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BOOK REVIEW: WRITTEN IN BLOOD
BY SHEILA LOWE

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



Written in Blood brings back one of the most unusual protagonists to hit the mystery genre in recent years. When hired to verify a signature on a will, Claudia Rose, a forensic handwriting expert, expects to be in the middle of a very nasty family feud-it goes with the territory. However, things get much more interesting for Claudia than a simple family fight. When Claudia breaks one of her own firm rules, (not getting personally involved with her clients), she also finds herself in the middle of fight over the control of an exclusive school for celebrities' troubled daughters. And that's just the beginning of Claudia's problems. Claudia takes a special interest in Annabelle, an especially troubled student. This relationship in turn led her into an extremely dangerous situation when she discovers the school is being used as a front for one of the most despicable crimes imaginable.

There is no “second book letdown” with Lowe's Written in Blood. Claudia Rose is just as entertaining in this book as she was in her debut Poison Pen. Claudia's occupation is just plain interesting. It also makes it at least feasible that she would regularly encounter criminals-much more so than say a flower shop owner or hairdresser. That Claudia is regularly called to testify in court also helps make the series believable. But what really makes this series stand out is the fascinating world of handwriting analysis author Lowe brings to the books. She manages to infuse the plot with all sorts of interesting facts about handwriting analysis without it seeming like a lecture. In this book, as well as giving readers insight into the various techniques used in signature comparisons and personality traits associated with different handwriting characteristics, Lowe has Claudia Rose treats Annabelle with a new therapy which involves handwriting exercises done to music. How fascinating is that?

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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