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Stamped Out

(Stamping Sisters #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  508 ratings  ·  62 reviews
First in the Stamping Sisters mystery series.

Featuring small-town stampers who are sure to leave their mark.

A professional rubber stamper who creates intricate patterns on walls, April Buchert is back home in Aldenville, Pennsylvania, helping her father restore the famous Winchester mansion.

But when a human skull tumbles out of the rubble, all eyes are on April’s father,
Paperback, 263 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published August 28th 2008)
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
A decent mystery that doesn't involve a current body - rather, it involves a discovered skull that's years old, and the book waits to discover this until after page 45. The story is focused heavily on the protagonist's life and struggles, as well as the small town residents. It's entangled especially with her father, who left them when she was younger because he was gay, and his struggling business. There's also the side-story involving her mother, a woman who never quite let go of the past. The ...more
Lauri Saplad
Cool new series featuring April, an almost divorced woman whose horrible husband stole from her and her design customers -- infuriating her & ruining her business reputation. So now she's back home in Pennsylvania working for her dad. Her specialty is designing rubber stamps for use on wall treatments in period reproductions. Unusual enough so that this should occupy a unique niche in the cozy mystery world. April comes back to old & new friends in a small town that has changed so much she finds ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 he ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am getting to find too many cozy mysteries that I can't put donn. This is the latest one that has caught my interest. April Buchert has left her cheating, lying, stealing husband and her business and gone back to Pennsylvania to work with her father Ed. Ed has a construction business that he runs with his life partner, Vince.

15 years ago Ed left April's mother for a man! Since they live in a small town in Pennsylvania, they were the talk of the town. April left town to find a new life in Calif
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glad I gave this book a try

I normally kind of stay away from books where I read a lot of 3 star ratings but I'm glad I tried his one and stuck with it. I have to admit it wasn't quite as compelling as some other books I've read but I came to like the main characters and cared what happened and how the mystery would be solved. It did get fairly exciting at the take-down. And it had the good ending I hoped for. I'll probably read more in the series since I do know a little about stamping and found
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Jan 05, 2009 added it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I got an autographed copy as she is a local author... although this book includes a stamp project but no recipes! Does she not know the only way to sell a mystery in the aughts (00's?) is with a *recipes included* subtitle? ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge
3.5 stars. I think this was very good for the first book in a series. The ending was very good and as always I didn't figure out who did it ahead of time. I enjoyed that they were solving a crime from the past, it always fascinates me. I also enjoyed the dynamics between the characters. ...more
B.C. Deeks
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author introduces a fresh new series in the crafter style cozy mystery genre. The heroine is likeable and well developed in a story that weaves the craft of rubber stamping into a strong plot set in her small hometown. A skull rolls up to the feet of April Buchert, as she works on a renovation with her contractor father’s company. Updated characters introduce family tensions as the plot unfolds and the reader is swept along as the heroine faces issues from her past entwine with her present c ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I saw this is a 3 book series so I'm hoping they're all tied together and that this book was the introduction of all of the people so it can get built on in book 2. I was confused by so many names introduced so quickly together but by the end, I had enough info on most. Mystery was ok. I figured out the killer pretty early on. Too much about Ken, the soon to be ex, but again, hoping that was only in book 1. ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a bad first entry to a new series. I liked April and Deana, and liked the stamping aspect of the story. At times, some of the plot / characters seemed a bit ridiculous and far-fetched (view spoiler) but I'll give the next book a shot before deciding whether or not to keep going with the series. ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun book by Terri Thayer.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the quilting series. I really like this series. I rhink Iike the characters better. I feel like I know them in real life. I can relate to them better, so I am really enjoying this series.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, even though it was a straightforward mystery. I liked the characters and want to learn more about them which is a mark of the first in the series.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Good beginning to series....cozy mystery.
Gloria Brzny
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
really enjoyed the mystery and the craft. took longer to read because of illness- otherwise is a fast read. enjoyed the characters and their development. look forwood to the next book.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I love mysteries, I love crafting and I live in PA. This book had it all. A great cozy mystery. Kept me guessing til the end. I really enjoyed this
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
After the bitter breakup of her marriage which left her penniless and her professional reputation in shatters, April Buchert reluctantly moves back home to Aldenville, Pennsylvania to work with her father. April is desperate for money and to get her life back together, but Aldenville has painful memories for her. She tries to bury those memories, but some come rushing back when, while helping her father on a job, a human skull is found. All signs point to murder and April's father quickly become ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and finally read it. I needed a break from all of the quilting, design and creativity books I have been reading.

I was really pleased with this book! I don't know that much about rubber stamping, so I was concerned I wouldn't get main portions of the book.. I think that Terri Thayer did a great job writing about stamping in a way that didn't talk down to people who weren't stamping experts. Yes, I still have questions; this isn't a how to stamping
Veronica Noechel
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great little cozy mystery! I'm already excited to read the next in this series. The main character is likeable, intelligent, and is able to be at the center of the action without making me feel like she's being an idiot for getting involved or making me think that the cops in this town must be completely inept. I love that she has believable, imperfect relationships with her parents who she's just begun living near again after having her life completely screwed up by an estranged husband. Her mo ...more
Jobiska (Cindy)
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
It was okay. I probably wouldn't pay full price for another one, but might pick up any future sequels from a secondhand store. There were a few instances of me rewriting things in my head to make them less stilted, e.g. "her father was in a holding cell. He was being held overnight." Couldn't the second "held" be "detained" instead? Come on! (That's not so much of a spoiler because it is apparent early on in the book that the protagonist's dad will fall under suspicion).

The protagonist is not e
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
April Buchert moves back to Aldenville, Pennsylvania after the breakup of her marriage to a jerk, who also ruins her career. She takes little with her from her past.

She moves into the barn, a renovation project of her father's and his gay husband. April does intricate rubber stamping on walls and soon falls into a rubber stamping group led by her best friend, Deana.

April's father owns a retro construction company, and soon has work renovating an old mansion. But while taking down an abandoned
Cindy DeLong
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Whoa! This author likes to describe everything, even giving details for the jewelry everyone is wearing and how it was made. Then check out this sentence from the book: "Built on a ridge, the Tudor hunched over the country club and surrounding homes like a vulture, the wings threatening to sweep lesser homes into its maw." Ok? Not how I'd describe anything, ever. Now let's get back to the storyline, but wait, I wasn't really enjoying the story. A bunch of catty women putting each other down and ...more
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, mystery, crafty
Just when I thought I'd seen it all.... Not bad but not my favorite though I am hoping that it all comes into its own as the series continues. I figured out who "done" it way ahead of time (which I almost never do) and some of the plot points were a little forced or unclear and I was not in love with the stamping project at the end (though if you saw my crafty friends and what they are capable of you'd know why). That being said, it was entertaining, the characters were good and I have to give p ...more
May 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
I enjoyed this book. April returns to a small town after a failed marriage and business. She's working for her father who runs a construction business with his life partner. I enjoyed that part of the book. It was good to see that her dad being gay wasn't really a big issue for her anymore like it was when she was young. She also comes to terms with her mom who treated her badly after her break up with the dad when April was a teen. The family dynamics are stronger in this book than the actual m ...more
Alton Motobu
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
After reading so many cozy mysteries with minimal, weak or no character development, this one had almost too much. We get to know a lot, sometimes too much, about the main characters' backgrounds and motivations as well as their circle of friends centered around rubber stamping. They are now in their 30s, but we find out many details about high school romances, rivalries and revelries. The most surprising and unexpected characters are a gay couple - April's father and his partner. Another unexpe ...more
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book because I had recently read one of the author's quilting mysteries and liked it. This one was not so good. The story line was uneven. April, the title character, was not sympathetic; for a 31 -year-old woman she seemed quite immature. And the mystery itself was weak. Finally, the idea of using rubber stamps to decorate huge walls as a top-notch historical restoration just does not seem plausible, from what I know about historical renovations, and the author never explained ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I figured out whodunnit long before the big reveal, but this was still a solid start to a new series. This is the first book, so a lot of time was spent introducing characters and back-stories. I just wish more time had been spent explaining April's job. Only brief mentions of stamps, woodcuts and wallpaper were made, which could confuse the reader. I was really hoping for more history about hand stamped wallpaper and doing reproductions. I'm planning on trying the second book before making any ...more
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, 2008
April has returned home to work for her father. But the discovery of a skull in an old construction site makes him the prime suspect in a 10 year old murder. Can April figure out what really happened all those years ago? The plot was painfully slow here with a couple of sub-plots taking prominence. Worse yet, I didn't like the majority of the characters, especially April. I won't be reading any more in the series.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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I am the author of seven mysteries. Four quilting mysteries: WILD GOOSE CHASE, OLD MAID'S PUZZLE, OCEAN WAVES, MONKEY WRENCH.

I am a quilter, have been for more than 20 years. I love fabric and reading and writing mysteries.

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