To wit: April grew up in a small town and moves back home after 14 years. She left Pennsylvania at 17 to go to This book just didn't make any sense. She left Pennsylvania at 17 to go to college in San Francisco and never came back. Since she is an only child, I can't see her parents just saying, "oh, sure, honey, go to California at It's okay with us!
There would definitely be a fight if the parents loved her at all, and she never mentions anything about a fight. Then, the book states that she's a "restoration expert", but she doesn't know anything about restoring a mural. Excuse me? So what is she a restoration expert in?
Rubber stamps! Somehow, I don't think homes built in the 's and early 's would have rubber stamped walls. You would think the term restoration expert would mean someone who could restore old homes to their former glory, not rubber stamp the walls and say you've restored the home. Plus, there are a group of women she rubber stamps with, and the way they go at it you'd think they'd never seen a craft before.
I AM a crafter, but I don't act the way these women do. For example, for a funeral, they make cards that have rubber stamps of what the deceased liked in his lifetime fishing, bowling, etc. For a funeral? If someone handed me something like that at a funeral I'd think they'd gone bonkers. They are back-stabbing petty women who talk behind each other's back.
Another scene has a character 'kidnapping' April's mother with a heat iron because the person found a picture of a skull on April's phone. Does she check her year-old daughter's phone for pictures? Maybe they're all bipolar. Plus, when she starts to investigate the murder. She practically accuses everyone in town of being the killer except her best friend, and probably because she's her ONLY friend.
Then, it turns out nearly everyone she comes in contact with had a secret from the night the guy was killed. For example, 0ne of the women says, "Well, Suzi doesn't know her Aunt Martha or Mary is her real mother. Since this Suzi is NOT a main character, only one of the stampers, and doesn't even say much of anything when she DOES show up - which is in about 6 or 7 pages of the entire book - WHY would someone mention that, and what does it have to do with any of the book?
This is never mentioned anywhere before, during, or after that sentence and has nothing to do with the murder. What kind of town is this, anyway? Peyton Place?
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And don't bother with the "stamp project" in the back of the book. It looks like something a child could and would do, and unless you like skulls I don't , you wouldn't be interested in it anyway. Bottom line: This book has an angry heroine that everybody ends up liking, although I don't know why , and most of it doesn't make any sense.
Jul 01, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: challenge. 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. Jan 05, gail added it Shelves: read-in I got an autographed copy as she is a local author Does she not know the only way to sell a mystery in the aughts 00's? View 2 comments. Jan 05, B.
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Deeks rated it really liked it. The author introduces a fresh new series in the crafter style cozy mystery genre.
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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. 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 The author introduces a fresh new series in the crafter style cozy mystery genre. 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 circumstances.
May 30, Monica 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. Feb 27, Suzanne rated it liked it Shelves: cozy-mysteries , crafts.
Not a bad first entry to a new series. I liked April and Deana, and liked the stamping aspect of the story. Tammy holding the heat gun on Bonnie - WTF?? Jul 06, Michele 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.
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I can relate to them better, so I am really enjoying this series. Jul 01, Arow rated it really liked it Shelves: cozy-mysteries , summers. An enjoyable read, even though it was a straightforward mystery.
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I liked the characters and want to learn more about them which is a mark of the first in the series. Sep 13, Sandra rated it really liked it. Another fun book by Terri Thayer. Jan 05, Drebbles rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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. All signs point to murder and April's father quickly becomes the main suspect. Now April is not only fighting to rebuild her reputation but to clear her father's name as well as her growing attraction to Mitch Winchester.
Author Terri Thayer populates the book with some of the most interesting and complicated character I've seen in a mystery, including April herself; her parents Bonnie and Ed who are also divorced for a reason that bothered April for years; Ed's partner Vince; her best friend Deanna; the Stamping Sisters, and more. Thayer does an excellent job of portraying what life in a small town is like, where everyone seems to know your secrets yet somehow dark secrets remain hidden, where it is impossible to escape your past, and friends are fiercely loyal.
April is a richly developed character as she struggles with the breakup of her marriage, living close to her parents, creating a new life, and dealing with past events that still haunt her. Most of the characters are realistic although some, like Barbara Harcourt, are a bit of a stereotype and over the top. The mystery itself is intricately plotted, although I did figure out who the killer was. If I have any complaints about the book it is that April is a little too trusting of her father's workers surprising since her husband was less than trustworthy and she never asks questions when she should, instead standing by passively.
Hopefully her character will develop a bit more in future books. Also, the stamping aspects of the book could've been explained better.
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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 I have had this book on my shelf for a long time and finally read it.
Yes, I still have questions; this isn't a how to stamping book, after all and I wasn't bored by stamping detail. I also didn't finish it thinking that the author was talking down to me.police-risk-management.com/order/reviews/xocyx-programma-per-trovare.php
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I liked the relationship between April and Deana as well. Not perfect, but a committed friendship. I felt that Thayer wrote well about April's relationships with her parents. I think a lot of times authors make everything ideal. This book was more interesting, because the relationships were more realistic without the 'gore' of real life. She had a few books under her belt by the time she wrote this one and I felt it was a lot clearer. I liked the way it started.
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