SHEILA LOWE is a world-renowned graphologist who has practiced handwriting analysis for more than 30 years. She has served on the board of directors of the Handwriting Analysts Foundation and has developed her own handwriting analysis program. Ms. Lowe lives in California.
Written in Blood (Forensic Handwriting Series #2)by Sheila Lowe
The widow of a rich, older man, Paige Sorensen is younger than—and hated by—her stepchildren. And they’re dead set on proving that she forged their father’s signature on his will, which left his entire estate, including the Sorensen Academy for Girls, to her. Claudia admits she’s intrigued by this real-life soap opera, and breaks her… See more details below
The widow of a rich, older man, Paige Sorensen is younger than—and hated by—her stepchildren. And they’re dead set on proving that she forged their father’s signature on his will, which left his entire estate, including the Sorensen Academy for Girls, to her. Claudia admits she’s intrigued by this real-life soap opera, and breaks her first rule: never get personally involved. But she’s grown attached to a troubled Sorensen student—and when disaster strikes, she’ll realize that reading between the lines can mean the difference between life and death…
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A mystery using handwriting analysis to help solve the crime. The characters are interesting and the plot weaves to a climactic conclusion. Well written and enjoyable.
Enjoyed this book alot. I read her first one too and now I am hooked on the series.
Forensic Handwriting Expert, Claudia Rose, was just hired on to authenticate the signature on a wealthy older man's will after he passed away and left the majority of his estate to his significantly younger widow, Paige Sorenson. Based on Claudia's analysis, a judge rules that the signature is genuine and Paige can now claim the Sorenson Academy for Girls as her own to the dismay of the widow's step children.
Against her better judgment about keeping her business and her personal life separate, Claudia befriends Paige and a troubled young student named Annabelle and the trouble soon begins. On Christmas Eve Paige and Annabelle disappear and Claudia is asked by Annabelle's father to help find the missing pair. Suddenly Claudia is pulled in much deeper than she hoped and now her own life is at risk along with Paige and Annabelle.
This was a great fast paced mystery that I read in two quick days even with the family over celebrating Thanksgiving. The "who-done-it" factor was a little predictable but the story is exciting enough to overcome that part of the story. The way Claudia gets pulled into the drama is very realistic too. Lowe captures the teen angst of the troubled Annabelle perfectly and the relationship between Claudia and Annabelle is not written as a "happily ever after" tale so I liked that about this book also.
I almost forgot to mention this was book two in the Forensic Handwriting Mystery series by Lowe with book one being Poison Pen. It is a stand alone as I had not read book one and didn't feel like anything was missing. I will be picking up book one and anticipating book two which is due out in August 2009. I recommend this book to all mystery and cozy lovers.
Written in Blood: A
Forensic Handwriting Mystery
By Sheila Lowe
Wow! Having just finished Poison Pen, a great whodunit, I wasn¿t totally prepared to declare Written in Blood by Sheila Lowe even better¿but it was! This book included much more descriptive information about analyzing handwriting, which is fun and quite interesting. However, even more so, the pace, characters and suspense created an exciting read from first to last page!
By now, readers will know one thing about our main character, Claudia Rose¿she¿s a woman who gets totally involved in her work, and if that involves solving a mystery, then she¿s going to do just that! Her client, Paige Sorensen, has asked her to authenticate the signature of her late husband¿on a will that leaves the majority of his assets to her, much to the horror of his own children.
To many, Paige might be seen to be a trophy wife, since she is much younger than all three of her ¿step-children.¿ But the key reason her husband changed his will was that he had learned that his children were not planning to continue Sorensen¿a school that had been built and continued in the family for several generations. In fact, her husband had placed Paige as the headmistress of the school, ousting his daughter from the position.
Once Claudia worked with Paige on the authentication of the Will, she was somewhat surprised and then interested when Paige visited, seeking friendship. Claudia had been attracted to the multifaceted woman and readily agreed when Paige invited her to visit Sorensen and perhaps speak to the students on handwriting analysis.
Sorensen was a private school with about 50 girls, whose parents were involved in the film industry and sometimes were children with emotional problems. Paige shared with Claudia that one girl, in particular, Annabelle, was having serious issues. Claudia suggested a program called grapho-therapy¿handwriting movement exercises done to a special kind of music¿could possibly help her. And through this program Claudia and Annabelle struggled to trust and relate to one another.
When Paige and Annabelle were later kidnapped, Claudia was caught by her love and concern for her new friends...and risked her own life to find them!
Lowe has a way of bringing in twists and turns that not only add to the mystery, but are significant events in the lives of her characters. And, for those of you who enjoy ongoing series, like I do, it appears that a group of wonderful characters will be greeting us in each new book! I¿ve added Sheila Lowe as a favorite author¿how about you?
I recommend you get both Poison Pen and Written in Blood at the same time too. And have a wonderful weekend reading!
G. A. Bixler
Many of today's best forensic crime novels are penned by authors with a background or career in the area they're writing about. We've seen the handwriting expert on shows such as CSI, but Sheila Lowe is the real deal. She works as a court qualified handwriting expert. She has written books and developed software used in handwriting analysis.
So, her new series featuring graphology expert Claudia Rose is full of fascinating information on the many ways handwriting can be used - determining document authenticity as well as personality, emotional traits and characteristics.
Paige Sorensen hires Claudia to prove that the will made out by her much older, rich, deceased husband is not a forgery. His adult children are contesting the will that leaves everything to Paige, including a prestigious private school -The Sorensen Academy. Claudia becomes more involved than she should, as she is concerned by a troubled student everyone seems to have written off. She begins graphotherapy sessions with Annabelle, hoping to help her. There's more trouble than just a contested will bubbling under the polished veneer of The Sorensen Academy and Claudia is smack dab in the middle of it all.
I wondered- how could a complete novel be built around a handwriting expert? I was pleasantly surprised. Claudia is a spunky woman whose natural curiosity and caring lead her into more than she bargained for. Mix in a cop boyfriend, some fun friends, a personal life and Claudia is soon fleshed out to become more 'real'.
I had a few problems suspending disbelief with some of the procedural details. For example - when Claudia chooses to not contact the police with information that may help them. But these did not detract from the overall story.
Lowe has created an engaging new sleuth in an untapped area of expertise. Written in Blood is the second in this series. Poison Pen is the first.
An adult in education dumps a troubled teen/student on a stranger for the weekend? I was expecting more of a forensic/science based mystery. I could not get through it-as a lifetime reader/librarian I have rarely not finished a book-made it to page 95.
Claudia Rose runs a thriving business as a graphologist who the local law enforcement recognizes for her forensic handwriting skills. Young widow Paige Sorenson married much older wealthy Torg and when he died he left his entire estate to her including The Sorenson Academy.. His twin children from his first wife, Dane and Diana, challenge the new will that gave everything to this gold-digger younger than them they accuse her of fraud insisting she forged their late dad¿s signature. Paige hires Claudia to prove the signature on the will is that of Torg.--------------- Claudia compares specimens and affirms the signature is that of Torg. Her expert testimony leads to Judge Krieger ruling that the will stands as is. The graphologist also becomes involved with Sorensen Academy student Annabelle Giordano, whose father Dominic runs a construction company allegedly with mob ties. Despite Annabelle¿s anger, Claudia bonds with the hurting teen. When Paige and Annabelle disappear, everyone assumes Annabelle kidnapped and killed Paige except Claudia. When Annabelle calls her, Claudia worries for the adolescent because there are people who want her dead.---------------- The second Forensic handwriting mystery (see POISON PEN) is filled with plenty of action and deep emotions as Claudia cares about Annabelle. Paige will surprise readers as she also care about her students especially suicidal Annabelle and Claudia, whom she just met. There are plenty of suspects, but it is difficult to pick out the clever culprit from the crowd as that person is a nice individual who prefers the background. There is a fabulous courtroom scene where the opponent¿s handwriting expert proved to be a fraud instead of a differing rival pro. Readers will relish Sheila Lowe¿s fine tale.---------- Harriet Klausner