Button holed by Kylie Logan

Button Holed (Button Box Mystery, #1)Button Holed by Kylie Logan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The mystery was not too bad (even though some solutions were really far-fetched). For example, if you were an actress who was more than eager to marry a prince and who even lied to get to that point, would you postpone your wedding simply because you did not find the right buttons? Not very likely!

The heroine must be the most boring conversation partner ever. To give you an idea here are a few quotes:

“I was a button dealer. Buttons were, are, and will always be the only thing I know how to talk about.”

“I didn’t want to come across as a boring nerd, so I refused to talk about buttons, and that was the only subject I was comfortable talking about.”

“You forget, buttons are my business. I think they are the most interesting things in all the world.”

Give me a break! This is even worse than the cookie cutter series where life and death revolves around cookie cutters – and that is bad enough already.

As far as buttons go, however, this is all you will be getting. Even though the heroine is the country’s top button experts she astonishingly shares very little of her knowledge. She sells them, she organizes them, she picks them up, that’s about it.


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Book tour: Mr. Monk helps himself by Hy Conrad

Cover Mr. Monk helps himself by Hy Conrad 

In a nutshell:

Short synopsis:

Various cases keep Monk and Natalie busy and Monk has to make quite an effort to solve a case.

Language I read the book in: English

Did I like it? Yes

For people who: like characters out of the ordinary, like clowns, dislike clowns, are self-help junkies.

My thoughts: 

I am a complete Monk newbie. I had vaguely heard of him before, but have never seen an episode of the TV series or even knew any details about him. So when I had the chance to read Mr Monk helps himself it was a first encounter. The synopsis sounded good, especially as I am, well, not a self help junkie, but I do enjoy reading the occasional self help book.

Now, after finishing this book, I will put Monk on my Lovefilm (the European equivalent of Netflix) queue and wait for the next book in a hopefully long series.

Hy Conrad introduces the reader to Monk in a way that it is not too tedious for Monk fans and at the same time a good introduction for novices. The story is told in the first person by Natalie Teeger, Monk’s assistant, a woman I immediately liked. She is down to earth, sensible and straightforward, has Monk and his idiosyncrasies somewhat under control (if you can call it that), and has non of those typical heroine attitudes that make me instantly dislike most of them.

The story focuses on mainly two cases, which are totally different from each other. The one is an obvious murder case which leads to an even bigger, unsolved case from years ago. The other starts out as no case at all and only Natalie’s determination turns it into one. I liked how they both developed and how they displayed Monk’s many and manifold phobias. Throw a little bit of romance in – even though romance might be too extreme a word here – and the story is sold to me.

As for the solution of the second case I am not 100% sure I was convinced that it would work that way. I don’t want to give away anything, but somehow I found the solution slightly forced, but then again, who knows, maybe it is all a matter of crowd control.

This was a great read that kept me interested from page one. Whether you have known Monk for a long time or have never heard of him before, you will enjoy this.

Movie tip

Monk TV-series

Product info and buy link :

Title Mr. Monk helps himself
Author Hy Conrad
Publisher New American Library
ISBN 9780451240934
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More info Hy Conrad’s website

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