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Stamped Out (Stamping Sisters Series #1)

Stamped Out (Stamping Sisters Series #1)

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by Terri Thayer

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Back in Aldenville, Pennsylvania, with a failed marriage and sabotaged career in her wake, April Buchert is ready for a fresh start. Working alongside her father on the restoration of the town’s famous Winchester mansion seems like the perfect project—until their efforts reveal a murderous motif.
A professional rubber stamper who


Back in Aldenville, Pennsylvania, with a failed marriage and sabotaged career in her wake, April Buchert is ready for a fresh start. Working alongside her father on the restoration of the town’s famous Winchester mansion seems like the perfect project—until their efforts reveal a murderous motif.
A professional rubber stamper who creates intricate patterns on walls, April is thrilled to help revive her hometown's architectural gem. Then, during the demolition of an abandoned guesthouse behind the mansion, a human skull tumbles out of the rubble.  All eyes are on April’s father, who oversaw the construction twenty years ago. As unexplained deaths pile up and a dangerously handsome carpenter becomes a pleasant distraction, can April chip away at the truth before another innocent victim is stamped out?
Includes instructions for a stamping project!

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Publishers Weekly

Packed full of family drama and small-town charm, Thayer's enjoyable mystery series debut outshines most other crafting cozies. After her marriage crumbles and her interior decoration career deteriorates, April Buchert returns to her hometown of Aldenville, Pa., in search of a new beginning. She's helping her father, Ed, on an extensive restoration project when a skull tumbles from the rubble of an old building. Ed was in charge of the building's construction and demolition; a cop with a grudge now thinks he's a killer, and April must clear his name. The only bright spot in April's new life is the Stamping Sisters, a group of fellow craftswomen who support her when she feels like everything's coming apart. Twists and turns keep the story fresh and compulsively readable, and the characters feel like family by the time the last page is turned. Thayer and the Stamping Sisters are worth keeping an eye on. (Sept.)

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Stamping Sisters Mystery , #1
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441 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Stamped Out (Stamping Sisters Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Jewely89 More than 1 year ago
This would be a book for someone who wants to just read a "fluffy" book. Yes, the ending did catch me unawares, I didn't figure out who the murderer was, but this book could have been written in about 40 pages and still covered just about everything. Honestly, not much about stamping or scrapping at all in this book... just a group that gets together, and a small project that you can do yourself at the end. I might get the next one if I want a "fluff" book again to read!
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I'm afraid that even though I'm a scrapbooker there wasn't enough of anything, scrapbooking and otherwise, in this mystery to excite me and make me want to read another. It would do in pinch on a rainy day if I hadn't another unread book in my house.
Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
Unable to continue her married life in San Francisco, April Buchert returns to her roots in Aldenville, Pennsylvania. She is done with her husband Ken who turned out to be a crook and decides that a change for scenery would do get good, even if it means dealing with her divorced parents, Bonnie and Ed, who love to meddle with her personal and professional life. Coming back home turns out to be more of a necessity as she is in desperate need to work again, earn money and to clear her head from her heartache. Instead of helping her dad, the owner of a construction company, with simple tasks she gets tangled up with restoring an original mural and eventually discovers a skull in a small Castle by her new job, which had to be demolished. Everyone looks at her father for answers since he was in charge of constructing it over fifteen years ago, expecting an explanation of the missing body and a skull with a hole in its side, clearly not an accident. With her father taken into police custody by an overly eager officer Yost, who seems to have a real hunger to bring her family down to its knees, April decides to try to solve the mystery of the skull and of a haunting night from her youth that might have something to do with it.

With the support of her childhood friend Deana, and the Stamping Sisters club - a small group of local women who have been friends and craft project fanatics, April takes on the task of sleuthing as once again she's getting familiar with the town she grew up in and which she left in a hurry after finishing school. Things have changed and so have people, someone who's pretending to be a friend has killed a man and left him in her father's construction. April must find out who did the crime, not only for her father's sake but for the safety of everyone involved, as more people associated with the incident seem to be dying in mysterious ways.

I actually enjoyed the book even though it had some gripes. Overall it was cute and cozy, and the scenery was described beautifully, all the nature, the interiors and exteriors were colorful and full of life, in fact the only thing I had no clue about its appearance was April herself. The author left the imaginary process completely to the reader; I wish that could have been embellished on since everything else was well described. The arts and crafts aspect was cute but didn't really make the book any more solid, April didn't get to do much with her stamps or even with the mural, it seemed that the cozy factor was a way to lure readers to get the book and the project included was a bit silly, not really useful for anything. Worst of all the women in the stamping club were bit annoying and catty, I couldn't imagine being friends with many of them, and there was a lot of tension going on; the finances and the construction work being in danger since the murder put it to a halt were little nerve wracking. In these days I read to get away from daily grind, not to read about peoples money problems and their parents divorces. I felt like the murder took a second seat and I hate to say it but the mystery/death itself was not very interesting. It happened long time ago, the character wasn't even in the picture unless I got to read about people recollecting the past and believe it or not I guessed who the villain was, not really too hard if you pay attattention in this book. So the mystery was lukewarm but the book was okay, I will read the next in the series out of curiosity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
April Buchert left Aldersville, Pennsylvania as soon as she could to escape the constant scorn of the townsfolk caused by her father coming out of the closet to move in with his lover which destroyed her mother. She moved to San Francisco where she married Ken and expected happily ever after that ended when she realized her spouse stole from their clients and their business.-------------- Her father asks April to work at his business Retro Reproduction she accepts his offer because she needs the money as Ken the thief left her in debt. They are hired to restore Mirabella a home belonging to snobby high strung Mrs. Harcourt, who treats the lover, father and daughter like indentured servants. To April¿s chagrin her male partners accept it because they too need cash. Mrs. Harcourt orders them to demolish the Castle guesthouse. When they dynamite the facility, they are shocked to find a skull in the fireplace. Forensics proves it to be one of the workers who everyone thought he just left when he stopped coming to work, a common practice amongst laborers. Local cop Henry York, who hates the Buchert family, arrests April¿s dad. Though she has never done anything like this before, April vows to restore the family name by finding the real killer.------------------- This first Stamping Sisters mystery is a great amateur sleuth tale is a fresh tale mostly due to April¿s parents and her dad¿s lover as they bring uniqueness to the extended family connotation. The protagonist is a likable, loyal yet flawed person who wants to do better and be more tolerant. April is attracted to Mitch, the nephew of her dad¿s odious client, and he to her but since Ken she is relationship phobic and technically still married to the thieving louse. However, before working through her myriad of conflicting feelings, rescuing her father comes first the only problem is no one has a motive, the cop could not care less whether he caught the killer, and the real culprit is watching.------------ Harriet Klausner