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Written in Blood (Forensic Handwriting Mystery #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Sheila Lowe’s Poison Pen was hailed as a “fast-paced, crisp…novel that penetrates the world of celebrity.”* And forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose is about to prove once more that no matter what words it forms, a pen always writes the truth....

Claudia's latest client is the widow of a rich, older man, Paige Sorensen is younger than—and hated by—her stepchildren. And
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by NAL
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Glenda Bixler
Nov 02, 2008 Glenda Bixler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody!
Shelves: reviewed-books
Written in Blood: A
Forensic Handwriting Mystery
By Sheila Lowe
306 Pages

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 mai
Nov 30, 2008 Monie rated it really liked it
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, C
Sep 28, 2008 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Paige Sorenson is a beautiful young widow in need of a handwriting expert. Claudia Rose, a forensic handwriting expert, has been highly recommended. Claudia interviews the young widow and finds that Paige’s husband, Torg Sorensen, executed a will after he had suffered a stroke. The will left Torg’s entire estate to Paige as well as the Sorenson Academy, a school for girls.

Claudia soon finds that the Sorenson case will be an interesting one. Bert Falkenberg is Paige’s assistant but he appears to
Oct 07, 2008 Sandie rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a quick read that's entertaining as well as informative, then Written In Blood is definitely the book for you.

This well written little tome is not your "run of the mill" murder mystery. True is has the requisite amounts of jealousy, avarice, and revenge, but author Shelia Lowe has gone the extra mile in character development by giving the reader a smart and likable protagonist (Claudia Rose) with an interesting and unusual occupation (forensic handwriting analysis) and a m
Sep 20, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Claudia Rose is a well-known forensic handwriting expert. Claudia’s latest client requires her expertise. Paige Sorensen’s husband has died. Everything was left to Paige but her stepchildren believe that Paige forged their dad’s signature on the will. Now Claudia has to prove that Paige didn’t have anything to do with the will. The more information Claudia gathers on the Sorensen family, the closer Claudia gets to uncovering all of the Sorensen’s family skeletons.

Who knew you could learn a lot
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 25, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
Our Graphologist, Claudia Rose latest client is a woman trying to authenticate her deceased husband's signature on his will. Nothing unusual there until she gets involved with a student at the client's school.

Claudia breaks her own rule of not getting involved with clients. However, the action picks up when Claudia realizes that she is not the only one getting involved with Annabelle, and the other persons spell danger not only in their handwriting.

This book held my attention and was written in
Oct 27, 2009 Terry rated it it was amazing
Second in the Claudia Rose series of forensic handwriting analysis, the characters begin to become people to the reader. This series is gritty but sustains interest and builds suspense. Good read.
Karen Wright
Jan 16, 2017 Karen Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series!

Now that I found this book I am hooked! The story is fascinating and and exciting, I can't wait to read the next book. It's unique to anything I have read so far and that's not all this book should boast about. It's fast paced and never has a dull moment. The characters are really goid with dialog that is well written. The only problem is there are a few grammatical errors but they don't hinder understanding what was meant, otherwise the book is perfect. I really enjoyed this book a
Robert C. smith
Jan 15, 2017 Robert C. smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Creative, Entertaining & Informative

Lowe's creative approach to developing a life-like mystery with an amazing number of entertaining and surprising twists and turns makes this one of the most enjoyable novels written. Using authentic proven handwriting indications of personalities adds a valuable bit of information that might prompt reader's to want to learn more. No hints, although logical directions to surprises.
Frances Summers
Jan 17, 2017 Frances Summers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well thought out plot. It kept me guessing almost to the end. I did guess who the murderer was before it was revealed. t

Overall a very well written mystery. The one thing I did not like was her taking stupid chances instead of calling police. This seems to happen a lot with female characters.
barbara pint
Jan 18, 2017 barbara pint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading this book. The main characters were interesting and the descriptions of their handwriting and their meaning was very informative. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Brenda Taylor

I enjoyed the main characters _, however the plot took so many twists and turns that it became confusing and almost too bizarre at times. unrelated incidents that were simply unnecessary therefore resulted this lower rating.
Alice Patterson
Jan 15, 2017 Alice Patterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keeps reader guessing

Great read - has twists and turns to keep reader guessing. Read entire book in one seating . Want to read more of this series
Harry L. Lydick
Jan 14, 2017 Harry L. Lydick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forensic document analysis

A rather fast-paced novel with interesting characters, but decisive NOT a Cozy Mystery! The series should perhaps be read I n sequence.
vicki carnicle
Written in blood

This was different kind of book with confusingly different characters coming and going all ways jumping from one to other
Aug 02, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
When Paige's rich husband, who is many years her senior, dies her step-children jump to question the will he supposedly made. Everything is left to Paige and the children are anything but happy about it. This is where Claudia comes in, her job is to check the authenticity of the signature on the will to see if it really is the old man's. Claudia soon finds herself being roped into this case in a personal way, a way she knows is bad for what she does. She has come to like a young student at the A ...more
Nancy Raven Smith
Jun 16, 2014 Nancy Raven Smith rated it it was amazing
"Written in Blood" (a Forensic Handwriting Mystery) by Shelia Lowe

When Claudia Rose, a forensic handwriting expert, meets a troubled young teen named Annabelle, she's moved to help her against the advice of Joel, the special man in her life and a cop. Ignoring him, Claudia is soon embroiled in the vortex swirling around Annabelle which includes an uncaring mob boss father, a trophy wife who may or may not have killed her geriatric husband, the trophy wife's gym teacher boyfriend, her jilted love
Dec 16, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Written in Blood is a forensic handwriting mystery by Sheila Lowe. Claudia is a free lance handwriting examiner who is hired by a wealthy widow to determine if her deceased husband's signature on his will is genuine. The will is to leave a private school to the widow along with the rest of the estate. A troubled young girl who is a student of the private school becomes involved with Claudia. Through handwriting analysis and therapy, Claudia is trying to help her through some tough issues in her ...more
Cora Mae Follero
In general, this forensic handwriting mystery is a good read. However, there are some points that are quite unorganized and there were number of events that were left hanging and unexplained. The story started when Paige Sorensen, a young widow of an older rich man consulted Claudia Rose, a forensic graphologist to prove that Paige did not forge her husband's last will. Included in the last will is the Sorensen Academy where Paige is the headmistress. The first time Claudia met Paige, she was in ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Annabelle rated it did not like it
This is a ridiculous book with the theme of handwriting analysis. Basically we have a handwriting expert, Claudia, who has a hunk of a police boyfriend, Jovanic. Both are gorgeous and wear expensive clothes and have expensive cars. I don’t know why mystery writers try to make their protagonists elitists and snobs, not attractive and interesting. Claudia is pulled into a family dynamic, of a young widow of a wealthy man, fighting with his children for money. The widow runs a school for troubled g ...more
Jul 15, 2015 Danie rated it liked it
Shelves: myst-thrill
It was better than the first book in the Claudia Rose series. The thing is that the story will be moving right along, and then all of a sudden it seems to grind to a halt so that the main character can explain some random part of handwriting analysis. It makes the story a little choppy.

But other than that the rest of the writing and style got better. There was less to hate about the characters the reader was supposed to like as well. Lowe seems very, very good at writing the 'bad' characters and
Patricia Wynn
Aug 05, 2009 Patricia Wynn rated it liked it
Forensic handwriting expert Claudia Rose is hired by the young widow of a rich older man to prove that his will leaving her his fortune and private girls' school is not forged. She also becomes involved with one of the student's, a disturbed, neglected daughter of a mafioso, and tries to help her with graphotherapy. While Claudia's friends are unappealing to me, they are a minor part of a well-written, well-paced mystery, with otherwise clearly drawn, believable characters. What I learned about ...more
May 08, 2009 Patty rated it really liked it
The second in the series is more complicated than the first but just as good. There are a few "TSTL" moments but not so many as to make the book awful, just enough to make it noticeable.

This one centers around private schools, dead multimillionaires and a child neglected by an indifferent Hollywood mogul father. Lots of twists and turns, a little less emphasis on the forensic handwriting analysis than in the first book, and a lot of tension and suspense.

I'll keep reading this series.
Jan 16, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: aunt-agatha
A fun, fast-paced read. What girl doesn't enjoy some good handwriting analysis? (You know you write the sentence in Cosmo and figure out what your handwriting says about you!)

I found the characters to be compelling and interesting. I hope that Annabelle shows up in future Lowe books. I liked Jovanic's and Claudia's relationship issues - they felt very real.

The plot was twisting and interesting. However, one of the subplots could have used some more detail and fleshing out.

I will definitely pick
Nov 27, 2010 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
OK - better than the last one. I still don't buy graphology - the personality analysis part of it, but there's a lot less of that in here, and there's not all that with the cop taking a civilian along on interviews, to abandoned houses without backup, etc., that I objected to in the first of the series. Way too much foul language for my taste, though, and not just from the sullen, resentful teenager and the movie mogul/gangster.
K.L. Glanville
Jun 26, 2014 K.L. Glanville rated it it was ok
My favorite genre to read isn't murder mysteries, but I liked "What She Saw" so much (by the same author), I thought I'd give this one a try. And yup, I don't really like to read about murders and dead people. But that's just my preference. It was a well written book and I wasn't able to figure out the mystery till it was revealed (a sign of a good writer to me), so in that sense it was good. Just not my preferred reading genre.
Shirley Plummer
Jan 06, 2010 Shirley Plummer rated it it was ok
Generally the book was well written...written, not organized. There were a number of items left hanging, either unexplained, or as things worked out, unnecessary...perhaps they were meant as red herrings.
In any event, a good editor was needed.
It would probably have been three stars but for the amount of too easily accepted crude language.
It kept my interest with information about analysis and personality profiling; but, without editorial tightening I wouldn't follow the series very far.
Jan 28, 2011 Josephine rated it it was ok
This is a forensic handwriting mystery that will keep you turning the pages fast to find out what’s next. I’ve not read any kind of handwriting mystery before but I can say this was an enjoyable and enlightening book. There is so much to be learned from a person’s handwriting.

More here:
Jul 15, 2014 Candy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another One

Another One

Again I found myself reading another Claudia Rose Mystery. We have a young widow trying to prove her elderly rich husband left everything to her. A private school with a smart mouth troubled girl. Add them together and you have a mad dash into a good mystery. Enjoyed it a great deal.
Lyndsey Plitt
Aug 08, 2011 Lyndsey Plitt rated it liked it
Kind of a fun forensic mystery for females. A little to light and fluffy in some parts and some of the situations this lady finds herself in were a tad bit unbelievable but overall a decent read thats easy to get through.
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Forensic handwriting examiner and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Handwriting Analysis, Handwriting of the Famous & Infamous, and Sheila Lowe's Handwriting Analyzer software. Sheila's award-winning mystery series features handwriting expert, Claudia Rose. Poison Pen (that's the title, not the publisher) is the first in the series, followed by Written in Blood, Dead Write, and Last Writ ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Forensic Handwriting Mystery (6 books)
  • Poison Pen (Forensic Handwriting Mystery #1)
  • Dead Write (Forensic Handwriting Mystery #3)
  • Last Writes (Forensic Handwriting Mystery #4)
  • Inkslingers Ball (Forensic Handwriting Mystery, #5)
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