery itself was somewhat lacking in tension but there were enough twists to keep me reading.

I think, while I enjoy 'cosy' type stories I still need some plot elements that are gripping and so I am rating this as a 'cosy' rather than as an overall murder mystery.
Oct 22, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2012
Interesting mystery story, a button shop being the central character. Characters felt real, mystery was good and easy to read.

But I'm not sure how much mileage this author will get out of buttons. By the end of the story I had had enough of them. Not that she mentions them alot along the way, its just that unless you have an interest in button collecting, I'm not sure this series would hold up book after book.

On the fence whether I'll read the next or not.
Jun 06, 2011 Nora-adrienne rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies
Fantastic start to a new series. Josie Giancola is a nationally recognized expert on buttons. She collect and sells buttons to movie companies, historical groups looking for buttons to match era specific clothing and to other collectors.

The cast of characters she is surrounded with is diverse and funny. I think this series is going to have a fairly long run.
Aug 23, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
I liked this book. The author did literally everything she could to make the topic interesting and it worked. My one complaint was the main characters enabling ways with her ex husband, who she keeps giving money to. Hopefully she gets more of a spine by book #2 but aside from that this was a surprisingly fun read.
Jul 25, 2012 Maxine rated it really liked it
Picked this one up solely because of the title. Totally enjoyed reading it. This book is a quick read and what I call a light mystery. The characters are likeable, and I will definitely read the next one in the series.
Jan 01, 2015 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, botm-2015
Read for 01.2015 Cozy Mysteries BotM.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Jul 05, 2016 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•* rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Who would have thought that owning a Button business could be so deadly?! LOL Not me! This was a great cozy mystery. It had me guessing until the very end. I can't wait to dive into the rest of the series!!

**I loved the cover too. So many interesting buttons!**
Heather L
Pretty good first in series.
Jenni Schell
Jan 10, 2014 Jenni Schell rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I really liked the main character in this book. The plot was great. That said, I just couldn't get into this book. I went in with such high hopes and I think it just wasn't the right book for me.
Jul 02, 2016 Mayisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fave-series
Buttons are surprisingly thrilling!
Mar 21, 2017 Emma rated it it was amazing
I kind of despise Kaz but I absolutely love Josie and her quirky love for buttons. I hope she gives Nevin a real chance.
Oct 16, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it
Decent mystery with well done prose. Characters have full dimension and likeability. Never thought buttons could be interesting....
Feb 25, 2017 Ferne rated it really liked it
Josie Giancola is one of the country’s leading experts on antique, vintage and collectible buttons and has recently opened her own store in Chicago called, “The Button Box.” And as it turns out, Josie also finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation due to the death of one of her famous new clients in her store. The associated cast of characters includes next-door neighbor and retired cop, Stan; ex-husband Kaz; Estelle Marvin, successful cable host of a television crafts show; and Chica ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Pamela rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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Jun 29, 2014 Vilia rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Review from Backchatting Books

Josie Giancola was excited when she found out that a Hollywood actress wanted to wear her buttons on her wedding dress. Josie was less than impressed with Kate’s imperious ways but was convinced that Kate could help her fledgling business really stand out. When Kate was stabbed to death with a button hook in the store, Josie decided she needed to investigate.

I was on the fence about whether I liked Josie or not. She frequently tells us that she loves buttons and tha
May 04, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Title: Button Holed (A Button Box Mystery #1)

Author: Kylie Logan

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime

ISBN: 9780425243763

Synopsis (brom

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 ch
Jun 17, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it
Josie Giancola is an expert when it comes to buttons. She just opened up her very own shop, Button Box, and already has a high profile client. Kate Franciscus is a well known starlet who just so happens to be engaged to a prince and is on the hunt for the perfect buttons to complete her custom wedding gown. Kate might appear to be a generous, sweet actress on the big screen, but when the cameras are gone she proves to be quite the opposite. When she is found dead in the Button Box, Josie slowly ...more
May 04, 2013 Fanficfan44 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-mystery
This is a first in a series about a …button expert. I will say I would never have picked up this book on my own. It is just not something that would have attracted me. However, that is one of the reasons I belong to book clubs on Goodreads. This was a selection from the Cozy Mystery Corner group. I joined because cozies are a genre that are close to my heart (think MC Beaton, Simon Brett, Diane Mott Davidson, Agatha Christie). That is a plus for this book, definitely a genre I enjoy.

The book is
Jessica Andersen
Dec 15, 2013 Jessica Andersen rated it really liked it
This book is written by the same author who writes the Pepper Martin mysteries under the name Casey Daniels. She uses this name for non-paranormal mysteries. She also has one that features a book club and Murder on the Orient Express that started a new mystery series.

I don't necessarily have a thing about buttons, although I was very happy to get my grandmother's extensive button supply from her sewing days. I am a knitter and an aspiring seamstress. Anyway, you don't have to be a button nerd t
Sep 23, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Here's what I adore about reading cozy mysteries, I learn something new in each one. It's either the niftiness of owning a cupcake bakery or managing a fab New York coffeeshop or making quilts or owning a bookstore, running a library or solving crimes with two Siamese cats.

BUTTON HOLED is a new one on me. Josie Giancola is a bit of a nerd for buttons, all kinds of buttons. And she has a button shop. She knows the walk-in clientele might be limited, but she has a healthy online button business,
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