“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Good story about a gal who runs a button shop in Chicago and her button mania.
It brings a character named Angela into her shop with a "string charm", a one-thousand button string that was started years ago for young girls "back in the old days." angela wants Josie to appraise it for her and leaves it with her overnight. Josie takes lots of pictures of every single button and the next day when Angela returns she has decided to donate it to a museum in her small town, but gives her a check for the time and energy spent on looking at all the buttons. That evening Josie goes out the front door, locks up and finds buttons scattered along the sidewalk like a trail of some kind. At the back patio she finds the trail leads to Angel's bloodied body on a bench, having been strangled by the button string that is still partly left. She is horrified and calls the police and her friend, Nev, who is a detective. through the entire story two other women are found killed in Angela's home town under mysterious circumstances. Josie has met them both and goes to the town to find out what has happened. Lots of "hemming and hawing" by all and finally the secret gets out who has done them in. These women are all older and live in this small relocated town in fancy new homes, as their original town was flooded. Josie and her friend, Nev, go to investigate and after many twists and turns and stories of buried treasure by some old pirate years ago finally discover who the culprit is. Lots of suspense and a book hard to put down once you get into it. A good read, though!”
“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 adamant about donating the item to her local museum in the town of Ardent Lake. Minutes later, the owner is found dead by Josie and whether there is a curse involved or not, Josie knows the killer is real.
This interesting novel taught me about the romantic times of the Victorian and early twentieth centuries for unmarried ladies. The Charm String reminds me of the children's game of making a daisy wreath (involving the initials of your future betrothed,) only an adult version. Fascinating and I plan on researching more about the custom.
I want to tell you more but I realize that if I did you might not purchase this book and that would be a shame. I like the relationship between Josie and her detective, Nevin Riley and how he realizes that she has specific abilities that can aid his search for the killer.
As to whether the curse is real? Well, you will have to decide yourself. There are more than two deceased women who believe in it, or did they?”
“another very good book by Logan. hoping she continues this series....saw that she is beginning a new series soon!”Shelley Y wrote this review Saturday, March 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 is cursed. She has decided to donate it to a local museum as soon as Josie can appraise its value. Unfortunately before she can deliver it to the museum the owner is found strangled with the charming string of buttons. Josie doesn’t know if the curse is real but there is a real killer on the loose.
My favorite in this series so far!!! I have to be careful because I don’t want to give anything away but the history of the small town Ardent Lake was so interesting and plays a major role in this story. I really enjoy books that take us a few steps back into the past even for fictional places. As a reader I become more engaged in the setting and characters. The charm string history was intriguing as well. Manna for button lovers.
Josie’s ex Kaz was mostly absent in this installment. I did miss his antics a bit, but the character that stole my heart this time was Stan. He has helped out Josie is the store before but after Josie is almost mugged outside her store Nev and Stan feel she needs a little protection and Stan steps up to stay with her at the store. While Josie is a little miffed that they think she needs a babysitter she realizes it’s nice to have someone around. They are very comfortable around each other and have each other’s back. A wonderful friendship.
Nev and Josie’s relationship continues to grow. Some of the residents of Ardent Lake are a little more than peculiar and by the end of the story LaSalle makes a new friend.
Kylie Logan strings words together to create a masterful mystery that is a pure pleasure to read.”