Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Panic Button (Button Box Mystery, #3)” as Want to Read:
Panic Button (Button Box Mystery, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Panic Button

(Button Box Mystery #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Josie Giancola, owner of the Button Box shop, knows her buttons. But when she comes into contact with a rare charm string, she never imagines it will lead to murder…

Josie is approached at her shop to appraise a very rare item—a complete charm string. In Victorian times, girls strung buttons on long strings to make the charms. Once the string reached 1,000 buttons—no two al
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Panic Button, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Panic Button

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.81  · 
Rating details
 ·  378 ratings  ·  55 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Panic Button (Button Box Mystery, #3)
Joy Gerbode
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
While buttons don't seem like a very interesting subject, Logan has wound them very successfully into some fun and witty mysteries, and I have truly been enjoying this series. Another good one ... though I'm getting better at "solving" her mysteries, and had the guilty one figured out this time. ...more
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Another "whodunit" mystery that's interesting and well-written. Ms. Logan definitely shines when it comes to executing a well thought-out and intricate mystery. However, if you're looking for some romance, good luck as it's almost non-existent. Josie and Nev would make a great couple if they ever expressed any words or feelings of TLC to one other. In other words, they're booooorrrring. Too bad as the novel's protagonist is a strong, intelligent woman who deserves to be loved. All we get is a gl ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Within 18 pages I knew who did it.... the characters couldn’t hold me after that
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kylie Logan's Button Box mystery series just keeps getting better and better. In PANIC BUTTON Josie is approached by a woman who needs an appraisal of her antique charm string, a collection of 1000 buttons, strung by a young lady with the idea that when complete, she would meet her beloved. Although most of the buttons have rather low values, one is exceptionally rare, and many are unusual, however, a complete charm string is very rare, which increases the value. The problem is that the owner sw ...more
❂ Murder by Death
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
First off, avoid the acknowledgments until after you've read the book. I wouldn't say there are spoilers in it, but she does say enough that a plot point is totally given away and the book lost a little something for me because of it. Plus, I sort of guessed the murderer early although Ms. Logan provided many suspects and motivations.

Still, this is an enjoyable read, with good characters and I like the dynamic between Josie and Nev - it's refreshing to see the romantic interest work together ins
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Button Box mystery series. Josie Giancola is a spunky heroine. A divorcee after she found her husband cheating, she parlayed royalties from costume design for a low budget film that became a cult classic, into opening a button shop and becoming a nationally recognized expert. The cast of characters is very limited: Josie; her septuagenarian neighbor, ex-cop Stan; her freeloading ex-husband, Kaz; and, homicide cop Nevin Riley, who is a tentative love interest. The button lore is interes ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a nifty series for quite a few reasons. It's a premise [buttons] that could be dull, but isn't. The setting is Chicago and seems very familiar since my mom worked at Vogue Fabrics located in a Chicago neighborhood like Josie's, lots of creativity there. The characters are well-written and it's a very well-told mystery.
It's learning something new, history of a charm string of buttons. A girl collects, trades buttons to string as a charm. Once she has the thousandth one, she will meet her
K. East
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I will say at the onset that I did not finish this book. There aren't many I don't finish so that says as much about this book as it does about me. I read lots of cozy mysteries and the button theme at the center of this one is a subject I am very interested in. But I couldn't deal with the storekeeper who makes it her business to travel to another town to snoop into into the background of a customer who happens to die outside her door. I tried. I got half way through and then I just said, "Enou ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
It's a crazy set of clues and a murder that set Josie, button expert, and Neville Riley on the path of a killer. In addition to the usual cozy mystery, you'll learn more about buttons, their history, and the Victorian hobby of stringing them as good luck charms.

I liked the parts about the history of buttons and about the town buried under the reservoir. Of course, the budding romance between Josie and Nev is fun to watch unfold. Enjoy!
Jeanie Harper
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story!! I had no idea that button collectors had conventions, nor, that someone could be murdered over a button!!

Who knew!! Was a great story and the reveal wasn't until the last chapter!
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good plot, good pace, and interesting characters deliver another good read from Kylie Logan! Josie is in the thick of it again and her friends are there to help her out. Kylie kept me guessing all the way. Good job!
Karen Holman
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Button Box Mystery series and I will be reading #4 next. The crazy characters are funny to to react too! The Chicago setting unique and an ending that invites the reader to find the next tale. copy right 2012
Lena H.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Very good! The town of Ardent Lake sounds beautiful and the mystery wrapped romance, history, and intrigue in an irresistible little package. Too bad this series ended after only four books. I prefer it to the author's League of Literary Ladies series. ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Josie gets involved in yet another murder after a woman brings her a rare Victorian charm string for appraisal, then winds up dead not far from the shop. Who knew buttons could be so deadly?
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A neat little cozy series that's quite fun. ...more
Marilyn Slusher
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it
It was about 3.5 stars. For me it was a bit slow going to get through it. I wish the author did more with the Chicago setting.
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Josie Giancola, owner of the Button Box shop, knows her buttons. But when she comes into contact with a rare charm string, she never imagines it will lead to murder…

In Victorian times, girls would string buttons, no two alike, in long chains to make charms. When the string reached 1000 buttons the legend was that the owner would meet the love of her life. A customer of Josie’s is not looking for love. She inherited a charm string and she will do anything to get rid of it. She believes the string
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Panic Button is the third book in the A Button Box Mystery series by Kylie Logan.

Josie Giancola, owner of The Button Box, has been contacted by Angela Morningside to give her an appraisal on a Charm String. Angela has inherited it from a great Aunt, who has recently passed. Angela feels that the charm string is cursed. Both her great aunt and she have had small kitchen fires, an attempted break in at her house and a major argument with her boyfriend, Larry. When Angela returns to pick up the ch
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I sincerely enjoyed the journey the Author took me upon while solving an interesting murder. In the third novel of this interesting series, our sleuth, button expert, Josie Giancola is enjoying her latest research to appraise a 'Charm String.' Josie, loving all things button, makes an offer to the owner to purchase the string. The owner gives a resounding 'no.' Why? Because the string is 'cursed.'

Josie, not believing in curses, keeps trying to purchase the amazing string, but the owner is adaman
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Button Box Mystery series by Kylie Logan. I read and enjoyed the first book in the series when it was the selection of the month for my Cozy Mystery Club on Goodreads. I picked up the second one on my own and was somewhat disappointed as it was very focused on the theme, button collecting, which is not really an interest of mine. I am very glad that I gave, Panic Button, the third in the series a try, it is the best so far!

The protagonist, Josie, is asked to apprai
Christine Sharbrough
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a quick read that kept me guessing until the very end "whodunnit?" Of course, it also made me curious about button collecting. What drew me to this book in the first place was that it was about a button collector/seller who solves mysteries a la Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote albeit a much younger version.

For those who like a "gentle read" this was a great choice. No gore, bodies killed "off stage" as they say in the cozy mystery genre. This was not the first book in the series
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
You can tell by the illustrated cover alone that Panic Button by Kylie Logan is a cozy mystery. Technically, a cozy mystery is a crime novel without the gore (think Miss Marple) and they usually have an artist's impression of an idyllic setting on the front.

Panic Button is centred around a charm string and in the Victorian era, young girls collected and traded buttons and threaded them onto a charm string. It was said that when they'd collected their 1000th button, they would meet their Prince C
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the third in a series of cozy mysteries about a button shop owner. As a collector, i enjoyed reading well researched information about buttons. The main character is likeable, but she doesn't develop much as a person throughout the books. The mystery is almost believable, but the premise of an extraordinary town, with an underwater ghost neighborhood just feet away is not explored enough. The pacing is too fast, like a read for the ADHD adult. I would love to have more description, and a ...more
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was a very enjoyable installment in this series. I like that Josie has the ability to investigate without becoming too nosy or annoying. I like her relationship with Nev, it's not too much to turn this into a romance novel. But I hate to say, I sort of missed Kaz. He is supposed to be seen as annoying but you can tell Josie still has a special spot for him in her heart because he comes across as lovable for some reason. I liked the story behind this mystery. Although the motive became clear ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series, even though i know nothing about button collecting. I like Josie, I think she is smart, funny, and sincere when she helps with the murder investigations. In this particular book, I knew who the murderer was from the beginning, but it didn't take away from the story at all. I just wish Josie would meet some new people. She only has 3 main people in her life, and they are all men. Her ex-husband, her elderly neighbor, and her boyfriend. She needs a woman friend in her l ...more
Dharia Scarab
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading a series about a button shop and expert button collector/seller is interesting in that I learn something new in each book. Button Box Mystery #3 revolves around a 'charm string' with the legend that young women would collect buttons and string them together. Number 1000 would bring their 'Prince Charming'. However, when a woman inherits her aunt's charm string is it cursed rather than lucky?

Josie, the button expert, gets involved when the charm string is brought to her for appraisal. The
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the button series. Stan and Kaz didn't have much of a role to play in this one, but that was ok. Josie is starting to come into her own--albeit reluctantly, as a bit of a modern day Jessica Fletcher--and it looks like things between her and Nev might be heading somewhere. This story finds Josie examining a much coveted and incredibly rare completed Victorian charm string. Josie would love to buy this item, but the current owner believes it to be cursed. B ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
I really like this series!! This same author writes the Pepper Martin mysteries as Casey Daniels and they're among my favorite series. When this series started I wondered how in the world you could make buttons interesting. Well, I've really enjoyed the bits of info I've picked up in these books! The characters are good in this series and I enjoyed the stuff about the town under (in?) the reservoir. Anyway, first rate read and looking forward to #4! RECOMMEND!! ...more
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Bound for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries #4)
  • Close Knit Killer (A Knitting Mystery, #11)
  • The Diva Sweetens the Pie (A Domestic Diva Mystery #12)
  • Deck the Hallways (A Fixer-Upper Mystery, #4)
  • The Agatha Christie Book Club (Agatha Christie Book Club #1)
  • Verse and Vengeance (Magical Bookshop, #4)
  • Lavender Blue Murder (A Tea Shop Mystery #21)
  • Prose and Cons (Magical Bookshop, #2)
  • Blindside (Michael Bennett, #12)
  • Dangling by a Thread (Mainely Needlepoint, #4)
  • Tightening the Threads (Mainely Needlepoint, #5)
  • Thread the Halls (Mainely Needlepoint, #6)
  • Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop, #1)
  • Murder, She Knit (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #1)
  • The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
  • Knit One, Die Two (A Knit & Nibble Mystery #3)
  • Final Option (Oregon Files, #14)
  • A Magical Match (A Witchcraft Mystery #9)
See similar books…
A pseudonym used by Constance Laux. ...more

Other books in the series

Button Box Mystery (4 books)
  • Button Holed (Button Box Mystery, #1)
  • Hot Button (Button Box Mystery, #2)
  • Buttoned Up (Button Box Mystery, #4)

Related Articles

It's time to get in that last stretch of winter reading and prepare our Want to Read shelves for spring. Luckily for us, February brings a...
45 likes · 10 comments
“...a relationship is one of those things that builds upon itself, incident upon incident. Words and gestures and phrases pile up, and in the end, they either make something that's strong and pleasing, or they're a sort of ramshackle mess and you know it's time to walk away.” 1 likes
More quotes…