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Last Writes (Forensic Handwriting Mystery #4)

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Claudia's friend Kelly learns that she's an aunt when her estranged half-sister Erin shows up in desperate need of help. Erin and her husband have been living as member of The Temple of Brighter Light in an isolated compound. Now Erin's husband and child have disappeared, leaving behind a cryptic note. Using her skills as a forensic handwriting expert, Claudia gains entry ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by NAL
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Danielle
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
The mystery's premise was pretty well done, but I was really disappointed in the use of foul language in the book. It had more f-words than would be allowed in a PG-13 movie, and that contrasted sharply with the demure main character (maybe by surrounding the plain main character with more mouthy friends, the author thought she'd make the main character less boring?) and the overall light touch of the plot (which would have strayed into heavier matters, but never touched them).

It's one thing to
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Patty
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoy these books. The background information on handwriting analysis is fascinating and woven into the story in such a way that you don't realize how much you are learning.

I wasn't wild about this story line (cult members) mostly because it is so often done badly. Still, I do enjoy the series so I read on. There were parts of this I didn't care all that much for but it didn't slip into the "all people in cults are crazy or evil" and "all people on the outside know best". There was a couple of
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Suzanne
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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Renee
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tsk, tsk. I've read this one out of order! Shame on me. It was worth it. This is a thoroughly modern cozy mystery. There are also some fresh twists well-places along the way. Looking for a missing toddler has Claudia Rose, a hand-writing expert, infiltrating a doomsday cult.
Marie
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Last Writes, Claudia Rose is asked to help find Kelly's niece, Kylie, who's been taken away by her father. Kylie, who is about to turn three, has been dubbed "the chosen one" by the Temple of Brighter Light, a cult her mother and father belong to. It appears that the child's life is in danger and Kelly wants Claudia to use her handwriting analysis skills to help find the child.

I loved this book. It got my attention and held it until the very end. It's very well written and has a captivating
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Cheryl
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
Last Writes by Sheila Lowe
Published by New American Library
(Division of Penguin Group)
ISBN 978-0-451-23110-9
At the request of Kaye Publicity, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (back of book): Claudia's friend Kelly learns that she's an aunt where her estranged half sister, Erin, shows up at her home in desperate need of help. Erin and her husband have been living quiet lives as members of the Temple of Brighter Light in an isolated compound. But now her husban
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Denise Zendel
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Claudia Rose uses her forensic handwriting expert skills to help her friend Kelly rescue Kelly’s three-year-old niece from life in an end-times cult.

There is so much to like in this series – well-developed characters, contemporary plots, interesting dialogue, well-described settings, and lots of interesting information about handwriting analysis. I like that Claudia doesn’t take stupid risks, and knows her limits. She steps out when she needs to, but always keeps her copy boyfriend, or the appro
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Suspense Magazine
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Once you’re a member of the Temple of Brighter Light, you’ve accepted a life full of old-fashioned ideals and sacrifice. Sheila Lowe seizes readers in this page-turning mystery about love, family and the secrets of faith that will leave you questioning life’s motives.

Handwriting expert, Claudia Rose goes on an exhilarating case deep within the walls of The Ark to uncover the truth of what it means to be a member of a cult. When Claudia is approached by Erin Powers to find her missing daughter,
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Dr Neil
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good one..
Pluses:
1)A good recounting of the Johannesberg incident..
2) Interesting points to learn in graphology
3)A good thriller.
4)Not comparable to agatha christie but definitely the BEST OF MODERN DAY THRILLERS.
MINUSES:
1) Boring to start with but if u stick on it'll slowly evolve
2)Predictable at times
3)Less graphological input than i expected
4)Too girly character nd behaviour{its not bad but some guys dont like it ..nyway cludia rose is good but i dont like kelly:-(}

As a whole a good book~ T
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C. Clark
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Plot was a little predictable. I believe I enjoyed the antagonist better than the protagonist. The boyfriend was a bit lightweight in development. Enjoyed the book, the story was a good light read, but not one I'd keep on my shelf.
T Brasfield
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I. Just. Couldn't.

It sounded like an intriguing story idea. But writing was soooo poor, I couldn't get past the first chapter. Now I'm trying to figure out how to delete it from my Kindle library and forget it ever happened.
Ayny
The character who is supposed to be a lawyer, certainly doesn't act or speak like a law professional!
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was, to me, predictable and I felt the sex scene in the "Ark" to be unfortunate. I do like Ms. Lowe's previous books though.
Madalina (Mandy)
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Madalina (Mandy) by: David Byers
Very good story, except for the distracting discrepancies (i.e. on one page the apartment is on the third floor, less than ten pages later, the same apartment is on the second floor?!?).
Karen Wright
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent handwriting adventure!

This series is great! It's unique and creative so when this book takes Claudia inside a religious cult it's no surprise that you just never know what to expect. The story is exciting and fast paced. While it is well written and descriptive, the characters are very detailed and developed and all together just make a fantastic mystery. Claudia has lots of talent and a knack for finding herself in the oddest and sometimes scary situations. I can't wait to rea
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Sandra Olson
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

I loved learning things about handwriting, and the story could have been ripped from the pages of a newspaper. It did drag a little in some parts and I figured out what was going to happen before the heroine, but it was still a great story.
Carol
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than i was expecting

not my usual fare but i enjoyed it.
a bit too predictable to be considered original.
the book will appeal to many folks.
Rebecca
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
Pretty good. Has some annoying but trivial timeline issues while visiting.
Jenni James
While the basic story line was pretty good I cannot believe the number of typographical errors throughout this book. If there was an editor they need to find another job.
SLACCOUNTNEW1
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were things I loved about this book and things that frustrated me to no end. First of all, I love when series have unique main characters. In this series, the main character is a forensic handwriting expert, and the author ties that into the story line well.
Now, for the first 100 pages or so it didn't seem like much of a mystery. Then, as more information was unraveled, the story became suspenseful. I raced through the second half of it. It seemed promising. And then towards the end certa
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Jackie
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
There were things I loved about this book and things that frustrated me to no end. First of all, I love when series have unique main characters. In this series, the main character is a forensic handwriting expert, and the author ties that into the story line well.
Now, for the first 100 pages or so it didn't seem like much of a mystery. Then, as more information was unraveled, the story became suspenseful. I raced through the second half of it. It seemed promising. And then towards the end cert
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Sally
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first Sheila Lowe novel I had read and did not have any expectations. I thought that the premise about a forensic handwriting expert involved in helping to find a missing father and child who are members of a cult interesting.
The book started out well and I was fascinated when she joined the cult Temple of Brighter Light. I liked the fact that Sheila Lowe did not fall into the trap of making all the members of the Temple odd or crazy even though they are brainwashed into blindly fol
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Ann
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A interesting book about a woman who analyzed handwriting. Her and her friend Kelly were called to Erins home who was Kellys half sister saying her husband left a note and took their daughter. They started searching for them. Erin and her husband were involved in a cult like religious group. So Claudia (the analyst) and Kelly faked joining the group to try to find the little girl. There was a ceremony that was to take place involving the little girl on her 3rd birthday .Things get weird lots of ...more
Carlin
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
This is the first book I've read by this author but the fourth book in the series about Claudia Rose, an expert in handwriting analysis. The author is herself a handwriting analyst and clearly knows what she's talking about.

The main story is about an effort to save a young child from a cult that believes the "end times" are near, blindly following their leader. It was reminiscent of the Jonestown and Heaven's Gate cults where members are brainwashed into believing having their own individual tho
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Dee Cash
Not the best Nor the worst.

Last Writes is readable if you can get beyond the errors and unnecessary extra words. What I couldn't understand was how the two main characters couldn't see whatw was going to happen from the beginning. There were hints that almost came right out and told us the next move and they couldn't see it. Either these educated people weren't too smart or the writer doesn't know how to build up to the finale. It was like in the old westerns where the man would tell the "weak f
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Diana
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it

Kelly, is asked by Erin, her estranged sister, to help find her two year old daughter who disappeared with her husband. Erin and her family are members of the Temple of Brighter Light which is located in an isolated compound. Kelly’s friend, Claudia is asked to work in the compound using her skills as a forensic handwriting expert. This gives Kelly and Claudia an opportunity to observe everyday life in the compound while looking for clues as to the little girl’s whereabouts. I found the book en
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Beth
Nov 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I received "Last Writes" in my book bag at this year's Bouchercon and read it on an airplane. The story is engaging and well written and the major character is likeable. I couldn't get over the character's insistence that personalities can be determined by looking at one writing sample, however, so that spoiled it a bit for me. But if you can get past that leap of faith, this is an enjoyable read.
Rita
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A handwriting expert gets involved with a end-of-days cult after a little girl goes missing.

The story is one we hear all too often, if we are paying attention, and sadly often has a bad ending for many of those involved.

I enjoyed the story but still have some questions that were left unanswered. I may read more from this author because the handwriting aspect was interesting and I did like the characters.
Karen
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A handwriting annalist and her friend infiltrate a religious cult in hopes of discovering what has become of a small child who has been chosen to be symbolic sacrifice. The child's father has run off with her, while a desperate mother has come to them seeking help. They must find the child before her third birthday if they hope to save her from being shipped off to a temple where she will live much like a nun for the rest of her days.
Yvonne Downs
Jul 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I got this ebook for free. It sounded promising but it was a shocker. It was so badly written and poorly edited/proofread. The plot was predictable, the characters unrealistic and their dialogue unbelievable. I actually read to the end to see how bad it could get. Sheila Lowe should stick to her day job though I hope her professional graphology analysis is more competent than her writing and story-telling skills!
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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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“expression. She threw Claudia a helpless glance. “The only time I get family news is from the boys, and you know I hardly ever hear from them.” “When we find her,” Erin said tearfully, “You’ll get to meet her. I promise.” They stared at each other in shared distress, the reunion caused—and ruined—by the same terrifying event. “I thought he’d just taken her out for a walk,” said Erin. Tears welled up and spilled over. She sniffled into the” 0 likes
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