Poison Pen (Forensic Handwriting Mystery #1)
Mystery novels have always been at the heart of my reading and of course my preferred chose. It is very refreshing when one comes along with a new storyline and definitely having a forensic handwriting analyst teaming up with a detective should do the trick. What makes this novel interesting above all is that the author, an expert in the field has skillfully injected into her plot fascinating information about the intricacies of graphology.
This crisp an ...more
Forensic Handwriting Mystery
By Sheila Lowe
Are you a "forensic" fan like I am? Well, then you definitely will enjoy the debut of Sheila Lowe's new forensic handwriting mystery series, starting with Poison Pen.
Through a bit of serendipity, I had the opportunity to read both Poison Pen and the follow-up book, Written in Blood this past weekend--what an enjoyable opportunity!
Claudia Rose, our forensic expert, was pulled into action when her former college friend was f ...more
Frankly speaking , I Picked up this book with an impression, that there would be some learning along about handwriting analysis and enjoying a good mystery.
The Author did drop some of the features, but this book entirely does not categorises under "Handwriting Forensic"
Anyway, it was not entirely a waste of Time. Can be read once. You cannot expect a Master Story from this one.
There are five more in the series and I still do intend to pick the rest one by one as and when my mood permits.
I am definitely ready to dive into the next book in the series. Thanks Sheila for a m ...more
But I'm unlikely to pick up the next book in the series. Not unless it ends up being another free ebook. Too much depended on the hocus-pocus of handwriting analysis, which I found annoying.
Claudia Rose, Kelly Brennan and Lindsay Alexander had been close friends since college until Lindsay's betrayal of the others ended the friendship on a sour note. But when Lindsay is found dead and the police say it is suicide, Claudia and Kelly are not so sure. Actually Kell ...more
This series is unique in my experience, a forensic handwriting analyst as the protagonist. This is the author's profession as well, and ...more
Her former friend, Lindsey Alexander, is a publicist to the stars. Long despised by Claudia because of her insincerity, meanness, and manipulation, neverthe ...more
I must tell you that the under-belly of the life of the initial victim actually repulsed me in many ways. It is not that I'm a prude and pretend that life is roses and sweet tea, however, I choose not to delve into the sexual fantasy world, especially the horrific acts that some persons perform to satisfy their carnal needs. This book must explore this ...more
The plot was interesting and the characters engaging. Claudia is a realistic character displaying the doubts and fears any normal person would in the same circumstances. But despite these doubts and fears, Claudia perseveres; determined to uncover the truth behind her friend’s death.
Lowe did a good job of bringing the killer on-stage early in the book ...more
I liked this book. It took me a while to get to know Claudia. There were so many other characters who oversha ...more
What makes the plot a bit more interesting is that the woman killed is a college 'friend', though she and Claudia had a rocky past. The mystery unfolds from there.
I think part of my problem is that I don't full ...more
This was a good first effort. There is just enough detail about handw ...more
I read quite a few murder-mysteries and they can get a bit boring, but this was a nice new idea as I have never read anything before that focused on forensic handwriting analysis.
The story was good, but it didn't take itself too seriously, and the science was really quite interesting. I think I would probably ...more
I got to 17% with this little gem and packed it in-"Zebediahnodded."TheSommerfieldsemployedEarlasachauffeur." I mean, for real ? And NOBODY spotted this when editing ??
There seemed to an issue all the way through with spacing, or lack thereof-we had upwith and wellhave. Then one was used where on w ...more
Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...
1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.
2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.
3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.
4 sta ...more
Claudia Rose is a forensic handwriting specialist. When publicist Lindsey Alexander is found dead with a letter nearby it is suspected suicide. Claudia is on the scene to try to help find out who did it, she is convinced this is not a suicide. Soon people are ending up dead and Cluadia will be next, it is a race for time on solving this crime.
A fast paced murder/mystery. Claudia is very likable, the suspect list starts to grow, which adds ...more
That's a pretty interesting job, and I do wish that the heroine had spent more time actually doing that job, rather than running around trying to solve this mystery. That made it seem even more unbelievable to me than it might have been otherwise.
As always, the protagonist falls for the investigating officer. Predictable.
There's a lot of ventur ...more