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.