Series: Button Box Mystery #1
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Published by Berkley on 6 September 2011
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 that other people find it really boring but we never see her wax lyrical about them or share any of the knowledge she must possess. She gives her ex-husband Kaz money knowing that he is addicted to gambling yet judges him for his weakness rather than helping him beat it. She’s definitely attractive enough to snare the attention of the chief investigator, Nevin, who wants to date her and use her expertise to help solve the case. There’s no chemistry between the two however and the love triangle aspect didn’t really work as Josie kept checking out her ex’s good looking body.
Stereotypical characters abound and range from the ditzy shop assistant to the retired detective next door, jealous lover and the diva like Hollywood star. I didn’t mind them too much but the foreign Prince in the wings had me raising my eyebrows. The best part of the book funnily enough had nothing to do with Josie’s store and occurred when she took a trip out of town to try to find out more about the handmade button. I solved the mystery way before Josie which was a little frustrating. I wish Logan had given more less clues or more oblique ones rather than essentially highlighting them with neon lights.
This wasn’t a bad start to a new series. A good book to while away a lazy afternoon.