Wednesday, September 8, 2010


A Stamping Sisters Mystery
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 2010
ISBN: 978-0425235553
Contemporary mystery
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Penny
Obtained via: Publisher

Creating rubber stamps is not April’s first choice of income. She would rather be using stamps to decorate homes. But as that work has dried up with the onset of winter, she is now struggling to make an innovative and unique series of stamps for the upcoming Ice Festival. Add to the fact that this is not her first choice of activity; she is also distracted by the mystery of the ashes in her friend and funeral home owner Deana’s basement. She discovers that the ashes are supposed to be from Mary Lou’s, another Stamping Sister, brother.

But then April learns that J.B. isn’t really dead. Or at least he wasn’t until he came back to Aldenville to see his niece Kit and April comes across his wrecked car. So why did J.B. fake his own death and let his family believe he was dead? And was the car accident an accident or was it murder?

I get the feeling that this is not the first mystery that April has found herself smack in the middle of. Either by her choice or not is a puzzlement to me. She is determined to figure this one out even though her good friend Mary Lou is incensed and has declared April a persona non-grata. April’s perseverance in the face of this adversity was impressive!

Many facets of FALSE IMPRESSIONS are quite unique with many twists and turns that kept me entertained and engrossed. Which is a good thing with the mild confusion I felt at times. This is the first Terri Thayer book I have read and there were some references to events in a previous Stamping Sisters book that I was missing when reading FALSE IMPRESSIONS that left me a bit muddled. But this is a well-written novel and with no lagging or dead spots to be found, it will keep the reader turning the pages and delighted at the conclusion.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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